Teruel Exists Pt 1

Cd teruel

A father pushed his two daughters hurriedly onto the footpath and immediately sploshed his left foot into a puddle. With a sigh, he followed his children to a 50cm strip of concrete beneath an overhanging shop front, accepting the dark patch now a quarter of the way up his denim jeans. I caught his eye as I shuffled up slightly to provide room, sharing a defiant “that’s how it is sometimes” type of smile with him as his family squeezed in beside me. Now all we could do was hope the shower would soon cease. They had their weekly shopping to complete. I had 30 minutes to locate this damn stadium.

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Ultras Aufkleber of the Week – Atlético de Madrid

The Frente Atlético is one of the most high profile ultra fan groups across the Football landscape in Spain. Their members miss the historic home of Atleti the famous Vicente Calderon, but they are slowly finding home in the brand new Wanda in the east ide of Madrid. The right-leaning Frente Atlético ultras share a friendship with Gol Sur from Real Betis. This design is very creative and well executed, and the bear that is the symbol of Madrid city makes for an excellent subject of this Aufkleber.

Ultras frente atletico

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The Coast And The Hills

Sd huesca fans

The Estadio Pinilla hosted another partido amistoso the day immediately following CD Teruel’s pre-season friendly against Atlético Levante. The boys from CD Castellón on the Valencian coast travelled all the way up to the medieval provincial capital a full kilometre into the clouds where they took on SD Huesca, the club recently relegated from La Primera and who are used to playing at altitude.

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Once Upon A Time In Teruel

Teruel fans

Let’s be honest. Some places in the world just speak to us and we don’t know why. It could be entire nations, obscure cities or very specific buildings, corners or points on a street. During this year’s pre-season season, I got the chance to visit one of mine. That place is Teruel, provincial capital of the region of the same name and the most southerly city in semi-autonomous Aragón in Spain’s north-west.

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Misión Cumplida

Football during covid

The time would have been around 6pm. The final spots of daylight were fading quickly into the surrounding buildings. The sun had been kissing the horizon when we left the guest stadium in Bornos, but that had changed quickly in the bus ride back through the foothills of the Cordilleras Béticas. In the shadow of the Chapín, my two interviewees led me to an innocuous family bar.

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