I am going on a trip with my son (me 45 - him 17 1/2) and the theme is based around great football stadiums / teams of europe.
Our itinery is based on trying to fit as many games we can in the relatively short time we will be there.
Amsterdam - 25th- 28th (Ajax v ADO Den Haag)
Paris 28th - 29th (PSG v Rennes)
Barcellona 30th - 2nd (Barca v Chelsea - Champions League)
Milan 3rd - 5th (Inter V Ascoli)
Munich 6th - 9th (Bayern Munich V Hanover 96)
London 10th - 18th (Chelsea v Watford and West Ham)
I plan to be travelling by train and staying in basic accomodation except for London where I am staying at Stamford Bridge for three days) I know I am squeezing a lot in and hopefully I will be able to experience each city in the short time we are there.
My questions are:
Am I (we) crazy?
How dificult will I find getting tickets to each of the matches?
Any helpful hints?
Barca - Chelsea will be very difficult I would imagine, I've seen tickets for that game advertised at 800 Euros! Even if you can't make it to that game though Barcelona is a must for your visit and the Nou Camp is a terrific stadium, it might need a bit of shuffling of your plan but they're playing Recreativo de Huelva a few days before the Chelsea game and you could get tickets for that if you bought them now for a reasonable price - say 50 Euros. Chelsea tickets can be ok, if you go to their website (link at the bottom of this post) it tells you when they go on sale, you should be able to get Watford tickets if you're quick, but you'll need to be quicker for West Ham tickets as they'll be in higher demand than you might expect.
Overall I don't think you're crazy though, as someone who follows football I think this trip would be amazing if you can get it all organised!
Checking the website of Bayern Muenchen, http://www.fcbayern.t-com.de/ . Tickets for Bayern M. - Hannover 96 on the 7th Nov 2006 are still available, but all other games in Munich have been sold out for ages. First and foremost should thus be getting tickets to the games. See the website for details. Holler if you need help with the German.
(BTW, they are also taking reservations for tickets against 1.FC Kaiserslautern on 25th of October.)
For Barcelona to Milan, I recommend that you look at budget flights: www.skyscanner.net
Take the travel time from city to city into account when you use the train. www.bahn.de (German railways) has one of the best search engines for European train schedules.Use it to figure out how long it will take you to get from one city to another. Then make your travel plans.
Your post wasn't really clear on when you plan to arrive in a place and at what time the match would be. It could be that underestimated the time it takes to get from one point to the other.
Thanks for the advice - as I am a Chelsea member I have already secured both the Chelsea tickets.
I have been looking at each clubs websites and will grab any available tickets as they come up as from what your saying they sell-out fairly quick.
I have just purchased my Bayern Munich tickets.
I have a 5 country / 6 day euro rail pass and intend to travel overnight on the Paris / Barca & Barca / Milan legs. (Maybe that will change after the first night, depending on how things are going). I am prepared to fly if times are tight and will fly to London from Munich.
Ajax - ADO:
You can do this one of two ways - one is to just buy a match ticket from a ticket outlet over in Amsterdam called "TicketBox" - which can be found in FreeRecordShop stores.
Decent tickets cost between €24 and €42
Or - you could do something special for the game and take one of the official club deals:
Soccer World Hospitality Package
Ajax Travel & Events offers you the possibility to book a hospitality package in the famous Dutch football café “Soccer World”. This café is situated in the Amsterdam ArenA and was founded by some of the most famous Dutch football players of all time. Just to name a few: Frank and Ronald de Boer, Frank Rijkaard, Danny Blind and John van‘t Schip are all closely involved in the Soccer World café. In a very impressive football atmosphere we’ll serve you a delicious “soccer meal” including 2 drinks.
The package includes the following:
* Welcome at the Ajax Travel & Events hospitality desk in the Amsterdam ArenA
* 2- course meal before kick-off
* 1 drink from the Dutch Bar at “Soccer World”
* Match ticket (2nd ring)
* Ajax Souvenir
* Optional possibility to buy tickets 1st tier
Price per person € 75,00
The price for the matches against Feyenoord, PSV, Heerenveen and AZ is € 109,95 per person
The package is then including a extended brunch buffet and two drinks from the Dutch Bar
This price is including V.A.T. and excluding Euro 15.00 administration fee per reservation.
This package can also be booked with tickets on the first tier of the stadium (if available), extra surcharge € 10,00.
It might be a a bit off your trail, but PSV are good with foreign visitors. They set aside a certain number of tickets for foreign nationals for each game - we easily got tickets that were only 18 euros for a league game. You just pick them up on the day.
Eindhoven is a great night out too!