a tourist circuit with a football match at stake

Former Manchester United icon Éric Cantona has 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. His program includes seven destinations, including Lisbon, where the Frenchman has been living for almost six years, reveals the Portuguese media Maisfutebol.

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

The idea was born from the documentary series Looking for… about football cities, produced by Cantona and his brothers. The latter have since decided to launch a small travel agency, called Looking heart rate, 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 Maisfutebol :

Lisbon may be the smallest capital in Europe, but when it comes to football, it gets big. Benfica and Sporting fans don’t 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 the Bernabeu and PSGOM at the Parc des Princes. Trips to Buenos Aires and Casablanca should be offered later.

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:

Everything today is done to optimize the price, we want to optimize the passion.”

The cheapest stay is precisely 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 during the derby against rival Benfica on April 15. The most expensive stays – 2,620 euros – are in Liverpool (for the match against Inter on March 6) and Madrid (for Real-PSG March 7).


Butfutebol is an online sports newspaper created in 2000 and run today by an editorial staff of young journalists. The title belongs to Media Capital, one of the main press groups in Portugal, which notably owns the channel


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