Football Travel Podcast: The Roots of AC Milan and Australian Groundhopping

This week we discover the Nottingham roots of one of the world’s greatest clubs, AC Milan, plus we take a look at how ‘soccer’ is competing for attention against the more established football codes in Australia. The Roots of AC Milan (00:51): We talk to author Robert Nieri and LeftLion, the team behind The Lord […]

Football Travel Podcast: Spain’s First Football Club and Groundhopping in Italy

  Spain’s first football club (00:47): We catch up with Charlotte Mackay, great-granddaughter of William Alexander Mackay, founder of Spain’s first football club, Real Club Recreativo de Huelva. Charlotte acts as UK ambassador for ‘Recre’ so we discuss how the club was started and grew. For more on this subject, check out our in-depth article […]

Football Travel Podcast: The State of Calcio and Netherlands Groundhopping

Coming up in Episode 13: The State of Calcio (00:51): You remember Channel 4’s Gazzetta Football Italia from the nineties, right? James Richardson sat down with journalists Paolo Baldini and James Horncastle to reflect on the show highlights and the current state of calcio at the Union Chapel, London. We went along and caught up […]

Genoa CFC

Genoa CFC and the English Roots of Calcio

The sea has long shaped the port of Genoa’s destiny. From here, local navigator Christopher Columbus set out to seek sponsorship from the Spanish crown to find a new sea route to India. It’s also where Giuseppe Garibaldi set sail on his famous Expedition of the Thousand, a key moment in the Risorgimento. In the […]

Football Travel Podcast: The History of the Ultrà Movement and

We welcome two more great guests to the show this month covering two fascinating topics:   The History of the Ultrà Culture: We talk to football blogger Luca Hodges-Ramon to explore how Italian ultrà culture emerged and was ultimately exported. We look at the fierce regional rivalries in Italy. Luca writes for Beyond the Field […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]