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Blatter loves the Boleyn


Filed: Thursday, 21st April 2016
By: Staff Writer


Disgraced former head of FIFA Sepp Blatter has named the Boleyn Ground as his second favourite football destination on the planet.

Blatter, writing in a new book entitled 'Sepp Blatter: Mission Football' reveals his surprise nomination in a top ten list of recommended destinations for "fussball-romantiker" (football romantics).

"As it is called in the vernacular, a must for football romantics," he wrote in reference to the Boleyn Ground. "The old home of West Ham is the path to the purest culture in English football atmosphere."


Blatter's new book lists Upton Park as a recommended destination


A spokesman for Blatter's publisher said: "The book is his very own opinion on his time at FIFA. It’s a very personal book, not judicially edited or sanitised at all."

Sepp Blatter: MIssion Football is out this month. Published in his native Switzerland, the book costs 39 Swiss france (circa £28).


Sepp Blatter's Top Five Football Destinations

1. Estadio Centanario, Montevideo

Situated in the in the Parque Batlle area of Montevideo, this 60,000 capacity stadium was built for the 1930 World Cup Finals and is listed by FIFA as one of the world's classic football stadiums.


2. The Boleyn Ground, London

The home of the mighty West Ham United FC. Stood since 1904, set to be demolished at the end of the current season.


3. Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße, Munich

Built in 1911, the former home of 1860 Munich and bitter rivals Bayern Munich has been used for the reserve and women's teams of both clubs since the early 1970s. The famous Monty Python sketch, 'The Philosophers' Football Match', was filmed here.


4. De Kuip, Rotterdam

Offically known as the Stadion Feijenoord, 'the Tub' was built in the mid-1930s and renovated some 60 years later ahead of the 2000 European Championships. The ground hosts both Feyenoord and the Dutch national team whilst the likes of Pink Floyd and Michael Jackson have hosted concerts there.


5. Stadio San Paolo, Napoli

Italy's third-largest stadium, this 60,000 capacity giant (which used to host up to 110,000 people) is based in Naples and used as the home of Serie A side Napoli. The ground was used extensively during the 1990 World Cup Finals and staged on of the two semi finals.





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