Europa League Final in Warsaw. Football atmosphere of the old city
I think that the final match itself could be called a dessert, a cherry on the cake, and the main course was the pre-match celebration in the city, when fans from different countries came and had fun in anticipation of a football feast. UEFA, the municipality and sponsors organize a lot of interesting events and even give out badges for free.
The football holiday is already felt upon arrival at the airport. Everything around is decorated with symbols of the Europa League and two teams of finalists. Fans with scarves are everywhere, but the main moves are in the city center. Often there are reporters
Our fans are with the flag, which at first glance does not attract attention because of the similarity with the colors of the club. However, after I saw the Hibernian inscription, I remembered that after the UEFA Cup match of the Dnieper with the Scottish Highbrian club, the fans of the two sides became friends, and then the Scottish people helped the orphanages of Dnipropetrovsk for a long time. Apparently, someone from the Scots flew to cheer for the Dnieper
The Ukrainian House of Culture is located in the very center of Warsaw, and of course the Dnipro welcome banners were hung on it
Close to the Castle Square, a mini football field was organized.
The official UEFA kiosk with a very meager assortment. T-shirts, caps and scarves dedicated to the match, as well as replicas of soccer balls and pennant
Nearby there is a giant queue to take pictures with the UEFA Cup (aka the Europa League trophy)
I already have a photo with a trophy when Shakhtar brought it to Odessa, so I didn’t waste time on the queue
But still decided to stick his hand in the tent and take a picture of the cup. For some reason it seems to me that this is just a props for tourists
Nearby are such ball magicians who entertain the crowd by juggling
Ukrainian fans at first glance it seems even a little less
Fans of Dynamo Kiev, Lutsk Volyn and I am a representative of the Odessa Chernomorets came to support the Dnipro as well :)
Spanish fans of Seville merged with the Polish red and white paraphernalia. As practice has shown, the Spaniards at the stadium were noticeably less. Fans of Seville near the walls of the Warsaw Barbican
Spaniards are fun and very cultured fans, sing beautiful songs and respect the opponent
Recorded this video
The main sponsor of the Europa League company Western Union put some kind of maze and handed out inflatable sticks for fans
It is strange that instead of cars sponsors Seat are Nissans
Among all this crowd, there were volunteers from UEFA, who collected e-mails and conducted polls: who did they come from, what team is sick, and so on. For the completed questionnaires were given as a gift icons, and if you ask for even a few. Isn't it a paradise for a collector of football badges?
In general, despite the large number of people was very fun
It is for such a festive atmosphere that it makes sense to go to the final of a major tournament. These are emotions for life, when the holiday of football intersects with the joy of travel.