Groundhopper Soccer Guides

The ultimate resource for people who want to know more about and go see soccer in England and Europe

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Groundhopper Soccer Guides

The ultimate resource for people who want to know more about and go see soccer in England and Europe

Get Started

Groundhopper Soccer Guides

The ultimate resource for people who want to know more about and go see soccer in England and Europe

Get Started

Plan your next trip

Groundhopper Paul has been to more than 100 games all over the UK and Europe. We can help you plan your next soccer experience!

“Phoner” Consultation

A short phone call in which we will make suggestions about which games to see, why, how to get there, how to get tickets, where to eat and drink beforehand, etc.

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Enhanced “Planner” Consultation

A Phoner, plus we send you a detailed suggested itinerary with links to more information, the best ticket options, travel tips, etc. Then you can book a follow-up call.

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Tickets & Hospitality

We are an official reseller for most English Premier League clubs and top European clubs and competitions. Book your groundhopping adventure now!

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The Groundhopper Guide's "Starting 11"

Our “Starting 11” of things that will help you begin your groundhopping adventures – to teach you a bit, to get you excited, and to help you know what is involved in being a proper groundhopper.

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About Our Owner and Founder, Paul Gerald

This whole thing actually started from my core mission in life: go to interesting places, do interesting things, meet interesting people, then share.

I have been a professional writer and ardent traveler since the mid-1980s. A little while before that, I used to watch a highlight show called “Soccer Made in Germany,” and I fell in love with the game and the singing of the fans. I decided I would have to get to one of these games one day.

Starting in college in the 80s, I had a career in newspapers, mostly in sports, and by the 90s I had moved to Portland, Oregon. I became a freelancer, specializing in sports, travel, and the outdoors, and along the way, I have written five guidebooks to Portland and Oregon. The best known is the best-selling 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland; one that I self-published was Breakfast in Bridgetown: The Definitive Guide to Portland’s Favorite Meal. For more on all of that, see paulgerald.com.

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At the Seville Derby: Look Out when the Rocket Lands

At the Seville Derby: Look Out when the Rocket Lands

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Sometimes, in the middle of a big crowd, during a big game, in a stadium filled with emotion and a city gone briefly mad, there are some very fine lines to walk. So when somebody lands a rocket in the middle of all this, one has to be very careful. Continue reading

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