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I always look forward to the first day of the new football season. It’s like the beginning of a new drama. Who knows how the story will play out?

The first few matches are always something special. It’s August, and even in England the sun is usually out. Well, sometimes! The long wait for football is finally over. Before the game the pubs and beer gardens around England’s grounds are packed with football fans in sunglasses, shirts and shorts, brimming with hopes and expectations for the months ahead.

Can anybody guess what will happen in the English Premier League in 2016/17? Nobody saw Leicester’s dramatic title winning campaign last time around.  But this time, with extra revenues pouring into the league from ever bigger TV and sponsorship deals, a whole clutch of clubs will have dreams of securing a Champions League place.

The magic of the Premier League comes from the passion pouring down from the stands. Many clubs have been playing in these built-up locations for more than a century, in the heart of towns and cities. With virtually every stadium packed to capacity for every game, and the fans right next to the pitch, the atmosphere is incredible. You have to experience it to believe it.

All the big cities will have one club playing at home each week, and in London it’s common to have three or four Premier League games every weekend. Staggered kick off times means there is every chance for doubling up and seeing two games!

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The biggest crowds in the world flock to the gigantic venues of the Bundesliga. The matchday experience in Germany is, in my opinion, second to none. The fans are treated as an integral part of the matchday – from getting to the stadium, to the facilities around and inside, the welcome you get is surely the best in the world. The stadiums are landmarks in themselves, and you must see the ‘Yellow Wall’ south stand of Borussia Dortmund at least once!

One region I would recommend worthy of visiting is to the west of the country. Stay in Cologne or Dusseldorf on the banks of the River Rhine and there are a clutch of Bundesliga and second league clubs on the doorstep within easy reach via Germany’s impressive public transport system. – Leverkusen, Schalke and Monchengladbach to name but a few.

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England and Germany may lead the way when it comes to passion and attendances but when it comes to success, there’s simply no touching La Liga in Spain. The statistics speak for themselves, as they have provided the Champions League and Europa League winners for the past three seasons.

A trip to the Bernabeu is the highlight of any trip to the capital Madrid, the chance to see Real’s array of stars up close. It’s by far the most impressive stadium in the country, and even a regular league game is such a big occasion the pre-match buzz outside can feel like a cup final.

If you fancy combining your football with some seaside air, Spain can certainly help you out. Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga – there are great places to sample for some late summer sunshine, well into October and November.

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Italy eats, sleeps and breathes football. It’s part of the country’s DNA. At times their stadium bowls are showing their age but it is certainly all part of the experience.

Juventus have set themselves apart from the rest in recent years.  Not only have they won the Scudetto at a canter, but their stadium in Turin is arguably the best and most modern in the land.

The magic of Italy is you can pick the city you most want to visit, and tie it in with a game. Maybe it’s the malls of Milan, the splendour of Florence, the food of Bologna or the history of the capital Rome.  They are all fantastic places to enjoy for a weekend, and the Serie A football is the icing on the cake. 

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So what are you waiting for?