Flash back to almost a year ago with UEFA Cup arrived in Osijek for part of the European tour.
It’s hard to believe that it has almost been a year since the UEFA Cup arrived in Osijek. Here is what happened one year ago as some will remember that cold day in October. On October 19, 2017 many fans waited in the square Ante Starćevića to be able to take a look at a piece of Football History in Osijek. Much has change to the game since then as new soccer names make history.
UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour was in Osijek this past week giving many Football Fans a chance to live their dreams. The Trophy was on display in the main square (Trgu Ante Starčevića) on Wednesday October 19 (2016), and Hotel Osijek for Thursday October 20 (2016). Osijek was one of the lucky places to see it, as it only stopped here and Zagreb. This would be for many fans an early Christmas gift to have a chance like this in Osijek.
The arrival of the UEFA Trophy was with much fan fair with many standing in the cold for its arrival. With the bright red Transport Truck carrying its impressive cargo that arrived in Osijek. The Trailer was specially designed for the event with the ability to transform its upper deck as a staging area for the trophy. Spectators were able to go inside the trailer and up the stairs to have their picture taken with the iconic trophy. Some of the fans reported that they had to wait 2 hours for the chance to get a glimpse of the trophy. To keep their spirits alive and well the square provide many games and some musical entertainment.
For some of us that did not brave the cold evening, there was a second chance on Thursday morning. The trophy was moved to Hotel Osijek with the café along the Promenade to host the photo session. Many took advantage of it with buses arriving out of town for people of all ages to be able to be part of the event.
Football coaches and players from around the world can relate to the importance of having the winning game ball as a symbol of victory for the final game of the season. On display from some of the world’s biggest games in history with the winning game Footballs that won the final game in the UEFA, that has been signed by the players that made it happen. Some of the signatures you may know as they have stood the time of history in Football legacy.
Osijek over the year has been the place to be with many exciting events. To see these signatures from the great ones was really impressive.
It is interesting to note that since 2009, Champions League winners have not kept the real trophy. Instead a replica a full size replica is awarded to the winning trophy with their name engraved. There is a lot of history with the trophy as there were only five clubs that kept the trophy until the rules changed.