This Saturday we will witness the first "El Clasico" of La Liga's season. FC Barcelona plays host (in Camp Nou) to their biggest rival, Real Madrid, on December 3rd at 10:15 AM EST. This game has major implications for the standings as first place Real Madrid (33 pts) leads second place, and reigning La Liga Champions, FC Barcelona (27 pts). A win for Madrid will create a larger gap between the competition, and a win for Barcelona will right the ship for what has been a sub-par season to FCB's standards. Although this game has a lot of meaning in terms of each team's chances at the top seed for La Liga this season, perhaps the history of this rivalry will add to that drama. To put it into perspective, imagine combining sport's greatest rivalries of Lakers-Celtics, Red Sox-Yankees, Cowboys-Giants, and Ali-Frazier into the world's most popular sport, soccer; The result is El Clasico. The 3 points that are obtained off a victory are up for grabs, and it's anyone's game.
"The New York City Marathon (branded TCS New York City Marathon and formerly branded ING New York City Marathonfor sponsorship reasons) is an annual marathon (42.195 km or 26.219 mi) that courses through the five boroughs of New York City. It is the largest marathon in the world, with 50,304 finishers in 2013. Along with the Boston Marathon and Chicago Marathon, it is among the pre-eminent long-distance annual running events in the United States and is one of the World Marathon Majors."
Thoughts: As a native New Yorker, The New York City Marathon is something you hear about every year. It wasn't until this year however, that I actually witnessed the world's biggest race in person. I am now proud to say that this was one of the greatest sporting and athletic experiences that I have been blessed to see. Every single competitor is running the race for their own reason- whether it's to accomplish a personal goal, or to help raise money or awareness for a specific cause or person(s)- consequently makes each runners' story all the more beautiful. The sheer determination, effort, and intensity is left out on the pavement with each step the runner's take. More than 50,000 runners took on the prestigious course, and I got to interview 2 of them. Read more to dive into the stories of these participants and their experiences.
Below is a slideshow containing some of my visits and experiences during my trip to Europe. I ended up having the opportunity to visit Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC, in London, Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona, and the Allianz Arena, home of FC Bayern Munchen. All three are incredible stadiums and you can really feel the passion of the fan base around the city, even when there's no match. Aside from visiting the stadiums, I attended a rivalry match at the Camp Nou when Barcelona faced off Atletico Madrid. That match was intense from kick-off to the final whistle, and the fans were electric. Having saw these stadiums was definitely an experience of a lifetime, and I would recommend it to any fan. Follow my social media pages for additional shots of my Eurotrip experience. #ForTheLoveOfSport