What’s the largest football stadium in the world, by capacity?

What's the largest football stadium in the world, by capacity? The largest football stadium in the world, by capacity, is the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, a.k.a. the May Day Stadium, situated on Rungra Island in the middle of the Taedong River, which flows through Pyongyang, the capital city of North Korea. Built between 1986 and 1988 and, as the name suggests, opened on May 1, 1989, under Kim Il-sung, founder of North Korea, the stadium served as the venue for largest gymnastic display in the world, known as the Arirang Mass Games, until 2013.

However, that event was cancelled by current leader, Kim Jong-un, apparently in favour of competitive sport. Indeed, Kim Jong-un spoke of remodelling the May Day Stadium ‘into a stadium befitting the appearance of the highly civilised nation’ and, after substantial restoration, it supposedly became the flagship stadium for football and athletics in North Korea. Nevertheless, the Arirang Mass Games returned, after a five-year hiatus, in 2018 and North Korean national football team still plays its home games at the much older, and smaller, Kim Il-sung Stadium, which is nearby.

The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium covers an area of over 50 acres, making it slightly larger than Grand Central Station, and has an unofficial seating capacity of 150,000, although the official seating capacity is often quoted as 114,000. Either way, the May Day Stadium is substantially larger than the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, which has a seating capacity just shy of 100,000.

Why is West Bromwich Albion nicknamed ‘The Baggies’?

Why is West Bromwich Albion nicknamed 'The Baggies'? West Bromwich Albion Football Club was founded as West Bromwich Strollers in 1878 – a century + before today’s world of social media and brand new casino sites – before being renamed two years later, and for much of its existence was ‘officially’ nicknamed ‘The Throstles’. However, ‘The Baggies’ nickname has been in use, unofficially and officially, for almost as long and various theories, some more plausible than others, exist for its origin.

One of the most common is the outsize – that is, ‘baggy’ – shorts worn by the players around the time West Bromwich Albion won the Football League for the first time in 1919/20, but baggy, knee-length ‘knickerbockers’ or ‘knickers’ pre-dated the nickname by many years. I must say, I often sport the same when I’m playing on casinoclic casino en ligne . Another stems from the protective moleskin trousers traditionally worn, often in low-slung fashion, with a belt rather than braces, by local ironworkers. Legend has it that, faced with legions of similarly-attired Albion supporters, ‘The Baggies’ nickname was coined by rival Aston Villa fans even before the turn of the twentieth century.

Yet another involves the gatekeepers at The Hawthorns, which has been home to West Bromwich Albion since 1900. On match days, they collected the takings in large cloth bags and carried it, under police escort, to an office beneath the grandstand, opposite the halfway line. This ritual soon prompted the chant ‘Here come the bag men!’ and, hence, ‘Here come the Baggies!’ Other theories include sponsorship by a local sports shop, which supplied kit bags, and a derogatory remark once made about thickset defender Amos Adams, but there appears to be no definitive answer.

Did Jack Charlton ever score for England?

Did Jack Charlton ever score for England? Inevitably, as an England goalscorer, John ‘Jack’ Charlton is overshadowed by his younger brother, Sir Robert ‘Bobby’ Charlton, who won 106 caps, as an attacking midfielder or forward, between 1958 and 1970 and scored 49 goals. By contrast, the older Charlton brother was an archetypal, uncompromising English centre-half, but did not make his debut for the national team until April 10, 1965, less than a month shy of his thirtieth birthday. When he did so, he lined up alongside captain Bobby Moore in the centre of a back four that also included George Cohen and Ray Wilson – as it would in the World Cup Final the following summer – in an international friendly against Scotland at the original Wembley Stadium.

Jack Charlton scored his first goal for England in a 3-0 win over Finland in another international friendly at Olympiastadion, Helsinki on June 26, 1966 and his second in a 2-0 win over Denmark in a similar contest at Parken, Copenhagen on July 3, 1966, in the warm-up to the World Cup finals tournament. Later in his career, Charlton would score twice more, in international friendlies against Romania and Portugal, both at Wembley, but his two competitive goals came in European Championship Qualifying; he scored the final goal in a 5-1 win against Wales at Wembley on November 16, 1966 and the third goal of the game, but the first for England, in a 3-2 defeat by Scotland, also at Wembley, on April 15, 1967. All told, Charlton won 35 caps for England between 1965 and 1970 and scored six goals.

How many times has Arsenal won the FA Cup?

How many times has Arsenal won the FA Cup? The Football Association Challenge Cup, popularly known as the FA Cup, was first contested during the 1871/1972 season and in its long, rich history has been held aloft by the Arsenal captain a record 14 times. Interestingly, just two of those victories came before World War II, in the Thirties, when Arsenal were the dominant force in English football. The first came under one of the most influential managers of his day, Herbert Chapman, in 1930 and the second under George Allison, who succeeded Chapman following his unexpected death from pneumonia, in 1934.

‘The Gunners’ did not win the FA Cup again until 1950, by which time Tom Whittaker, who had previously served as first team trainer under Chapman and Allison, had succeeded Allison as manager. In the Seventies, Bertie Mee led Arsenal to its first First Division – FA Cup ‘double’ in 1971, and Terry Neill guided the club to three successive FA Cup finals in 1978, 1979 and 1980, winning the so-called ‘Five-minute Final’ against Manchester United in 1978.

George Graham, who played in the double-winning side in 1971, was manager when Arsenal won the FA Cup again in 1993 but, following the appointment of Arsène Wenger – who would become the longest-serving and most successful manager in the history of the North London club – seven more victories followed between 1998 and 2017. By the time Mikel Arteta was appointed head coach at his former club in 2019, Arsenal already held the record for the most FA Cup wins, 13, but extended its lead over nearest rivals Manchester United by beating Chelsea in the delayed FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium the following August.

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