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  1. Jennifer
    April 14, 2014 @ 3:41 am

    I don’t really pay attention to any sports, let alone football/soccer, but this must be realyl fun for Gran Canaria locals. 🙂
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  2. Val-This Way To Paradise
    April 14, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    I am so not into any kind of sports whatsoever, but this definitely looks like a fun thing to do to merge with the locals!
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      April 14, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

      Thanks, Val. The kids from the South American family in front of us spent much of the match trying to stack as much paper on the heads of their parents.

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  3. Steve Hall
    April 14, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

    I am a HUGE fan of supporting your local team. Having travelled extensivley, I am fortunate to have a lot of teams I actively follow but the one closest to me will I guess always be my latest local. So on any weekend I have to look out for Gillingham, Man Utd, Sarpsborg, FFK, IK Strömstad, FC Torrevieja, Real Madrid, Málaga, Atl. Fuengirola and now UD Lanzarote Usually a few have won so I can rely on a good weekend!

    Also I keep an eye out for the clubs who treated me best on the tour http://www.theshirt2010.co.uk and I now have a soft spot for Oxford CITY*, Glossop NE, Burnley and Chelsea. Guess I can’t lose!

    *Note – Sir Bobby Moore was involved at Oxford City at one time……not a lot of people know that, as another famous East Londoner would say.
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      April 14, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

      Thanks, Steve. Glad to hear Chelsea treated you well. Our eldest was singing One Man Went to Mow before Pío Pío.

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  4. wanderingeducators
    April 14, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

    LOVE sports, and of course we always support our local teams. Great article!
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      April 14, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

      Thanks, Jessie. Although, they do say in Spain you ultimately support either Barça or Real Madrid. There are even feeder clubs for these two behemoths in the lower divisions. They can’t get promotion because you can’t have a league in which you have Barcelona and Barcelona B, say. It’s such a shame as these feeder clubs were once clubs with their own name. But that’s an article for another day.

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  5. Penny Sadler
    April 15, 2014 @ 9:20 pm

    As a couple of other women have commented, I’m not much of a sports fan either, but when I’ve gone to watch the soccer matches at the local pub, you can’t help getting caught up in the excitement of it all. I’d totally do this.
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      April 15, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

      The prices for tickets in Spain aren’t as cheap as they are in Germany where the clubs are run more by the fans. However, they’re cheaper than Premier League games in England. Having said all that, Penny, UD Las Palmas’ ticket prices will probably go up if they get promotion.

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  6. Charles
    April 17, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

    What I love most about watching sports in a foreign country isn’t actually catching the game but watching the people who get so caught up in it all. There’s a level of camaraderie shared between sport spectators that’s hard to match anywhere else.

    Sounds like your eldest understands that. The video definitely makes my point. That’s a party if I ever saw one!
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      April 17, 2014 @ 9:10 pm

      You’re so right, Charles. Here’s hoping there’s a party at the end of the season. A promotion party.

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  7. Lois B
    April 19, 2014 @ 12:05 am

    Great suggestion; it looks like a lot of fun. Hope they get promoted!

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  8. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com
    April 20, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

    Watching local sports teams play is a very good idea. It will give you more insight as to the culture of the place you’re visiting!
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      April 20, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

      You’re right there, Aleah. It’ll also provide a useful language lesson. Particularly if you want to learn how to swear like the natives in the country you’re visiting.

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  9. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    April 21, 2014 @ 12:30 am

    Would you believe our family has never been to a live football/soccer game? Watching Unión Deportiva Las Palmas sounds like a great way to experience part of the local culture.
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      April 21, 2014 @ 9:41 am

      Really, Mary? You’re going to love the atmosphere. Our family certainly does.

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