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Pepsi Arena, Warsaw, Poland – Legia Warsaw

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This is Legia Warsaw’s new stadium, the Pepsi Arena. Unfortunately, I was not able to get any shots of the pitch so I had to settle with pictures from outside. The other pictures are some interesting Legia Warsaw graffiti from around the city; most appeared on decaying underpasses near the stadium. In my opinion the best piece is the one of the Soviet-era Palace of Culture–a symbol of Warsaw–with the Legia badge peaking out from behind it. Much like the appearance of Thessaloniki’s White Tower (complete with Aris badge) on a banner in the stands during the Aris-PAOK match, this is another example of football ultras aiming to take ownership of an urban landmark, and in so doing assert their team’s supremacy within the city by owning the geography. The last three pictures are from the Legia museum, I included their collection of Besiktas memorabilia because, as a Turkish soccer fan, it is always interesting to see what kinds of relationships Turkish clubs have with European clubs. As a final note, the green Adidas Legia shirt in the final picture is a classic Adidas design from the mid-nineties–I would love to get my hands on that shirt! Instead, I had to settle for a modern Legia shirt which is–naturally–still a good piece.

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Stadion Polonii, Warsaw, Poland: Polonia Warsaw-Korona Kielce (2-0) Matchday

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The view from the stands as Polonia Warsaw faced Korona Kielce on a cold November night in the 7,150 capacity Stadion Polonii. It was a good atmosphere, and I think that Polonia’s status as Warsaw’s second club–yet oldest–made for a cozy feel despite the cold:

 

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