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Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He's travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert. Matthew writes for two sections of Spain Buddy: Moving to Spain and Spanish Football as well as providing Reviews


  1. Jose
    October 13, 2017 @ 7:25 pm

    Thank you for your post! You failed to mention that in the whole of Spain maybe Betis supporters and Sporting supporters are the ones that follow their team away the most!
    I flew from london to Coruña a few years back where there were more than 6000 Sporting supporters in October! Of course we won 0-3!
    Have a good day!


    • Matthew Hirtes
      January 26, 2018 @ 11:10 am

      Hi, Jose. Excuse my oversight and my late reply. As someone who started following football in the UK, for me the beautiful game just isn’t the beautiful game without an away day. Buen finde, Matthew


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