Ooh! Aah! Cantona! Footie fans will well remember the legend that is Eric Cantona. Well now, Catona is hoping to bring the energy and passion of 'the beautiful game' to fans across the world with his own travel brand, Looking FC.
Looking FC will take true football fans on once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimages to the holy grounds of football, meeting passionate fans, going on street art walks with historians and chatting tactics with expert journalists before watching the big game live. Read on to find out more.
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King Cantona, as The Red Devils fondly called him, helped Manchester United win four Premier League titles in just five years. So it's fair to say he knows a bit about the passion and love of the game.
“I love the kind of football that makes your heart pound and the stadium shake. Our idea was to create the most passionate football trips on earth, with charisma and soul. Everything today is optimised for price - we wanted to optimise for passion.” Eric Cantona stated.
Looking FC will feature nine trips: Manchester (United), Buenos Aires (Boca), Liverpool (Liverpool), Milan (Inter), Madrid (Real Madrid), Barcelona (Barca), Paris (PSG), Lisbon (Sporting), and Casablanca (Raja).
Prices for trips start from £1,077pp (€1,290) (based on 2 people sharing a room) – including all accommodation, experiences, most meals, guides, and match tickets. However, you can also book private trips for friends and families.
Much more than just your standard tour, each 4-day trip has been unique crafted by Cantona himself to create an authentic football-themed itinerary in each destination. You'll enjoy experiences like meeting real fans at popular fan clubs, walking tours to football heritage sites, expert-led footie masterclass talks and finally watch a thrilling fixture live.
Cantona hopes that these tours will educate fans on the importance of the culture around each of the world's biggest clubs, which is a deeper experience than just watching it on the TV.
For true fans, a football pilgrimage created by one of the game's most iconic players will be unmissable.
What's more, Cantona is launching the brand with an eco-focus, partnering up with Common Goal to donate part of its revenue to supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Initiative. Absolute legend.
Photos Courtesy of Looking FC