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The Kop at Anfield Road, Liverpool - Where emotions are magic!

2009-09-30
Football is about emotions. It creates the atmosphere! Few places in the world can compare with the atmosphere on Anfield Road. Especially one part of the stadium lives up to its reputation to host the most passion supporters in the world; it`s called the Kop. In the match where Liverpool played against Hull it was fully demonstrated.
Photo. The Kop before the match between Liverpool and Hull on 25 September 2009 started.

The stadium currently comprises four stands: Spion Kop, Main Stand, Centenary Stand and Anfield Road, giving a total capacity of 45,276. The record attendance at the stadium is 61,905 which was set in a match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1952. This record was set prior to the ground's conversion to an all-seater stadium in 1994; the changes, which were a result of the Taylor Report, greatly reduced capacity.

Photo. Pål Møller, the chairman of Liverpool Supporter Club in Norway.

....resembling a hill near Ladysmith, South Africa that was the scene of the Battle of Spion Kop in the Second Boer War.

Photo. Ole Røen from Vinstra in Norway has followed the team since 1974. He has played togheter with some of the stars in Liverpool in a show match, and there is a photo of him on the wall with the players.

Time has changed, and so has The Kop. After the Kop was rebuild due to safety regulations, the capasity has been reduced from 30,000 to 16,000. The atmosphere is still fantastic, but not as good as it was before. Anyway experience a match at Anfield Road is really something. The feelings of being there together with so many people sharing something togheter is ...

Reclaim The Kop, often referred to as RTK, is a campaign among fans of Liverpool Football Club to restore the matchday atmosphere within The Kop specifically, and Anfield more generally. It was established by a group of Liverpool fans in October 2006, and publicly launched in January 2007. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reclaim_The_Kop

The manager in Manchester City, Mark Hughes, he expressed what emotions is about in football. In the local derby between Manchester United and Manchester City emotions took overhand.

Hughes defended Craig Bellamy and Emmanuel Adebayor despite their recent controversies, insisting that he wanted all his players to have passion for the game of football.

"You have to have passion and be on the edge. That can make the difference between a very good, technically gifted player becoming a very good player who will have an impact on more games than not because that passion can give you the edge you need," he said.

"You can't take emotion out of football, or any sport for that matter, because that is fundamental to what you are trying to create - that passion from the players' point of view is fundamental to how they grow as a player and develop as a top player.

Mark Hughes has absolute right about that. When the supporters on The Kop encourage their players, they lift the to great hights. They are called the 12th player and their influence in the play is definitely true. With such passion their transfer their

The managers Mark Hughes and Arsene Wenger reignited their four-year war of words over a new clash between Manchester City and Arsenal. Manchester City won 3-0 in the Carling Cup (ligeua cup) Arsenal 3 Desember 2009. City is now ready for the semi-final against Manchester United next month.

After the match, the Arsenal manager Wenger said: "That (handshake) is nothing to do with the game. I’m free to shake hands with whom I want after a game. I have nothing more to say about it. Yes it is (professional courtesy to shake hands). Perhaps I have no professional courtesy."

It`s all about emotians!

Stein Morten Lund, 3 December 2009

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