Arsenal fans' guide to Anderlecht

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About Anderlecht

The Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht was founded as Sporting Club Anderlechtois in 1908 by a bunch of football fans at a café in the district Anderlecht in Brussels. They have been in the Belgian First Division since the 1935-36 season and are currently the most successful Belgium club team in European competitions – however, it is worth noting that they won their last UEFA Cup trophy back in 1983...

About the Stadium

The Constant Vanden Stock Stadium is about 3 miles away from the central train station in the South-West of the City on the border of Parc du Meir/ Meirpark (later Astrid Park).

Away fans find themselves in the South West of the stadium in the 2nd tier behind the goal (Blocks B, C, D and Y, V). They’re requested to enter the ground at entrance gate no. 1 on this side of the ground. There are still standing terraces behind the two goals but during European competitions, the stadium is all-seated with a capacity of 21,619.

The nearest metro to the stadium: Saint-Guidon/Saint Guido.

Due to security measures, visiting supporters for UEFA Champions League matches are usually requested to get off at Aumale.

Eating and Drinking

Typically, Belgian Frites are made with Belgian Bintje potatoes, cooked twice and served in a paper cone with a side of mayonnaise. There are almost a myriade of at frietkots or fritures to be found across the country, which are outdoor vendors who sell Belgian fries, many of them offering a selection of over 50 dipping sauces to choose from.

Place St. Géry is the main area for bars or around Grand’Place. The areas are not really far from each other and probably the places where most football supporters would head for.

Why you'd want an Irish bar in Belgium is beyond us, but those who prefer the taste of home can enjoy themselves with a pub crawl through Brussels, starting at O’Reilly’s, either at their place at Boulevard Anspach (in front of the stock exchange) and at 1 Place de la Bourse. For the further course you can choose between James Joyce at 34 Rue Archimede, the undoubtedly Irish pub Celtica at 55 Rue du Marchéaux poulets, the Michael Collins pub at 1 Rue de Bailli and finally The Old Oak at 26 Rue Franklin. And if you are really unweary and thirsty just try them all...

Whenever you go out for a beer in Brussels, you will certainly come across Grand’Place – the main town square in Brussels - many tourists have said it is one of the most beautiful town squares in Europe. Apart from that, its surroundings host quite a few nice bars and restaurants. The famous statue Manneken Pis is also situated on the corner of Eikstraat/ Stoofstraat near the Grand Place.   Apart from the imposing complex of buildings that are home to the numerous administrative bodies of the European Union which make Brussels being the inofficial capital of Europe, you can also pop in at Mini Europe! There you can see all the major monuments in Europe in miniature. The museum is located near the unfortunately not gloriously renowned Heysel Stadium (Metro: Heysel ).

If you haven’t already had enough alcohol, you can visit beer museums! There are even two: The Brewery Museum, Grote Markt 10, Grand Place or the Gueuze Museum at Gheudestraat 56, Rue Gheude.

Other sites for city tourism including online booking services for accommodation are www.visitflanders.comwww.belgique-tourisme.netwww.brusselsinternational.bewww.trabel.com and www.visitbelgium.com 
Getting Around
Brussels has 3 metro lines, many buses and several tram lines, all run by STIB-MIVB.  Maps of all transport networks can be downloaded from here.