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Budget Airlines Football Guide, The: A Guide to Do it Yourself Football Weekend Breaks: A Guide to Do It Yourself Football Weekend Breaks: 1 Paperback – 1 Dec 2006


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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Active Group; First edition (1 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955142547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955142543
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,210,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Another monumental publication -- Groundtastic Magazine - December 2006

The Supreme Guidebook for the Footballer Traveller
Four out of Five Stars
-- Fotboll Guiden Magazine - Sweden - Issue 34 February 2007

From the Author

This book is written for that breed of fans to go to watch
football for the enjoyment of experiencing a new stadium, a new city and a
new set of friends. It is not meant as a full travel guide - after all the
likes of Lonely Planet and Time Out have this market well and truly sewn
up. It is meant as a resource that you can pop in your pocket when you go
to places like Paris to help you get to see some football.

During a visit to the city of Feyenoord in Euro 2000 to watch Norway play
Spain I noticed how many English fans were at the game. These were people
who had applied for tickets before the draw was completed, and were making
a holiday of the tournament, travelling between venues to catch whatever
game was on. Apart from a very basic guide to the tournament issued by
UEFA, there was no book or real information available to tell them the best
way to travel to the cities in Belgium and Netherlands, where to stay,
where to drink and what else to see. The same thing happened in the 2002
World Cup in Korea and Japan. Some effort was made to provide a basic
publication for sale by one of the mainstream travel guide publishers but
this focused mainly on the teams taking part and not on how to travel
between venues. The British press also ignored the fact that matches were
taking part in Korea at all, as both Ireland and England were based in
Japan.

Finally last summer we saw over 100,000 England fans descend on Germany to
watch football. Whilst many obviously wanted to watch England play, most
would have been happy to get a ticket to see any game. In fact, the number
of St George Cross flags seen on TV at every game just went to show the
passion of the English to watch football. This book has been written with
these fans in mind.

Whilst some of the destinations will be more popular than others - and in
fact many people may have already seen games in Madrid, Barcelona or Milan
but there will be a few places that people haven't been to. The book is
meant to be the first in a series that will cover over 100 towns and cities
in mainland Europe to watch football. So far I have avoided covering
England and Scotland, but these may be considered in a future publication.

Budget airlines provide half of the solution - they can get you there
cheaply. The Internet has also produced hotel booking agencies galore such
as Expedia and Opodo so that you can secure you hotel room before you
arrive. However, the stumbling block in watching football abroad has
always been the game itself - how do I get to the stadium? Where should I
sit? Where do I buy tickets from? This book will help you answer these
questions and point you in the right direction when you get there. Many
specialist travel companies exist that provide all in one packages - but do
you really need to pay so much for your trips?

So my mission has been to write something that gives fans real information
that helps. In each chapter I have tried to give you a background to the
club as well as the development of the stadium. The How to Get there
section covers mainly public transport options and I have included some
personal recommendations in terms of Hotels, Restaurants and Bars. Finally
there are our Top 5 sights for each place should you feel the need for a
bit of culture while you are away.

Enjoy the book - if you have any ideas or comments about future
publications then email me at info@gtc-media.co.uk. Also, let me know what
other places I should include in the new book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gareth Webster on 11 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
An excellent publication for those interested in European football.

I have been to many European grounds over last couple of years and having just purchased this book can confirm that the information is very accurate.

Very useful for those unsure how to purchase tickets and useful advice on saving money regarding travel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alabama on 3 Jan 2007
Format: Paperback
OK - I admit it I am a bit of a saddo who prefers to watch 2nd division Lithuanian football rather than the Premiership - but often struggle to find details of those obscure places. Well here is the answer - at least part 1. I bought Stuart's German Stadiums book and it was excellent value and helped me avoid some of the crowds and bottlenecks in Germany in the summer. Granted some of these destinations in this book will be well trodden by many groundhoppers - such as Madrid, Milan and Barcelona - but hey - they are the most popular ones. However, there are excellent chapters which must be written first hand based on the detail for Moscow and Tallinn that are worth the money alone. Shame it wasn't out in time for Christmas, but it has been an excellent read in the New Year so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel Trickett on 17 Jan 2007
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Yet another gem from the author - if you are looking for a cheap break away in Europe or are an avid fan of the beautiful game or both, well look no further. The author guides us through passport control without breaking the bank. If you buy just one travel guide in 2007, ensure this is in your trolley.
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It's clear by the sheer volume of information packed into this book that a lot of research went into compiling it. I've already watched football in many European cities and this guide will make it easy to discover lots more. I'd say it's as essential as your passport when packing for a footy trip. Getting tickets is always the hardest thing to plan so that information is priceless.
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