Outfield players in goal is a big deal (to me, at least). Congratulations on joining the club, Kyle Walker.
Ramble of the Day
As is customary during the Champions League group stage, youth teams play the same fixture before the senior teams. Yesterday, Red Star’s youth team beat Tottenham’s 2-0 a few hours before Spurs’ senior team beat Red Star 4-0. The youth teams played a little more than three kilometers away from Rajko Mitić Stadium at Voždovac Stadium. The Spurs twitter described it as a unique stadium, and it’s probably the only one of its kind, since it’s built on top of a shopping center.
The stadium’s a new build, opened in 2013, and is mainly the home of Voždovac Belgrade, currently ranked sixth in the Serbian top flight. Not surprisingly, the stadium has a turf field.
It seems like something worth looking at if you’re nearby, and one person on Trip Advisor seemed to agree. (A responder basically said the stadium was more interesting on paper, but it may still be fun to actually take a look around regardless.)
For good measure, I took a peak at the shopping center it’s built on top of, Stadion Shopping Center. I recognized four establishments, which made it an interesting lesson in brands that might be popular in the Serbian capital. (There was a clothing store called New Yorker that I naturally found quite interesting.) It doesn’t seem especially fascinating, but I truly don’t want to knock it until I try it (if I ever try it).
tl;dr: There’s a stadium on top of a shopping center, and both probably seem more interesting than they are (but I’m still interested)!
Links of the Day
Fleetwood manager Joey Barton will go on trial next year after being accused of assaulting former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel.
Napoli said it will punish players for not reporting to a week-long training camp after a run of bad results.
Today’s longer read: Samantha Lewis interviews goalkeeper Lydia Williams on the impact Aboriginal players have made in Australian football for The Guardian