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The city's football team, Real Cartagena, is the Colombian equivalent of British team, Norwich City.
With their distinctive canary / green kit, the team has bounced its way into and out of the country's top division over the years and the attendances at the stadium fluctuate accordingly.
Real plays its home games at the Jaime Moron Olympic Stadium on the outskirts of town and part of a sporting complex that also includes the bull-ring, the city's baseball and softball stadiums and an aquatic centre built for the Panamerican games in 2007.
The cozy 16,000-seater stadium originally designed by one of Colombia's finest modern architects, German Samper, was given a much-needed facelift for the Under-20 World Cup in 2011.
If you are planning on catching an afternoon game its worth paying extra to sit in Samper's magnificent Occidental (West) Stand.
For a little more atmosphere head for the cheap seats to the south or north although you would be well-advised to invest in a hat, some factor 50 Sun cream and carry only things you are prepared to 'lose'.
For those intent on showing the locals their silky skills there are plenty of smaller venues for football fanatics to make fools of themselves in the sapping heat, starting with the beach.
Marbella's beaches adjacent to the old town to the north and the stretch of beach in Bocagrande in front of the Hotel Caribe are the most popular with footballers, especially in the late afternoon.
Likewise pickup games and organized leagues play on the dusty pitches between the city walls and the Caribbean where locals tend to get up early to play rather than brave the searing sunshine.
In Bocagrande, the Campito (Cra 6, No. 4-82, T 665 6997), offers a more luxurious Astroturf experience for a fee. With the exceptions of Sundays it is normally fully booked but hyper-keen 'gringo' wildcards are welcomed especially when the teams are short on numbers.
Likewise games can be arranged under a towering Rubber Tree in front of the DAS offices in Pie de la Popa to pass the time while you are waiting for your tourist visa to be extended.