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The Theatre of Dreams: Old Trafford

Old Trafford is the home ground of Manchester United: their football stadium. It has witnessed ups and downs of the most successful English football club since 1910. In their 108 years of existence, Manchester United has won up to 66 titles, and became the first in the history of English football to achieve the treble: the victory of three leagues in one year (FA Cup, Premier League and the UEFA Champions League in 1998-99). However, the club also experienced one of the saddest tragedies in the history of football. The Munich air disaster in 1958 resulted in 23 fatalities, including 7 Manchester United players. The disaster destroyed the foundation of the Red Devils -a nickname for the team-, who were supposed to be one of the greatest generations of players in English football history. However, the disaster did not destroy their spirits. It took 10 years for the club to recover, but their manager, Sir Matt Busby, rebuilt the team, also known as Busby’s Babes, to become the most competitive football club in Europe once again.

The Museum & Stadium Tour of the Old Trafford stadium will provide the visitors with a chance to understand the history of this great club. The collection varies from jerseys of famous players, to shining trophies, to newspaper clippings, pictures and video clips that keep the memories of all those exciting historical moments alive. Visitors can also experience the atmosphere of the press room, the dressing room or the view from the stands, getting an eagle-eye view of the entire stadium. Fans will be pleased to hear that guides will tell you many funny anecdotes about the players and managers of the club, but even for non-fans the gossipy part of the tour will probably be the most interesting.

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Cris Ling
Born in Shanghai, Cris came to Amsterdam this year to continue his study. He is a writer and enjoys travelling to different places. While not so good at portrait photography, he likes taking photos of landscapes. He wishes to spare some time for his broad interests, including watching movies and reading about history. May the force be with him.

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