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.
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A soggy Sunday at the San Siro, Milan
Berlin’s Olympiastadion under the lights
Benfica fans make their way to the Estádio da Luz
Chilean fans hope for a World Cup ticket, Chile v Spain, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
The ticket office at Estoril Praia, in Portugal’s Primeira Liga
The sun sets on Borussia Park, Mönchengladbach
Argentina fans at Ipanema Beach prior to their 2014 World Cup group match with Bosnia-Herzogovina
Memento half-scarves for sale, Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace
AC Milan merchandise vendors outside the San Siro
The approach to St. Mary’s, Southampton FC
Belgian fans on tour
Hertha Berlin fans head to the Olympiastadion