Quite a few modern day soccer stadiums may possibly be mind bending accomplishments of futuristic architectural ingenuity, with retractable pitches and roofs and even the capacity to be designed in the shape of a huge crocodile, but they can also be soulless, clinical voids, where by comfort and luxury are prioritised around environment and intimidation.
So step ahead Purple Star Belgrade and their Rajko Mitić Stadium.
The stadium, also recognised as the Marakana, has been Crimson Star’s household given that 1963 and, if the movie circulating on line of the tunnel which qualified prospects the gamers out to the pitch is anything to go by, it hasn’t witnessed even the slightest lick of paint during that 55 calendar year time period.
The Crimson-Whites’ house, which hosted the finals of the 1973 European Cup and 1976 European Championships, is reportedly because of to be reconstructed in the coming several years, with the club placing out a public simply call very last month, inviting style and design providers to post their fascination in endeavor the job. Even so, until then, the tunnel that greets traveling to groups is about as inviting as the just one Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro navigate their way through in Sicario.
Tonight, Purple Star will enjoy host to Napoli in their opening Champions League team recreation and, when the Neapolitans might delight by themselves on experience at house inside of a hellish, gladiatorial arena, with their San Paolo stadium boasting just one of the most hostile atmospheres in Europe, Carlo Ancelotti’s will absolutely have rarely skilled nearly anything like the entrance to the Marakana, just before.
Napoli players will have to walk down this tunnel onto Red Star Belgrade’s floor, Rajko Mitić Stadium, tomorrow in their UCL team stage opener.
This is no joke….pic.twitter.com/6hDjEgCFR2
— Matthew Santangelo (@Matt_Santangelo) September 17, 2018
Just seem at it. It’s like a dystopian nightmare come to daily life, all concrete, graffiti and nausea inducing strip lighting, crushed underneath a deafening cacophony of vitriolic chants and explosives.
The over video clip was filmed in advance of an ‘Eternal Derby’ in between Red Star and Partizan, greatly credited with getting just one of the most hostile, violent derbies in planet football. And, while the hatred Crimson Star’s Delije Ultras will greet Napoli with tonight will pale in comparison to what they ordinarily reserve for Partizan,the Partenopei will however likely yearn for the warm embrace of their very own ageing, adrenaline fuelled amphitheatre when they stage into the Marakana tunnel, tonight.