Carnival time

There’ll be fireworks over the canals of Venice on Sunday when already promoted Venezia FC play their last home game of the season against AlbinoLeffe. Serie B beckons for 2017-18. The venue might well be a crumbling, century-old stadio – the Pierluigi Penzo, named after a pilot from World War I – but the occasion is worthy […]

Football heaven

Due to open on March 2, the Hotel Football overlooking Old Trafford is a brave new concept in soccer-themed accommodation. While clubs as disparate as Reading, Leverkusen and Norwich have hotels as part of their stadium complex, Hotel Football, created by ex-United stars Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, has been conceived with match day in mind. […]

Visit the Yellow Wall

With affordable match tickets, easy (and, on match days, free) stadium transport and guaranteed big-game atmosphere, Dortmund is the best-attended club in Europe. The so-called Yellow Wall is also the mightiest of home ends. Now visitors may take advantage of a new scheme involving several hotels and the club management. Calling itself the ‘Dortmund Adrenalin […]

For frites sake

Look around major Belgian town, Brussels, say, or Liège. What’s missing? Big medieval square? Check. Lively bar life? Check. US burger chain? Um… OK, dotted here and there may be a rare Golden Arch or two, but so few you may as well be in Pyongyang. The reason? Belgian frites. French fries to Americans, chips […]

Fair shares for Eibar

Could there have been a more welcome promotion as SD Eibar’s to La Liga in 2014-15? Fittingly, it was the club’s oldest supporter, 90-year-old Luis María Cendoya Elorza, who made the difference. This summer, his beloved Eibar were threatened with relegation, as opposed to a first-time promotion to La Liga they had earned as Segunda […]