Football is such a global sport that wherever you go, there’s a good chance you get to see some action on the streets or an TV screens. That said, football is best experienced LIVE with thousands of screaming fans. So, when you travel during the football season, why not sneak in a game or so?
These countries listed here are not just great footballing nations, but they are also rich in history and culture. So, other than watching a match, you’ll have so much more to do as well.
Home of La Liga and two of the best players to ever graze the pitch – Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Both also play for clubs with such a heated rivalry – FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Each meeting between these two are called Clasicos and it is a must watch every single time – whether on TV or live.
Both clubs also boast a host of other world-class players in Neymar, Luis Suarez, James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos – just to name a few.
But apart from football, Spain is home to the Sagrada Familia, Alhambra, Gothic Quarter and so much more.
Germany are the current world champions and a lot of the players who were on that squad play for Bayern Munich – Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Jerome Boateng, Philip Lahm and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. They also have world-class talents in Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Xabi Alonso.
While the best football can be found in Munich, other clubs such as Borussia Dortmund (not having the best season), Bayer Leverkeusen and Schalke are good teams as well.
When speaking of destinations, there is just no shortage in Germany – Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne and so much more all have sights worth seeing.
Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are known the world over. But times are changing – Liverpool is having a less than stellar season and Arsenal is plagued with injuries; Manchester United started slow but managed to creep into the top; Chelsea dominated early on but find Manchester City hot on their heels.
The Premier League is crazy and the rivalries are intense. It’s well worth the price of admission. Plus, it helps that you’re in the Queen’s country and her land has so many to offer – Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of London, castles, etc.
Of course, notable mentions are Italy with their Serie A and France with Ligue 1 featuring Andrea Pirlo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, respectively. Of course, the wonders of those countries need no mention, right? So, explore the city, taste their food, explore their history and of course, delight in their football.
Photos by: Imad HADDAD, Enrique Blasco, Steenbergs, Paul