Rasunda: the place where myth Pele was born
Hanging by the Football winks to the Nordic football and goes to Stockholm, to Rasunda Stadium. Mythical venue that hosted in 1958 the birth of a star called Edson Arantes do Nascimento, or what is the same Pele.
But nevertheless, the history of this legendary temple of football comes from farther away, specifically the 17 May 1937, when Rasunda was opened with a friendly between Sweden and England, which he ended in British victory by a convincing 4-0.
Located in the district of Solna, to some 6 kilometers from the Swedish capital, Rasunda Stadium is the usual local computer, AIK Solna and Djurgardens IF occasions. Its fully glued to the grass stands make the hobby is in permanent contact with players, bringing to mind in its essence to the English countryside.
The most important moment was lived in stadium 1958, when Rasunda hosted the World Cup in Sweden. At, five games of the first phase vied, quarterfinal match, a semifinal and final. But, without a doubt, if anything highlighted this old scenario is for hosting the explosion of a star: Skin.
The World Cup semifinals witnessed how a boy of just 17 years was able to lead his team to the final of a world championship by scoring three goals in Brazil's victory over France by 5-2. goals, what an incredible impudence added Ball, and a blistering speed that foreshadowed what would eventually become O'Rei.
The final would be the ultimate consecration of Pele, which he helped give Brazil its first World Cup by beating the hosts by another 5-2. This time, the 10 Brazilian “solo” He could score two goals, It is earning him for the public to get up from their seats and surrendered to display Pele, however, He left without the title to hosts.
It was not until the 26 September 1965 when Rasunda live another moment summit. This time to beat the attendance record (52.943 viewers) the stadium in a qualifying match for the World Cup in England 66 between Sweden and Germany, which he ended with German victory 2-1 and the Swedes out of the World.
The next major milestone of the stadium would be Euro 1992, the latter with 8 teams. Despite not host the final (which is disputed in Goteborg), Rasunda hosted an interesting semifinal between Sweden and Germany, that like 27 years earlier, Teuton ended with victory, this time 3-2.
In 1995, Scandinavian stadium would host the Women's World Cup, thus becoming be the first stage to host the finals of the Cup of male and female World (the second and last is the Rose Bowl in California). At, Norwegian would be imposed to Germany in the final.
At club level, Rasunda also witnessed Chelsea's victory against Stuttgart in the final of the Cup Winners' Cup 1998, thanks to a goal from Italian Zola.
At present, Rasunda no longer exists or is even home to the selection of Kosovo, from which it was in the last months of life. In a tribute in which he attended Pele and many other stars of past and present that was to climax a friendly between Sweden and Brazil they closed its doors forever, welcoming the Friends Arena, an enclosure of 51.100 viewers with every luxury and retractable roof, where there was the famous Chilean goal of Ibrahimovic. Definitely, a worthy monument and tribute to his predecessor: Rasunda.