|My first blog post as the Senior Nomad Sports Reporter|
If you are interested, feel free to read my sports posts when they appear. You'll see I don't so write so much about what happened during the match, but rather about the "outing". Getting to and from the stadium, buying a ticket, stories about who I met along the way and cultural observations.
So here we go....
|Atletico Madrid - Among the best teams in the world|
Note - In the short time we've been here, I've gotten the impression that Real Madrid is much more popular but they were playing away yesterday.
Getting to the match yesterday (Saturday) for a 4 pm start was super easy. Just a 10 minute walk from our apartment in the center of Madrid to the Metro, then 4 stops and then blending into the stream of thousands and thousands of supporters for a 10 minute walk to Vicente Calderon Stadium.
|Vincente Calderone Stadium. Built 1966. Seats 55,000.|
|These lovely ladies helped me find the ticket outlet|
|Up until match starts sign on field for promoting Azerbijan|
|Full house. No Beer. Smoking welcomed.|
The atmosphere was good. The supporters keep up a solid effort throughout the match and the two guys in the row right behind me provided Spanish play-by-play and color commentary throughout the match. Fun outing. Stopped for a beer near the stadium on the way out to let the crowds disperse in the Metro station and made it home without incident. Thank God for the Google Map app on our phones which are tied into the public transportation system in every city, so getting from A to B has become easy even for a Senior Nomad.
|Azerbijan located north of Iran on Caspian Sea|
So many are asking why Atletico Madrid could enter into a sponsorship agreement with such a country but apparently for $15M per year, Atletico is happy with the deal.
|Powerful image from "Reporters without Borders" website|
- Campaigners accuse the former Soviet state of suppressing opposition, restricting freedom of protest and religion and forcibly evicting thousands of families to make way for construction projects.
- Azerbijan is ranked 160th out of 180 countries in the press freedom index and its president, Ilham Aliyev, is a predator of press freedom who has eliminated almost all pluralism in his country.
Getting to the match was easy. I didn't buy the 350 Euro ticket so think about how much money I saved. Great Seat. Good match. Fun first outing of the 2014-15 Season. I am hoping to see Seville play in a Europa League match when we are there in two weeks.
Stay tuned. Until next time...