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Football night, Champions League matchday. This Tuesday night the two penultimate round of 16 matches of the Champions League will be played, in which Manchester United, Atlético de Madrid, Ajax and Benfica will play for the two places for the quarterfinals at stake today. The first two will do so at the Old Trafford stadium, after a draw (1-1) at the Wanda Metropolitano, while the second two will do so on Dutch soil, at the Johan Cruijff Arena, after another draw (2-2) at the Estadio da Luz in Portugal. Those who emerge victorious from tonight’s clashes will join Liverpool, Bayern, Real Madrid and Manchester Citywho have already achieved their pass to the next phase.

Those of Cholo Simeone have traveled to England to visit the home of Manchester United since 1919, the Old Trafford stadium, although during the day (and on numerous occasions) this field will be spoken of as the theatre of Dreams. Where does this nomenclature come from? Located in Great Manchester and with a capacity of around 76,000 fans, it is the largest football stadium in the United Kingdom.

The origin of this ‘nickname’ for the stadium comes from former England international and Manchester United icon Bobby Charlton. In the book ‘Soccer’ (1987), by John Riley, the Englishman defined the club’s stadium as “the theater of dreams”, and from then on this expression has always been associated with what is the home of Manchester United. Since then, the fans of the ‘red devils’ He has seen how many of his dreams have been fulfilled throughout history.

Chartlon, Ballon d’Or in 1996 and the best english player of all time and one of the best European footballers of the 20th century, according to FIFA, he is the second player with the most appearances and the second with the most goals in the history of Manchester United (249), only behind Wayne Rooney (250).


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