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Spain & Portugal Trip - 6-9 December 2018.

 



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Dec 20, 2018, 12:22 PM

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This was a 'Veteran trip', inspired by the fact that the three teams he needed to complete Spains top division were all at home on this particular long weekend. Our party of Veteran, Yorkieexile, Stana, The Wall, DaveR and myself flew out from Stansted to Santander on Ryanair on the morning of Thursday 6th Dec and set off in our hire cars to:-

Thu 6 Dec 1230pm ko(unusual kick off time due to it being a Bank Holiday)

Etxebarri 2 Basurto 0
Vizcaya Preferente Division(level 5) Adm 9 euros No progs(badge for 2.50 euros) Att 111

This was played at the Campo Municipal Extebarri on San Esteban Kalea in the suburbs of Bilbao and next to Extebarri station. It's a 3G pitch with one large covered seated stand stretching down one side which housed the changing rooms and a bar/cafe area where the badges were sold. There's a three step terrace in front of the stand but the remainder of the ground is flat uncovered hard standing and the far end backing on to the training pitch is out of bounds. The home side took the lead early on, added a second just before the break then coasted through the second half.

We then headed off south eastwards to our second game:-

Thu 6 Dec 6 30pm ko

SD Huesca 0 Athletic Bilbao 4
Copa del Ray Rd 4 Second Leg Adm 25 euros No progs Att 5561

We parked about ten minutes walk away and were met outside the ground by the seventh member of our party, 'the other SteveB', who had arrived a couple of days earlier and had already ticked off Girona and Espanyol. He was in possession of our pre-booked match tickets which he had collected from the office prior to our arrival. Tickets for La Liga games are in short supply as this is their debut season in the top flight and the ground only holds 7638(according to Soccerway), but given that they trailed 4 - 0 from the first leg it made things a little easier. There's a vehicle selling club merchandise prior to entry and a couple of food outlets.

Prior to kick off we bumped into this forums very own Sussexhopper who I hardly recognised as he had no pint in his hand. We were sat behind one goal and right next to the away fans who were an amiable enough lot, That stand had a TNS feel about it in that a couple of blokes with a couple of spanners would have it down in about half an hour. However it serves its purposed and the other three sides are all covered seating and look decent. The game itself was fairly predictable. A four goal deficit was always going to be too much for the leagues basement boys and Bilbao scored on 36, 57, 80 and 90 mins and missed a penalty on 78 mins.

We then headed off to our base for the night in Zaragoza where four of us found a nice little bar round the corner from our hotel which brewed its own beer. The next day the group split with the Yorkie mobile heading off to Porto with Steve and 'young Dave' whereas the rest of us made our way slowly down to our evening game on the south west side of Madrid:

Fri 7 Dec 9pm ko

Leganes 1 Getafe 1
La Liga Adm 30 euros Free A5 prog and A4 mag, Att 11327

Having picked up the tickets which Stan had preordered by phone and having looked round the club shop(badges available) we headed to a local tapas bar about ten minutes stroll from the ground where we had parked. This isn't one of the most intense local derbies but the police did escort the visiting fans down the street and into a small pen in the corner of the stadium. We were seated on row two in the uncovered stand opposite the main stand which offers the only cover. Both ends also comprise of uncovered seats so its not a ground to do on a wet day! There were VIP boxes at the rear of our stand and a cafe area beneath it. The grounds best feature are the floodlights, large and old school.

Getafe took the lead with a glancing header from a free kick on 39 minutes and the home side equalised on 64 minutes from that Hawthorns legend Nyom.... A red card for a home player in injury time for an alleged high foot concluded the action which had been high-paced and very entertaining. We then went back to our base in nearby Fuenlabrada where The Wall and I found a little bar etc etc....



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Saturday saw us drive westwards past Segovia and Salamanca to cross over into Portugal where we had to obtain a pass in order to pay road tolls electronically. We met up with the other car who had witnessed Porto beating Portimonense 4-1, outside the Estadio Municipal de Fontelo in Viseu for:-

Sat 8 Dec 3pm ko

Academico Viseu 0 CD Cova Da Piedadi 0
Portugal Liga Pro(second level) Adm 12 euros No progs Att 315

The game was total dross. They could still be playing now and the score would be the same. However the ground was decent. It is an all seater stadium and we were in the main covered stand trying to grab any rays of sunshine as the sun moved around behind. A small group of away fans were in the seats on the opposite sides but the seats behind both goals were not in use. Capacity is 14000 plus, attendance 315 - plenty of space... We then had a half hour drive to our second game:-

Sat 8 Dec 6pm ko

CD Tondela 0 Sporting Club Braga 1
Portugal Liga NOS Adm 10 euros No progs Att 2265

Street parking wasn't easy but our advance parties found the ticket office and got us in one of the two covered seated stands for a bargain 10 euros. The Braga support, vocal thoughout, were behind one goal in uncovered seats and there was nothing behind the opposite goal. Again, this wasn't a classic, Braga were the better team by some distance but apart from their match winner on 30 minutes, there was pretty much a dearth of action. We then headed off back into Spain and stayed in a 'hotel' somewhere in the middle of nowhere for about six hours. Fortunately there was a bar for a swift nightcap. At 6 am we set off for the first game of our Sunday treble:-

Sun 9 Dec 12pm ko

SD Eibar 4 Levante 4
La Liga Adm 20 euros No prog Att 5238. A guy in the office gave me 6 free badges- nice gesture!)

Definitely the highlight of the trip in every respect. Eibar is a small town with narrow streets and hills on all sides. Space is at a premium but somehow they have managed to squeeze in a terrific homely stadium which is Loftus Road-esque in proximity to the narrow pitch, on which corners are taken from a maximum of a two step run up. Having obtained tickets well in advance we were housed behind one goal and being on the end of the row I could see across the road into the neighbouring flats (no hanky panky was spotted!). We had managed to park up the hill past the ground and walked the ten minutes back down. Be careful though as one of our cars had been scratched by another vehicle on our return.

The previous home league game saw Eibar beat Real Madrid 3-0 so the atmssphere was superb. Levante however looked a very slick outfit and it proved to be an absolute cracker. The scoring went 1-0, 1-1, 1-2 up to half time, then 2-2,3-2,4-2,4-3, and finally a back post header from a free kick made it 4-4 in the 91st minute. A fair result and a good game for Veteran to get his Chamapgne job!

At this point we went our separate ways with Yorkie, DaveR and Steve heading of to Real Sociedad and then staying on for Athletic Bilbao the following evening. Our car headed off to Barakaldo, again in the suburbs of Bilbao where I was dropped off at:-

Sun 9 Dec 5pm ko

Barakaldo CF 1 Gimnastic Torrelavega 0
Segunda B Group 2 Adm 15 euros No Progs Att c1500

The others had ticked this one so headed off to a level 6 game at Zuazo leaving me with plenty of time to kill before kick off so I had a wander around the area, noting that the local station is only five minutes walk from the ground for those without wheels. I really liked the ground, particularly the unique floodlights which are basically four very high concrete posts with the lights set within. The ground is fully enclosed with covered seating on all sides. There's a small cafe/bar outside which sells badges and another table where other souvenirs are available.

The game was fairly even throughout but the home side had made the better chances and they eventually took the lead on 70 minutes with a curling shot from a substitute who had just come on. The home keeper then made a points winning save at the death from a one on one and this win keeps them in second place. I then rejoined the others and we went on a seven minute drive to our final game:-

Sun 9 Dec 7 30pm ko

Pauldarrack FKT 3 Zorrotza 4 FC
Vizcaya Tercera Divison Group 1(level 8) F&N Att 83

This was played at the Campo Municipal Serralta in Luxtana, Barakaldo on an all weather surface. It is also used by Sporting de Lutxana and has a capacity of 1,995. There's no seating but one side has a large covered standing terrace and the other is open terracing and houses the changing rooms. It is surrounded by flats and it's every hombre for himself when it comes to parking. As we arrived, a womens game was just finishing.

Despite the low level, this provided us with terrific entertainment between two sides who gave their all. Mistakes contributed to the half time scoreline and the hosts lead 2-1, which became 3-1 just three minutes after the break. However on 61 minutes the home keeper was sent off for a foul which yielded a penalty which was duly converted. Zorrotza drew level on 76 minutes and in a grandstand finish the visitors nabbed the points with a 94th minute winner. We then made our way to our nearby hotel and The Wall and I found a little bar with a TV to watch the end of the Liberatores Cup Final in Madrid.

All in all, it was a superb trip. I would certainly recommend Santander Airport as it's so incredibly quiet and the Ryanair flight is cheap! Thanks to Veteran and Yorkieexile for sorting out cars and hotels and their superb efforts behind the wheel and to the other lads for getting tickets secured and for their company.



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