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Barcelona – Mini Estadi

The history of the reserve teams of FC Barcelona is a tangled affair, with stories of mergers, fans alliances and teams going their separate ways, before the current structure was established in 1970 when FC Barcelona B, or Barcelona Atlético as it was then known, was formed. The Mini Estadi – The Camp Nou’s Mini Me. but how much longer? The More...

by Chris Clements | Published 2 years ago

By Chris Clements On Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Madrid – Estadio La Peineta / Wanda Metropolitano

History has a funny habit of repeating itself. Just over 50 years ago, the then President of Atlético Madrid Don Vicente Calderón, purchased a large plot of land in the south western outskirts of Madrid. Here, More...

By Chris Clements On Monday, April 13th, 2015

Madrid – Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Love them or loathe them, there is one inescapable fact about the daily soap opera that is Real Madrid Club de Fútbol – It has a truly magnificent stadium. From its vantage point on Madrid’s prestigious More...

By Chris Clements On Monday, April 13th, 2015

Valencia – Mestalla

With its precipitous stands and implausibly deep roof, Valencia’s Mestalla is a truly wonderful stadium. It is an arena that oozes class and atmosphere and when full, it can scare the bejesus out of the opposition More...

By Chris Clements On Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Elche – Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero

Okay, the story so far… The town of Elche and its football club are on the up and progressive president Manuel Martinez Valero wants to move the club to a new stadium. What could go wrong? Well quite a bit actually. More...

By Chris Clements On Saturday, March 28th, 2015

La Coruña – Estadio de Riazor

If, when it comes to stadiums, you are a “sad-o” (that’s my wife’s term, I prefer aficionado), then you are inevitably drawn to the weird and unusual. Why settle for the staid and practical, when you can More...

By Chris Clements On Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Bilbao – San Mamés (2013)

Time finally caught up with the old San Mamés. That cauldron of Basque pride was one of the greatest and most atmospheric stadiums the world game has seen. However, its idiosyncratic design belonged to another More...

By Chris Clements On Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Getafe – Coliseum Alfonso Pérez

Top flight football in Madrid had always been the dominion of the big two. There was the occasional interruption from Rayo, from the south east neighbourhood of Vallecas, but the suburbs? No, that just didn’t More...

By Chris Clements On Monday, November 14th, 2011

Córdoba – Estadio Nuevo Arcángel

Through the ages, the city of Córdoba has had its fair share of ups and downs. Roman and Islamic occupation saw the city’s stature grow, so much so that by 1000AD it was the largest city in the world with More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Vigo – Estadio Balaidos

If you were ever searching for concrete proof of Spain’s diverse cultural mix, then travel to Vigo on its north-western Atlantic seaboard. More working class than the showy La Coruña or saintly Santiago de More...