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hotchkiss
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Jan 27, 2015, 9:13 AM

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BARCELONA WOMEN [0] 1 VALENCIA [Primera] Kick Off 11.45am at the Barcelona Training Ground Esportiva Joan Grimper [Sant Juan Despi] No admission ;No paper; Attendance 250. Another early start for the 6.45am Easyjet flight from Luton [54 return booked 2 months ago] arriving in Barcelona at 9.45.The plan was to get a taxi straight to the ground but we were quoted 50 Euros so we declined and caught the train into the city about 4 Euros.Then line 5 on the metro to Cornella Centre [Book of 10 trips 10 Euros] and train to Sant Juan Despi [2 Euros] and then a 10 minute walk. The training complex has several pitches mostly 3g.There was 3 steps of terracing behind the goal where most of the spectatots sat.The home team top of the league scored midway in the 2nd period but Valencia who are in 3rd position equalised from the penalty spot and then snatched the winner near the end.After the game we walked back to the station and caught the train to Cornella and a 15 minute walk to the ground next to Espanyol. CORNELLA UNDER 18s [0] 1 JABACI TERRASSA [0] 0 [ u18 league Group 3]No admission.Free Team Sheet. Attendance; 300. Kick off 4.00pm. The ground is next to Espanyol's stadium and again it is 3g with another pitch at the back.There is a covered seating stand along one touchline with about 600 seats .There was matches Saturday and Sunday all day long in the different age groups. At the back of the stand is a small resturant .A pleasant afternoon in the sun about 15 degrees. The winning goal coming near the end and the home team also missed a penalty.It was back on the metro to Monumental to our hotel.


hotchkiss
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Jan 27, 2015, 10:03 AM

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EUROPA [0] 0 FIGUERIA [0] 0 [Tercera Group 5] Admission 10 Euros.Free newspaper programme & team sheet.Attendance;650. KO 12-00 noon.Metro to Afons x and then a 10 minutew walk to the Camp Municipal.The ground is surrounded by high rise flats and is quite unusual.The main stand gives a superb view while there is terracing all round the ground.Not a great game although Europa did miss a penalty near the end.After the match it was back to Cornell to get the Espanyol tickets.We did spend an hour in the sunshine watching CORNELLA U14s score about 16 times. ESPANYOL [2]3 ALMERIA [0]0 [Primera] Admission 30 Euros [cheapest] .No programme.Att; 16,762. KO 7-00pm. Great view in the corner of the top tier but beware if it is raining as some of the seats in the corners are not covered.No weather problems tonight as Espanyol scored twice before half time with Uruguay international Christian Stuani scoring both goals.Ecudor Felipe Alcedo scored the 3rd. Monday morning back to the airport 11-30am back to Luton and home for 4-00.


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May 21, 2019, 11:43 PM

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Thought I'd hijack the most recent (of many) Barcelona threads rather than begin another for my last overseas jaunt of this season.
Catchagogoal joined me on the 09.50 Ryanair out of Birmingham which fortunately was on time as we'd have been in deep dudu otherwise. Touchdown just before 13.00 so we took the metro to our rented apartment in the quiet town of El Prat, just a few stops away, in fact just 300m from Centric station.
Barca transport notes : the whole urban area is in one transport zone and single tickets are 2.20 Euro which can be used on anything EXCEPT the metro from either of the Airport stations or the Montjuic cable cars. Single metro ticket from the airport is 4.20; minimum cab fare from airport rank is 25 Euro. Best value by far is the T10 ticket for 10.20 Euro which allows 10 journeys (card can be shared) and any connection within 75 minutes of usage counts as the same journey. Fantastic value for getting around this huge metropolis.
Anyhoo check-in complete it took not much more than twenty minutes to game 1, changing at Europa Fira to Cornella Riera from which it's only a few minutes walk to :
16.15 : Primera Liga - Espanyol 2 Real Sociedad 0. Admission 60 Euro; no programmes. Attendance : 26,568
Lots of little backstreet bars and cafes in this district with the ground almost hidden from view until you emerge from the warren of side-streets. The first ground you come across is that of Cornella. of which more later. The RCDE stadium is not a thing of beauty from the outside though it was interesting to see each entrance gate had the name of a "legend" above it thus we entered somewhere between Pablo Zabaleta and Mauricio Pocchettino into a fairly bare concourse area. We'd paid for good seats in the top tier front row on halfway; behind the goal and in the high (uncovered) corners, admission was 30 Euro. No programmes and not a great deal by way of fodder - a dodgy hot dog with delicious crispy onions washed down by a cortado cost 6 Euro. The stadium is ten years old now,holds just over 40,000, most under cover and has excellent sightlines in it's two-tiers.
Both sides had outside aspirations of a Europa League slot and last week's results went well for Espanyol; all they needed here was a win and defeat for Bilbao in Seville. As you can see, it fell their way with Ben Yedder's goal for Seville right on half-time setting the tone for a much better second half here. Sociedad had looked the better side while the liveliest the home fans got was during their traditional 26th minute applause for former player Dani Jarque who died ten years ago aged 26. On 58 minutes, the roof lifted as Rosales scored and just seven minutes later, Wu Lei doubled the lead which made the day for the couple of Chinese chaps sitting next to us who'd flown in from New York just for this game and who were heading straight back afterwards - the 400$ stand-by fare seemed great value for me but what a journey for 90 minutes of football. Munir's late goal in Seville sealed Bilbao's fate and the final whistle here was greeted by a huge pitch invasion marking Espanyol's return to Europe for the first time since they lost the 2007 final to Sevilla at Hampden Park. The gate of 26,568 was the best of the season which underlines how seriously Europa qualification is taken in Spain. Great atmosphere if not the greatest game, helped by that very rare occurrence in Spain - concurrent kick-off times which only seem to come into play on the last day of the season and only then if necessary.


I'd tracked down an evening game which involved a one-stop metro journey to Sant Boi from where it was a twenty-minute walk to :
19.45 : Catalana Segona Group 3 : Marianao Poblet 1 Unificacion Bellvitge 1. Admission 2 Euro; No programmes. Attendance : 136 (hc)
We arrived just as rainfall began but fortunately there was plenty of cover at this quirky little ground. Essentially two-sided with cover from a clubhouse overhang behind the goal with the right-hand side consisting of a few rows of multi-coloured seats with a decent cover over the central section. The clubhouse was a hive of activity but I reacted with dismay on seeing that the "beer" was zero-alcohol as is the law in Spanish grounds apparently.....until the barman winked at me and whispered "it's not, really....". I couldn't be sure but either way, it wasn't great. As I was scoffing some chips, who appeared at the window - none other than Kirby Knitters of this parish having left Camp Nou before the last knockings. His stay here was brief too, perhaps not convinced by the winking barman, as he headed off at half-time for a proper sup before a red-eye flight back to Blighty.
This is level six nationally in a country that has a proper pyramid. Regional Catalan football begins at level 5 (2 divisions) followed by 6 at Seguna, 17 at regional Tercera and 30 at regional Quarta. That's a hell of a lot of teams and grounds in this region and they can be spotted all over the city.
This game? Very average on a ropey plastic pitch; both teams scored.
A few beers in local bars in El Prat followed and in what seemed to be no time, catchagogoal was nagging me to get up for :
12.00 : Tercera Group 5 : L'Hospitalet 1 Deportiu Reus B 1. Admission 10 Euro; colour teamsheets with league table free. Attendance : 589 (hc)
Only 15 minutes by bus from our apartment and just up the road from the metro terminus of Line 1 at Hospital de Bellvitge, la Feixa Llarga is a super ground that was the baseball stadium for the 1992 Olympics with its distinctive two-tier horseshoe-shaped stand accessed through a most impressive frontage. The home side had been relegated from Segunda B last season and just needed a point for second place and an advantageous play-off slot, which they managed with a last-minute goal after being played off the park by Reus who I suspect had a few of their first team on show - that side of course went bust halfway through the season in La Segunda. A warm sunny morning in a 7,000 seater ground which had a number of food and drink outlets. We encountered a few Cheshire hoppers, one with the distinctive Northwich 1874 shirt, and a lad from Sunderland who also pitched up at our later game. A nice local derby with Algeciras now awaits Hospitalet in the play-off over the next two weeks.
Useless fact of the day : L'Hospitalet is the second biggest city in Catalunya and the 16th largest (by population) in Spain with over 260,000 inhabitants.
After the game, I sat down for a proper beer at the adjacent bar of Hospitalet Rugby Club while catchagogoal popped off to inspect the nearby ground of Bellvitge, last nights visitors; he was not impressed. Within 5 minutes, the dark skies broke and we took refuge inside while the heavens opened and picked up a local sports paper which showed that there was much more riding on the game at Cornella than at our intended destination of Badalona so when the rain eventually stopped....


18.00 : Segunda B Group 3 : Cornella 2 Teruel 0. Admission 15/10 Euro; No programmes. Attendance : 783 (hc)
As mentioned earlier, the Nou Municipal de Cornella is adjacent to Espanyol's ground so it was a familiar path beaten there. Opened in 2012, it's a one-sided ground with a fine modern stand and flat standing behind and flanking the seats. The capacity is nominally 1,500 but it looked pretty full today with nearly all seats taken and a great atmosphere due to both teams needing a result - Teruel to stay up (they didn't) and Cornella to make the play-offs for La Segunda if they could win and other results go their way (they did). A bit like Walton Casuals, there's a huge bar/canteen area behind but with limited offerings and alcohol-free beer; unlike Walton Casuals, the coffee (cortado) was very palatable.
No goals in a fractious first half and it looked like Cornella might need former Man Utd donkey Manucho to come off the bench to do the biz; in the event, two goals after the hour saw them home and Teruel's day got worse with two red cards, one for the sub keeper as they lost their cool having had no decisions go their way. Cornella now face Ponferradina in their play-off quarter-final over two legs as they attempt to climb from level 6 not that long ago to the lofty heights of level 2 for which I'm not sure this ground is equipped.
Post-game we took the train into Placa D'Espanya to spend a wonderful hour at the Lambicus Pub, specialising in all sorts of Belgian goodies,best of which was the expensive-but-worth-it Trappist Westvleteren 8 at 16 Euro a bottle. A good night's sleep was had.


Thanks to catchagogoal for the airport run and his company and glad he took the brunt of The Town Crier who was on the same return flight while I snoozed at the rear.........Cool

 
 


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