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Celtic fans in Madrid: Essential matchday guide to Metropolitano

Celtic take on Atletico Madrid on Tuesday 7 November at the Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid in a game that the Scottish champions must win to have any chance of progressing to the UEFA Champions League knockout stages.

After holding the Spanish club to a 2-2 draw at Celtic Park, the Celtic fans may well feel confident that their side can pull off a shock result against Diego Simone’s men, but it will be a hard task.

Whatever their thoughts on the game, there will be thousands of Celtic fans in Madrid to support their team as they seek to keep their European dream alive.

How many Celtic fans will there be in the Spanish capital? Where will they be drinking? And what's the best route to the Metropolitano? All that and more in our regularly updated, fan-led guide below.

Celtic fans in Madrid know their side need a victory to keep their UEFA Champions League dream alive
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How many Celtic fans in Madrid?

Celtic fans have received 3,431 tickets for the game at the Metropolitano. Of course, there are many more Celtic fans expected to travel to the Spanish capital, but they will have to be content with watching the game in a local bar with other Celtic fans if they don’t have a ticket.

Where do the Celtic fans stand in the Metropolitano?

Celtic fans will be seated/standing in the high tier of the Fondo Norte, in sectors 413, 414, 415, 416, 313, 314, 315. It is designed to make sure the away fans are not heard, but we suspect the Celtic fans will somehow make themselves heard on the night regardless.

Essential fans’ matchday guide for Atletico Madrid vs Celtic

There will be more Celtic fans in Madrid than there are away tickets available, so for both those who have sorted theirs and those who will be travelling ticket-less, here are some of the best places to grab a drink and a bit to eat before, during or after the match.

Where to eat & drink for Celtic fans in Madrid

Celtic fans in Madrid
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There are no shortage of places to eat and drink in Madrid, and Celtic fans will have no problem finding a place for a pre-match pint and a place to either celebrate a famous win or drown their sorrows at another away day defeat.

Here are our top picks when it comes to places to go in Madrid…

s10bar

The s10 bar is widely considered the best sports bar in Madrid with its focus on delicious food and cold beer. Unlike in some of the places where the food can be quite artificial, s10bar specializes in providing homemade and modern-style food. The place has plenty of TV screens and a huge bar that is well stocked up with a load of varieties. One can also be assured of an electric atmosphere around Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid games.

James Joyce Irish Pub Madrid

While many Celtic fans will want to immerse themselves in some Spanish culture whilst over in Madrid, some might be looking for your classic Irish pub and this is it. It'll show the football and other international sports, there's often live music on offer and there's food, too.

Finnegans

Another excellent Irish Pub that manages to provide all the ingredients for a brilliant night – excellent food, live football, and a great atmosphere. The place also specializes in a load of Spanish cuisine, which features at the top of the menu. Furthermore, you will also be able to get a load of English food as well.

How to get to the Metropolitano: Guide for Celtic fans in Madrid

Stadium Wanda Metropolitano which will host Atletico Madrid vs Celtic
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Metropolitano Stadium is in the north-east of Madrid, which is the capital city of Spain. It is well connected by all forms of transport but can take a little while to get to from the centre of Madrid.

Driving to the Civitas Metropolitano

If you are a supporter who is looking to drive up to the stadium, the key information to remember is that the stadium is about 10km away from the city center. This reduces the stress of having to deal with a lot of traffic. The ground is located very close to the E5 and M201. Both these roads will be able to take you to the ground with a lot of ease and there are plenty of signboards that can help you navigate to the ground without any trouble.

If you want to take a taxi, Madrid has plenty of options. The prices charged by a taxi ride are also not very high. For example, it would take around €25 to take a cab ride from the airport to the stadium. This journey should take only around 20 minutes.

Parking at the Civitas Metropolitano

At the stadium, fans who travel by car should have no trouble finding a parking spot considering that there are 4000 spaces allocated on match days. This involves a remarkable 3000 spaces outside the ground and the remaining located inside the ground. There should be no issues in finding a parking spot. One should remember to pick up a parking pass on match days.

Train to the Civitas Metropolitano

There are several options to get to the ground by train. You can disembark at the Estadio Metropolitano stop.

Metro to the Civitas Metropolitano

Again, aim for the Estadio Metropolitano stop. This is the Orange line 7 which runs from the city centre.

An alternative option for those taking the metro would be Station Las Musas, which is once again located on line 7. However, it is a few minutes walk away from the stadium.

The Torre Arias is an option to consider for those who do not want to change lines. It is situated on line 5, but you may end up having to walk around 25 minutes to reach the stadium.

Bus to the Civitas Metropolitano

Several bus stops are located close to the stadium. They include E2, 28, 38, 48, and 140. The price of taking a bus to the Wanda Metropolitano is also extremely low compared to a taxi fare.

Atletico Madrid vs Celtic away tickets

Away tickets for Celtic fans in Madrid are sold out. Home tickets are also sold out.


Philip O'Rourke

Philip O Rourke is a Dublin-based journalist and author of Forgotten Football Clubs, 50 Clubs Around the World. He appears on the Forgotten Football Clubs podcast and, in his spare time, travels around Europe to different football stadiums, trying to watch as many different clubs as he can.

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