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Man City fans in Belgrade: Essential matchday guide for Red Star Stadium

With their final Champions League group game of the season on the horizon, there will be plenty of Man City fans in Belgrade this week.

The Blues are set to take on Red Star on Wednesday, 13 December, in a European dead-rubber with both sides' fates already sealed.

That doesn't make the trip any less exciting for Man City fans in Belgrade, though, and here is everything you need to know.

How many Man City fans are going to Belgrade?

Man City were handed an allocation of 2,540 tickets at the Rajko Mitic Stadium for the match against Red Star and the club have now sold out all of their tickets. The allocation process went beyond season tickets and members with the final few tickets being snapped up by supporters who had one previous booking at the Etihad Stadium on their Man City account.

As such, it isn't anticipated that there will be many Man City fans in Belgrade without a ticket. There will be a fair few City fans on their first-ever European away trip, and they've picked a great city to start their European groundhopping experience.

Where do the Man City fans sit in the Rajko Mitic Stadium?

Man City fans will be housed behind one of the goals in Tribuna Jug. The away end is on the left-hand side of the stand and is one of the most intimidating and unwelcoming stands in European football. Whether by design or by accident, the stand feels claustrophobic, with the seats packed close and steepness severe.

The Man City fans will be wedged in by Red Star fans on both sides, and given the home supporters' fondness of flares and smoke bombs, it could be an interesting night for the travelling Blues.

The view of the pitch from the away end isn't great, either, mainly due to the running track that surrounds the playing surface.

man city fans in belgrade will head to the Rajko Mitic Stadium
Man City fans in Belgrade will head to the Rajko Mitic Stadium – Photo by Icon Sport

Full fans' matchday guide for Red Star vs Man City

If you are a Man City fan in Belgrade looking for the best places to spend matchday before kick-off, then we've got you covered. Luckily, Belgrade is a city with many bars, restaurants and activities so you shouldn't be stuck for options.

Where to eat and drink for Man City fans in Belgrade

Belgrade has many pockets of bars and restaurants dotted around the city with Republic Square and its surrounding streets a particular hotbed for drinking and eating. Interestingly, two of the best pubs for Man City fans in Belgrade are named after two of City's rivals.

The United Pub (17 Beograd, Stari Grad 11108, Serbia) and Gunners Pub (Braće Jugovića 2a, Beograd 11000, Serbia) are usually popular with travelling supporters.

If you are unable to get over the names, then two other good pub options are the Three Carrots (Kneza Miloša 16, Beograd 11000, Serbia) and Spasicev Pub Belgrade (Nikole Spasića 1, Beograd 11000, Serbia).

Ticket collection info for Man City fans in Belgrade

Man City fans won't have to collect their match tickets in Belgrade, which is sometimes customary for European away matches.

Instead, the club have announced that all tickets will be issued as Print at Home tickets so if you are a City fan travelling to Belgrade, DO NOT forget to print your match ticket before heading to the airport. Scanning your ticket on your mobile phone will not work.

How to get to the Rajko Mitic Stadium for Man City fans in Belgrade

The Rajko Mitic Stadium is 3.5km away from Belgrade centre, which makes it quite an awkward distance for travelling. On the one hand, it is reachable on foot, with the walk taking approximately 40 minutes from the city centre, but on the other, do you want to be walking that distance as an away fan in Belgrade?

If you don't want to walk to the stadium, then you will need to make use of Belgrade's metro system.

Board either Tram 9, 10 or 14 in the centre and head towards Banijca. Get off the tram at Trg Oslobondenja and then follow the crowd to the stadium.

Another option is to take the Belgrade Trolleybus to the stadium, and if worse comes to worse, you can always jump in a taxi to the Rajko Mitic Stadium.