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 […]

Belenenses

Football Travel: Belenenses

We visit one of the most scenic grounds in world football, Restelo, the home of Os Belenenses, and its privileged view over the Tagus estuary.   Here’s a question for you: The ‘Big Three’ of Portuguese football – Benfica, Sporting and FC Porto – between them have won all the country’s league championships since its […]

Amex Brighton

Football Travel: Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton is one of the classic British seaside locations, so a weekend in Sussex by the sea is a must. We visit a team now back in top flight football. Brighton & Hove Albion is a true phoenix club. At the time of writing the Seagulls are back in the top flight for the first […]

Football Travel: Estoril Praia

The seaside town of Estoril, west of Lisbon, has a rich sporting heritage. We visit its top-flight club, Estoril Praia, for an afternoon of winter sun.   Estoril, a 30-minute ride out of Lisbon, has many claims to fame. Its casino is reputed to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale from the time […]

AFC Wimbledon action

Football Travel: AFC Wimbledon

The second incarnation of a football club from Wimbledon, South West London, is steadily gathering momentum. Outside Write popped down to Kingsmeadow to watch AFC Wimbledon and see how things are taking shape. Going to watch AFC Wimbledon at the ground it shares with non-league Kingstonian is like going back in time. A hand-written, franked […]

Benfica fans

Football Travel: Benfica

Lisbon’s ‘Eagles’ are one of European football’s biggest names. Despite no longer competing for top honours, a pilgrimage to the Estadio da Luz is a must for any football traveller.   Historically, it’s one of Europe’s most successful clubs. Benfica – or Sport Lisboa e Benfica (SLB) to use its full name – also has […]

A.S. Livorno

Football Travel: A.S. Livorno

An Easter break in Livorno would not be complete without taking in a match. Outside Write contributor Michael Saxton joins the Tifosi Livornesi for a must-win night game against fellow promotion chasing rivals Virtus Lanciano.   Livorno, Italy. The chances are you will not know where it is or what it’s about; so let me help […]

Curva Sud AS Roma

Football Travel: AS Roma

A trip to the Eternal City is incomplete without a visit to the epic Stadio Olimpico, home of AS Roma and cross-town rivals SS Lazio. As far as football weekends in European capital cities go, Rome is pretty easy. The 82,000-capacity Stadio Olimpico – host of the 1960 Olympic Games and 1990 World Cup final […]

HSV fans

Football Travel: Hamburger SV

Here’s a bit of football trivia for you. What’s the only German club never to be relegated? The answer is Hamburger Sport-Verein – otherwise known as HSV – whose famous Rothosen (Red Shorts) have been donned by the likes of Uwe Seeler and Kevin Keegan. The club’s heyday was in the early ‘80s – HSV […]

Royal Antwerp fans

Football Travel: Royal Antwerp FC

The Belgian city of Antwerp has a relatively rich sporting history. The host city for the 1920 Summer Olympics was also European Capital of Sport in 2013, and will host a stage of the 2015 Tour de France.   It’s also home to ‘The Great Old’ – Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium’s first football club.   […]

Ajax banner Amsterdam Arena

Football Travel: Ajax v Feyenoord

Ajax versus Feyenoord – De Klassieker (‘The Classic’) – is the biggest match in Dutch football and one of world football’s fiercest rivalries. “While Amsterdam dreams, Rotterdam works”, goes the saying…in Rotterdam. The port team’s club Feyenoord has little time for Amsterdam’s artistry. This could be reflected in the way the two teams play – […]

Club Brugge

Football Travel: Club Brugge

The narrow-minded view of Belgium is that there’s not much more to it than beer and chocolate. I would guard against that view, but if you do want beer and chocolate, then the two meet in great quality and wonderful abundance in Bruges, one of Europe’s most special cities. Bruges, and more specifically the 30,000-seater […]

OGC Nice

Football Travel: OGC Nice

For one of the easiest travel-football experiences you could want in a brand new stadium, check out OGC Nice on the Côte d’Azur.   I feel sorry for the French Ligue 1. It’s Europe’s sixth most-attended league, and yet has just one European Cup to show for it; that great Marseilles team of the early […]