We entered Delije's sacred place in Munich: It still echoes with "Dejan, Dejan, Dejan..."
The Olympic Stadium in Munich is fondly remembered by Red Star fans (Delije)
Video: Ušli smo na sveto mesto Delija u Minhenu
Ahead of the match between Bayern Munich and Red Star in the first round of Group B of the Champions League (Wednesday, 9 pm, Arena Sport 1, RTS 1), Telegraf visited what many Delije consider to be a cult and holy place in Munich.
A place where history was created 28 years ago, when Red Star (Crvena Zvezda) last played away against Bayern Munich. On that April 10, 1991, the match was played at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, which has now been transformed into a recreational and historical park, which preserves the memories of the 1972 Olympic Games, when the stadium opened.
Today, the entire Olympic complex has been transformed into a recreational sports center, with cycling and jogging tracks, tennis courts and beach volleyball, and other sports and recreational facilities in a cozy, leafy green setting...
You can only enter the Olympic Stadium by paying a 3.5 euro ticket. As you approach the box office you can feel the spirit of history and old times and what the stadium used to look like.
Narrow rows, folding metal chairs, high bars between rows, deep canals around the bottom of the stands... When you compare this to Allianz Arena, you experience real tempral teleportation.
But, despite being overrun by modern times and football no longer being played at the Olympic Stadium, since the construction of Allianz Arena, you can still feel its soul and admire this true architectural marvel, and one of the most beautiful stadiums of its time, which still retains its charm today.
It will be forever remembered by Red Star fans as a sacred place, where arguably the biggest away win in the history of the club has been achieved. As you walk down the stands of the Olympic Stadium, a movie of the incredible atmosphere with about 20,000 Delije starts playing in your head - an absolute record for Red Star fans.
Memories comes back also of the famous counterattack by Dejan Savicevic, and the voice of commentator Milojko Pantic shouting the now famous "Dejan, Dejan, Dejan..."
Red Star won 2-1 that day thanks to the goals scored by Darko Pancev and Dejan Savicevic, who neutralized Bayern's lead. Two weeks later in Belgrade, Red Star managed to preserve that advantage and secure a place in the European Champions Cup final in Bari - and the rest is history...
(Telegraf's special reporter from Munich, Dusan Ustevic)
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