We asked our Resident Director in Barcelona, Inma, to tell us how students abroad were celebrating the super bowl. She said, don’t worry about the super bowl, let me tell you about soccer. If you don’t know about La Furia Roja yet, you need to.
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Spain and soccer, the sport we will from here on refer to by its European name, football!
The Spaniards, Italians, French and British are just a few nationalities who hold the game of football in very high regard; it would probably rate pretty highly on the list of most important things in life!
So while students are here in Barcelona it’s an opportunity to get involved with a sport as big as American football is in the States.
In Spain there are two major team; Barcelona FC and Real Madrid. These two teams are so widely talked about that many students may have already heard of them and know some of the players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique.
The Spaniards are very typically Mediterranean and have a passion for life outside of work; family, food and football are high priority. During a football match, nothing else matters, just the game.
The national football team of Spain, also known as “La Furia Roja”, is the reigning World and European Champions, having won the 2010 World Cup and Euro Cup 2012.
Being home to one of the most famous football teams in the world, with over 50 million fans worldwide, the city of Barcelona takes football seriously and every game is watched at home or with friends out in local bars. It is something that brings people together, unites them and gives them a great sense of pride. They are very proud to share this side of their lives with people visiting the city and students will find a great sense of inclusion.
All students should go to at least one game here at our fantastic Camp Nou. It is the largest stadium in Europe and the 11th largest in the world! It holds over 99,000 people!! Coming to Barcelona to live and not buying a jersey and going to a game would be like living in Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower!