European football’s most decorated city will host the 2016 European Final between fierce city rivals Athletico Madrid and Real Madrid at the magnificent San Siro, home to Italian powerhouses AC and Inter Milan.
A poor season for both this year means neither side will have the chance to lift “big ears” on home soil - though one has done so before. To find out which and to learn out more about the history of two of greatest teams to grace the world of calcio take the stadium tour (Piazzale Angelo Moratti).
Berlin’s Olympiastadion is a perfect venue for a sporting pilgrimage.
The Olympiastadion stadium was built for the infamous 1936 Olympic Games and renovated in 2006 to host the World Cup Final. Since 1963 the ground has been the home of Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin - soak in the atmosphere of one of Europe’s most exciting leagues or watch a game at one of Berlin’s sports bars. Try Tante Käthe on Bernauer Straße so called after the affectionate name for the German permed football icon, Rudi Völler (it translates as Aunt Kath in English). It’s as individual as the man himself.
Bayern Munich are a juggernaut of German football and are a main stay in the latter stages of Europe’s premier football competition.
Take in the Allianz Arena on Werner-Heisenberg Avenue, home to both Bayern and “The Lions” of 1860 Munich, and think of the stadium tour as two for the price of one offer. For those feeling nostalgic try visiting Olympiastadion (Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21) scene of England’s 5-1 victory over Germany in 2001.
With their seemingly unstoppable 'tiki-taka' approach, Barcelona have established themselves as a titan of the modern game.
Spend a weekend in the city to uncover the true Catalan culture that is engrained in the club. Join a Camp Nou stadium tour at Carrer Aristides Maillol, then head for La Taverna De Barcelona on Ronda Ze la Universitat to take in a game and a glass of beer with the local football fanatics. Or lounge on the beach and explore the Basilica if you’d prefer.
No team has won more European Cups than Real Madrid. Last year’s 'La Decima' the 10th, came at the expense of local rivals Atlético Madrid in a dramatic final.
Atlético are currently staging a resurgence against the El Clásico stronghold on La Liga, beating both to the title in 2014. Despite this, the two Madrid sides remain galaxies apart in terms of riches, as tours at Vicente Calderón (Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto) and the Bernabéu (Avenida de Concha Espina) should testify.
Jurgen Klopp’s departure as Borussia Dortmund manager brings to an end a chapter in one of the true football fairy tail stories of the past few years.
Such disappointment hasn’t affected support of Die Schwarzgelben, with Dortmund boasting Europe’s highest average attendance. Try for a ticket at Signal Iduna Park (Strobel Avenue 50) and be a part of the “yellow wall” one of footballs truly iconic atmospheres. For those without tickets there is always Brauhaus Wenkers (Beten Street 1), where the ever-friendly bar staff adorn the club’s shirts with the supporters.
During the 1970’s the Dutch brought the world “Total Football" and their two World Cup final appearances had at its core in the great Ajax team of Johan Cruyff that won the European Cup on three consecutive occasions.
The Ajax of today maintains those principals, and with their famed academy produce some of Europe’s top stars – take the Amsterdam Arena tour at ArenA Boulevard and discover more about Holland’s capital club.
Juventus, affectionately known as “the old lady” will finally once again be dining at Europe’s top table this season, but as Italy’s most successful club a visit Juve’s new museum and stadium tour at Corso Galileo Ferraris is a must for any football fan in the city.
Turin is also the home of the cities other club Torino based at Via Filadelfia,– anyone with an interest for football history can discover more about the “Grande Torino” side, Italy’s first great club team.
Home to one of Europe’s greatest rivalries with the Old Firm of Rangers and Celtic, football can’t be avoided in this vibrant and colourful city.
The home of Scottish football is at Glasgow’s Hampden Park - visit the Scottish Football Museum to hear the ‘Hampden Roar’, see the world’s oldest national trophy or re-live Zinadine Zidane’s greatest moment in a Real Madrid shirt.