Koning Boudewijn Stadion

Koning Boudewijn Stadion

  The Facility  
Date Built  
City of Brussels
(City of Brussels)
Capacity 50,000
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction  
  Other Facts  
Brussels, Belgium
Phone Number  
Tenant National Team

Roberto writes: This stadium was closed to events for some years until recently renovated, because it is sadly famous and will always be associated to the bloody tragedy that happened May 29, 1985 before the Champions Cup (now Champions League) final between defending Champ Liverpool (England) and Juventus (Italy), when the Reds Hooligans standing in the right half of the north end (a no seater-all standing zone, like the other end) charged the Italian crowd (mostly families) in the left half of the same end, causing a wall to collapse and 39 people (31 Italians, 8 Belgians) to die stompeded and suffocated. The Final should have been cancelled and no Champions Cup awarded after that, but money and safety reasons made it play anyway, a meaningless game with both teams only waiting to get the job done no matter who would win and Juventus winning 1-0 and earning his first Champions Cup after 2 previous losses, thanks to a Michel Platini questionable penalty, and then all the English soccer clubs being banned from European Club Competitions until 1991. That Final is remembered as The Cursed Final and the Cup Juventus won as The Bloody Cup ... Most people suggested Juventus to return the Cup and not to keep it to honor the victims, but the fabled and widely recognized Juventus Style died that night, as The Old Lady (Juventus nickname) could care less and kept the Cup ... I remember seeing all this massacre live on television (with more fight backs from Juventus Hooligans on the other end of the stadium after the tragedy) when the broadcasting team doing the pregame show soon stopped talking about tactics, players and history only to make the play by play of the tragedy. I will never forget that, it was the biggest soccer tragedy ever happened in Europe!


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