Friday, April 17, 2015

Futbol in Spain

Being huge soccer fans (OK, just Tim, but I like it much more than all the other sports!), we had to visit the futbol stadiums for the two biggest soccer teams in Spain!
Camp Nou is home to FC Barcelona, or the Blaugrana, as they're sometimes called due 
to their iconic red and blue jerseys. With a capacity of 99,354, it is the largest soccer stadium in Europe. 
During Franco's time as dictator of Spain, FC Barcelona became a symbol of Catalan identity. Franco's favorite team was arch rival Real Madrid so every Barca victory was seen as an act of defiance and Camp Nou became a place where people could express their displeasure with the regime without fear of being prosecuted.  The team adopted the motto "més que un club" which translates to "more than a club." Barcelona's best player is Lionel Messi, who has won 4 world player of the year awards, which is more then anyone in history. Tim likes to say he is better at soccer then anyone else in the world is at anything.
The tour includes a visit through the team's museum as well as  a walk through the stadium.  As you can see, they win lots and lots of trophies! 

We were laughing at their simple locker rooms- these champs don't get anything too fancy!


And of course, the red and blue seats!









Fast forwarding to the last day of our trip, there's Madrid's stadium, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
Real Madrid is the most valuable sports team in the world.  "Real"  is the Spanish word for "Royal" and it was bestowed upon the team in 1920 by the King of Spain.  Last season they  won their tenth European Championship, the biggest prize in professional soccer. That's 5 more championships then the next most successful team.  Real Madrid's best player is the reigning world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo.

















*Thanks Tim for help writing this post!*

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