ESTADIO D. AFONSO HENRIQUES: A New Beginning (Where Portugal Began)

With the cold air creeping back through Britain's streets over the course of October, my girlfriend and I started to become increasingly impatient. It had been almost 12 months since Saffron and I last travelled abroad: a trek to Germany that involved being refused entry to Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park for having dodgy tickets …

MAX-MORLOCK-STADION: Seeing Germany’s Future (In Its Past)

When the German squad was announced for the 2017 Confederations Cup, it contained many big-name absentees. World Cup 2014 winners Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos were all rested with the challenge of retaining their trophy coming up next summer. Only Julian Draxler, Shkodran Mustafi and Matthias Ginter remained from the squad …

ESTADIO DO DRAGAO: World Class Bridges, Storms and Keepers

After missing out on seeing Barcelona play during my last trip, it felt great to finally watch a match, especially between two of the traditional 'big three' teams in Portugal. Benfica, Porto and Sporting Lisbon have shared all but two of the entire Primeira Liga titles contested. Before the match, Benfica were just a point …