Football Travel Podcast: Poland and Seville

We venture into Eastern Europe and southern Spain in this episode.   Introduction to Polish Football (00:43): We talk to Chris Lash, editor of the Right Bank Warsaw blog to get an introduction to Poland’s Ekstraklasa league and the national scene. Check out Chris’ top tips for football travellers.   Sevilla, Betis and Andalucia (12.50): […]

Football Travel Podcast: QPR and Rayo Vallecano

      In this episode we travel down London’s Central Line to Shepherds Bush to talk Queens Park Rangers and get the low down on Madrid’s third club, Rayo Vallecano.   Queens Park Rangers (00:48): We talk to QPRPod co-founder David Fraser about West London club Queens Park Rangers. Why is this wealthy club […]

Football Travel: Gernika Club

  The Basque market town of Gernika (Guernica) was immortalised in art form by Pablo Picasso after its destruction by aerial bombardment during the Spanish Civil War. It is now a thriving and peaceful town with a struggling third tier football club. We paid homage to both Gernika’s history and football team when we visited. […]

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. […]

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 […]

Fear and Loathing in La Liga

Book Review: Fear and Loathing in La Liga

It’s the biggest grudge match in the word: Madrid v Barça, El Clásico. The stage, the characters, the politics is out of this world.   I spent two years in Spain, the first spent as a student at Madrid’s Universidad Autonoma as part of a European Studies exchange during 1996-97. My choice of dissertation was […]