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Football and urbanism

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14 June 2018

Episode 348

30 minutes


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From floating pitches to the importance of stadiums to their cities, as fans around the world prepare for kick-off in Russia, we take a broader look at the role that football can play in bringing people together.

14 June 2018

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

New home

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Atletico Madrid’s 120,000 club members recently had to move across town to their brand-new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano. The relocation has also upset decades of ingrained sensibilities across the city map. We find out more.

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

The Float

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Andrew Mueller tells us the story of the Float, the world’s largest floating football pitch.

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Chapter 3

Lessons from South Africa

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Eight years ago, South Africa hosted the Fifa World Cup across nine of its cities. It was a huge logistical undertaking in a continent that had never hosted a sporting event on such a scale. But what were the World Cup’s lasting effects on the country’s urban environments?

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Chapter 4

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Bezigrad Stadium

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Ljubljana​’s Bezigrad Stadium​ ​is​ an unusual venue​. ​Designed by​ Joze Plecnik​, it is one of the few stadiums in world football built before the Second World War​. But the stadium​ has been ​derelict since 2008 and development plans have come to nothing.

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