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The beautiful game

The dark side Anton Foek Amsterdam, 10 July 2021– Regardless of which team wins the European Football Championship on July 11th, three things are certain.  – The first is the large viewership in sports bars and homes: 600m watched the final of the tournament in 2016.  – The second is the soundtrack.  Italian fans will urge…
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Neil Stubley Wembledon

Maintenance for Winter Matches start in the Summer

Plant science is key Part V by William Ralston source The Guardian Amsterdam, June 19th 2021—The job can take its toll. Like goalkeepers, groundskeepers tend not to receive much credit when things go well, but are the first to be blamed if anything goes wrong. To Stones, it is a way of life rather than…
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Dean Gilasbey

Preparing a Football Pitch begins long before the Match

Groundkeepers as much values as footballers Part IV by William Ralston Amsterdam June 19 2021–Preparations for the Euro 2020 pitches began more than two years ago. In the early hours of 25 April 2019, Dale Frith set off down the M6 to Wembley, where Uefa was gathering together its team of pitch experts for a “kick…
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The Perfect Football Pitch John Calderwood

The Future of High Tech in Football

The Perfect Pitch a dream  Part I By William Ralston source The Guardian Amsterdam, June 19th 2021—It was a big moment for English football talent when Real Madrid poached Paul Burgess from Arsenal in 2009. After starting his career at Blackpool FC, Burgess had arrived at the north London club in 1999, rising to prominence…
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