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'ΑΕΛ' Pitch Maintenance Pending. Lakonia (Λακώνια, Κρήτη) Crete.

14-08-2009 · Comments (12)
Categories: Crete  Fuji 160S  Hasselblad SWC/M  

A place I have passed many times in Crete and have meant photograph, but, it has taken me ten years. Yes, a bloody football pitch. For years it was just a football pitch but recently they have built some huge college right next door to it. The area is called Lakonia (Λακώνια) there are about 6 villages in the area but everyone seems to talk about Lakonia (Λακώνια) rather than the individual villages.
Anyway, I am always taken by the football pitches in Crete as they are always so unwelcoming. 90% of the time they are covered in gravel, which is just what you want for tackling - I always wince at the thought of the skin being rubbed away and then having to sit there picking grit out of the wounds! The other thing is that they always have that air of dereliction about them. This one is a rather nice shade of yellow and 'ΑΕΛ' as far as I can tell refers to a well known football team. The Greeks are nuts about football - a sweeping generalisation I know, but, they are. So, here is an aerial view of the football pitch and the general Lakonia (Λακώνια) area. The area of red earth to the right of the pitch is where the college is now located.

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