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June 10, 2010

Watching football in the city of Barcelona

Going to Barcelona is always a great thing and there is so much to enjoy and see, including the various Gaudi monuments and museums, the long sandy beaches of Barcelona and nearby Sitges, a number of good shops and hundreds of decent restaurants. One of the highlights of every trip to Barcelona though has to be a trip to see one of the two Barcelona teams, FC Barcelona or RCD Espanyol. The rivalry between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol is strong although the two teams people always think about in terms of rivalry are Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona are certainly a powerhouse in Spanish and European football, with players including Eto’o, Thiery Henry and Ronaldinho all part of the Barcelona squad. What makes a visit to the home of FC Barcelona even more amazing than just seeing a game is the chance to see the Nou Camp Stadium; a stadium which is arguably one of the most amazing architecturally in the world and which when full for a game such as the Barcelona v Real Madrid games, has a quite incredible atmosphere. You can visit the stadium regardless of if there is a game on and do the Nou Camp organised tour and see behind the scenes at the stadium. This tour is well worth doing in my view. To see an FC Barcelona game you can get Barcelona football tickets by going through an organised UK or Spanish company such as and purchasing tickets ahead of the game. You can also get lucky sometimes and find season ticket holders outside the stadium selling their spare seat or seats on match-day, for a reasonably price. One piece of advice is to wear something warm because the Nou Camp Stadium has an open roof and despite the warm day temperatures, it can still get cold in the late evening and thus it can be worth taking a jacket just in case. RCD Espanyol play just across the city in the Olympic Stadium in the Montjuic area, on the hill top and even though attendances are usually smaller then those you will find at the Nou Camp, the fans are extremely passionate and the atmosphere is very much like a real English Premiership style game with plenty of singing and crowd participation. You can purchase tickets for RCD Espanyol in much the same way as you do for FC Barcelona and tickets are usually available ahead of the game.

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