Take your camera and grab your bags, it’s time to travel to the most famous football places in the world! Out there, there is a handful of options for travelling football fans, amazing museums, stadiums, halls of fame, and themed places that glorify the king of sports. So, you can enjoy knowing more about soccer history and enjoy football inspired gastronomy, let’s see!
Uruguay’s Football Mementos
If you want to live in your own flesh the passion and heat of football you would want to book a flight to South America. Uruguay is known for being the place with more football clubs per square foot in the world. Here you can find football themed guided tours all year round, and they are family friendly too. Some of the places to have in mind are The Facal Bar (with the biggest screen in the country), The Port Market (souvenirs and stuff) and don’t forget emblematic stadiums such as the Gran Parque Central, built in 1901 and El Centenario, which is the biggest, and it can house over 65.000 people and, of course, the neighborhood of El Prado, crib of historic football clubs like the Montevideo Wanderers F.C, Bella Vista and the River Plate of Uruguay.
Argentina is More Than Tango
In Argentina, people breath football and in the capital city of Buenos Aires a devoted fan could find restaurants, hotels and tour buses that take tourists to the famous stadiums and the places where legendary football players like Maradona lived their youth, and they tell stories that will leave anyone breathless. Also, you can book a room on the Boca Juniors Hotel and enjoy the guided visits to the Boca Stadium, themed snacks, documentaries and maybe a trip with any of the football players and technical directors that chose La Bombonera as a meeting place.
Back To Europe
Back to the other side of the pond, the “old world” will give you many options and amazing places to visit. From the sunny Spain to England, one of two people here really enjoy football and are open to have colorful debates about their favorite team on the Euro League, the Champions League or just any league they follow.
On Madrid, Spain, Real Madrid Museum is the third most visited museum, just before Reina Sofia (Queen Sofia) and Museo del Prado. On the other hand, Barcelona has the “Camp Nou” the “masía” and the “museu” which are very visited by tourists going there.
Back to England you need to visit the Anfield Ultimate Experience, if you feel the need for a real football immersion. This touristic project by Liverpool DC, offers the tourist the opportunity to train with the first division club and some legends like Steven Gerrard. A personal favourite would be the Football Hotel, in Manchester, built by two Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, characters that could just pop-up on your front door to challenge you to a match on the hotel’s football field.