23
Aug

2022 World Cup final set to be played in city that doesn’t exist yet

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In case you don’t have enough doubts over Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, listen to this: the proposed site for the final is set in a city that doesn’t even exist yet!

Funded by the oil-rich Qatari government, the city of Lusail is currently being built from the ground up by around 20,000 workers at an estimated cost of $45 billion.

According to CNN, the government hopes the city will be completed by 2019. Lusail is expected to then contain a commercial district, a lagoon, four islands, two marinas, an upscale shopping mall, a hospital, a zoo, two golf courses, housing for 250,000 people and, of course, the stadium.

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From CNN:

Residents and visitors will get around via a light-rail network, a water-taxi system and a network of underground pedestrian tunnels. And all the energy, communications and transportation systems will be run with the help of computers from a single command center, making Lusail a “smart” city that can automatically adapt to changing traffic and weather conditions.

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Well then, that should ease all your concerns, especially those about the labor laws in Qatar….

H/T Deadspin

All images via CNN

6
May

Pitch invader gets knocked out by rival pitch invader

Well, this has to be a first!

After last week’s Slovakian Cup encounter between Slovan Bratislava and MFK Kosice, a fan from the winning team (Kosice) decided to invade Bratislava’s pitch and jubilantly wave his shirt over his head. This act of mockery enraged one of the home fans so much that he decided to invade the pitch as well. Why? So he could knock the guy out cold, as if to say: “Not in my house!”

P.S.: Apparently, stadium security is pretty lax over in Slovakia.


H/T Deadspin

18
Mar

Galatasaray fan feeds Chelsea jersey to lion

Aslan is not only the name for the lion in “Chronicles of Narnia,” but also one of the nicknames for Champions League club Galatasaray. It means: “the lion.” (What a coincidence!)

So, naturally, one Gala fan went to a local zoo and fed one of the lions a Chelsea jersey in the lead-up to Tuesday’s Champions League clash between the two teams. And a Turkish TV station was there to film it for us. Naturally.

H/T 101GG

1
Dec

Bosnian fans hurl flares at each other, interrupt match

Bosnian league leaders Željezničar beat second-placed Borac 1-0 on Saturday, but the heavyweight showdown was marred by fiery altercations between the two clubs’ fan bases.

Just before halftime, supporters turned the stands into a battlefield by tossing exploding firecrackers at each other, causing a stoppage of play that lasted for a few minutes.

Sadly, this is just par for the course in the Balkans. Just a few weeks ago, Serbia’s top rivalry between Partizan and Red Star Belgrade turned into a massive bonfire as Partizan fans set their foes’ stadium literally aflame: