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Hitchhiker's Guide to the football

Hitchhiker's Guide to the football
Football trips are one of the new and popular hobbies. They combine excellent way love traveling with a passion for the most popular game. For Britons and Scandinavians have become a real obsession. Their actual beginning is marked by the emergence of low-cost airlines at the beginning of the century, making access more destinations. The first mass travel for a football match, however, in 1963 for the finals in the tournament now defunct UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (RNC) between "Tottenham" and "Atletico" (Madrid).

Then one of the supporters of Tottenham ingenious remembers starting to organize charter flights to those who wish to watch the match to fly from London to Rotterdam. In this he meets an incredible response and exceeds all expectations. Suddenly question Mr. Thomson wakes rich from this idea and based tourist company "Thomson" or TUI, today one of the world leaders in the industry. Record visit the game but make fans of "Celtic" for the final UEFA Cup against "Porto" in Seville in 2003, lost by Stiliyan Petrov and his teammates with 2: 3. Over 100 000 people attacked Andalusian capital by air, land and even water. Most of them without tickets, but just want to be in a city with favorites for this match. This is the largest movement of people in Europe after World War II.

The passion for football trips today is a hobby for which there are hundreds of manuals. In the late 90s in England out popular yearbook for clubs around the world with practical advice on how to get to almost any of the most important. Today there are many similar guides and two years out and a monthly magazine called Football Weekends ( "Football weekends'). It was preceded by legendary columnist in the prestigious British magazine World Soccer, which is called "football cities." The authors created a pretty good website then, which can be found very many details about football destinations (www.liberoguide.com). Increasing destinations, mainly through low-cost 'Uizear "and" Ryanair "makes it so that Sofia is a good starting point for football trips throughout Europe. The purpose of this series of "24 Hours" will be to guide you how to plan trips to major football stadiums and clubs. Logically start with England, called the cradle of modern football. Tips for beginners 1. The primary investment should always be directed to tickets for the game, unless you have a No-Limit funds for travel and accommodation. 2. Never go without an idea how to get a ticket.

The "black" in front of the stadium is a haven for crooks. 3. Never trust websites selling tickets outside these clubs. The only exception is Viagogo.com, which has amassed enough popularity and work correctly. There, however, prices are quite salty. 4. In most countries there is a requirement for registered tickets. Never underestimate this and do not go to the match with a ticket that is not in your name. The probability to stay outside the stadium is huge. 5. Airline tickets into the easiest sites of airlines (wizzair.com, ryanair.com). A good way to compare prices is skyscanner.net. This is the site where you can find the best price and route places far not fly those companies. 6. nights spent most authoritative and good is booking.com, if you have "history" there. While you earn, compare prices through sites like trivago.com and ebookers.com. First stop: Preston, the cradle of modern football trip to Liverpool or Manchester can be combined with a curious for every football tourist route. The neighboring area of ​​both cities Lancashire can rightly be called the cradle of professional football. Four classic club and several small, incredibly fierce derbies, stadiums with over one hundred years of history and especially close distances and convenient transportation are many preconditions for costing their efforts experience.

The capital of Lancashire Preston, the city that gave birth to the first champion of England respectively in the history of world football. The easiest way to get there from Liverpool Station "Lime Street" and the ticket price is 8 pounds and trains every hour. "Preston North End" won the title in 1888 without losing a single match and the FA Cup, preserving a clean sheet in all matches on the way to the trophy. One of them is victory 26-0 over the "Hyde", which today is a record in the history of the oldest tournament. The results on the field earned on that team nickname "The Untouchables" and today only "Arsenal" was able to finish the season unbeaten. The core of that team is the ingenuity of the local miller William Court. It is actually the creator of professional football. Founder of "Preston North End" in 1878, the court quickly finds a way to attract the club's best players at the time, which invariably are Scots. They practiced best game with passes, which was revolutionary at the time. Then football is like rugby as a player takes the ball and tries to get as far before being stopped by the opponent. Court shows great ingenuity, starting to attract Scots, providing payment by the mill where he works and where they also keep a job. The scheme is revealed before a cup match in 1884 against the "West Ham" that threatens to destroy totally the foundations of English football. After much debate professionalism was legalized despite the protests of the clubs in the south. Later the court has arrested and imprisoned with the accusation that departed illegally huge funds from the mill, where an accountant. After his release he emigrated to South Africa where he worked in journalism, but in rugby. Another important figure in the history of "Preston" Tom Finney.

Great Manager "Liverpool" Bill Shankly and his team-mate before the team called him "the best player I've ever seen" Tom Finney has never managed to win a trophy in his career. The last trophy "Preston" remains the FA Cup, won in 1938 after a 1: 0 against "Huddersfield". This is the first final in the tournament, broadcast live on television. Preston is a city set to host the British national football museum. In 2012, however, the collection was moved to Manchester, which makes Tom Finney in protest donated to withdraw its exhibits. He died on Valentine's Day in 2014 and was immortalized with stunning statue in front of the stadium "Diypdeyl" which is a copy of one of his most famous pictures. Fountains around the statue mimic lifted from the ground water at tackle. Fountains around the statue of legendary footballer "Preston" Tom Finney in front of the stadium "Dipdeyl" mimic spray water raised in splits. Himself "Diypdeyl" is the oldest football stadium in England in terms of how long it has played a team. Clean chronologically older are only two stadiums - those "Sheffield United" and "Mansfield".

"Preston" played here in 1875, and the local fans do not want to hear about the construction of the new facility. "Diypdeyl" very much like "Luigi Ferraris" in Genoa as the stands are separated from buildings in the corners. Tickets are available without problem from the club website, however you will need to register. The stadium is 2 km from the station. The neighboring town of Burnley you can completely disprove former reputation of Dupnitsa (then Stanke Dimitrov) for most adherents per capita. Statistically proven that in England on average most people the number townspeople attend matches "Burnley". The club has a very loyal audience and deep ties to the monarchy. Victorious Cup final in 1914 was the first viewed live monarch as the stands is King George V. fan club colors in burgundy and sky is Prince Charles. "Burnley" plays on his "Turf Moor" of 131 years, in this respect second only to neighbors 'Preston'. Tickets for matches of "Burnley" at this point take the most difficult among all teams around for elite status. Registration required. However, although limited seats at a cost of 30 to 40 pounds appear in the week before the game as it is now for the clash with "Arsenal". "Burnley" organized a very nice tour of the stadium, who, however ... only sryada.Fenshopovete are two, one is in the stadium and the other is located in the city mall "Charter Wok." The team is known for many derbies and the bloodiest of them against "Blackburn".

According to many, this is the most fierce clash in English football, which was revived at an elite level in 2009 itself match was completely overshadowed by clashes on the streets and numerous arrests during the same 2009-10 season the manager of "Burnley" surprisingly left for to take another neighboring team ( "Bolton") and has since increased and hate the fans of "Burnley" to this club. Matches "Preston" adopt more like a derby by opponents, but curiously, the creation of the Football League in 1888 one third of all participating teams were in a radius of 40 km from Burnley. The big local rival "Blackburn Rovers" is the one of the most glorious teams in England. It is associated primarily with the sensational title of 1995, provided with generous investments of steel magnate Jack Walker. The charm of this title in English is connected with the fact that local investor has shown that it can put money in his home favorite team. This is in serious contrast to today's reality of the Premiership with a horde of foreign rich, proud of their luxury "toys."

For a long time the team did not win in Europe and dropping from anonymous rivals and the first player from his team in the tournament's CSKA in 2002 after the death of Jack Walker in 2000. "Blackburn" was run by his family trust set up for this purpose until 2010, when it was sold to Indian tycoons of "checks", famous for the production of chicken products. Because of that protests against their bad management several times accompanied by throwing chickens in the field of "Ewood Park." The visit of the match an easy task. Not worth buying tickets online, you can do so from the stadium before the start as "Blackburn" supports very low prices. For example the derby with "Burnley" from the League Cup in October were released tickets than 3 pounds. In itself Blackburn can stay at the hotel "Stanley House" built by the brother of Jack Walker, which will surely meet and talk with interesting people from the family of a glass of beer. Last Lancashire team that deserves special attention is the "Blackpool". This is a team of Stanley Matthews, one of the legendary English football. "Blackpool" is known for its orange teams that borrows from the Dutch national team and the final of the FA Cup in 1953, won 4: 3 against "Bolton". This is called "Matthews Final". 38 years and a reputation as one of the icons of English football at the time Matthews won his first and only trophy in this game by himself turns result in the final seconds. The very final is one of the most significant events of English society in the 50s with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the landing on Everest.

The town of Blackpool is one of the most famous English resorts and world center of ballroom dancing. The football team today but brings little joy to his fans, because it is on the fourth level of English football after a sporadic participation in the Premier League in 2010-2011, when after promotion manager Ian Holloway and his players were welcomed by over 100 000 people city ​​streets. A match at the stadium "Bloomfield Road", which is located right next to the sea, walk easily, especially fans of the team often boycotted the last two seasons. CLUBS "Blackburn Rovers" Founded in 1875 Playing in white-blue shirts and white shorts. Stadium "Ewood Park" (31,367 seats). Three times champion, 6 times winner of the FA Cup and once in the League Cup. Great players: Alan Shearer, Chris Sutton, Fergus Sutter, Jimmy Douglas. Great coaches: Kenny Dalglish. Travel time is 15 minutes by bus number 1 from the bus station in the city. "Burnley" Founded in 1882 Playing in wine red shirts with light blue sleeves and white shorts. Stadium "Turf Moor" (22,546 seats). Twice champion and once the winner of the FA Cup. Great players: Jimmy McIlroy, Jimmy Adamson. Great coaches: Harry Potts. Come walk about 5-10 minutes from the bus station in the city. "Blackpool" was founded in 1887. Playing in orange shirts and white shorts. Stadium "Bloomfield Road" (17,338 seats). Once the winner of the FA Cup. Great players: Stanley Matthews, the first ever winner of the "Golden Ball, Jimmy Armfild. Great coaches: Joe Smith. Enough with buses 5, 7, 10, 11 from the city center.

"Preston North End" Founded in 1881 played in white shirts and dark blue shorts. Stadium "Diypdeyl" (23,404 seats). Twice champion, twice winner of the FA Cup. Great players: Tom Finney, Bill Shankly great coaches: William Court. Come on buses 6 and 19 bus stations in the city. In the days of the match can be used bus 6A. 10-minute walk through the park away stadiums of "Liverpool" and "Everton" Only 20 minutes walk and open "Stanley Park" divide two of the most legendary clubs in the world - "Liverpool" and "Everton", and their respective at least iconic stadiums "Anfield Road" and "Goodison Park." Bird's eye view wonderful to see how close together are the stadiums of both Liverpool team. In the foreground is the "Anfield Road" in the distance - "Goodison Park." Along with "The Beatles" and the docks' Albert Docks "and" Pier Head Waterfront "Both football clubs are the biggest attractions of the city, which in 2015 was voted" most friendly "in the UK. Local hospitality is legendary to the extent that is often confused tourists with flirting when it comes to the opposite sex. And the passion for football is so impressive that "Liverpool" (especially) and "Everton" are considered some of the teams with the most loyal fans in the world. A good starting point for both bus stadium Liverpool One. There arrive buses from across the country, and №500, which for about 30 minutes takes you from the airport "John Lennon" in the southeastern part of the city center. Nearby is also the station "Liverpool Lime Street" which is your starting point if you arrive by train. Opposite Liverpool dock "Alberts" is the bus station. Convenient to the bus station that is situated opposite "Albert Docks," or the place in the XVII century brings rapid development of the city after the arrival of the first vessel with slaves.

Several interesting museums are the docks and waterfront, "Pier Head Uotarfronts" as undisputed attention for football fans deserve "Museum" Liverpool ". The two local giants enjoy a proper place and is useful to know that in fact there can be seen the trophies won by "Everton" and the most important exhibits of the history of the club. The reason is that "Everton" does not have a museum because of the limited space of "Goodison Park." The road to "Anfield Road" bus №26 is almost 20 minutes, you should get off of "Blessington Road." Impressive new main grandstand see far before coming to stop, so we can not be fooled. From there, about five minutes walk down the street that takes you right to the legendary tribune "Kopp" and to the left of her head - "Main Stand." Currently, the area has increased construction activity, so unless there is a match, you can expect quite closed streets, and in some cases, and lack of full access to this part of the stadium. On "Kopp" But now there are more important things. There is a huge souvenir shop and the next start and tours of the stadium and the museum. Currently not available round the stadium because of ongoing finishing around the tribune "Main Stand", but instead there are various possibilities for other tours and attractions. Looks like it outside the legendary tribune "Kopp" at the stadium of "Liverpool". The most popular are the tours involving legends of the club, with which you can talk, as well as ending a snack in the cafe "Boot Room".

Prices start from £ 10 for adults, and the most expensive tickets, along with food, 18 pounds. The tour starts from the narrow and dark entrance to the grandstand "Spayan Kopp", then immerse in the vast sea of ​​history - the great managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish in the legendary players like Billy Liddell, Kevin Keegan, Dalglish and Steven Gerrard to memorable matches, one of which is the Champions league final against AC Milan in Istanbul in 2005, when "red" tied 0: 3 and finally won on penalties. Steven Gerrard has given the museum his personal collection of values, which is part of the tour. About "Anfield Road" there are so many legendary places that one wonders where more forward looking.