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Among the Hugs: A Visit to Wembley

Forget hooliganism. When Barca and Man-U clashed in the Champions League final, the most dangerous things in the air were songs.

Originally Published: June 8, 2011
By Chris Ryan

The Australian-born, Queens Park, London resident sitting next to me on our British Airways flight was putting in a good shift as an aerial tour guide, but I could tell he was getting a bit tired of the whole act. "To the, ah, north? Yeah? I guess over there … that's the Emirates. Over there is Stamford Bridge. No, I don't know where The Den is, mate. Sorry."

Throughout the entire approach to Heathrow, I had made my neighbor point out every football ground he could identify. ...

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