Football (soccer) around the world
Collected by Samantha Juda, AFAR Staff
With the World Cup kick-off, football is on everyone's mind. Here's a look at the sport around the world.
Máncora District, Peru
A true desert outpost, the Peruvian town of Mancora enjoys the most sunshine hours of anywhere in the country. Unlike the rest of Peru the water is warm enough to surf without a wetsuit, a welcome complement to an area already featuring some of...
C. d'Aristides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Imagine the crowds cheering on the home team at the Football Club Barcelona’s stadium, check out a space dedicated to Argentinean superstar Leo Messi, admire the Club’s many trophies, your favorite players’ jerseys, and learn about the history of...
R. Clélia, 93 - Pompeia, São Paulo - SP, 05042-000, Brazil
Architects should be cultural agents who are concerned with both good and functional design. For me, Lina Bo Bardi and her raw, modernist architecture exemplified this. She really thought about the people who would use her spaces. My favorite...
Tecpán Guatemala, Guatemala
Near the town of Tecpán in the western highlands of Guatemala are the ruins of Iximché. Perched on a hill some 7000 feet above sea level, this was the cool capital of the Kaqchikel Maya in the 15th and 16th centuries, at the time of the Spanish...
35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
At the summit of Montmartre, the highest point in the city, you'll find the Basilica de Sacré-Cœur. Contrasting with the Gothic churches like Notre-Dame, the Romano-Byzantine architecture is both beautiful inside and out. While...
Praça Roberto Gomes Pedrosa, 1 - Morumbi, São Paulo - SP, 05653-070, Brazil
If you're going to get to know Brazil, you're going to get to know soccer. I was able to attend the São Paulo state championship match between Santos (former club of Pelé and current club of Brazilian soccer sensation Neymar) and Guaraní. Santos...
Evesham Township, NJ 08053, USA
Despite a massive increase in popularity over the last few decades, soccer still doesn’t cause the same widespread euphoria in the United States as in other countries. But the beautiful game is gaining converts every year thanks to youth leagues...
Olympialaan 74, 8200 Brugge, Belgium
I went up to the Belgium vs. Slovakia international friendly soccer game in the middle of the week for what turned out to be an exciting game... at times. The stadium, located just south of Bruges is the home of both Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge...
Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Getting to Lake Atitlan is no easy feat. After flying into Guat City, it's another 4 hours by bus to Panajachel. Then, if your'e staying on the lake, which I recommend, it's a short (and sometimes rocky) boat ride from there. But upon reaching the...
21, 77505 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Soccer is a South American institution. For unique and exciting experience in Mexico catch a soccer match. Atlante, a national team and club is based in Cancún, plays often to a crowd of excited fans. It's worth the visit and tickets are...
Köln-Altstadt-Nord, Cologne, Germany
Sure, they love 'the beautiful game' in Germany and nobody loves it more than the fans of FC Koln. They even have a beautiful stadium that hold 50,000 fans to prove it! Unfortunately they will be playing in the second division this season but fear...
Cerrada de Huizaches 36, Tlalpan, Ejidos de Huipulco, Ex de San Juan de Dios, 14370 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Soccer–or fútbol–has always been popular in Mexico, of course, but street soccer–games for homeless and at-risk players– is a slightly newer concept. With Mexico City having hosted the 2012 Homeless World Cup, however, street soccer gained both...
Av. Teresa de Calcuta, s/n, 28903 Getafe, Madrid, Spain
True, Madrid has three professional soccer teams, but just south of the city (still accessible by Metro and about an hour from downtown) is the city of Getafe with a pretty decent La Liga team of its own, Getafe CF. The team goes by the nickname...
Mons, 7000 Mons, Belgium
There is nothing quite like soccer in Europe and the small city of Mons has a pretty decent team with very passionate fans. These are the Mons Dragons' hardcore fans, known as Ultras. They always bring their banners and flags and cheer for 90...
Glasgow G42 9BA, UK
Scotland’s national stadium is the soccer mecca with its own unique museum harbouring 2,000 memorabilia from the early years plus it’s the home of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame. Be sure to visit because soccer known as ‘football’ is in the...
Bajada del Cerro s/n, M5500 Mendoza, Argentina
Mendoza’s soccer stadium is located in General San Martin Park. Built in time for the 1978 World Cup held in Argentina, the stadium seats 40,000 fans (20,000 seats and 20,000 bleacher seats, where loyal fans tend to get a little crazy). The...
Anfield Rd, Liverpool L4 0TH, UK
When people think of England, they immediately go to London or maybe Manchester. But Liverpool is where it's at! If they're in town, you MUST go catch a football match at historic Anfield. It's truly an unforgettable experience, being surrounded...
Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 7597, 1424 CABA, Argentina
If you ever get the chance to go to a futbol game in Latin America - go. These games and stadiums put the NFL to shame. In Buenos Aires, River Plate is one of several teams that show off their pride, blanketed in red and white, within their 80,000...
Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, USA
It's America's largest city-owned island park, and it's right in downtown Detroit. Belle Isle is home to an aquarium, a beach, a museum of Great Lakes maritime memorabilia, and the romantic Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, which holds one of...
Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua
I love to get involved with the communities I have the privilege to travel into... I love nothing more than taking part in a local sport or hobby... being the worlds game SOCCER seems to be what I find myself playing most. French: football...
Lidingövägen, 114 33 Stockholm, Sweden
If you are a fan of the true Olympics, then you must get yourself to the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Their Olympic Stadium was built for the 1912 Games and is still standing and still being used, mainly for track and field events (The Diamond...
Avenue du Bois du Roy 31, 7800 Ath, Belgium
In the Belgian town of Ath, which is famous for its festival of giants, you can find Stade des Géants (Giants Stadium) which is home of the local soccer team. The stadium is located just a short distance from Ath's main square and it's where their...
Plage de Yoff, Dakar, Senegal
Digging our feet into the white sand, we dodged pick-up soccer games and sheep being dragged down to the beach for a good scrubbing. I was sweating in my wet suit, but knew I would need it as soon as we entered the cold January water. Tucking my...
93200 Saint-Denis, France
In the suburb of Paris known as St. Denis, you will find the French national stadium known as Stade de France. I was there recently to see France host the Irish national rugby team and yes indeed, the Irish won and thereby became Six Nation...
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