Hoffenheim v Manchester City: Champions League – live!

If JG Ballard did pre-match entertainment ... it may look like this dystopian nightmare. Pity poor Hoffi, the club mascot, pictured this evening lost in a brutalist labyrinth. And you thought he’d hit rock bottom when he got sent off for celebrating a Bobby Firmino goal back in the day.

The view outside the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, which is staging its first-ever Champions League match today. The club were in the fifth tier of the German pyramid a mere 18 years ago. Putting this rapid rise into some sort of context, it’s ten years ago today that Newcastle United temporary boss Joe Kinnear had a full and frank exchange of views with the Mirror’s Simon Bird, and that marvellously entertaining episode seems like only yesterday.

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