So on this week’s episode of Culture F.C. we spent quite a bit of time talking about why we were on a two week break. The reason being that I was in Spain on vacation. I was lucky enough to experience two incredible moments in Spanish football culture that I would like to share with you all. But first we need to rewind a bit.
Before I left on my trip, I had spent weeks watching for the release of tickets to the Sevilla FC – Real Betis game as I would be in Sevilla during it. This game is massive and it is considered one of, if not, the biggest derby in Spain. It means so much to the people of that city. Both sets of fans really get up for this game. So I checked Sevilla FC’s website every single day to see if the tickets were on sale yet. Unfortunately, I missed out on buying them by just a few hours.
Fast forward to the day of the game and even though we didn’t have tickets we figured, ‘Lets go to the stadium, see if we can buy tickets there, and if not at least we can enjoy the atmosphere’. As we got to the stadium, we started hearing some singing and chanting so we followed the noise.
And we stumbled upon this:
This was at about 4 PM right outside the team hotel where the Sevilla players were staying. By the end of the video all you can see is smoke. It was insane!
So unfortunately we did not go to the game after all. But we ended up in a nice little bar with good food and fun people watching the game too.
Since we missed out on the Sevilla – Betis match we decided to catch a Real Madrid match to make up for it once we were back in Madrid. So after two separate attempts I was finally able to catch a game in Spain. Real Madrid were playing Athletic Bilbao and they had a ton of travelling supporters. From the moment we arrived at the stadium we were surrounded by Athletic Bilbao fans singing their hearts out.
Turns out we were sitting right in front of their travelling supporters. For the entire match they did not stop singing or cheering for their team. It was incredible to see.
I haven’t found a way to have Instagram stories in blog posts yet but you can click the link below to watch my experience with some crazy Athletic Bilbao supporters.