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The STADE DE LA MEINAU (French pronunciation: ​ ), commonly known as "LA MEINAU", is a football stadium in Strasbourg
Strasbourg
, France. It is the home ground of RC Strasbourg
Strasbourg
and has also hosted international matches, including one game of the 1938 World Cup , two games of Euro 1984 and the final of the Cup Winners\' Cup in 1988 . La Meinau has also been used as a venue for concerts and a mass by John Paul II
John Paul II
in 1988. The stadium is owned by the Strasbourg
Strasbourg
municipality and is rented by the RC Strasbourg.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Records * 3 France\'s national teams at la Meinau * 4 Non-sport events * 5 References * 6 External links

HISTORY

On 1 April 1914, as Strasbourg
Strasbourg
was still part of Germany following the Franco-Prussian War
Franco-Prussian War
, RC Strasbourg
Strasbourg
, then called FC Neudorf, signed a 300 Deutsche Mark
Deutsche Mark
lease to use the Haemmerlé Garten, essentially a pitch surrounded by the woods in the then mainly rural district of Meinau. This would eventually serve as the ground where the stadium was constructed. Between 1906 and 1914, the pitch had been used by another team, FC Frankonia, and several lawsuits were necessary to evict that team from the ground. Construction eventually proceeded and was completed in 1921 with a capacity of 30,000. During the 1938 FIFA World Cup
1938 FIFA World Cup
, La Meinau hosted a first round game that saw Brazil eliminate Poland 6–5 after extra-time thanks to a hat-trick by Leônidas who scored one of the very first Bicycle kicks in the history of football.

In the four decades that followed, the facility was left essentially untouched. When France won the right to host the European Championship with Strasbourg
Strasbourg
as a venue, La Meinau was rebuilt from the ground up at a cost of just over FRF 120 million. It became a compact, fully rectangular stadium with quarter-corners between the four main stands (North, South, West and East), not unlike Dortmund's Westfalenstadion . Inaugurated on April 18, 1984, two months before the Euro, La Meinau hosted a record 44,566 for the first-round match between West Germany and Portugal match (0–0). The stadium remained state-of-the-art through the 1980s and hosted the 1988 UEFA Cup Winners Cup
UEFA Cup Winners Cup
final that saw K.V. Mechelen defeat Ajax Amsterdam
Ajax Amsterdam
1–0 .

After the tragic events of Heysel , Hillsborough and Furiani , safety regulations were reinforced, progressively limiting the number of standing places. This change severely affected La Meinau since the stadium had large standing-only terraces all around the pitch. Capacity dropped from the initial 45,000 to 26,000, all seated. Hence, in 1996, RC Strasbourg
Strasbourg
could not rely on a large attendance when they hosted AC Milan
AC Milan
for the 1995–96 UEFA Cup . In 1993, La Meinau was considered as a strong potential candidate to host games for World Cup 1998 by Michel Platini , who organized the tournament, especially because of its proximity to Germany and Central Europe
Central Europe
in general. However, at a time when the local team was performing erratically, the City of Strasbourg
Strasbourg
was unwilling to assume the cost of the works necessary to host the World Cup – estimated at FRF 200 million – citing other costly projects under way, especially the tram . (Since Metz
Metz
also declined an invitation to host the cup, there were no games in 1998 in the whole Northeastern France.)

La Meinau was last refurbished in 2001 and its current capacity for league games is 29,320. When France prepared its bid to host Euro 2016 , Strasbourg
Strasbourg
came up again as a potential venue. However, RC Strasbourg
Strasbourg
had by then fallen into a steep sporting and financial decline that ultimately led to the liquidation of its professional section and a restart in the French fifth division. With no prospect of a profitable investment, the municipality withdrew from consideration as a host city and La Meinau was again left out of a major renovation. RC Strasbourg
Strasbourg
taking on Olympique de Marseille at La Meinau in the opening game of the 2007/8 Ligue 1
Ligue 1
season

RECORDS

* RECORD ATTENDANCE: 44,566 on 14 June 1984

West Germany v Portugal

14 June 1984 17:15

WEST GERMANY 0 – 0 PORTUGAL

(Report)

La Meinau , Strasbourg
Strasbourg
Attendance: 44,566 Referee: Romualdas Yushka (Soviet Union)

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* RECORD ATTENDANCE FOR A DOMESTIC LEAGUE GAME: 39,033 on 20 November 1992

RC Strasbourg
Strasbourg
v Olympique Marseille
Olympique Marseille

20 November 1992 20:00

RC STRASBOURG 2 – 2 OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE

Frank Leboeuf 64' Jean-Jacques Etamé 85' (Report) Alen Bokšić 17' Franck Sauzée 49'

La Meinau , Strasbourg
Strasbourg
Attendance: 39,033 Referee: Lartigot

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FRANCE\'S NATIONAL TEAMS AT LA MEINAU

The France national football team
France national football team
have played three games in Strasbourg.

France v Norway

6 November 1968 20:45

FRANCE 0 – 1 NORWAY

(Report) Odd Iversen 67'

La Meinau , Strasbourg
Strasbourg
Referee: Francescoo Francescon (Italy)

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France v West Germany

18 April 1984 20:45

FRANCE 1 – 0 WEST GERMANY

Bernard Genghini 79' (Report)

La Meinau , Strasbourg
Strasbourg
Referee: Vincenzo Barbaresco (Italy)

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France v Finland

29 May 1996 20:45

FRANCE 2 – 0 FINLAND

Patrice Loko 15' Reynald Pedros 18' (Report)

La Meinau , Strasbourg
Strasbourg
Referee: Edgar Steinborn (Germany)

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The France women\'s national football team has played two games in Strasbourg.

France v United States

15 April 1995 18:00

FRANCE 0 – 3 UNITED STATES

(Report) Carin Jennings-Gabarra 3' Kristine Lilly 55' Mia Hamm
Mia Hamm
65'

La Meinau , Strasbourg
Strasbourg
Attendance: 19,535 Referee: Unknown

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France v Czech Republic

20 April 2002 15:00

FRANCE 4 – 1 CZECH REPUBLIC

Sandrine Soubeyrand 5' Marinette Pichon 31' Stéphanie Mugneret-Béghé 39' Gaëlle Blouin 49' (Report) Pavlína Ščasná 90'

La Meinau , Strasbourg
Strasbourg
Referee: Unknown

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The French national rugby union team has played one game in Strasbourg.

4 November 1989 20:00

FRANCE 15 – 32 AUSTRALIA

PEN: Cambérabéro (4/4) 4', 18', 21', 41' DROP: Cambérabéro 10' (Report) TRIES: Horan 36', 79' Williams 46' Campese 64 CON: Lynagh (2/4) 46', 64' PEN: Lynagh (4/4) 8', 13', 53', 56'

Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg
Strasbourg
Attendance: 29,568 Referee: Burger

NON-SPORT EVENTS

Lou Reed performed in 1993 and John Paul II
John Paul II
visited in 1988

DATE EVENT

9 October 1988 Pope John Paul II
John Paul II
mass On the occasion of Strasbourg's 2000th Anniversary

23 June 1993 U2 Concert Supported by The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground

9 September 1994 Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
Concert

22 June 2003 Johnny Hallyday
Johnny Hallyday
Concert Supported by Yannick Noah

REFERENCES

* ^ Racingstub stadium history * ^ Marcel Scotto, " La Meinau donne des regrets au Strasbourgeois, Le Monde, 17 octobre 1995. Match report * ^ Marcel Scotto, "L'Alsace et la Lorraine privées de Coupe du monde", Le Monde, 5 juin 1998; Antoine Latham, "L'occasion manquée de la ville de Strasbourg", Les Echos, 7juillet 1998 * ^ http://mcsinfo.u-strasbg.fr/article.php?cPath=4" rowspan="1">Preceded by Spiros Louis Stadium
Stadium
Athens
Athens
European Cup Winners Cup
European Cup Winners Cup
Final Venue 1988 Succeeded by Wankdorf Stadium
Stadium
Bern
Bern

* v * t * e

RC Strasbourg
Strasbourg

* Club * Squad * Players * Managers * Seasons * Honours * Stadium

* 2000–01 season * 2009–10 season * 2010–11 season

* v * t * e

2017–18 Ligue 1 venues

* Allianz Riviera * de Roudourou * de l\'Aube * de la Beaujoire * de la Licorne * de la Meinau * de la Mosson * Gaston Gérard * Geoffroy-Guichard * Louis II * Matmut Atlantique * Michel d\'Ornano * Municipal de Toulouse * Parc des Princes
Parc des Princes
* Parc OL * Pierre-Mauroy * Raymond Kopa * Roazhon * Saint-Symphorien * Vélodrome

* v * t * e

1938 FIFA World Cup
1938 FIFA World Cup
stadiums

* Stade du Fort Carré (Antibes) * Parc Lescure (Bordeaux) * Stade municipal (La Havre) * Stade Victor Boucquey (Lille) * Stade Gerland (cancelled) (Lyon) * Stade Vélodrome
Stade Vélodrome
(Marseille) * Parc des Princes
Parc des Princes
(Paris) * Stade Olympique de Colombes (Paris) * Vélodrome Municipal (Reims) * Stade de la Meinau
Stade de la Meinau
(Strasbourg) * Stade Chapou (Toulouse)

* v * t * e

UEFA Euro 1984
Euro 1984
stadiums

* Parc des Princes
Parc des Princes
( Paris
Paris
) * Stade Vélodrome