The destinations for football fans in Barcelona

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Here are some of the unmissable tourist spots for football fans in Barcelona including the legendary Camp Nou!

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    Tourism in Barcelona

    Goal and beIN SPORTS join hands to bring you the match between Espanyol and Real Madrid and as we build up towards an exciting clash, here are the best tourist destinations to visit in Barcelona!

    The largest city in this autonomous region of Catalunya does offer many magnificent places for football lovers and we have compiled them for you below.

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    Camp Nou

    The world-famous home of FC Barcelona tops of this list as it is the most visited place by tourists. For tickets worth €2.5 you can explore the 99,354 seater stadium and even sit on the bench.

    The stadium is open daily throughout the year except on January 1 and December 25. The opening hours are adjusted depending on the matchday or team training schedule.

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    Cornella-el-Prat

    The Estadi Cornella-el-Prat all-seater football stadium is the home of RCD Espanyol and was opened in 2009.

    Also known as the RCDE Stadium, this 40,500 seater was made based on stadium designs from the United Kingdom and cost up to €75 million to complete.

    The club is proud of the RCDE Corners, where Espanyol showcased various glorious moments in their history by utilizing the latest technology.

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    Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic

    In addition to the two stadiums above, Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic is another grand stadium that witnessed Spain's Olympic gold medal victory of 1992.

    This stadium was the headquarters of Espanyol from 1997 to 2009 before they migrated to Cornella-el-Prat. Now the venue is widely used for sports and music concerts.

    If you get bored with the famous stadiums of famous clubs, you can also visit other stadiums belonging to lower division clubs such as the stadium Nou Sardenya CE Europa headquarters with a capacity of 7,000 spectators.

    There is also Camp Municipal Narcis Sala which is home to Sant Andreu club with 6,563 seats (all-seater). Then, there is Estadi La Feixa Llarga, with a capacity of 6,740 spectators, where L'Hospitalet is headquartered. These three stadiums are located in downtown Barcelona.

     

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    La Masia

    The old La Masia building, a prominent Barcelona youth coaching facility, is located close to the Camp Nou stadium. This place is no longer used because Barcelona moved their youth coaching center to a new facility in Sant Joan Despi, which is located at a ten-minute car journey from the city center.

    Academy products such as Pep Guardiola, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi forged their careers here. The new facility at Sant Joan Despi started in 2011 and occupies an area of ​​nearly 6,000 square meters.

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    Miniestadi

    Located in the Camp Nou neighborhood, Miniestadi is a stadium that opened in 1982 and was used by the women's team, B team, and cadet teams of Barcelona. 

    A total of 11 thousand seats of the stadium were filled when the club held a screening of the Champions League final of 2006. The stadium has also been used several times by the Andorra national team to hold a number of international matches.

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    Font de Canaletes

    In front of the street La Rambla, next to Placa de Catalunya, there is a small fountain which is has been used as the place to celebrate titles by Blaugrana.

    Font de Canaletes is also a place where people mingle and express opinions. People gathered here last year after an incident of terrorism that claimed casualties.

    Water in Font de Canaletes can be used to drink. The plaque here says, "If you drink water from Font de Canaletes you will always love Barcelona.When you go away, you will always come back."

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    Sant Jaume

    This place is the square in the heart of Barcelona's old town. Nearby are important buildings such as City Hall and Palau de la Generalitat (literally the palace of government). In Roman times, this place was the center of the ancient city of Barcino and was on the main road.

    So no wonder it often became a forum event. Until the 1990s, the Barcelona players celebrated their title success here. 

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    Nightclubs

    The Barcelona star players often drive off to Razzmatazz, a prestigious club. Ronaldinho once played percussion with a Brazilian music group. Despite wearing a white mask then, his appearance was easily recognizable to visitors.

    Another Barcelona player, Juan Pablo Sorin, once feasted here until he injured himself. Another favourite place for players like Neymar and Dani Alves was Sutton Club.

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    Sports Bar

    Enjoying the match in the bar is one of the habits of fans in Barcelona. Favourite places are Sonora Sport Tavern and George Payne.

    The Tavern is located in Poblenou district with interior decoration made of wood. If there are no football matches, this bar plays typical MTV Classics. Meanwhile, George Payne is an Irish bar that provides four screens plus a giant screen for sports fans to watch their favourite games.

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    Casteldefells Beach

    If you're bored by the city, go to Casteldefells beach. It's located 20 minutes from Barcelona's city centre. If lucky, you can meet with Lionel Messi who could be seen walking with his family at the beach. In the past, Ronaldinho and his friends used to play foot-volley here.
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    House of Johan Cruyff

    The late Johan Cruyff resided in a house on Pomaret street ever since his days as Barcelona coach. Unfortunately, this place is not open to the public. The property was sold by the Cruyff family.

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