Winter weather, security concerns and UEFA rankings: Chelsea games at unusual venues

Our game at CSKA Moscow in 2004 actually took place at the stadium of their great rivals, Lokomotiv, while Nordsjaelland called Copenhagen’s Parken home for their solitary Champions League group campaign in 2012/13.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv opted to move their game against us in 2015 from the Bloomfield Stadium, where their neighbours Hapoel had beaten us at the beginning of the century, to the newly-opened Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, some 60 miles north and twice as big.

Hooliganism fears was the cited reason why our first European away game of the modern era, against Czech Republic’s Viktoria Zizkov in the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994, was shifted from Prague to the small city of Jablonec, near the Polish border. That didn’t prevent a huge travelling support taking over the 6,000-capacity Strelnice Stadion.


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