Plan a Football Trip to Germany – Quarter Final Draw

If you fancy a Football Trip to Germany in March then you could maximise the number of games that you see by going around the next round of the DFB Pokal (Cup). The draw was made this week and the games will be played on 3rd and 4th March.

The quarter final draw is:

Holders Bayern Munich will face Schalke away in the quarter-finals of the German Cup after the Bundesliga sides were pitted against each other in Sunday’s draw.

Saarbrucken, from Germany’s fourth tier and the only non-Bundesliga club left in the cup, are home to Fortuna Dusseldorf.

In the other quarter-finals, Bayer Leverkusen are at home to Union Berlin.

Eintracht Frankfurt, who knocked out last season’s finalists RB Leipzig in mid-week, are home to Werder Bremen, who dumped out Borussia Dortmund.

The quarter-finals ties will takes place on March 3-4.

If you were able to stay until the following weekend you could see Schalke v Hoffenheim or Bayer Leverkusen v Eintracht Frankfurt.




Planning a Football Trip to Sweden – 2020 Fixtures Announced

The 2020 Allsvenskan, part of the 2020 Swedish football season, will be the 96th season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. A total of 16 teams will participate. Djurgårdens IF are the defending champions after winning the title in the previous season.

A total of sixteen teams are contesting the league, including fourteen sides from the previous season, and two promoted teams from the 2019 Superettan.

GIF Sundsvall and AFC Eskilstuna were relegated at the end of the 2019 season after finishing at the bottom two places of the table, and were replaced by the 2019 Superettan champions Mjällby AIF and runners-up Varbergs BoIS.

Fixtures

The season starts on Saturday 4th April and end of Sunday 8th November.  There are no games during June.

All the fixtures can be found on the Allsvenskan website.

Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium Turf1 Stadium capacity1
AIK Solna Friends Arena Natural 50,000
BK Häcken Gothenburg Bravida Arena Artificial 6,500
Djurgårdens IF Stockholm Tele2 Arena Artificial 30,000
Falkenbergs FF Falkenberg Falcon Alkoholfri Arena Natural 5,565
Hammarby IF Stockholm Tele2 Arena Artificial 30,000
Helsingborgs IF Helsingborg Olympia Natural 16,500
IF Elfsborg Borås Borås Arena Artificial 16,899
IFK Göteborg Gothenburg Gamla Ullevi Natural 18,600
IFK Norrköping Norrköping Nya Parken Artificial 15,734
IK Sirius Uppsala Studenternas IP Artificial 6,300
Kalmar FF Kalmar Guldfågeln Arena Natural 12,000
Malmö FF Malmö Eleda Stadion Natural 22,500
Mjällby AIF Hällevik Strandvallen Natural 6,750
Varbergs BoIS Varberg Påskbergsvallen Natural 4,500
Örebro SK Örebro Behrn Arena Artificial 12,300
Östersunds FK Östersund Jämtkraft Arena Artificial 8,466

 




Planning a Football to Italy – Coppa Italia Semi-Final Announced

COPPA ITALIA, THE SEMI-FINAL DATES

The dates of the Coppa Italia semi-finals Inter-Napoli and Milan-Juventus have been confirmed, with first legs on February 12-13 and the returns on March 4-5.

This is the only stage of the tournament that will be played over two legs, as every other round was decided after 90 minutes, extra time or penalties.

Inter v Napoli at San Siro will kick off on February 12 at 19.45 UK time, with Milan v Juventus at the same arena 24 hours later, on Thursday February 13.

As for the second leg, Juventus v Milan is in Turin on Wednesday March 4 at 19.45.

Napoli v Inter is at the Stadio San Paolo on the evening of Thursday March 5.

In turn, this has a knock-on effect for some Serie A fixtures.

Now Fiorentina-Brescia will be switched to 11.30 UK time kick-off on Sunday March 8, whereas Inter-Sassuolo moves to 14.00 UK time that same day.




Planning a Football Trip to Spain – Copa del Rey Third Round Draw

Planning a Football Trip to Spain, the Copa del Rey Third Round Draw has been made and this post has details of all the games to help you plan your Football Trip.

Copa del Rey third-round draw in full:

Ibiza vs Barcelona
Logroñes vs Valencia
Cultural Leonesa vs Atlético Madrid
Unionistas Salamanca vs Real Madrid
Ebro vs Leganés
Badajoz vs Eibar
Badalona vs Granada
Receativo Huelva vs Osasuna
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Betis
Mirandés vs Celta Vigo
Tenerife vs Real Valladolid
Girona vs Villarreal
Elche vs Athletic Bilbao
Real Zaragoza vs Real Mallorca
Sevilla vs Levante
Real Sociedad vs Espanyol

A reminder that the third-round ties are to be played in single-match format on Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 January. The exact day and time of each clash should be confirmed over the next few days or so.

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Planning a Football Trip to Seville

Planning a Football Trip to Seville? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets; to the stadium.

Football Trip to Seville – How to get to Seville & How to get around

Football Trip to Seville – Fly to Seville

non-stop flights from UK airports to Seville are limited, the three-hour flight can only be made non-stop from London Airports.
British Airways and easyJet fly year-round from London Gatwick with Ryanair, with the Irish carrier offering additional services from
Stansted.
Connecting BA flights to Gatwick operate from Scotland and Newcastle, and there are also Air France/KLM options from around the
country via their hubs in Paris and Amsterdam. Lufthansa flies via Frankfurt and Munich and you can use TAP via Lisbon from London
and Manchester too.

Start your holiday in style and enjoy the experience of VIP travel – book an airport lounge with Lounge Pass from as little as £13.50. With 200 airport VIP lounges worldwide, including 35 UK airports you can add an extra touch of luxury to your next trip and make the travel experience a whole lot better.

Directions from the Airport

there are regular Seville Airport buses operating between the airport and the city center. The half hourly service runs between 06.15am and 23.00pm daily. Seville Airport buses take about 20 to 30 minutes to arrive in the city center, depending on how many stops they need to make along the way. The cost for an adult travelling on a single bus journey is €2.40.
Buses from Seville Airport stop at the main train station and various locations throughout the city. A return ticket will cost €4.20 and it is only valid on the day of travel. A rechargeable travel card is also available for the cost of €2.00, should you wish to continue using the bus during your stay in Seville.

Click link for time table  and list of bus stops.

Taxis from the Airport

Taxis are available just outside the main terminal building. Travelling time from Seville Airport to the city center is just 15 minutes and
the journey will cost approximately €15 to €22, depending on the time of day one travels.

Football Trip to Seville – Travel By Train

The average journey time by train between London St-Pancras and Seville is 20 hours and 18 minutes, with around 3 trains per day.
No, there are no direct train services from London St-Pancras to Seville. Travelling from London St-Pancras to Seville by train will require a minimum of 3 changes most likely in Paris and Barcelona

Football Trip to Seville – Travel By Ferry

It takes between 18 and 20 hours to drive to Seville from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways

Football Trip to Seville – Travel Around Seville

Almost all of the tourist sites in the center are best reached by walking. Buses are the easiest and cheapest way to get around Seville if you’re going a little further. If you plan to use them a lot buy a bónobus at a kiosco (newsstand) or estanco (tobacco shop). If you plan to be here for a month and use the bus a lot, you may wish to purchase a monthly pass, or an abono 30 días. The bus network is comprised of circular (C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4 buses) and line routes (north, south, east and west). You can catch most city buses in one of four locations below. Note that Plaza Nueva is no longer an option due to the work to convert Avda Constitución and the plaza into pedestrian zones

Football Trip to Seville – How to Get to the Match

Football Trip to Seville – The Stadium

RAMÓN SÁNCHEZ-PIZJUÁN STADIUM
Christened on the 7th of September 1958 in a friendly against Real Jaén, its construction responded to the new demands of football, providing the commodities and capacities that the ancient ground of Nervión could not satisfy. The idea for its construction had been planted two decades before, when the purchase of land and an adjacent plot in Nervión was negotiated for the construction of the new stadium. D. Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán held the office of Chairman at the time and was the primary proponent of the project.

In 1954, Sevilla FC held a contest for construction ideas. The winner was Manuel Muñoz Monasterio, who had built the Santiago Bernabeu and Mestalla years before. His proposal – eventually approved – consisted of a stadium with a capacity of 70,329 supporters.
The sudden death of Sánchez-Pizjuán in 1956 prevented the Chairman from witnessing his dream come to life, though Chairmen who succeeded him did not fall short of the mark and set the construction of the stadium in motion. It would be first used incomplete, with upper sections in the north and south of the stadium missing, and part of the west stand out of action.

Over the course of the 58/59 season the West Stand would be finished. One year later, the stadium would see its first game with artificial lighting against Bayern Munich. It was only in 1975 that the upper sections of the North and South stands were completed.
In 1982, owing to legal regulations, the stadium’s capacity was reduced to 66,000 spectators, with a large part of the stadium remodelled to host the World Cup semi-final of France vs. Germany. Changes made included: the removal of fences, the construction of walkways, the installation of a roof over the West Stand and construction of the West Stand’s mosaic – brought to life by Santiago del Campo.

On the 21st of April 1986, the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium would host the European Cup final between FC Barcelona and Steaua Bucharest.

One decade later, UEFA enacted a decree which obliged all stadiums to become all-seaters, meaning the Sánchez-Pizjuán’s capacity was reduced dramatically to 43,000 spectators.

Estadio Benito Villamarín (Real Betis Balompié Stadium)

The Benito Villamarin hosts the home matches of Real Betis Balompié. The stadium was inaugurated in 1929, but was thoroughly renovated in 1982 to host two matches of that year’s UEFA World Cup, in 2000, and in 2017. It has a capacity of 60,700 people.
The Real Betis Balompie, popularly known as Betis, was founded in 1907. It is, along with the Sevilla Fútbol Club, one of Seville football clubs. The rivalry between both is quite fierce and the city is divided in half between Sevilla and Betis fans.

Probably one of the best supporters in Europe, ‘Beticos’ are the most intensive and loyal supporters of the Spanish League. Fans generally dance and sing theme songs and chants during the whole match, and they do so whether the team is winning or losing, whether it’s raining or under an unbearable heat. Few fans are noisier, more numerous, more loyal or funnier than Betis’s. In fact, Betis is defined by a famous phrase binding pride and identity. Always written wrong according to the Andalusian accent, thousands shout “¡Viva er Betis manquepierda!” (Long live Betis, even if they lose!).

Football Trip to Seville – Getting to the Stadium

How to get to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán is located in central Seville at walking distance from the city centre and the main railway station. The walk from the cathedral in Seville’s historic centre (located west of the stadium) can be made in half an hour. From the main railway station 10 minutes should be enough to reach the stadium on foot.  Alternatively, one can take the metro to the stadium. Stations Nervión and Gran Plaza on Seville’s only line 1 are closest to the stadium. These can be reached from Station P. Jerez, located in the south of the historic centre.

How to get to Estadio Benito Villamarin – Estadio Benito Villamarin is located in the south of the city of Seville, about 3 kilometres from the historic city centre. The stadium lies on the Avenida la Palmera, a large avenue which connects the stadium in one straight line with the centre. Around the city centre, the avenue – though with a different name – runs along the bank of the river Guadalquivir.
The stadium can be reached with bus 1, 2, 6, 34 and 37.

Football Trip to Seville – Getting Tickets

Tickets for Real Betis games can be bought at the ticket windows (taquillas) of the stadium in the week before the match (closed between 2:00pm and 5:00pm). Tickets are also available on the day of the match before kickoff. Real Betis’ attendances have been among the highest in La Liga though the club have tended to sell out few games. However, following the expansion of the stadium in 2017 demand has further surged so buying in advance is recommended. Ticket prices generally start at €30.00 for an upper-tier seat behind the goal and range up to €60.00 for a central seat at the main stand, though prices can be increased for high- profile fixtures.

Tickets for Sevilla FC games can be bought online, or at the ticket windows at the stadium in the week before the match.

Football Trip to Seville – Fixtures

When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.

Plan your Football Trip to Seville with our full list of Seville FC fixtures and full list of Real Betis fixtures or Check the La Liga Website when planning your football trip to Spain for latest fixture information.

The schedule for kick-off times in Spain can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Spain page (COMING SOON)

Football Trip to Seville – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink



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Football Trip to Seville – Where to stay

There is no single “best” neighborhood to stay in Seville, though some are more convenient for sightseeing than others. Since the heart of the city is compact and very walkable, and since many of Seville’s attractions are centrally located and close together, it’s perfectly feasible to stay in the neighborhood of your choice, depending on your interests and budget, and either explore the city on foot or take inexpensive taxi, tram or metro rides to and from your hotel if you’re staying further out of the center. Barrio Santa Cruz is the heart of Seville, centered around the cathedral. Its maze of winding streets is home to excellent, varied dining, several worthwhile museums and much of the city’s nightlife. Just to the west of Barrio Santa Cruz is El Arenal, Seville’s former port area that’s bordered by the river. This neighborhood is where you’ll find some of Seville’s most striking historical buildings, as well as the bull ring.

Football Trip to Seville – What else to see & do

Metropol Parasol (Plaza de la Encarnación, 14) is Seville’s modern architectural icon, and the world’s largest wooden structure.
Consisting of six mushroom-shaped shades (it’s known locally as Las Setas, the Mushrooms) the 28-metre tall structure houses an archaeological museum; a food market and bars; and an area for concerts. Take the lift up to the panoramic walkway with spectacular 360-degree views.

14th-century Alcazar Palace (Patio de Banderas; 00 34 954 502 324), with its exquisite ceramic tiles and heavenly gold ceilings. Explore the gardens, home to peacocks, pavilions and pools. Look familiar? You may have seen it as the Water Gardens of Dorne in Game of Thrones.
Seville Cathedral (00 34 902 099 692), the third-largest in the world. The basilica’s scale is jaw-dropping, with a 40-metre-plus high nave and 80 chapels. Be sure to climb up the Giralda belltower, formerly the minaret of the mosque which stood here, for fabulous views over Barrio Santa Cruz.

Triana Market (00 34 674 074 099), replete with fresh local produce – don’t miss the fabulous fish stalls, with scary-looking seafood, or skilled jamon-carvers.

The picturesque barrio of Santa Cruz is well worth a visit. This neighbourhood is the heart of Seville, with its narrow streets, white houses, flowers and iron grilles; it is the typical Andalusian barrio. The best way to get to Santa Cruz is through the tunnel in the corner of Patio de Banderas (near the exit from the Reales Alcázares), this will take you to the street Judería (a reminder that this was once the Jewish quarter of the city).

The Torre del Oro stands on one of the banks of the Guadalquivir river, opposite to the Maestranza, the famous bullfighting ring of Seville. Built in the 13th century by the Arabs, the tower is currently a naval museum.

Football Trip to Seville – Where to Drink

Red House Art and Foodstocks an impressive and varied menu of bottled Spanish craft beers, while also rotating a host of delicious local brews through two taps.

Craft beer-lovers should make for Hops and Dreams (Jesus del Gran Poder 83), where eight draft brews and 40-plus bottles (try Seville’s Rio Azul) are served up in a relaxed space near the Alameda. Grab one of their free maps which mark all of Seville’s craft beer joints.

Maquila Bar is Seville’s only brewpub. On site, they brew Son beer, an artisanal brand that hails from nearby Cordoba.
Cervecería Internacional will be one of your favorite bars in Seville. This casual, laid-back bar stocks more than 250 fabulous craft beers from all over the world.

La Jerónima features a menu of beers from Andalusia. You can sample one of the beers that rotate through their three taps, or one of the 30 varieties in bottles.

Gallo Rojo serves several selections from Abril Cervezas, a Seville based artisanal beer maker that brews out of a cooperative called Tertulia. The space is airy, the beer is bubbly and the atmosphere is creative. Tapas are also on hand for when you need to soak up all the hops.

Bierkraft, just off of the bustling Alameda de Hercules, The tap menu, scrawled across a mirror behind the bar, is impressive, featuring local favourites Rio Azul as well as UK based Magic Rock, Barcelona’s Edge Brewing and a few US breweries for good measure. The huge selection in the bottleshop and fridges at the back of the building is even more extensive, with up to a hundred different beers available at any one time.

La Jeronima considers itself a cultural space and meeting point as well as a ‘Craft Beer Book Store’. bookshelves in the cosy reading nook at the back of the store are stacked with titles by local authors, as well as clothing, artwork and crafts produced by independent, local creators. Then there is the beer; there are four regularly rotating taps on offer as well as a very well-stocked fridge containing a great mix of Andalusian and international drinks. Where: Calle Jerónimo Hernández 14

Gallo Rojo isn’t so much a bar, it describes itself as a creation factory. Sitting on the corner of Calle Madre María de la Purísima, just a short walk from Las Setas De Sevilla, this airy, colourful and modern space is used by the city’s creatives for social, cultural and independent entrepreneurial endeavours. Gallo Rojo is one of the few places in town to serve beers from Abril Cervezas, a Seville based artisanal beer maker that brews out of a cooperative called Tertulia. If you want to make your own beer, Abril Cervezas runs workshops at Gallo Rojo. Where: Calle Madre María de la Purísima 9

Football Trip to Seville – Where to Drink

Contenedor began as a weekly pop-up; now it’s one of the city’s buzziest restaurants, with a focus on slow food, sourced locally, and reinvented Andalucían dishes. Staff in jeans and denim shirts talk through the menu: tataki de ciervo (venison); a tabla del mar withhake roe, semi-cured mackerel and tuna (€9 or €14); a legendarily good arroz con setas y pato (rice with mushroom and duck, €13),

Las Golondrinas has been serving the same tapas for the past 55 years, and it’s not about to change. For those looking for an old-style, unreconstructed bar with local clientele and low prices.

Casa Ricardo. Not much has changed here since it first opened in 1898, but the old-world feel is charming rather than stuffy. Join the locals at the bar and order a glass of sherry—perfect for washing down their sliced-to-perfection Iberian ham.

Vinería San Telmo is one of the best bars in Seville for many reasons. First, their tapas are to die for. Second, they have a fabulous wine list, with dozens of wines available by the glass.

The roof terrace bar at EME Catedral is the one that’s closest to the 500-year-old cathedral; it’s situated opposite the north side with its in-your-face gargantuan flying buttresses. Choose from areas on various levels, the smallest of which seems within touching distance of the Gothic edifice.

Roof at Casa Romana is another multi-level bar. Downstairs are sofas and wall seats, with sunshades stretched overhead, while the two upstairs areas catch more breeze on sweltering nights. A bonus is the view of the Metropol Parasol, the mushroom-shaped contemporary architectural landmark in Plaza de la Encarnación, lit up in colours at night.

Antigua Abacería an icon in the San Lorenzo neighborhood. Order a montadito de chorizo picante y cabrales (a sandwich with spicy chorizo and Asturian blue cheese) with a glass of sherry, and take your meal outside onto the quiet patio.

Eslava serves an exquisite full menu in a sit-down space, but stick to the elevated tapas at the its bustling bar next door. The restaurant has rightfully won awards for many tapas, including the huevo sobre bizcocho de boletus y trufa (egg yolk over a truffle mushroom cake), but the honey rosemary pork ribs also deserve your utmost attention.

El Rinconcillo opened its doors in 1670 just two blocks southeast of the Palacio de las Dueñas. The decor is quintessentially Sevillano: colorful Arabic tiles, dark wooden barrels, and a curtain of cured Iberian hams hanging over the bar.

Los Coloniales has two locations, one can be found near the Metrosol Parasol (Las Setas). Opening hours very often differ between summer and winter, in winter, very often, places will close an hour earlier, depending on how many people are there. Additionally, the closing hour is not the closing hour of the venue, but the kitchen, meaning that they won’t kick you out once the bell tolls but rather they won’t take any more orders.

Football trip to Seville – Useful links

http://www.andalucia.com/seville/tapas-bars.htm

https://everydayfoodblog.com/spain/seville/best-tapas-seville/

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/48-hours-in/seville-city-guide-what-to-do-weekend-break-spain-andalusia-best-hotels-bars-
restaurants-a8029716.html

https://notaboutthemiles.com/best-things-to-do-seville-spain-3-days/

https://theculturetrip.com/europe/spain/articles/the-9-best-places-for-craft-beer-in-seville/

https://www.manvsglobe.com/craft-beer-guide-seville-spain-best-breweries-

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/apr/08/seville-city-guide-what-to-do-best-hotels-restaurants-bars

https://devoursevillefoodtours.com/bars-in-seville/

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/up-all-night-the-best-rooftop-bars-in-seville

https://www.eater.com/maps/best-restaurants-seville-spain-where-to-eat

https://notjustatourist.com/best-restaurants-seville/?c=063a94a77840




Planning a Football Trip to Copa del Rey Second Round

The schedules of the 2nd round of the Copa del Rey have been announced, this post has details to help you plan your Football Trip.

The matches will be played between January 11 and 12, 2020

SATURDAY JANUARY 11

Tarragona gymnastic Real Zaragoza 12: 00h. (DAZN)
Haro Sports Club Osasuna Athletic Club 12: 00h. (DAZN)
Zamora CF RCD Mallorca 12: 00h. (DAZN)
UCAM Murcia Mirandés CD 12: 00h.
Portugalete Club Real Betis Football 4:00 p.m. (DAZN)
Real Murcia CF CD Leganés 4:00 p.m. (DAZN)
CD Ebro Ponferradina SD 4:00 p.m.
CF Rayo Majadahona CD Tenerife 5:00 p.m.
Yeclano Deportivo Elche CF 5:30 p.m.
CD Badajoz UD Las Palmas 6:00 p.m.
Sestao River Club Athletic Club 7:00 p.m. (MEDIASET)
CF Badalona Gefate CF 7:00 p.m. (DAZN)
Leonese CyD SD Huesca 7:00 p.m.
FC Cartagena Girona FC 7:00 p.m.
RC Recreativo de Huelva CF Fuenlabrada 7:00 p.m.
UD Logroñés Cádiz CF 8:00 p.m.
UD Tamaraceite Granada CF 9:00 p.m. (DAZN)
Marbella FC Real Valladolid CF 9:00 p.m. (DAZN)
Orihuela CF Villarreal CF 9:00 p.m. (DAZN)
Winner Pontevedra CF /
UD Ibiza-Eivissa
Albacete Football Pending dispute of the
suspended match

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12

UM Escobedo Sevilla FC 12: 00h. (MEDIASET)
You S. Sebastian de los Reyes RCD Espanyol of Barcelona 12: 00h. (DAZN)
CP Cacereño SD Eibar 12: 00h. (DAZN)
Unionists of Salamanca CF RC Deportivo de La Coruña 12: 00h.
AD Ceuta FC Real Sociedad de Fútbol 4:00 p.m. (DAZN)
Real Jaén CF Lift UD 4:00 p.m. (DAZN)
Winner AD Mérida /
CF La Nucía
RC Celta of Vigo 4:00 p.m. (DAZN)
Barakaldo CF Rayo Vallecano of Madrid 5:00 p.m.



Coppa Italia Round of 16 Draw

Planning a football trip to Italy in January 2019? The draw has been made for the last 16 of the Coppa Italia which gives you the choice of some exciting midweek football trips.

The round of 16 matches will be played between January 15th and 22nd 2020.

Round of 16 matches

NAPOLI-PERUGIA

LAZIO-CREMONESE

Atalanta-Fiorentina

INTER-CAGLIARI

MILAN-SPAL

TURIN-GENOA

ROME-PARMA

UDINESE-JUVENTUS

 

Meeting in the quarter-finals – January 29th 2020

NAPLES / PERUGIA-LAZIO / CREMONESE

ATALANTA / FIORENTINA-INTER / CAGLIARI

MILAN / TURIN-SPAL / GENOA

ROME / JUVENTUS-PARMA / UDINESE

 

Semi-finals: round 12 February, return 4 March 2020

Final: 13 May 2020




Planning a Football Trip to Spain Copa del Rey First Round Draw

Planning a Football Trip to Spain Copa del Rey First Round Draw, this post has details of when and where the first round matches will be played.

The draw has now been finalised and we now know the matches that will take place on 17th, 18th, and 19th December. They are a 1 legged tie. Yeclano were the odd team out and will receive a bye to the next round.

Let’s remember that Barca, Atlético, Valencia and Real Madrid will not play until 21st, 22nd and 23rd January. This is because of the new format of the Supercup.

The next draw is scheduled to take place on 20th December, once all the matches have been played.

These are the matches for the 1st round of the Copa del Rey:

CF Intercity-Athletic

Melilla CD-Levante

Peña Azagresa-Celta

El Palmar-Getafe

Becerril-Real Sociedad

Comillas-Villarreal

Antoniano-Betis

Tolosa-Valladolid

El Álamo-Mallorca

Andorra-Leganés

Gimnástica Segoviana-Elche

Tudelano-Albacete

Bergantiños-Sevilla

Castellón-Las Palmas

Coruxo-Mirandés

Lorca-Osasuna

Cacereño-Alcorcón

Linares-Girona

Jaén-Alavés

Zamora-Sporting

Socuéllamos-Zaragoza

Mensajero-Tenerife

Laredo-Huesca

Logroñés-Eibar

Lealtad de Villaviciosa-Cádiz

Ceuta-Numancia

Tarazona-Rayo Vallecano

L’Hospitalet-Granada

Real Murcia-Racing




Planning a trip to Spanish Super Cup

Planning a Football Trip to Spain for the Spanish Super Cup?  Our free guide explains how to get there, how to get tickets, where to stay and eat and drink.

Spanish Super Cup 2020

The Spanish Super Cup tournament will be played in Saudi Arabia in January 2020

The four-team event features Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia at the 62,000-capacity King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah.

The tournament features the previous season’s top two teams in La Liga, as well as the winners and runners-up of the Copa del Rey, or the teams finishing third and fourth in La Liga.

Barcelona will face Atletico Madrid and Valencia will take on Real Madrid in the revamped tournament between 8-12 January, with the two winners meeting in a final.

How to apply for Saudi tourist e-visa

Applying for the e-visa is pretty straightforward and you can do it through this portal.

Which countries are eligible to get a Saudi tourist visa?

All EU countries within Schengen zone + Andorra, Monaco, United Kingdom and Ukraine, Brunei, China, Canada, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, United States

How long is the Saudi visa for?

With this visa, you can travel in Saudi Arabia for 90 days.

How much does the Saudi e-visa cost?

It costs 117USD + VAT.

Travel By air – The easiest way to travel to Saudi Arabia is by flying in. There are loads of international flights, especially to Jeddah and Riyadh. Saudia Airlines has many direct flights from Europe and other destinations.

Riyadh is considered the most straight-laced of the Kingdom’s big three cities. With most forms of entertainment banned, few sights of interest and a brutal climate, Riyadh is mostly a business destination. Although everyone adheres to the dress code thawb for men and abaya for women, you might come across many Saudis in Westernized clothing. English is spoken by most Saudis (most in Riyadh speak it well) as well as most foreigners.

Riyadh is very much a car-oriented city, and public transportation in Riyadh is badly underdeveloped.  Most visitors rely on white taxis, which are abundant in the city centre but can be harder to find on the outskirts or at night.

With alcohol and nightclubs all banned, due to Saudi Arabia being an Islamic country, Riyadh’s nightlife is limited. However, eating out is one of the pleasures of Riyadh — there’s a pretty good selection of restaurants for various cuisines, ranging from cheap and hearty to fancy and expensive. The famous Saudi “Kabssa” is worth trying, this spiced up rice, served with chicken or lamb is the main and most favourable dish/meal in the kingdom.

Useful Links

https://againstthecompass.com/en/travel-to-saudi-arabia/

https://wikitravel.org/en/Riyadh

 




Coupe de France 8th Round Draw

Planning a Football Trip to France? The 8th Round of the Coupe de France has been drawn and this post has details to help you plan your Football Trip to France.

You don’t get a lot of notice unfortunately but if you are heading to France early December here are the fixtures;

he draw for the eighth round will take place in two parts:

  • Ties involving overseas teams playing at home (Jeunesse Evolution of Guadeloupe and JS Saint-Pierroise of Réunion) were drawn on 19 November 2019.
  • Ties involving teams from mainland France and the remaining teams from Martinique and French Guiana were drawn on 20 November 2019.

All ties will take place on the weekend of 7 and 8 December 2019.

Discover the full program of the L2 for this 8th round:

Saturday, December 7th

14h: Annecy (N2) – Chambly, at the Parc des Sports

14h15: Chartres (N2) – Caen,  Jacques Couvret stadium

Stade Pontivyen (N3)-Lorient, stade du Faubourg de Verdun, à Pontivy (Eurosport 2)

15h : Cournon (R2)-Niort, stade Joseph et Michel Gardet
Hombourg-Haut (R3)-Auxerre, stade Blies à Sarreguemines

17h : Poitiers (N2) – Rodez, stade Michel-Armand de Buxerolles

18h : Rouen (N2)-Orléans, stade Robert Diochon

Sunday, December 8

13h45 : Dieppe (N3)-Lens, stade Jean Dasnias à St-Aubin-sur-Scie

14h : Valence (R1)-Paris FC, stade Georges Pompidou

15h : Les Herbiers (N2)-Le MansParc des Sports Massabielle
US Tourquennoise (R1)-Valenciennes, Stade Van de Veegaete
Strasbourg Pierrots Vauban (N3)-Nancy, stade Emile Stahl

Future Rounds

Round of 32 6 January 2020 18 and 19 January 2020
Round of 16 19 or 20 January 2020 28 and 29 January 2020
Quarter Finals 29 January 2020 11 and 12 February 2020
Semi Finals 12 February 2020 3 and 4 March 2020
Final n/a 25 April 2020