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Podcast: Groundhopping in the Canary Islands

Please share: In this podcast, we chat to Unión Deportiva Las Palmas fan Matt Rayns and Club Deportivo Tenerife fan Thomas Farines about groundhopping in the Canary Islands. We major on the two main clubs, currently in Spain’s second division, La Segunda, and discuss how to island hop cheaply and practically to visit the other […]

Podcast: Football and the Spanish Civil War

Please share: The Spanish Civil War, which ran from 1936-39, was a precursor to World War II. The conflict cost between 500,000 to one million lives and led to four decades of fascist dictatorship in Spain under General Francisco Franco. The domestic league was impacted, with implications for Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and FC […]

Podcast: Groundhopping in the Valencia Region

Please share: Our guest this episode is Paco Polit, Valencia-based journalist and a presenter on the brilliant La Liga Lowdown podcast. Together with Paco, we discover the many football grounds of the Valencian Community region in Eastern Spain. These include the two La Liga clubs from the capital, Valencia CF and Levante, along with Villarreal, […]

History: How Athletic Bilbao was formed

Please share: While Spain’s first match took place in Andalucia on 8 March 1890 between Recreativo de Huelva and Sevilla FC, in the north the game was also starting to get attention. As early as 3 May 1894, local students took on a group of British workers in the Basque city of Bilbao. The city […]

Podcast: Groundhopping in Northern Spain

Please share: In this episode, we discuss the clubs on Northern Spain with the Oviedo-based football journalist, Alexandra Jonson. She’s writing a book on Real Oviedo, and also tells us about the best match day experiences in a much-overlooked part of Spain. Join us as we travel around Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, […]

Football Travel Podcast: Groundhopping in Madrid

Please share: The Spanish capital is a must for any international groundhopper. In this podcast, we talk to Roddy Cons from the Madrid-based vlog The Team on Tour about how to visit Real Madrid’s Estadio Bernabeu, Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano and Rayo Vallecano, as well as a cluster of smaller clubs from the city. You […]

Football’s symbiotic relationship with Spanish regional identity

Please share:As the 2017 Catalan independence referendum highlighted, Spain is a country of countries. Franco may be long dead, but his long and divisive shadow is still cast across the 17 autonomous regions of Spain. In many ways, the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) is still being played but with a ball, not guns. In 1997 […]

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

Please share:   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 […]

Spain’s first football club: Recreativo de Huelva

Please share:In the spring of 2016, Spain’s oldest club faced extinction. As debts spiralled, fans packed the 21,670-capacity Estadio Nuevo Colombino in both support of the team, and protest against the running of the club. “Recre” – the “Dean” of Spanish football – is now languishing in the third tier. While the club clings to […]

Football Travel Podcast: Poland and Seville

Please share: 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 […]

Football Travel Podcast: QPR and Rayo Vallecano

Please share:      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 […]

Football Travel: Gernika Club

Please share:  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 […]

Valencia CF club shop

Football Travel Guide to Valencia

Please share: 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 […]

Football Travel: Real Betis

Please share: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 […]