The Soccer Fan’s Travel Guide

If the last couple of weeks of the World Cup in Rio have you feeling some sporting wanderlust, GQ has the travel guide for you. Whether it’s catching a match in Russia, Spain, or watching one of London’s 93 teams score a goal, it’s time to grab your passport, soccer fan

Released on 6/30/2014

Credits

Songspub: "Hutton" by Pablo Sebastian

Transcript

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(ominous choir music)
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After kicking back with Brazil's rugged mountains,
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dense rainforest, and the shamelessly attired
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girls of Ipanema,
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am I the only one with World Cup wanderlust?
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If the excitement in Brazil moves you from the sports bar
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to an airport lounge, try to get beyond Rio
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and the Copacabana and make the trek
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to the heart of the Amazon in the city of Manaus.
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If you're there in October, you'll see
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the world's largest samba festival,
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and after a few caipirinhas, you might even join in.
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Or maybe you're saving that last blank page in your passport
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to soak in the culture that inspired the likes of
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Dostoyevsky and Pussy Riot.
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But before hitting the clubs in Moscow,
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swing by the Soviet Luzhniki Stadium,
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formally the Central Lenin Stadium,
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and home to the 2018 Final.
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But maybe you're just looking for
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an excuse to cross the pond.
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If so, the city of London alone has 93 teams you can visit.
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Or you could just visit a couple, like a normal person
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Check out the spaceship stadium of Arsenal
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or something a little more old school like Fulham,
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London's first club situated right
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on the bank of the Thames.
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On the continent, Spain's La Liga is more than
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just Real Madrid and Barcalona.
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Check out the architecture of Mestalla
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in the seaside city of Valencia.
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And in Germany, visit Rhein Energie Stadium in Cologne,
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a medieval city perched along the Rhine River,
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and home to one of the largest street festivals in Europe.
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And xenophobes rejoice.
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You can stay right here in the states
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and get a fans-eye view of the excitment happening right now
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in Portland and Seattle.
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Take in the natural beauty of the pacific northwest
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with a short road trip between them.
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Dedicated fans of Providence Park
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and the record-breaking crowds of Centurylink Field.
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These two teams prove that this game can be
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more apple pie than baseball.
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Welcome to soccer, America. We did it.
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Have you finished your degree in soccerology?
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