5 Best Places for Football Fans to Visit

Posted April 1, 2016 by Stephanie Kempker in Travel Lists

Football fans must be the most passionate and dedicated sports fans in the world. Whether you’re amongst that rabid crowd, or you’re just interested in watching supporters go wild, there are a few top cities in the world to take part in the fun.

Barcelona

Barcelona hosts Futbol Club Barcelona (known also as Barcelona and Barca), one of the most supported clubs in the world., and with the largest social media following among any sports teams. The revered stadium Camp Nou is like hallowed ground for football fans, and home to the famous club.

Barcelona’s passion for football is clearly reflected in its club motto, “More than a club”, and the fact that unlike most other clubs, its supporters own and operate the club. It is now the second most valuable sports team in the world, and the second richest football club in the world in terms of revenue.

The club has won 27 Copa del Rey, 5 UEFA Champions League, 4 UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, and 3 FIFA Club World Cup titles, among many others. It is currently ranked at second in the UEFA club rankings.

While any match is fun to witness, clashes with Real Madrid are especially exhilarating. These matches are referred to as El Clasico, and the long-standing rivalry inspires tension and increased excitement.

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Camp Nou – Flickr image by Philipp Rummele

Buenos Aires

Argentina’s largest city boasts amazing food, a vibrant nightlife and most importantly – world class football!

Football is a major part of Argentine life and inspires passionate arguments and diehard convictions. Two of the biggest clubs in Argentina are River Plate and Boca Juniors, with combined titles including 4 Intercontinental Cups, 9 Copa Libertadores, and 2 Copa Sudamericana honors.

The River Plate and Boca Juniors home stadiums are among the most fun in the world to see a match, but Boca Junior’s may come out on top. Called a “chocolate box” stadium, the Boca Juniors’ home base is small, with steeply inclined stands constantly packed with emotional supporters. The stadium is also located in La Bocas, one of the most vibrant, colorful, and fun neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.

La Bombonera

La Boca Stadium – Flickr image by Pablo Alzate

Liverpool

While maybe not on the typical England tourist itinerary, Liverpool is an absolute must-see for any football lover.

The city hosts Everton and Liverpool, two of England’s most traditional clubs. Between the two clubs of Liverpool, they’ve acquired trophies including 12 FA Cups, 7 League Cups, and 27 top-division English titles.

Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium has been home to Liverpool FC since its inception, and hosted Everton before that. It is the seventh largest stadium in England, and has featured expansions to hold even more dedicated fans.

Neither team has won the Premier league, but we bet a world title will be in the making for Liverpool soon enough. No matter what, we’re certain that fans will never walk alone.

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Liverpool football stadium – Flickr image by Andy Philip

Mexico City

Not only one of the largest cities in the world, Mexico City is also home to not one, not two, but three of Mexico’s most successful football clubs.

Club Universidad Nacional (or UNAM), Cruz Azul, and Club America have a swarm of fans that make visiting on a game night an absolute delight. Between the three teams, they have 24 Mexico First Division titles and 8 Copa Mexico titles among many other honors.

With such a multitude of great teams, Mexico City also hosts many fun stadiums to visit. If a top choice had to be selected, Estadio Azteca would probably come out on top. Now 50 years old, the stadium has been the home of Club America and also the official stadium of Mexico’s national team. It is the largest stadium in Mexico, and the third largest football stadium throughout the world. It is still considered one of the most iconic stadiums, hosting two FIFA World Cup Finals.

Of course, aside from the fabulous football, Mexico City is also a major foodie and historical junkie destination. It’s a place to see a game, stuff your face with tacos, and then see some amazing artwork by Diego Rivera.

Estadio Azul

Estadio Azul – Flickr image by the Stadium Guide

 

Rio de Janeiro

The Marvelous City is easily one of the most picturesque football locations in the world, with dramatic mountains, beautiful beaches, and the famous black and white sidewalks providing the perfect backdrop for passionate fans.

The Brazilian government ordered the construction of giant Maracana stadium for the 1950 World Cup, and the enormous stadium remains a fixture and landmark in Rio even 50 years later.

The city hosts four of the largest and most popular football clubs in Brazil, including Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminense, and Vasco de Gama. Hordes of emotional fans can be heard celebrating victory or lamenting defeat in the streets and bars across Rio on game day. You definitely need to choose a team to support before visiting, as “I don’t know” is unacceptable!

The decorated teams boast amongst themselves 3 Copa do Brasil titles, 2 Copa Libertadores, and 1 intercontinental cup.

Estádio Jornalista Mario Filho, o Maracanã

Maracanã Stadium – Flickr image by Luciano Silva

If you can’t find the time to visit these important football cities, you can still get involved with the events by checking out the William hill football betting page, with every major sporting event.


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Stephanie Kempker


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