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Soccer, football, calcio, fussball or whatever else you may call it, this is "the beautiful game" and also the world's game. When you travel, check online or in the town/city to see if there will be a soccer game on while you're there. There is no better way to appreciate and get to know people than to observe them and their passion for this game.
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Calle del Payaso Fofó, s/n, 28018 Madrid, Spain
After a La Liga game the night before, I wanted to visit yet another stadium but could only see it from the outside. I guess they were still cleaning up the mess from the game the day before. But this is where Rayo Vallecano plays in the Spanish...
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Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto, 67, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Madrid is a city for soccer lovers - they boast three teams in the city and one just a short distance south in the suburbs. Atletico, who usually play second fiddle to Real Madrid are actually having a great season and are ahead of their cross...
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Santa Teresa, Belford Roxo - RJ, Brazil
The hidden jewel of Rio, famous by the Selaron Stairway created by the Chilean Painter himself. The areas are full of graffiti, wall art, and...stairs. You experienced different type of art, a lot of contrast, and the vivid colors are just simply...
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Mechelen, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium
The long-windedly named stadium Argos Stadium Behind the Kaserne, because there used to be an army base behind the stadium. Argos is the sponsor of the stadium. The home of KV Mechelen, in the Belgian first division, it can hold up to around...
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Kleine Nieuwedijkstraat 53, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium
The army barracks have disappeared but the home of KV Mechelen is still there!
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Rue de la Centrale 2, 4000 Liège, Belgium
Stade Maurice Dufrasne, located on the River Meuse is the home of the Belgian first division team Standard Liege. Named after the chairman of the team when the stadium was built back in 1909, it is also nicknamed the Sclessin, because of the area...
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Rue de la Centrale 2, 4000 Liège, Belgium
Enjoying a beer at the home of Standard Liege in Belgium. The league is called the Jupiler Pro League and is sponsored by the brewery that makes Jupiler.
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Rue de la Centrale 2, 4000 Liège, Belgium
Stade Maurice Dufrasne also goes by the nickname "the Sclessin" because of being located in the Sclessin area of Liege on the River Meuse. The stadium is one of the biggest in Belgium, holding just over 30,000 fans.
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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...
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Olympialaan 74, 8200 Brugge, Belgium
The Belgian national soccer team hosted the Slovak team and a couple hundred passionate Slovak fans made the trip from home to cheer on their team. Unfortunately things turned out better for the Belgians with the 2-1 victory but more important...
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Nkhotakota, Malawi
Whil I was in Nkhotakota, I had the opportunity to visit schools, and as a present, had brought along 2 new soccer balls. As it turned out, the boys' team and the girls' team had only one rather dilapidated soccer ball between them, so this proved...
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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...
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Atletenstraat 80, 2020 Antwerpen, Belgium
It was a cold night at the Olympic Stadium but I wouldn't miss a game at a historic stadium no matter whate the weather. This one however, built for the 1920 Olympics looks absolutely nothing like the one that hosted many Olympic events almost 100...
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Boulevard Zoé Drion 19, 6000 Charleroi, Belgium
Neighboring teams, whether that be from the same city or the same area, when they play each other the game is called a "derby". Royal Charleroi hosted RAEC Mons on the day after Christmas and the visitors came away with the victory, and bragging...
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Av. Pres. Castelo Branco, Portão 3 - Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20271-130, Brazil
Estádio do Maracanã, or Maracanã Stadium, was first opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup, in which Brazil, ironically, lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the final match. In it's heyday, the stadium capacity was about 160,000, but for this particular...
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Chaussée de Bruxelles 223, 1190 Forest, Belgium
Located in the St Gilles section of Brussels is a stadium that opened back in 1919 and is now known as Marien Stadium. The "stade" was also used during the 1920 Olympics, which were mostly held in the northern Belgian city of Antwerpen. This art...
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Brøndby Stadion 30, 2605 Brøndbyvester, Denmark
This stadium in the greater Copenhagen area is home to Brondby IF and can seat up to 29,000 fans. When I was in Copenhagen for business, the team was playing out of town, but fortunately "out of town" was just north of the city, so got to go see...
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Zvornička 27, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
I was lucky that when I was in Sarajevo, one of the city's teams was also in town. FK Željezničar played against Leotar and made this young fan happy with a victory. What was interesting, or at least memorable was that when a friend and I were...
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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...
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Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 7597, C1424 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...
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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...
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Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21, 80809 München, Germany
The Olympic Park from the 1972 games, is still very much alive with activity. Today concerts are held in the arena and the main stadium also hosts sporting events. The funny thing to me was that although it was an Olympic venue, there are no...
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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...
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Budapest, Széchenyi Lánchíd, 1051 Hungary
Nothing's more romantic than strolling across a bridge with a beloved, but this bridge means more than just amor—Széchenyi Chain Bridge was the first structure across the Danube in Hungary, built in the mid-1800s and, as a suspension...
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Mercedesstraße 87, 70372 Stuttgart, Germany
If you want to understand a country and its culture, then you have to go to a soccer (football) game in that country. I stopped in Stuttgart on my way to Slovenia and stopped by the Mercedes-Benz Arena, which holds just over 60,000 passionate...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Avenue de Marathon 135, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium
One of my favorite places in Brussels, mainly becuase I love soccer, is the King Baudouin Stadium. Although I have taken in several Belgian national team soccer games here (not to mention a Mexico vs. Italy game), the stadium is also used for...
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Lugar de Taboeira, 3804-508 Aveiro, Portugal
The Municipal Stadium, which is the home of Beira-Mar of the Portuguese top division, has to be a top contender for most colorful stadium anywhere. It was built for the 2004 Euros, which are the European championships, and opened the year before....
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Waregem, 8790 Waregem, Belgium
With 16 soccer teams in the top division, there are plenty of very interesting stadiums throughout the Kingdom of Belgium and Regensboogstadion is one of them. Translated to Rainbow Stadium, it is the home of a small yet very good team known as...
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Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25, 80939 München, Germany
One of the best experiences in Munich is hitting the Allianz Arena to catch a top-class soccer game. The city has two teams—Bayern Munich, who play in the top division, and 1860 Munich who play in the second division. The hardcore fans love to...
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Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto, 67, 28005 Madrid, Spain
The Calderon Stadium, where Atletico plays, also houses a must-see museum. On display you'll find trophies won over the past 100 years, information on the team's history and a curious exhibit of old children's games. For someone who enjoys this...
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1 MetLife Stadium Dr, East Rutherford, NJ 07073, USA
My Brazilian girlfriend proudly displaying her country at the Brazil v. Argentina futbol game last a few months back
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Avenue des Sports, 59300 Valenciennes, France
Just two years old, this ultra modern stadium is a 15-20 drive from the Belgian border and is the home of Valenciennes FC of France's Ligue 1. The "stade" replaced the much smaller and much older Stade Nungesser which was located just a stone's...
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Akkerlaan 2, 5143 ND Waalwijk, Netherlands
I went to Mandermakers Stadium recently to catch RKC Waalwijk, the home team, play against AZ Alkmaar. Alkmaar is located just north of Amsterdam and is probalby most famous for their cheese. As a matter of fact, AZ's nickname is "the Cheese...
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Akkerlaan 2, 5143 ND Waalwijk, Netherlands
Mandemakers Stadion is the home of RKC Waalwijk. The RKC stands for 'Rooms Katholieke Combinatie' or 'Roman Catholic Combination' so its a team that once had a religious affiliation. The team is one of the smaller to mid-table teams but has a good...
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Green St, London E13 9AZ, UK
Better known as Upton Park, the Boleyn Ground is the home of the soccer team West Ham United, who play in the English Premiership. The stadium is one of those old, grassroots venues - meaning NOT one of the modern stadiums that just resemble bowls...
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al ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1, 03-901 Warszawa, Poland
This is the view of the new National Stadium from Castel Square. The venue hosted the opening match, remaining two group matches, a quarterfinal, and a semifinal of the UEFA Euro 2012. It's used mostly for football matches; however, two concerts...
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Seongsan 2(i)-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Here’s the thing about sports arenas in Korea: They are so much more than just a place to watch a game. After the Korea/Japan World Cup in 2002, the Seoul World Cup Stadium turned into a diverse cultural space, a place where parks and gardens...
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Hornsey Rd, London N7 7AJ, UK
Outside the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal FC, is a statue of the man who is known as "Mr. Arsenal". This is quite an honor for any player and especially one who played for such a prestigious team like Arsenal. Tony Adams captained the team and...
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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...
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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...
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Located across the Tiber River from the Centro Storico, Trastevere is a kaleidoscope of ivy-covered buildings, complicated Italian history, and bombastic nightlife. The heart of the neighborhood is Piazza Santa Maria, a large square where street...
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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...
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Boundary Park, Furtherwood Road, Oldham OL1 2PA, UK
For European soccer teams the fans who travel to watch their heroes play often bring flags with them. These flags are either from that particular country or even from other countries to honor some of their foreign players. Boundary Park, home of...
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Boundary Park, Furtherwood Road, Oldham OL1 2PA, UK
Welcome to Boundary Park, the coldest soccer stadium in England! This stadium is unique in England; unique because there are only three sides to it. A few years ago the owner decided to tear down one of the larger grandstands and build a new one....
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2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
With just over a year in business, Green Dot Stables is still new, but owner Jacques and his wife took over a building in Corktown that isn't. Instead, they took it from abandoned and historical to historical but fresh. The interior still retains...