Football Travel Podcast: Episode Two

  In this podcast we cover:   Football and Social Media, with Chris Nee (01:08): We get a social media expert’s view on how social media has impacted the sport, and how football clubs are using social media channels to build deeper relationships with fans. Are they doing a good job? What’s next for social media […]

Football Travel: AS Saint-Etienne

The club perhaps best known for fielding Michel Platini is a big draw for football fans from across the globe. Euro 2016 venue Le Stade Geoffroy-Guichard was also the venue of that Michael Owen goal at France ’98.   L’Association Sportive Saint-Etienne Loire (ASSE) was formed in 1919, turning pro in 1933. ‘Les Verts’ (the […]

Valencia CF club shop

Football Travel Guide to Valencia

Spain’s third largest city is arguably one of Europe’s most underrated destinations. It is home to two football teams, great food and weather, incredible beaches, plus a whole host of culture besides. Valencia is a great place for a city break, so here’s your football travel guide to Valencia…   Valencia is an explosive city. […]

QPR fans

Make time to visit the ‘other’ London football clubs

If you’re from overseas and want to expand your horizons beyond Arsenal, Spurs or Chelsea, then here are some alternatives for your London football weekend. It’s definitely worth exploring the other London football clubs. Home tickets at London’s big three football clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur – can be tough to come by […]

The Copenhagen Derby

The Copenhagen Derby: Brøndby IF and FC København are by far biggest clubs in Denmark and once again their rivalry will come to a test, as the two clubs will play out one league match and two semi-finals in the cup during April 2016. The Copenhagen Derby always provides drama, great atmosphere and high tension […]

Argentina fans Brazil 2014

Gallery: Going to the Match Around the World

There’s a ritual that all football fans share around the world – the walk to the stadium. Salford-based artist LS Lowry captured this moment famously in his painting ‘Going to the Match’ (1953).   I’ve collected together some of my favourite pre-match shots from around the world, which I hope you enjoy.   To see more football […]

Football Travel: AC Milan

One of world football’s most illustrious teams in one of its largest stadiums; we pay the San Siro a visit to see its red-and-black tenant, AC Milan.   There is no disputing AC Milan’s place at the top table of world football, but on my visit – on a wet, winter Sunday against mid-table Udinese […]

Football Travel: Hibernian Football Club

We pop down to Leith to check on the famous Hibernian FC at Easter Road, the club’s home since 1893.   In Edinburgh’s northern port district of Leith, celebrated in song so often by local brothers The Proclaimers, the green framework of Easter Road stadium stands out against the melancholy mix of housing and the […]

Luigi Ferraris stadium

Football Travel: Genoa

We pay a visit to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, home of Italy’s oldest club, Genoa CFC, and cross-city rivals Sampdoria.   The sea has shaped the Italian port of Genoa’s destiny. From here, local navigator Christopher Columbus set out to seek Spanish sponsorship to find a sea route to India, and also from where Giuseppe […]

Selhurst Park Crystal Palace

Football Travel: Crystal Palace FC

Want the classic English redbrick stadium setting but with all the atmosphere of the Bundesliga? Head to Selhurst Park in South London…   Something’s stirring in the southern reaches of London’s terraced suburbia. Fed up with the stale atmosphere that has blighted the all-seater era of English football, in 2005 a group of Crystal Palace […]

St Mary's Stadium, Southampton

Football Travel: Southampton FC

Few people know it, but football owes the city of Southampton a great deal. From the man who introduced football to Brazil to some of Europe’s most famous kits, the English southern port has played a role. We went down to St Mary’s to witness a true renaissance team.   The industrial port of Southampton […]

Football Travel: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Berti Vogts, Günter Netzer, Jupp Heynckes, Rainer Bonhof– all legends in Germany – helped make Borussia Mönchengladbach the only serious opposition to Bayern Munich for much of the seventies.   Due to their youthfulness the team was known as Die Fohlenelf – the eleven foals – and in the 1970s they won the Bundesliga five […]

Football Travel: Real Betis

Real Betis from Seville’s southern suburbs offers a lively experience. I went down to the Benito Villamarín stadium to witness a club where optimism outstrips expectation. A couple of miles south of Seville’s historical centre off a grey arterial road you will find the concrete hulk of the Estadio Benito Villamarín. It might not be […]

Football Travel: Sevilla FC

Seville, Spain – the city of Carmen and the home of Flamenco – also boasts two football clubs. The more successful one – particularly in recent years – is Sevilla FC. I went along to the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán to experience it for myself.   The fortunes of Seville’s two main football clubs – Sevilla FC […]