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5 OF THE WORLD'S COOLEST FOOTBALL PITCHES
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To celebrate the arrival of our Centre Tee - which honours the markings of a football pitch within our abstract Corinthian ‘C’ - we decided to book a few virtual plane tickets, pack our boots and take a tour round some of the weirdest, wildest, and most inspiring places to play the Beautiful Game.
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The world is full of legendary pitches, sure, but these push the boundaries of creativity and even change the nature of the way things are played (don't be too surprised if the games of the future take place in the middle of an ocean).
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A pitch on a skyscraper, Japan
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Adidas FUTSAL Park pitch Shibuya, Tokyo
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A pitch on the roof of a department store is just the kind of hybrid that Japan leads the field in, pun intended. The Adidas FUTSAL PARK (caps lock: theirs) sits just next to Shibuya Station and opened in 2001 in the run-up to the joint Japanese/Korean World Cup that year. What’s played isn’t actually football, however, but futsal. The 14,000 square foot pitch is home to the scaled-down, five-a-side version of the Beautiful Game - originally developed in 1930s Uruguay, partly as a way to let people play on vacant basketball courts. In such a tightly-packed city as Tokyo, where space for new pitches is hard to find, it makes total sense.
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A remote pitch next to the ocean, Faroe Islands
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Eidi Stadium Remote football pitch, Faroe Islands
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Pros of having a pitch next to the Atlantic ocean: the views. Cons? Lack of standing room and the all-too-real worry that balls might fly into the water. Built for Faroese semi-pro teams, the Eidi Stadium is both incredibly remote and incredibly beautiful, situated in a stunning valley adjacent to the city of the same name. With under 700 inhabitants in Eidi, presumably there’s not much queuing for the bar at half time.
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A pitch with a train next to it, Slovakia
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TJ Tatran Čierny Balog Football Pitch with train, Slovakia
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You’d think having an actual steam train running next to your pitch would be pretty inconvenient (the noise, for one thing), but in the case of Slovakian amateur side TJ Tatran Čierny Balog it looks, well, awesome. And no, this isn’t a gimmick or a once-a-year-thing - trains from the Cierny Hron Railway really do run alongside the players, in front of the stands, no less. It’s a regular occurrence but fans have taken it to heart, cheering as the engines fly past.
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A floating football pitch, Thailand
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Floating football pitch, Koh Panyee, Thailand
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Built on water, the fishing village of Koh Panyee was an improbable place to have a pitch until 1986, when a group of football-obsessed children first adapted old wood and abandoned rafts to fashion their own buoyant pitch for the Beautiful Game. Of course, where water’s concerned nothing lasts forever - the current pitch was built in 2010 as part of an advertising campaign inspired by the spirit of the original. While it’s a little sturdier, we won’t be expecting any pro sides to be playing here soon. It’s become a major tourist attraction, leading many to claim that the pitch has revived the town’s fortunes.
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The world’s largest floating football pitch, Singapore
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Singapore floating football pitch
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If you thought the above was impressive, well, Singapore has gone one better - building a full-size, working pitch on top of the water. It was constructed as a stand-in for Singapore’s national stadium while it was being rebuilt, though the national side or any other team are yet to play a game there. Like a lot of famous tourist attractions, it was built to be temporary, originally for five years, before ending up as a more permanent fixture. Luckily for the fans, the pitch is anchored, although who knows what its like on a stormy day.
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