a tourist circuit with a football match at stake

Former Manchester United icon Eric Cantona set himself a challenge: to offer football enthusiasts short stays to discover the city of a big club with the possibility of attending a match. Its program includes seven destinations, including Lisbon, where the French has lived for almost six years, reveals the Portuguese media More football.

“One city, one club, one game.” This is how, in a few words, Eric Cantona presents his new project: offering stays on the theme of football to the most unconditional fans to vibrate in legendary stadiums on the occasion of a meeting between big clubs, the Most of the Champions League. “Seven cities and seven clubs are on the program, including Sporting, to experience the magic of the Alvalade stadium during a derby against Benfica”, Portuguese media reports morefootball.

The idea was born from the documentary series Looking for… on football cities, produced by Cantona and his brothers. The latter have since decided to launch a small travel agency, called Looking FC, to offer stopovers at the pace of “Pure football”, “the one that makes the heart beat and the stadium tremble”. From Liverpool to Madrid, via Manchester, Paris, Milan, Barcelona and therefore Lisbon.

“Lisbon is football and football is everything”

Cantona is also full of praise for the Portuguese capital, where he has lived with his family since 2016, reports morefootball :

Lisbon may be the smallest capital in Europe, but when it comes to football, it gets big. The supporters of Benfica and Sporting do not like the same club, but the same city, that of the Tagus and the Seven Hills, that of fado and finally the one where Ronaldo made history. Lisbon is football and football is everything. ”

For this first season, big matches are expected, such as Manchester United-Atlético Madrid at Old Trafford, Real Madrid-Barcelona at Bernabeu and PSGIF at the Parc des Princes. Trips to Buenos Aires and Casablanca should be offered thereafter.

Stays ranging from 1,450 to 2,620 euros

Its concept does not support airline tickets. Cantona explained why on Wednesday January 12 during the official presentation:

Today everything is done to optimize the price, we want to optimize the passion. ”

The cheapest stay is in Lisbon: 1,450 euros for four days, three nights at the Pestana CR7 (a four-star hotel located in the historic center, the result of a partnership between Cristiano Ronaldo and the hotel group) and various experiences with Sporting Lions supporters on the occasion of the derby against rival Benfica on April 15. The most expensive stays – 2,620 euros – are in Liverpool (for the game against Inter on March 6) and in Madrid (for Real-PSG March 7).

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