Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Panathinaikos FC vs. Madrid

An important UEFA Champions League soccer match between Panathinaikos FC and Madrid took place Tuesday night at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. Although we were unable to score tickets, we took the metro to the stadium about an hour before the game started to witness the electric atmosphere. 

The most unexpected spectacle for me occurred even before we arrived there, when the entire subway car, almost all wearing green to show support for the local team, spontaneously began singing a rousing anthem (which I later found out is extremely vulgar—probably enough to guarantee prompt arrest in the U.S.). We then rushed back to Manolis’s house to cheer for Panathinaikos and scarf down some (The Tipara = awesomeness.)

the boys eat pizza...

...the kitties get caviar