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The storm that left 4-10 inches of snow in the Washington area last night/this morning and is now bearing down on New York and New England has stirred Insider memories of soccer played in wintry conditions. First to come to mind is the 1997 Euro Cup Winners' Cup match between Tromso IL and Chelsea. Tromso hosted that first leg in October, which doesn't seem like a bad time of the year -- except the city is 200 miles into the Arctic Circle! Read about the Norwegians' 3-2 victory here. "That was just a farce," Chelsea Manager Ruud Gullit said.

Watch the video down there. (Audio is a must.) By the way, Chelsea won the return leg in London, 7-1.

As an added bonus, Estonia's 2-0 victory over visiting Canada (soundtrack provided by Nickelback):

Any other soccer-in-the-snow favorites?

By Steve Goff  |  March 2, 2009; 11:03 AM ET
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"Chelsea Manager Ruud Gullit?"

Posted by: afadgsafhgd | March 2, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

How about the U.S. 1-0 over Poland in Kaiserlautern, Germany? I think it was around March 2006 in the run up to the world cup. It started snowing halfway through the game and they had to bring out the high visibilitiy neon-yellow soccer ball, much to the amusement of the crowd.

Posted by: hasm314 | March 2, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"Chelsea Manager Ruud Gullit?"

Posted by: afadgsafhgd | March 2, 2009 11:16 AM

I mean, can you provide more info? I had no idea.

Posted by: afadgsafhgd | March 2, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Taylor Twellman scoring for Univ of MD in an NCAA tournament match I believe and then hopping onto a big mound of snow that had been plowed off Ludwig Field

Posted by: ahelms10 | March 2, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The game my kids are playing in the front yard right now.

Posted by: joedoc1 | March 2, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Just by seeing the Norwegian club name, and a bunch of players surrounded by white on the poor quality video still, I thought it was a link to a hockey match...

Posted by: carmines757 | March 2, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Gullit was a player and then player-manager for Chelsea in the mid- and late 1990s.

Posted by: Steve Goff | March 2, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"That was just a farce"

Sums up his managerial career quite nicely

Posted by: Kev29 | March 2, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

LOL, afad, you must not get out much. It was kind of mentioned alot when Gullit was pretending to coach the Galaxy.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | March 2, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

There was the IU-St. John's College Cup final a few years back at Crew Stadium. That was the worst snow I've ever seen at an American match.

Posted by: aaronstol1 | March 2, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

St. Pauli beating Werder Bremen in the German Cup. Orange ball, lots of falling, me winning a jersey off a long-shot bet against Bremen.

Posted by: eadc | March 2, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

And just think - had the DCU/Terps exhibition kicked off as originally scheduled, it would have gone off without a hitch. Now we'll be lucky if it even goes at all.

Posted by: combedge | March 2, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

For those who don't speak Estonian, the announcer predicted that DC United would win the MLS Cup, the Supporter's Sheild, the US Open Cup, the CONCACAF Champs League (next year), the resulting Inter Continental Cup and the World Club Cup. : )

Posted by: 9Nine9 | March 2, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Everything is a farce when Ruud Gullit loses...

Posted by: Eugene7 | March 2, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The UMD- Uconn National Quarterfinal Match in 2001? was played on a plowed ludwig field and the bleachers had snowpiles in the first couple of rows. I used the snow pile as a foot rest. That was a good one.
The Indiana U, St. Johns NCAA final was a snowey affair. The drive home from cowlumbus was fun.

Posted by: jjfooty | March 2, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I twittered today.

The end is near.

Posted by: joedoc1 | March 2, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

ESPN has the DC United season preview up if you haven't seen it:

Posted by: amwehl | March 2, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Would've been better if Nickelback had not been involved. Wow those guys stink.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 2, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I always enjoy things having to do with Ken Bates-era Chelsea. They were much more interesting than the current version. Anyone remember Pierluigi Casiraghi?

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 2, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I twittered today.
The end is near.

Posted by: joedoc1 | March 2, 2009 12:29 PM

The 7 signs of the Joe Doc apocalypse:

1. Twittering
2. Throwing away Molly Hatchet Albums
3. Changing political outlook to "Liberal Democrat."
4-7. Wasn't #3 enough?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 2, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't that be the Joe Docalypse then?
Not that I want to flirt with disaster or anything...

Posted by: eadc | March 2, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

That BBC story spelled it Jan Luca Vialli?

LOL, did they try to sound it out?

Posted by: DemonJuice | March 2, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

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