- 09.01.2019 -
Feliz Ano Novo! Happy New Year! Happy New! Hopefully the new year will have as much in store as the last. I'm very thankful that the last one ended on a nice highlight. On the last anniversary, which was pleasantly warm and very sunny, the Estádio da Luz from Benfica Lisbon could still be visited. Starting with a stadium model, it went past the VIP boxes, through the home cabin and finally in the direction of the players' tunnel. That feeling when you look around is the same in every stadium - amazing. And that, although the stadium was completely empty. A so-called 'gurgling sound' was already heard in the tunnel and while being amazed by the wide circle. A few minutes later and as an additional highlight, the guide led us to the lively Benfica heraldic animal. The three eagles with the name Vitoria (in German: victory) are present at every home game, similar to Eintracht Frankfurt, and serve as a living mascot.
From the Colégio Militar/Luz train station, we then went directly to the next stop, the Estádio José Alvalade XXI of Sporting Lisbon. The Campo Grande stop near the stadium reminded you of the S-Bahn station Warschauer Straße in Berlin. If you are on your way to the arena, the shopping center is just a stone's throw away. The subtle difference, however, is that the shopping center is integrated into the stadium. This can be compared to the most modern NFL stadiums or Real Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, which will soon be new. At the stadium itself, a blocked, distant view of the interior had to suffice. Unfortunately, due to public holidays, no tour could take place on the last anniversary. Beaming with joy, however, I went to the train and enjoyed the last hours of sunshine on the Tajo with the pictures of both stadiums.