Football Tours Europe
Football possesses universal appeal. You could travel almost anywhere in the world and find a contingent of people who are either active players or fans of the game. Unlike other sports, the necessary equipment for football is quite minimal and many local councils in Europe provide football pitches for the community or local teams to use. As an amateur football team you may want to diversify the teams you play against and due to the regional nature of the game, this possibility is often unlikely. You can however go on a football tour and play a diverse mix of teams. You can pick a nation, travel to one or more of its cities, play the local teams, sample the local nightlife and hopefully soak up some sun. So don’t forget to bring your travel money…. Or beer money as you might call it.
This is a popular destination for many UK based residents due to its multiple access routes, its heritage, its liberal and diverse culture and endless list of things to do. In football terms, it is also host to the famous Ajax team who have multiple European Championship trophies under their belt and have had the likes of Cruyff, Kluivert, Bergkamp and Seedorf in their ranks. Amsterdam is also the home of two popular international beers: Heineken and Amstel, with the former having a museum dedicated to it. With a large football heritage and a truly entertaining city, Amsterdam is the perfect place to schedule a football tour and there are many local amateur teams who would enjoy a game or two in the summer.
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Czech Republic: Prague
Prague, just like Amsterdam is renowned as a stag-weekend destination, but it is also well-known for being a common football touring city. The country has its own currency the Koruna, which makes it a cheaper alternative to visiting a country which has adopted the Euro. However, as with any major city there is likely to be a steeper price on certain goods and price fluctuations depending on the season. One reason why it may be a popular stag choice is its self-proclaimed title ‘The Beer Capital of Europe.’ Prague however, is a capital with a rich history and some absolutely stunning architecture, both in the buildings and the multiple bridges which decorate the city. The team ‘Bohemians 1905’ have been around for over 100 years, displaying a heritage similar to many well-known European teams such as Manchester United.
Spain is one of the only countries to possess such a distinctive sub-culture within its own country, and it in fact hosts both the Catalan community and the Basque community, two cultures/races which have their own language but still live within the borders of this historic nation. Barcelona is world famous for its football and in the past decade it has had not only some of the best players in the world but it is also the home of the Nou Camp, a huge 100,000 seat stadium which is a must-see for anyone travelling to Barcelona— football or no football. The city has its own unique culture and language called Catalan, which is a combination of Spanish and French and it is likely to have originated in the Pyrenees region. It is also the official language of Andorra and is also prominent in Sardinia. The famous architect Gaudi was born and raised in Barcelona and contributed the stunning SagradaFamilia cathedral to the city amongst many other glorious structures.
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