Spain is a football powerhouse. Whether it’s the national team or clubs, the football development as a whole is second to none. The La Roja has won World Cup in 2010 and European Cup in 2008 and 2012. The clubs are doing great too. Barcelona and Real Madrid have dominated European scenes for many years. The best players yearn to play for these clubs and their iconic stadiums have hosted many great matches and players of pasts and present. Looking at these factors, a visit to Camp Nou – the home of Barcelona is simply unavoidable.
Looking at the previous day’s “disaster”, we were so keen to make everything right. Started the day with a normal breakfast at local cafe nearby, we took the sightseeing bus again and headed to Camp Nou. On the way to the stadium, we passed by the iconic Olympic park, home to 1992 Summer Olympics.
If yesterday was all about appreciating Antoni Gaudi’s incredible works, today’s all about getting to know Barcelona’s rich sporting history.
We alighted right in front of Camp Nou, and to be honest, it was kind of exciting because this was my first stadium tour and I have no idea what to expect from the tour. And to visit the ground where Manchester United won the most prestigious UEFA Champions League in 1999, it was surreal. But of course, maybe I could do fist bumps with some Barcelona legends.
We bought discounted tickets and walked quite a bit before reaching the entrance. After getting our tickets validated, we headed up immediately to the museum.
Perhaps I wasn’t too concerned with the history but my eyes were fixed on few things I’d easily recognize – The Champions League trophy, the Golden Shoe and the five Ballon D’or awards. Except for Champions League trophy, the latter ones are more to individual accolades and the winner is obviously, Lionel Messi.
We left the museum hall to proceed to the stands where we got to see the pitch from the fans point of view. Not bad for a stadium that is touted as the second biggest stadium in the world and Europe’s biggest stadium.
After taking countless of photos, we went inside to check out some of the facilities – media conference room, players’ lounge and dressing room but we have a feeling some of these rooms are just mocked up version.
We descended quite amount of stairs to arrive at one of the most important places in a stadium – the tunnel leading out to the pitch.
The view from the pitch side gave us a commanding view of the stands. Imagine yourself surrounded by thousands of watchful eyes and backed by ferocious, non-stop chants.
We went back inside again, to the media room where television pundits and commentators work, and for that to work, they must have an unobstructed view of the entire pitch.
We wrapped up the tour with a visit to the megastore – didn’t buy anything though as they were expensive and Barcelona are not exactly my favourite team.