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Argentine soccer club Boca Juniors installed devices that vibrate the club’s training pitches as a way to prepare young players to play in a stadium known for its hustle and bustle under the feet of enthusiastic fans.
Juan Román Riquelme, the club’s former midfielder and current vice-president, said Boca’s Bombonera stadium is known to shake when fans jump together in big matches, but the experience can be uncomfortable for young and young players.
“This doesn’t happen anywhere else. It is the only stadium that moves. When you are there you can feel the movement of the stadium”, she added in a video clip on the club’s social media channels.
And Boca Club recently installed a series of devices that generate compressed air, which makes the training fields vibrate. The devices are linked to the club’s social media accounts. So when fans press like, the club turns it into a training ground toss-up.
Boca, based in Buenos Aires, has 4.5 million followers on Twitter, 6.4 million on Instagram and 8.7 million on Facebook.
“You have to be ready to play on behalf of Boca. We are preparing the young people who will reach the ranks of the first team tomorrow. We are preparing them for football… and psychologically too,” said a video clip released by the club.
Boca is one of the biggest teams in South America and has the most passionate fans. The club witnessed the rise of players like Diego Maradona, Carlos Tevez and Claudio Caniggia.
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