Visiting Europe’s football cathedrals

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If you’re taking a holiday in Europe, the chances are that there will be a game of football happening somewhere near you. It’s a great opportunity to experience the atmosphere at some of sport’s most iconic grounds.

Football is Europe’s most popular game. The season generally starts in August and ends in May, but there are still international games and tournaments such as the European Championships and World Cup. It’s generally best to research your options first, whether it’s to compare hotel prices in various European destinations or check out flight information. And after you’ve done this, take some time and find out the names of the clubs who play in the city you’re intending to visit. For some of the bigger clubs, you may even be able to purchase tickets online before you visit.

If you haven’t managed to secure tickets, don’t worry. Check with your hotel or visit the ground, where someone will be able to tell you if the game is sold out. Try and find out about where the best seats are, what time the game starts etc. Fans are segregated, but there are family sections. Many of the top clubs offer great hospitality packages with tickets, so you can relax with a nice meal or have a few drinks before the big game.

When the game itself starts, just take your seat and enjoy the spectacle. With the singing and colour, as well as the passion between the fans, it’s really a sight to behold. Football clubs are part of the fabric of a city, intertwined with the populace and their history, and this is a great opportunity to see just how important local clubs are to the identity of the people. Whether you’re apart of a couple or with friends and family, or even just a lone traveler, this is an experience for everyone to enjoy. And not forgetting, of course, the skills of the beautiful game itself.

So whether you visit the San Siro in Milan, the Camp Nou in Barcelona, or many of the other famous football stadiums in Europe, it’ll be an experience that you’ll remember for a long time.

By Matt

Matt is the owner and chief-editor of the Footy Blog, one of the UK's leading football news blogs.