Real Madrid: A Memorable Day At The Stadium Tour

Football fans who are visiting Madrid absolutely must visit the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Should you not be able to make that visit, then at least take some of your visit time to take a stadium tour of the most impressive football stadium in the world. You’ll be standing on top of the world when you visit this stadium.

No visit to Madrid is complete without this fantastic stadium tour. Whether you’re a football fan or not, young and old alike will appreciate and enjoy learning more about the historical facts of this venue.

 

Pricing For The Stadium

Inexpensively priced for adults and even less for children who are under 14, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the stadium and dream for a moment about the Champions League Final in which you’re the key player. Let yourself sit back and picture your life as a championship player.

Children will enjoy the fantasy and you’ll feel the energy of the crowd as you make that winning goal. If you’re wondering about other possible discounts, you’ll also get a steep discount if you’re a member of the fan club. Well worth the time and effort. Young and old alike will appreciate this visit.

 

Plenty To Enjoy On Your Visit

Tours are available year round between 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Sunday has reduced hours. On match days it may be a bit more difficult to gain access to the changing area but it is still possible.

Visitors are given free reign to peruse the Trophy Room which is interactive. Children love interactive tools and exhibits so plan to spend some time simply interacting with all that they have to offer on your visit to the Trophy room. With a lot of great exhibitions including tributes to many legendary figures.

You’ll appreciate and enjoy the finer details of this stadium. Take a stroll around the pitch and up into the gods via the top of the stadium. Make sure to snap some fabulous photos for your own collection. Sit down and picture yourself coaching in Madrid and impersonate Jose Mourinho or Carlo Ancelotti.

Feel the power as you picture them emerging from the tunnels. One day, you can say to your grandchildren “I was there” and of course tell them all about your fabulous trip and how you stood in the stadium in that very spot.

Don’t forget to visit the press rooms and practice interviewing your friends before you move on to the rest of your trip. For a brief moment you can say you were there, at the best football club in the world. Be sure to grab some video of it to share with friends and family.

Have The Most Amazing Time

Now that you’ve taken the trip, think about your stay and let others know your reviews:

Both soccer and Madrid fans will say it’s one of the most amazing stadium tours available. the trophy room is put together very nicely and you’ll be able to appreciate the history behind the club. Even someone who doesn’t follow the game can enjoy this as much as you. This is a definite highlight of the stay.

Even if your favorite team isn’t Real Madrid, you’ll enjoy and appreciate the museum and feel the history of soccer in the tour. You’ll never regret the time you took to take this tour.

One of the most amazing tours in Madrid and even more unique when you enjoy a trip to the Bernabeu. Enjoy and appreciate the views as you walk along the Stadium and revel in the breathtaking tour.

 

Other Great Tours To Enjoy While You’re In Madrid

 

The Prado Museum Tour

Housing one of the largest art and sculpture collections in the world, this museum houses paintings by the likes of Tintoretto, Goya and El Greco. Picasso and Rubens are also showcased. reasonably priced and if you go during the last few hours of the day, your entry fee is free.

Make this your afternoon or evening closing sight for any day.

 

Retiro Park (Also Known As Parque del Retiro)

Known as the lungs of Madrid, this park is very close to the Prado. Ideal for a combined visit. Set on over 320 acres and completely enclosed with Palaces as well as museums and lakes with boating and beautiful gardens to walk through. Something is always going on as you take a moment to stroll around and enjoy local musicians who are entertaining the crowds.

You’ll enjoy stalls with plenty to see and do. You’ll enjoy taking a leisurely stroll through the park and learning more about Spain’s military history.

If you enjoy Charlton Heston, you’ll like visiting the El Cid’s sword that is on display from the movie El Cid he starred in.

Royal Palace of Madrid

No trip to Madrid would be complete without a visit to the Royal Palace. With over 2000 opulently decorated rooms you’ll get a taste of the luxury from bygone eras. Take along your passport as there is an entry fee however, it is free if you’re from EU.

These special free hours are during winter months from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and in summer months from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. You won’t be sorry you took the time to visit this palace.

Picture your life living here and living in such opulence.

 

Amy Rice writes for www.spanishkicks.com when not writing I enjoy spending time with my daughter, going to the gym and playing adventure golf.

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Roberto Mancini: Tough-minded Italian under constant media scrutiny

The greatest football managers are often interesting characters bordering on the eccentric and have great self-belief which is no great surprise as you must need skin like elephant hide to survive the barrage of criticism and abuse that football bosses inevitably suffer.

Mancini may have thought that working in England would be less pressurised than his life in the cauldron that is Italian football but if he did he will be changing his mind now. The pressure is on and despite his excellent track record and what he has achieved at Manchester City, Mancini is now the target of much criticism and his job is under threat.

 

History

Mancini was a player of some distinction making 566 appearances for Sampdoria and winning the Serie A title, four Coppa Italias, the Cup Winners Cup and 36 caps for Italy before managing Fiorentina and Lazio to Coppa Italia victory. He then moved on to manage the mighty Inter Milan to three Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia victories before being fired and replaced by that ultimate football ego José Mourinho.

You would think that the success he achieved at Inter would have made Mancini’s position secure but the club’s chairman clearly had a lack of loyalty and gratitude to rival Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich and that is really saying something!

 

Early Promise

Mancini was clearly destined to be a manager as even when a player at Sampdoria he regularly gave the team talks and was part of the selection committee that chose Sven Goren Eriksson as manager. David Platt, now his assistant at Manchester City, recalls that when he was playing for Bari against Sampdoria he was blatantly asked by Mancini if he would leave Bari to join Sampdoria even though Mancini was only a player himself at the time.

Mancini was no stranger to throwing his weight around either and did not like his position being threatened. He allegedly picked fights with both Trevor Francis and Liam Brady when they played at Sampdoria and was described by Argentinian legend Juan Sebastian Veron as “not an easy person”. Mancini is clearly a tough cookie and he needed to be to take on the managerial position at Manchester City.

 

Manchester City

After spending some years in the lower leagues Manchester City had been purchased by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008 and become one of the richest clubs on the planet. With a huge financial investment the new owners were looking for success and in 2009 turned to Roberto Mancini to get it for them.

It must have seemed like a dream opportunity to join a club with such riches and huge support and in 2012 Mancini led them to the glory of the Premiership title with the season culminating in one of the most dramatic final games imaginable. City needed to win to secure the title and were losing 2-1 with just 2 minutes of added time left. Two goals in those two minutes secured the most incredible and unlikely victory.

You would think that this achievement would have installed Mancini as a hero and secured his position for some time to come but less than one season later there is talk of him being fired as City have failed to match the heights of 2012. You have to wonder what a man has to do to keep his job but with Roberto Di Matteo being fired by Chelsea after winning the holy grail of the Champions League it would appear that no manager is ever safe.

 

Character

Roberto Mancini is certainly a unique character with his own way of doing things and a great deal of personal style. He is renowned for sporting a scarf in his club’s colours on match days and is always dressed to perfection. Often see in the Hugo Boss shop in Manchester he must be delighted that the club are now in partnership with the fashion brand and providing City’s official club suits.

He is probably not so delighted about the fact that the media and some of the fans are now firmly on his back and his job clearly under threat.

 

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Sally Stacey is a life-long football fan who follows the fortunes of players and managers closely. Read more on Sally’s Google+ page.

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Special Feature: Best Football Video Games of All Time

Over the years, many gaming companies have tried to cash in on the most popular sport in the world, football, and make a game that makes the player feel like he’s right there in the thick of the action. This has been attempted in many ways, from manager simulations to games where you control the team on the field and in many formats including arcade, console and PC games.

 

Championship Manager 01-02 (2000)

The Championship Manager franchise, (now Football Manager) dominated the manager simulation genre for years and peaked in the 2001 – 2002 season, according to many fans of the game. Later versions tend to be far more in-depth which does have obvious advantages, but detracts from the user-friendliness of the game. 01-02 has the perfect blend of difficulty, complexity and usability and is probably one of the most addictive games of all time.

 

Pro Evolution Soccer 5 (2005)

Each year since before the start of the century, the battle between FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer gets played out. While both have had their turn on top, in the middle of the last decade it was all about PES and in 2005, Konami out did themselves. Passing became more important making the game more realistic when it came to end of game results and tackling also changed with this version which added the need for higher skill levels amongst human players.

 

FIFA 09 (2008)

FIFA 09 is considered by many as the best ever installment of the most famous of all football game series and is the one that put the franchise back on top after a spell trailing to their arch rivals at PES. Over 250 changes were made to enhance the realism, gameplay and response times. Skill and ability stats became more important and even the more talented human players found controlling the players when performing tackles, passing etc. needed a little practice to perfect.

 

Kick-Off 2 (1990)

When Anco brought out Kick-Off 2 on the Atari ST, it was seen by many as the best football game ever. It had what was considered very accurate representations on the pitch and at least attempted to use real tactics and formations.

 

Sensible Soccer (1992)

 

In its day, Sensible Soccer by Amiga was the definitive football game. It had an innovative bird’s eye view and is still popular to this day amongst retro gamers. Stanford University compiled a list in 2007 for the Library of Congress detailing the 10 most important video games of all time and Sensible Soccer was the only football game on it.

 

Special Mention

Intellivision Soccer (1980)

Brought out by Mattel Electronics, Intellivision Soccer gets a special mention as it broke the mould and was way ahead of its time. It was the first to give the 3D effect, the isometric point of view and a scrolling pitch, all features that would be used extensively by other sports games for the next couple of decades.

 

Morgan is a Football lover and enthusiast. He also likes to bet sometimes in football matches. You can also find him writing in his personal blog called Free Bets.

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