Football takes me to some interesting places and today I’ve added the nation of Macedonia to the list. In a couple of days I will add a new stadium to the groundhopping tally but for now it’s pre-game preparations for the team, with a UEFA Champions League tie coming up on Tuesday against Shkëndija.
Many football fans think (or at least that’s when their interest kicks in) that the competition starts in September with the group stages, but it starts in June. At this stage it’s like its predecessor, the European Cup, where it’s all about the national champions.
The stadium where we will be playing, which is the national arena, is across the road from our hotel. Step out the door and it’s there. It’s an imposing structure and I’m looking forward to going there tomorrow as our players train ahead of the big game.
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