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Football You Missed, Nov 13: Into the Lion's Den at Estudiantes

Television viewers got a treat in Argentina.

12:35pm on Wednesday 13th November 2019
Martin Macdonald


In what may be the coolest pre-match display in the history of football (for television viewers at least), Estudiantes celebrated returning to their home stadium, the Jorge Luis Hirschi, for the first time since 2005 by projecting a huge towering, flaming lion on top of the ground and on to the pitch. Naturally, the fans inside the stadium didn't have the honour of seeing the mascot parade around in the 'flesh' but could so by signing in to the club app. Think of the possibilities for Premier League clubs! A Red Devil for Man Utd, a Canary for Norwich, a Toffee for Everton...


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Atletico Madrid recently moved into their state-of-the-art new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, thus leaving their home of over 50 years, the Vicente Calderon. Progress is necessary in football and when it seemed like a lick of paint wouldn't make the grand old stadium up to standard for one of the world's most elite clubs, it was scheduled in for demolition. However, for sentimental reasons, part of the stadium remains.


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