Spurs fans’ guide to Tripolis
Posted on 30th October 2014
These FSF guides are intended to offer a quick snapshot of advice and info for fans ahead of their trips to Europe – if you have any specific questions about the city, how to get there, where to stay or anything else then simply email us your questions. Through our extensive network of contacts at Football Supporters Europe and experience of travelling across Europe ourselves, we will be able to answer just about any query you have. The Foreign Office also carries useful into for away fans, we’d encourage you to read that too.
Most fans will not have heard of this small club from southern Greece, but that’s not entirely unsurprising given that their current incarnation was only formed in 1978, and that they competed in regional leagues until 2003. In 2007 they joined the finally won promotion to the Greek Super League, where they have bobbed around in mid-table for much of their stay in the top flight.
The 2012/13 season was the club’s most successful to date – finishing runners-up in the Greek Cup and securing a 3rd placed finish in the league, but 2014/15 marks their first run in the group stages of the Europa League, thanks to an away-goals victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv, having failed to get beyond the qualifiers in the previous two seasons.
About the Stadium
Asteras play their matches at the Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium (formally the Asteras Tripolis Stadium). It holds a mere 7,600 fans in 4 small stands, two of which are uncovered. It is located on the road out of the city to the south-east, a short taxi ride from the centre. For some images of the stadium, and a bit more info on the project to renovate and expand the complex, check out Stadia.gr.
The city of Tripoli (or Tripolis, depending on your preference) is the capital of the Peloponnese region, and home to around 47,000 inhabitants. It is located in the centre of the Peloponnese, around a hundred miles south of Athens. Dating back to the Middle Ages, a large part of the city stands within the walls of the castle constructed during the Ottoman occupation of Greece.
Given the size of the town, we expect most Spurs fans who are staying in Greece for any amount of time are likely to be in the capital, rather than Tripolis itself.
If you do find yourself with some spare time on your hands in the capital, then without doubt the biggest attraction in Athens is the Acropolis, a limestone plateau supporting the Parthenon, the all-marble temple dedicated to the goddess Athena.
For the best view of Athens, take the funicular railway to the top of Ploutarchou Street in Kolonaki and see the whole city, the port of Piraeus and the island of Aegina from the top of Lycavittos Hill. It’s a good excuse to stop and have a drink or two at the café there and pay a visit to the Chapel of St George.
Although Athens is a huge sprawling city, nearly everything of interest to travellers lies within a small area bounded by Omonia Square (Plateia Omonias) to the north, Monastiraki (Plateia Monastirakiou) to the west, Syntagma Square (Syntagmatos) to the east and Plaka to the south, which makes finding your way round on foot or by public transport somewhat easier.
Chances are you’ll also find yourself in Syntagma Square at some point, which is home to the Greek Parliament. It’s worth stopping to take in the changing of the guard every hour if only for the comedy value of the uniforms and marching style.
Because we’re a hard working and dedicated lot at the FSF we took it upon ourselves to do some extensive research about where to go eating and drinking whilst in Athens. A tough job, but somebody had to do it.
There are many squares with plenty of bars in and around the centre of Athens. The Psyri area (Monastiraki or Thisseio stops, Metro Lines 1 and 3), just north of Plaka has a number of smart bars and restaurants which line the streets between Ermou Street, Athinas Street and Monastiraki.
Most evening bars are open from 7pm right through to the early hours of the morning and there are also bars that are open from midday through to 8 / 9pm.
There are a couple of “Irish” (in the loosest sense of the word) pubs, including Mike’s Irish Bar at 6 Sinopis Street, Ambelokipi, which is reached by taking the metro to Megaro Mousikis station, followed by a 200 metre walk towards Athens Tower.
A more authentic Irish pub run and staffed by Irish folk is Molly Malone’s on Yannitsopoulou 8, Glyfada, a southern suburb of Athens famous for being the playground of the rich and famous, which is full of bars and restaurants, including the Brown Bear, the Sussex Inn and the Bayern Bierhaus. The area is linked to Athens city centre by the two main streets of Posidonos and Vouliagmenis and by the T2 tram which runs from Syntagma to Glyfada. You’ll need to go around 30 stops, but it will cost you less than a euro each way.