Subbuteo fans currently staying at home in self isolation can look forward to one big event when the virus is finally defeated – an all new Subbuteoland that will serve as the home of the game worldwide.
Subbuteoland is an incredible new concept set to open in Italy once the country has recovered from the horror of coronavirus – and it is definitely a real glimmer of hope for those of us who love to flick to kick.
Subbuteoland is the brainchild of Saverio Bari, the European Champion of table football and the number two player in the world.
Based in Reggio Emilia, half way between Parma and Bologna in the north of the country, it will be the home of Italian Subbuteo and features tens of tables, a bar and Subbuteo decorations all in one place.
The stunning building will host tournaments, train players and act as a hub for the game in Italy, a sort of national centre for table football and everybody who loves Subbuteo.
The centre was first announced in August last year and was set to open its doors this month. However, with much of Italy in lockdown after the outbreak of Covid-19 and the number of deaths rising it has sensibly postponed the first events.
A statement from the club simply shows an empty clubhouse with the message: ” We are ready! But to defeat the #coronavirus we have to stay at home. A statement from the club simply shows an empty clubhouse with the message: “
However, when Italy does defeat the coronavirus – and it will – Subbuteoland will open its doors as the first of its kind in the world.
Let’s hope a similar idea will take off in England as the number of people discovering and coming back to the sport increases.
In the meantime, stay safe, stay self isolated and we look forward to flicking with you all soon.