Saturday, July 12, 2008

Europe's Longest Soccer Road Trips

Yesterday, I posted the World's Longest Soccer Road Trips. I decided to continue with the road trip theme today and come up with some longest trips for the major European leagues.

The longest trip in the top couple of divisions of Europe that I could find was in the Spanish Second Division with a seperation of 1,317 miles between Canary Islands based Tenerife and Gimnàstic, who are based just outside of Barcelona.

The farthest trips in England are around the same distance as Chicago to Columbus in MLS, two "nearby" rivals.

292 miles - Premier League
Newcastle United to Portsmouth - 470km

280 miles - Championship
Norwich City to Plymouth Argyle - 451km

303 miles - League 1
Carlisle United to Brighton & Hove Albion - 487km

549 miles - La Liga
Deportivo de La Coruña to Almeria - 883km

1,317 miles - Segunda División
Tenerife to Gimnàstic - 2120km

379 miles - Bundesliga
Hamburger SV to Bayern Munich - 610km

410 miles - 2.Bundesliga
Hansa Rostock to 1860 Munich - 660km

599 miles - Serie A
Udinese to Catania - 964km

598 miles - Serie B
AlbinoLeffe to Messina - 963km

588 miles - Ligue 1
FC Lorient to AS Monaco - 946km

782 miles - Ligue 2
Ajaccio to Brest - 1259km

772 miles - Liga
Sporting Braga to Maritimo/Nacional - 1241km

989 miles - Liga Vitalis (B)
Clube Desportivo Santa Clara to Sporting Clube Olhanense - 1592km

164 miles - Eredivisie
FC Groningen to Roda JC - 263km

1263 miles - Premier League (European based Russian clubs only)
Zenit St. Petersburg to Spartak Nalchik - 2032km

834 miles - Tippeligaen
Tromsø to Viking FK - 1342km

407 miles - Super League
OFI Crete/Ergotelis to Panserraikos - 655km

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