Babyfoot bars and stylish stades

Previously regarded as the smallest of the five big leagues, France is now more of a major force thanks to unprecedented investment in two previously underachieving clubs, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco. Factor in the major modernisations, rebuilds and new builds under way for Euro 2016, and the game in France can no longer be considered […]

From Augsburg to Wolfsburg – the booming Bundesliga

World champions in 2014, Germany and its football are enjoying their best period since the glory days of Beckenbauer and Müller in the 1970s. Attracting the highest attendances in Europe, Germany’s top-flight Bundesliga is the role model for others to follow. Affordable ticket prices, free city transport to stadiums on match days and family-friendly initiatives […]

Palaces of calcio and classic stadios

Italy is the home of calcio and classic clubs of great tradition – many who still play in ageing communal stadiums from the pre- and immediate post-war eras. Crowds are down, revenues too, and many look back on the 1990 World Cup as a high-water mark of the modern Italian game. Back then, Milan was […]

U’s and Blues

Having recently regained League status, Cambridge United host Oxford this Saturday. In footballing terms, the Varsity cities have little rivalry. Beyond the Boat Race and rugby, sporting encounters between their universities lack profile. But 166 years ago, Cambridge students drafted the first rules of football and played by them on Parker’s Piece, a park by […]

Anton’s Angels

Peterjon Cresswell visits Trnava, home of Spartak, a legendary European name of the 1970s. Celebrated at the Central Pub opposite their stadium currently being rebuilt, this Spartak side once took on Cruyff’s Ajax in a European semi-final. On Thursday, Spartak host St Johnstone at Zlate Moravce, a Europa League tie that could lead to best-ever […]

About Libero

Libero is a digital travel guide for football fans. Using thousands of original photos and only first-hand research, taken and undertaken over the course of the last two seasons, Libero aims to be the most up-to-date travel companion to the game’s most exciting destinations, city-by-city, club-by-club. Leaving no turnstile or barstool unturned, Libero has been painstakingly […]