Well-known weekly magazine France Football, conducted a survey of the Top 30 most intimidating stadiums in the world.
In the Top-30 was Karaiskaki Stadium, the home of Olympiakos, as well as Toumba, the home of PAOK.
The French magazine placed the “Bombonera” stadium (Argentina), home to the Boca Juniors football club, at the top. Legend has it that the pitch shakes when opponents enter to play against Boca, especially when the opposing team is the hated rival, River Plate.
France Football placed the “Georgios Karaiskakis” stadium in 8th place and Toumba in 19th place. The Boca Juniors (Bobonera), Liverpool (Anfield), Dortmund (Signal Induna Park), Red Star (Maracana) and Celtic (Celtic Park) are in the top five as the most intimidating for a visiting team.
According to the magazine’s research, 21 of the 30 teams with the most “tough” reputations are European, with Olympiakos being above teams such as Galatasaray, Athletic Bilbao, Fenerbahce, Napoli, Marseille, and clubs from Africa such as Al Ahly (Egypt), Raza Casablanca (Morocco), Muludia (Algeria) and Esperanza (Tunisia).
Meanwhile, the question everyone wants to know – what will happen to this season’s Champions League?
The Champions League will end normally. An important issue is how the event will be conducted from now on. UEFA executives are said to have considered many scenarios and have already singled out one of them.
With four rematches pending in the Champions League for the ‘Final 16’ phase, the double quarterfinals and the semifinals, as well as the final, UEFA seems to be resorting to the solution that has been heard for a long time- a ‘Final 8’ tournament.
UEFA officials have considered various options to host this – including Germany, Poland, Turkey and Greece – but according to international reports, it will most likely be played in Lisbon at the “Jose Alvalade” stadium. It is worth noting that while both Madrid and Munich remain strong candidates, it seems that Istanbul – where this year’s final was scheduled to take place under normal circumstances – is out.