The Champions League final is a mess and a happiness. The main result of the show in Istanbul.
Grigory Telingater Jun 12, 2023 12:00 UTC Audio Version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Grigory Telingater speaks from Turkey about things that were not included in the broadcast of the game.
It takes time to realize such an ending. I had to run around the stadium, look up the fans’ performances, collect the impressions of the stars, and then convey the atmosphere of the historic match. In all this fuss, it is difficult to immediately assess what is happening. But after a while, when you calm down a bit, there comes an understanding of where you were and what you saw.
And it really depends on your own attitude. You can talk about how everything turned out great, bright and emotional. And you can pay attention to problems with the organization. Each entry has a meaningful argument. And then one thing clings to another: positive – negative.
The atmosphere in the stands is elegant, but the field was so far away that even with a good view it is uncomfortable to watch the football. The stadium itself is really beautiful, but it was rebuilt somewhere on the outskirts of the city. Do not leave the territory for more than an hour. Many fan shops were opened, but already 10 minutes after the end of the match there was nothing left but scarves. Not even City’s championship jerseys were found, the sale of which was postponed until the final whistle.
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Champions League finals (like World Cups) are always a disaster. Many questions arose even for the 2018 World Cup, which was well organized.
And here there is a great desire to fall into “not everything is so simple”, because good and bad really combine. But there are still undeniable things. For example, the post-match logistics in Istanbul fell through. At 1:50 am I went to the subway near the stadium. The flight attendants, police officers and subway employees took a great photo together.
Hostesses, police officers and subway employees took a great photo together
When they were done, none of them could tell me if the subway would close at 2:00 am or if it would continue to operate. Okay, butlers, but even the cops didn’t know. Although one of them, after a while, nevertheless assured that the metro would not be closed at all and would work all night.
This was important for my colleague Dima Golubovich, who returned later than me, because he took 12,000 photos at night and reviewed them at the stadium until 3:00 am. As a result, the subway was not closed, as the policeman promised. The trains stopped running! Nobody explained anything to people, they went downstairs, waited for the train, and then turned around and went to find a taxi. I can hardly imagine how service coordination can exist at this level.
Although the most tin – the situation with ferries. Inter fans were the first to leave the stadium. It is understandable: they were not so interested in the prize. And all these sad Italians were sent to buses, of which there were at least 50 pieces. So these ferries got stuck in a traffic jam, having traveled literally 200-300 meters.
It turned out to be a strange sight. I walked between these buses, the word turned out to be … if not in hell, then in purgatory. Many tired people are stuck in some kind of border space. For them, time seems to have stopped.
Although, on the other hand, the City fans were close. After the game they danced and sang as if it were the last time. Usually they were aware of some kind of problem with transportation.