Monday, 26 September 2011

Football vs the elements

Last weekend saw Russian title challengers Dinamo Moscow suffer a surprise away defeat to Krylya Sovetov Samara on a pitch compared to a swimming pool. With that in mind, here are a few more cases where football has struggled on against crazy weather.

Water

This game between Padova and Brescia makes the notorious Turkey-Switzerland tie from Euro 2008 look parched by comparison. One of my earliest football memories, thanks to the brilliant Gazetta Football Italia.



Wind

I feel sorry for the linesman in this one from a game between South Africa's Orlando Pirates and Black Leopards. You generally don't expect to get attacked by a hoarding - sort of a reverse Temuri Ketsbaia, really. Thankfully, no one was badly hurt.



Drought

This dusty pitch from the Nigerian premier league could do with a bit of water.




Cold

Here's where the real fun starts. Man City against Spurs in 1967 - the "ballet on ice". Real historical interest here too - Joe Kinnear, Pat Jennings and Terry Venables are all on the pitch for Spurs.



For pure farce value, here the Glentoran-Linfield derby from Boxing Day 1995. Snow on the ground, the only orange ball bursts and the referee starts the world's largest spot-the-ball competition.



Ice

Ever wondered what football on an ice rink would look like? Turns out it's a bit rubbish, but football in large water-filled pits looks great fun. Both types demonstrated here for an advert.