Spain lives up to the hype for Pioneers men's soccer team

The UW-Platteville men's soccer team visited Benabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, on their eight day trip to Spain.
The UW-Platteville men's soccer team visited Benabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, on their eight day trip to Spain.

Many tourists get to see the great sites Spain has to offer, but the UW-Platteville men's soccer team took a trip of a life time over spring break that very few get to experience.

On their eight day trip the team, along with a few Platteville community members, visited Spain's two largest cities, Madrid and Barcelona. While in Madrid they visited Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Royal Palace, and the Prado and Reina Sofia museums.

They also played their first exhibition game in Madrid against the Getafe Academy team, who plays in La Liga, Spain's top soccer division.

The group visited Las Ramblas, La Sagrada Familia, and the Old City while in Barcelona, and played two more exhibition games against the semi-professional clubs of U.E. Rubi and C.F. Ametlla.

In between their visit to the cities they toured the medieval towns of Toledo, Sitges, and Girona, where they took in a professional match between Girona and Levante.

To cap off their trip the team toured Benabéu Stadium and Camp Nou Stadium, two of the most famous soccer stadiums in the world. The tour included walking through the tunnels under the stadium, a stop in the locker rooms, and they even got to walk out on the field at Camp Nou Stadium.

"This has been a positive experience on many levels for our student athletes," said Coach Enzo Fuschino. "They were able to see and adapt to a new style of soccer and discover a new culture through different food, habits while visiting sites that were more than a thousand years old."