10 CLUBS UNDER THE RADAR
Fancy yourself as a globe-trotting football fan? Tick off the ones you’ve done and start creating new plans for the next season.
Watching football around the world is a great hobby whilst supporting your local club. Not many people consider visiting them while they are actually very interesting and exciting to visit whether its their loyal fanbase, or the authentic local football culture. Here are ’10 clubs under the radar’ that should be on your bucket list for the next trips.
The ‘Rossoblu’ is a well-known club in Italy but unknown to many football fans, even though visiting Bologna is a great experience. The Stadio Renato Dall’ara is also a really special stadium, in one of its long sides, there’s a massive 42 meter hight tower. In Bologna you can find the true Italian passion, Italians are known for (including hand signs, yes).
Millwall is one of the 13 professional football clubs in London. Hated by almost all English football supporters, because of their reputation with riots and hooliganism. The slogan of Millwall’s fans is ‘No one likes us, we don’t care’. When you visit a game of Millwall you can expect an incredible atmosphere with fans cheering up their players until the last second. All in all, Millwall is a club that should be on the top of your bucketlist.
The club from Bergamo is a historical side from the North of Italy, being very famous due to its passionate fans and the buzzing atmosphere they create in every game. Bergamo is not only a lovely city but it also combines the tastiest local gastronomy for a perfect weekend abroad. Recently, some big names have played for ‘La Dea’ (The Goddess because of the mythological figure on the badge) and competed in Europe last season, led by the Argentinian captain ‘Papu Gómez’. This season Atalanta even reached the Italian Cup final against Lazio.
One of the most traditional teams in Buenos Aires. This is where Diego Maradona, Fernando Redondo, Esteban Cambiasso and Juan Román Riquelme grew as players, among others. It is known as the ‘football academy’ of Argentina, and you will understand it better when visiting the Museum of Argentinos’ at the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona in La Paternal neighborhood. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE
Oh là là, l’OM! This is what you’re going to hear once you get to the Stade Vélodrome from Marseille, an outstanding stadium with a fierce atmosphere every single home game. Olympique has a different identity than the rest of the European teams, conferred by the personality of the city by itself and the history behind its old port. The stadium is filled with passionate fans, so you can imagine how cracking it will be to take part in a game after some drinks and great food around the old city of Marseille.
Scandinavia is not the first destination that comes up in people’s mind to visit a football match. However, we recommend to consider a visit to Stockholm to see one of the big three in Stockholm, especially Hammarby. Hammarby fans are very loyal. They understand that supporting their club is not only about winning but also about the love for their club. Scandinavian clubs are famous for their choreo’s and pyros and Hammarby´s in particular. When you visit Hammarby game you’ll be part of a great experience and a family.
Another football destination in Copenhagen, home of two of the biggest Danish teams FC Copenhagen and Brøndby IF. Games of Brøndby often go to insane levels of the atmosphere. This club from the Danish capital doesn’t win championships year after year, but their fanbase is also one of the most loyal ones in Denmark. The atmosphere is always great, especially during the derbies against FC Copenhagen. Brøndby is known as a football club from the working class which could declare the fearless atmosphere inside the stadium.
CLUB ATLÉTICO TALLERES
An outsider from Buenos Aires. Talleres has massive social support in town, with more than 35.000 fans attendances when ‘La T’ played in the third division. You can only imagine how crazy they are when heading to the stadium while enjoying some ‘asados’ and Fernet with locals from Córdoba. The old stadium of La Boutique is a fantastic hidden gem in Argentinian football. A truly buzzing adventure!
Berlin isn’t a famous city in the football scene despite the historical Olympiastadion and the local derby between Union Berlin and Hertha BSC. If you want to discover real and authentic football culture you have to stop in Berlin and attend a game of Union Berlin at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. The fans are obsessed with their club and beer is everywhere! Do you have a better plan for a weekend abroad with your mates?
Dynamo Dresden is a German club that’s been active in Germany’s lower leagues for years now. This is the main reason why Dynamo is a club under the radar of the big audiences, but in Germany and by real football lovers they are loved and feared at the same time. Dynamo Dresden is one of the big boys in terms of fans and ultras. It is very common for them to travel with 5,000 – 6,000 people to away games, something special for a lower league side. All in all, you can love or hate them, but if you’re a real football fan, you should definitely visit Dresden.
These are some of our travel tips for 2019/2020. Want to visit some of these clubs or fancy to add a new derby to your list? Homefans organizes small group trips to the most intense derbies in football. See our trips or get in touch to create your own for you and your friends.