This week marks the fourth anniversary of the opening of the Allianz Arena (or Fußball Arena München for UEFA-organised matches), home to FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München and made famous during the 2006 World Cup. A number of remarkable photos of the stadium’s unique aesthetic have appeared on Flickr over the years, so today we take a look at it from up close, afar and in all its colour-shifting glory.
The stadium, constructed of 2,874 ETFE-foil air panels, famously changes colour depending on whether the home team is Bayern (red), 1860 (blue) or the German national team (white). Allianz has a 30 year contract for naming rights, though the stadium was known as the FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich for the 2006 World Cup for sponsorship reasons.
The Arena’s aesthetics are undeniably stunning. I’d be interested in hearing from those who have gone there how they felt about it in person, because aside from the exterior colour-glow, there’s an eerie feel of THX-1138 to it all.
And indeed, the stadium has been a subject of a stringent critique from many supporters unhappy with the restrictions and conditions inside the Arena. Does the experience match the adornment at Allianz Arena?
In our final photo this week on African football, it seems fitting to end with Ghana ahead of the opening African Nations Cup game there on Sunday. And sorry American fans, but these are Ghanaians celebrating their World Cup win over the U.S. in 2006 again.
This week’s photos will cover a tragically unexplored topic in the world of football: fans’ celebrations in cars. It seems there’s some primeval urge, after your team wins, to go out driving. Today, we see Italian fans celebrating their 2006 World Cup semi-final win over Germany in a very small car.
A day late, we conclude this week’s series on the 2006 World Cup by looking at fans celebrating at the Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo in Italian), Rome. Over 700,000 packed the site of the ancient Roman hippodrome the night Italy won the World Cup for the fourth time.
In the latest in this week’s photo series on the 2006 World Cup, is this a scene from the old days of English hooliganism abroad, or an aberration? This fan was arrested before England’s match against Sweden in Cologne (remember Joe Cole’s screamer in the 2-2 draw?). 22 England fans were arrested that day, but most were released quickly and there seems to have been little more than inebriated spirits.
In the second of our photo series this week on the 2006 World Cup, here’s the unpleasant side of “celebration” from the night France beat Brazil 1-0 in the quarter finals.
Paris took to the streets to celebrate, invading the whole Champs-Elysées. Unfortunately, things turned nasty: clashes erupted between some “casseurs” (trouble-makers) and riot police near the Place de l’Etoile, with a car eventually burnt down rue de Presbourg (in front of the Drugstore).
Here, you see one of the “casseurs” in front of the burning car (seen from the Champs-Elysées side of the street).
Since the World Cup preliminary draw took place yesterday, let’s remember last year’s tournament in this week’s photo series. We can start with perhaps the most memorable sight, as it seemed every last human in Germany was outside watching at the vast Fanfests.