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March 15, 2024

Right before PSG took over French football, Olympique Lyonnaise were the unquestioned leaders, cranking out famous young players and winning seven consecutive league titles. Today they are a solid Ligue 1 club with a beautiful stadium in a wonderful city. LOCATION: Lyon, France CONTACT: , 04 51 08 70 40, #Lyon #OL NICKNAMES: Les…


March 15, 2024

Soccer is probably not the reason you will ever go to Monaco, but a game at AS Monaco is a fascinating intersection between the worlds of football and global wealth. LOCATION: Principality of Monaco CONTACT:, +377 92 05 37 54, #ASM NICKNAMES: Rouges et blancs (the red and whites)


March 3, 2024

One of the "big three" that wins everything in Portugal, Benfica are also past European champions and play in a lovely, modern stadium that was the inpsiraiton for Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. LOCATION: Lisbon, Portugal CONTACT:, (+351) 217 219 500, #EPluribusUnum NICKNAMES: As Águias (The Eagles)

football fans showing a pregame display and throwing paper in the air

Borussia Mönchengladbach

February 24, 2024

Glory years in the 1960s and 1970s built the club a large following, and while they haven't won anything lately, they have a large and usually full stadium with an excellent atmosphere in a hotbed of German Fußball. LOCATION: Mönchengladbach, Germany CONTACT:, +49 1806 1819 00, #DieFohlen NICKNAMES: Die Fohlen or The Foals due…

Union Berlin

February 15, 2024

This over-achieving club, best known for years at the working-class team in East Berlin, is now the only Bundesliga club in the country's capital. LOCATION: Berlin, Germany CONTACT: +49 30 - 65 66 88 100, #fcunion NICKNAMES: Die Eisernen (The Iron Ones)

Real Sociedad

January 14, 2024

In a beautiful seaside city in the Spanish Basque region, playing in a lovely and modern stadium, Real Sociedad is also now a Champions League team for the 2023-24 season. So this club on the rise should be part of your Spanish travel plans. LOCATION: Donastia / San Sebastián, Spain CONTACT:, 943 46 28…

Exeter City

January 1, 2024

Exeter City are a supporter-owned club in a beautiful cathedral city not far from London, and they have the biggest standing-only terrace in the Football League. LOCATION: Exeter, Devon, about 2.5 hours west of London by train. CONTACT:, 01392 411243, #ECFC NICKNAMES: The Grecians, which maybe goes back to an 18th-Century re-enactment of the…


December 5, 2023

Rangers has a long storied history and loves to remind people it is the most successful football club in Scotland – mainly because there’s only one possible rival to that position. Rangers are a well loved club constantly battling their Glasgow neighbors Celtic for trophies. LOCATION: Glasgow, Scotland CONTACT:, #RangersFC NICKNAMES: The Gers


November 17, 2023

One of the three giants of Dutch voetbal, and the current champions, Feyenoord also play in a classic old stadium in a remarkably modern city. LOCATION: Rotterdam, the Netherlands CONTACT:, #feyenoord NICKNAMES: De club aan de Maas (The Club on the Meuse)

fans singing and waving scarves before a game at Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

November 2, 2023

Bayer is a solid if unspectacular Bundesliga club with a beautiful stadium in a not very interesting city. But it sits in a nest of German Fußball, one of several clubs that offer an easy day out from the beautiful city of Cologne. LOCATION: Leverkusen is in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, 15 minutes by train…

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