Stadion - Stožice (foto: Uradni Twitter profil kluba/zveze)
In an unconventional response to adverse weather conditions, staff at Olimpija Ljubljana, a Slovenian football club, resorted to using towels to dry their waterlogged pitch ahead of a key Conference League match against French team Lille.
This unusual method, aimed at making the field playable, became a viral sensation on social media.
The pitch at Stožice Stadium in Ljubljana was heavily soaked due to recent poor weather, leaving it muddy and filled with puddles. In a bid to improve the conditions before their European encounter with Lille, Olimpija Ljubljana's staff employed an array of towels across the field, hoping to absorb the excess water.
A video capturing this unique pitch preparation method quickly spread across social media platforms, drawing attention and amusement from the global football community. The footage showed ground staff spreading towels on the grass, a technique that, while not entirely effective, demonstrated their commitment to ensuring the game could proceed.
Despite the efforts to improve the playing surface, Olimpija Ljubljana faced a tough game, with Remy Cabella and Yusuf Yazici scoring goals for Lille's victory. However, the post-match discussions were dominated by the viral footage of the pitch preparation rather than the game itself.
This incident highlights the challenges teams can face due to weather conditions and the importance of having adequate infrastructure to manage such situations. It also showcases the resourcefulness and dedication of club staff in trying to provide the best possible conditions for players and fans.