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Friday, 27 May 2016

Finally - Vicente Caldeón!

A few months ago I finally got to visit the Vicente Calderón - home of Atlético Madrid. Having practically lived at the Bernabeú this was a completely new experience, and the first thing you notice is the difference in size. The Calderón has a capactiy of 54,907 and a orientated atmosphere surrounding it. The Bernabeú draws lots of people who are not necessarily football fans but are at the stadium because they read it on time out's 'top 10 things to do in Madrid' list, whereas the Calderón has a lot more people who are there because they are die hard fans. There is nothing wrong with the former or latter, it's just something I noticed  visiting both stadiums.

I managed to get 2 tickets for the price of one so it worked out at 20 euros per ticket, another example of how much cheaper it is to watch league football in Spain. The stadium overlooks the Manzanares river, and is in the south of the capital. There wasn't much time to explore as we arrived before kick off and went to the supporters bar in the stadium. It was a pretty cool bar, filled with Atlético memorabilia and plasmas replaying old games.

The fixture was Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad with Atlético winning 3-0, with an own goal from Reyes, Saúl and finally a Griezmann penalty. This victory was their 3rd win in their last 4 home games but despite a great campaign Atlético finished 3 points behind La Liga winners Barcelona and 2 points behind derby rivals Real Madrid.

I was unable to do the tour of the stadium, but at 10 euros it's cheaper than the Bernabeú and Camp Nou so I may have to try and do that within the next month!

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