International football, or soccer as it is known as in America, is one of the most popular sports on the planet with over 240 million participants around the globe. Professional soccer is one of the planet’s most dedicated and serious sports; players in Barcelona are estimated to make an average yearly salary of $8,680,569, making them some of the most valued athletes on the planet. International soccer tour packages could just be the perfect gift for the worldly soccer aficionado in your life.
South American Adventures
Soccer is easily the most famous of sports in South America. Small towns in South and Central American countries such as Costa Rica and Guatemala are known to have full-fledged soccer fields in towns with less than 200 people due to the popularity of the sport. The 2014 FIFA world cup was held in Maracana Stadium in Brazil’s capital of Rio de Janeiro last summer; millions of fans from across the world flocked to Brazil to support their countries. Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires holds a biannual soccer competition known as the SuperClasico which was recently ranked as one of the top 50 sporting events to see in one’s lifetime according to an English newspaper.
A Mediterranean Tour
Many international soccer tour packages include trips to the Mediterranean, as association football is also Europe’s top sport. There are over 4,363,000 Italian residents who play soccer, making it the country’s most popular sport; Italy has won four World Cups so far, one in 1934, 1938, 1982, and most recently in 2006. Across the Mediterranean, Spain too recently won the FIFA World Cup in 2010. Portugal has become a recent contender in the world of international soccer, as four of their six trips to the world cup happened in just the last fifteen years. No matter where you choose to play, international soccer tour packages are designed with the discerning soccer fan in mind — casual viewers need not apply!