Nacre Posted October 17, 2014 Report Share Posted October 17, 2014 We are sliding a bit off the topic, but in most of the big European countries the most successful clubs have traditionally come from the second tier, industrialised cities. Even though London has many teams in the top divisions, the best English teams come from the north, Manchester and Liverpool. Spain is an exception but the foundations for Real Madrid's success were laid during the Franco era, when the club represented the central government. Paris and Berlin maybe too diverse to be football hotbeds. Anyway, Stade de France was meant to serve as a French national arena and there are very few clubs that need a stadium for 80,000 spectators. Berlin's Olympiastadion might also be too big for Hertha who only slightly exceeded the 50k mark in the previous season. It's not really off topic, though, because the question is what does each city need for its sports fans. And the Olympics are at least theoretically about sport. Anyway, when you consider that Machester -a city of 2.5 million- can handle a 78,000 capacity stadium for United on top of the 48,000 for Manchester City, Paris' 12.3 million people should be able to support two big teams. Stade de France gets plenty of Football Games. France plays most of it's Games there. Also, Athletics Meetings and UEFA Euro 2016 etc. Yes, but the French national team only plays during the international breaks. That still leaves the club season open, and the costs of maintaining Stade de France are high enough that it would be a big help to have a club playing there on a regular basis. It might be a problem scheduling around rugby though. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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