Saturday, 31 December 2011

De Graafschap

De Vijverberg Stadium Doetinchem (Netherlands)
Pictures taken 31/12/11
De Graafschap (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈɣraːf.ˌsχɑp]) is a professional football club from Doetinchem, Netherlands. It was formed on 1 February 1954 and they play their home games at the "De Vijverberg" stadium. Their current home ground stands on where the old pitch used to be located and was opened on 12 August 2000. The name of the club means The County in Dutch although they are nicknamed the 'Superboeren' ('Super Farmers').
While not a large club by European club football standards, this club has remained a semi-regular fixture in the Dutch Eredivisie (top league); although to date, it has never won any silverware of importance. De Graafschap is a club with a lot of tradition, however, with players such as the former PSV coach Guus Hiddink ensuring exciting football being played. It also has a large stadium and a large fanbase when compared to many other Dutch teams, particularly those in the Eerste Divisie. They have a fierce rivalry with Vitesse Arnhem.
In 2005, its first season back in the top flight, De Graafschap lost out in the Dutch play-offs and were relegated from the Eredivisie. In 2003, it was defeated again in the playoffs, this time as a promotion candidate.
They were crowned champions of the Eerste Divisie for the 2009-10 season and currently play in the Eredivisie.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Partick Thistle v Queen Of The South

Scottish League Division One

Partick Thistle 1 Queen Of The South 0

Firhill Stadium
Monday December 26th 2011 3pm Kick off
Attendance 2,261 (Capacity 10,921)
Weather Cold And Windy +7
Ticket Seating £17

Firhill History


Firhill has been home to Partick Thistle since 1909, who had been forced to vacate their previous home at Meadowside a year earlier. The present main stand was constructed in 1927, a year before the ground hosted its only full international fixture to date, against Ireland.
Firhill hosted the first European Cup match ever to be held in Glasgow, When Djurgården of Sweden played their "Home" match at the Stadium against Hibernian in 1955. The Swedish team played at Firhill because of the freezing conditions in Sweden at the time of the match.

Rugby Union

In December 2005 Firhill also became the home of Glasgow's professional rugby union team, Glasgow Warriors, when they moved from their previous base at Hughenden Stadium. After returning to Hughenden in 2006, the Warriors took up a two-year residency at Firhill from the start of the 2007–08 Celtic League season. This was extended in April 2009 for a further five years.[2][3]

Rugby League

In 1996, Firhill was the site of the Scottish national rugby league team's first game on home soil, a victory over their Irish counterparts. Rugby league, very much a minority sport in Scotland, has returned to the ground on several occasions since, including for the 2000 World Cup.
The record attendance for a Partick Thistle game at Firhill was set against Rangers in 1922 when 49,838 people attended. The overall ground record, however, was for the 1926 Scotland v Ireland international when around 55,000 people attended.
From Wikipedia

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Arminia Bielefeld v VfL Osnabruck

Arminia Bielefeld 1 VfL Osnabruck 1
Schüco Arena(Bielefelder Alm)
Saturday 10thDecember 2011 @ 2pm
Attendance 15,844(Cap 28,000)
Weather Very Cold +3