Thursday, May 5, 2011

Camp Nou

The day following Barca FC's big win against Real Madrid, I dragged Monica out to the origin of the mass celebration - Camp Nou.  

It's the home field of Barca, the Mecca and Vatican for fans of arguably the most popular team in sports right now.

On non-match days, futbol fans from all over the world flock to Camp Nou for a 19 Euro ($35-ish) tour of the facility, including the field, the locker room, and the presidential and press boxes.  The maze of subways we had to navigate to get there wore us out, so I opted to admire the stadium from a far.   Later, I discovered that there was a single straight subway line we could have rode, that would have dropped us off right at the front door.  Big fat UGH.

The team's best player, and perhaps the world's best player is Lionel Messi.  His jersey is a huge seller, but it's hard to catch a Spanish person wearing one since Messi is an Argentine.  Instead, you'll find them sporting the Barca jerseys of their own homegrown heroes, like David Villa, Xavi, Iniesta, and Puyol -  all the same players that carried the Spanish national team to their World Cup glory last summer.


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