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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 Castellana, the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu is almost certainly the world’s most recognisable sports arena. And over the years, as Real Madrid More...

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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, 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 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...

By Chris Clements On Friday, August 19th, 2011

Sevilla – Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán

Sevilla is all about heat and passion. It’s officially Europe’s hottest city and the home of flamenco & Carmen. A couple of times each year the temperature and desire shoot off the scale as Sevilla Fútbol More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Estadio de Gran Canaria

The return after a 12 year absence of UD Las Palmas to La Primera in 2000, brought about much renewed hope and optimism. It also brought with it the development by the municipality of a new stadium to the south More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Pamplona – El Sadar

You may have learned from the earlier post that the directors at CA Osasuna decided in May 1965 that the Campo de San Juan had more potential as a piece of real estate than a redeveloped, modern stadium. So the More...

By Chris Clements On Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Málaga – Estadio La Rosaleda

Charting the history of some Spanish clubs can be more complicated than following the most convoluted private affairs of a Hollywood star. Step forward the city of Málaga, who over the past century has seen its More...

By Chris Clements On Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Sevilla – Estadio Benito Villamarín

I don’t know about you, but I can’t help choosing a favourite when a city has two prominent clubs. More often than not I will plum for the lowest ranked as I feel that it is in my footballing DNA to More...