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Real Madrid play a side with the best stadium name in football tomorrow night

The European champions take on Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey

Clubs retiring shirt numbers to honour a special player is pretty commonplace in football.

Naming a stand after a club hero is – as Liverpool did with Kenny Dalglish recently – also a regular gesture.


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The Kenny Dalglish Stand in all its glory

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The Kenny Dalglish Stand in all its glory

But how about naming a stadium after a player who never represented the club?

Riddle me that.

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Real Madrid take on Spanish minnows Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night.

And their stadium is named after a familiar face – or foe in Real’s case.


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That’s because Fuenlabrada’s ground is literally called the Estadio Fernando Torres, named after former Liverpool and Chelsea striker and the town’s most famous son.

Players such as Fernando Torres helped win points on their own at Anfield

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That’s right, the Estadio Fernando Torres

Torres was born in Fuenlabrada but never represented the club, instead snapped up by the Atletico Madrid youth academies when he was just 11-years-old.

But the 33-year-old was immortalised in his home town back in 2010 to recognise his rise to national treasure status.

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Fuenlabrada are currently second in Group 1 of Segunda B in the Spanish league pyramid and the ground has a capacity of approximately 2,500.

This Copa del Rey clash, then, is almost certainly the biggest game in the club’s history.

As Atletico’s prodigal son, Torres could effectively help knock their great city rivals out without even contributing a playing part.


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