El Not-Quite-So Clásico

Frente Atlético

The black shorts are purposefully featureless so as to not draw attention away from the design up top. 5 off-centre red stripes vertically dissecting an otherwise entirely sunflower yellow jersey achieve an unconventional look, while a scribbly font identifies player names on the back, also in jet black. The effect is retro, stunning, and very conspicuous. As the wearers consign themselves to a likely defeat, the least they can do is make a scene. The travelling fans appreciate the effort. A chorus of boos, whistles and cheers answers their slow chants sung in clear Catalan, just in case you didn’t get the message behind the shirt design. Spanish flags are raised, brandished toward the away block. “Plus Ultra”, the Continue reading

Red & White Lightning

Rayo Vallecano Madrid stadium

Seb Cuevas of Punk DIY Travel Blog Between Distances walks this Earth writing intimately about the places and people he encounters. In this guest post, the Tommy Iommi of Travel and the Michael Palin of Metal shares his experiences of the contemporary soul of Madrid’s Football scene, Rayo Vallecano, and its promotion back to La Liga.


I could hear the crowd from the kitchen in my apartment in Madrid’s neighborhood of Vallecas while hurriedly Continue reading