FourFourTwo's Football Bucket List: 53 things every fan should do before they die
21. Attend an MLS tailgate party
Car parks in British football are drizzly, miserable places made for congestion, overcharging and minor scuffles, but one of the finest traditions of American football – tailgating – has translated seamlessly to MLS. Pre-game, fans grill meat, drink kegs and mix happily, often feeding opposition supporters. Weirdos.
22. See stained glass of Duncan Edwards
The iconic footballer, thought before his untimely Munich death at 21 to be the most complete England player of all time, is poignantly memorialised in two stained-glass windows within St Francis Church in his hometown of Dudley. The church is open 9.15am to 2pm, Monday to Friday. There's a car park behind the church and you can also visit Edwards’ grave, located in the town’s cemetery.
23. Do the Poznan... in Poznan
Poznan is considered the home of the potato in Poland, so there’s no shortage of spuds on menus
Why: Possibly invented by Lech Poznan fans in the 1980s – though other Polish supporters did it too – ‘the Poznan’ became globally famous when the Manchester City faithful adopted it after a Europa League match in 2010. It has been performed with varying degrees of competence elsewhere. In Spain, Alaves fans do the Poznan while singing the theme to children’s TV series Pippi Longstocking – obviously – but for the real deal, go and see Lech.
How: When your side scores, turn your back on the pitch, lock arms with other fans and jump. You can buy tickets via the club’s Android app (they’re sent via SMS), or take a guided stadium tour. Tram 6 from Poznan’s main train station to the stadium takes just 15 minutes.
Local knowledge: Poznan is considered the home of the potato in Poland, so there’s no shortage of spuds on menus. The BSA Sport Pub (Ulica Dluga 11) is plastered with football memorabilia, including Lech souvenirs, and you’ll find home and away fans drinking cheap beer here when there’s a game on.
Cost: Tickets from £9. Potatoes vary.
24. Play with (or against) your hero
Could any Chelsea diehard resist being the victim of a Michael Duberry reducer?
Why: PlayWithALegend.com, brainchild of ex-Gunner Perry Groves, is a neat idea for stag dos or birthday surprises. Within reason (and allowing a loose definition of the term ‘legend’), a Premier League legend will join you and your mates for a match. What Liverpool fan wouldn’t want to set up a tap-in for Rushie? Could any Chelsea diehard resist being the victim of a Michael Duberry reducer?
How: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 202 6766, for anything from five-a-side to a match at a club ground.
Local knowledge: Don’t think you can mix it. As FFT discovers every time we face an ex-pro, just because they’re 58 and have two new knees doesn’t mean they aren’t 800 times better than you. Who needs speed with a touch like that?
Cost: Prices start from £80 per person.
25. Watch two teams defend a hemisphere each
The halfway line runs along the Equator, so each side defends a hemisphere for 45 minutes each way
Why: According to Uruguayan journalist and novelist Eduardo Galeano, there’s only one place on Earth where the north and south do battle on a level playing field: the Zerao stadium in Macapa, northern Brazil. The halfway line runs along the Equator, so each side defends a hemisphere for 45 minutes each way.
How: Well... even people who regularly travel to Brazil may never meet anyone who’s been to Macapa – flights aren’t cheap and there are very few direct routes from major cities. Good luck!
Local knowledge: Most tourists in Macapa are passing through en route to French Guiana. There’s not a whole lot to see in this part of the world, once you’re done larking about with a foot in each hemisphere, so maybe just stop by the Mercado Central (Central Market) and search for Amazonian souvenirs.
Cost: Match tickets are R$10 – about £2.