World Cup Fever Returns to Salamanca
by Olivia Elson on Friday, October 8, 2010
Arriving in Salamanca at the beginning of July, I was lucky enough to be here for Spain’s momentous World Cup win. With the Plaza Mayor buzzing, the city centre packed full of people celebrating and partying through the night, it’s no wonder that recent football-related events in Salamanca have been drawing in enormous crowds once again.
Returning home from work yesterday, the normally simple task of crossing the Plaza Mayor was made a lot more difficult by hordes of football fans who were queuing expectantly to see the World Cup trophy, which arrived yesterday in the city.
Even more exciting, the Spanish team themselves are in Salamanca - hometown of their coach Vicente Del Bosque – for a match against Lithuania, which will take place later this evening. Yesterday, the players trained for today’s EURO 2012 preliminary match at Salamanca’s Helmántico stadium, in front of crowds of 20,000 people. Given that today’s game is the first that the Spanish team will play since their World Cup win, it’s no surprise that tickets sold out in just 30 minutes!
The Plaza Mayor is also hosting a museum with a whole range of different activities, as well as the chance to see the Euro Cup too. Visitors can get a “passport” to participate and, better still, be in with a chance to win an official t-shirt or tickets to tonight’s game. And for those who don’t manage to get seats, the match will also be displayed on a giant screen in the Plaza. If Spain win against Lithuania, there’s no doubt that football-crazy Salamantinos will be re-living the World Cup experience, and filling the streets of Salamanca with festivities all over again!
Keywords: Salamanca,Spain,world cup winners,champions