The days of gravel pitches and playground quality football are long gone in Tenerife. There is plenty of football to be seen and of a good standard. Grounds have had money lavished on them and boast well tended grass and strong floodlights. In many villages and small towns they are the hub of the community. The island is producing some world class players and scouts are flocking to spot the next Pedro (Barcelona) or Ayoze Perez (Newcastle).
CD Tenerife are the big guns, playing at the 23,000 Estadio Heliodoro in Santa Cruz they regularly pass the 10,000 attendance figure. Currently in the Segunda (Spain’s second tier) tickets from 20 euros can be bought on match day, early evening Saturday or Sunday depending on TV demands. The atmosphere is amazing and trouble free with many families attending, and there are hourly buses from the south with Titsa the green public service company. You may also be able to travel with the mainly British Armada Sur fan club, check their Facebook site for details.
Two tiers further down is the Tercera Division with many of the local teams playing in a Canarian section. The most easily accessible team in this league is CD Marino who play at the Estadio Antonio Dominguez where Los Cristianos runs into Playa de Las Americas. Most of their games are on a Sunday at noon and cost 8 euros to watch with children allowed in free. It’s a big stadium surrounded by an athletics track, crowds are around the 200 mark but they have a large bar and restaurant, La Cantina, which is very popular with locals even on non match days.
Speaking of food and drink, you get some great tapas and home made specialties at many of the lower league grounds, and all at bargain prices. Looking around the south you can enjoy fourth tier football at Granadilla, Ibarra (El Fraile near Las Galletas), Las Zocas, and San Miguel. Normal entry price for these games is 8 to 10 euros, several have club shops that offer basic merchandise but it’s pretty rare to get a team sheet let alone a programme.
If you are staying in the north of Tenerife there is still plenty of football but mainly in the Preferente, another layer down, this includes Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava. One of the stray Tercera teams in the north is CD Tenerife B who play at the club’s Geneto training ground which is very close to the north airport.
Publicity for games is poor and many fixtures are not confirmed until midweek but the websites www.soccerway.com and www.ftf.es are good sources. From Thursday onwards the lower league fixtures are listed in the local Canarian newspapers sports (deportes) pages. Most Canarian bars and cafes have the daily newspapers and your hotel bar staff will probably have one to hand. Football is a passion in Tenerife and a great way to get to know people.
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