Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My First European Football Match

On Saturday night, Barcelona had its opening game - they introduce all the players and then play a friendly match with another team. One of the Barcelona people organized a big group to go - I think there were about 30 of us.

We went to the game around 9pm, since it started at 10pm. The stadium is huge - it holds about 100,000 people. You're aloud to bring in food and (non-alcoholic) drinks, though they also have concessions there.Before the game started, they announced each of the players names, followed by fireworks and pyrotechnics for each. The game itself was really exciting - especially at the end. In the second part of the second half, the other team scored a goal. The score stayed 0-1 for the whole match, so everybody was feeling a bit disappointed. But then the injury time started (the couple of minutes after normal play time that is added to make up for time lost to injuries during the game). Barcelona scored twice in injury time! So that was it - they won! Feeling pretty happy about the home team's win, we headed back to our residence (which is only about a 10 minute walk away from the stadium), and got ready to go out for Emma's birthday. We went dancing at Otto Zutz - a disco in the Fontana area.

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