European football in Spain
Did you know that this season, seven Spanish teams are playing in Europe’s two biggest club competitions? The Champions League will feature Real Madrid (the current champions of the League and of La Liga), FC Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, and Sevilla CF. Meanwhile, Villarreal, Atlhetic de Bilbao, and Real Sociedad are playing in the Europa League.
Keep reading to see where to enjoy European matches in Spain, things to do and see in the area, and the practical information you need to prepare your trip.Select the competition to see information about each team.
- 1 REAL MADRID
- 2 FC BARCELONA
- 3 ATLÉTICO DE MADRID
- 4 SEVILLA FC
Nicknames: Blancos (whites) – Merengues (meringues) – Vikingos (Vikings). Objective: winning the championship and becoming the first team to win the Champions League three times in a row. Star players: Cristiano Ronaldo – Modric – Bale – Benzema – Ramos - Keylor Navas - Marcelo.
César Lucas Abreu. Turismo de Madrid
Turismo de Madrid
Stadium and city:Santiago Bernabéu - Madrid.How to get there: In the middle of Madrid’s business district, it has excellent transport links. It has its own metro station, 'Santiago Bernabéu' (line 10). There is a metro line directly to the airport from the nearby 'Nuevos Ministerios' stop.What to see in the area: Make the most of your trip with a full tour of the city. We recommend visiting the Madrid de los Austrias district, the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and the area around the Royal Palace. The Art Walk is the place to go for art and culture. This is where you’ll find the Prado Museum. You can reach any of these attractions in less than half an hour by public transport.There are tours of the Real Madrid stadium and facilities.Official website: www.realmadrid.com
Nicknames: Culés (butts) – Azulgranas (blue and maroons). Objective: winning La Liga. Star players: Messi – Neymar - Iniesta - Luis Suárez – Piqué – Busquets - Rakitic.
Stadium and city:Camp Nou – Barcelona.How to get there: Excellent transport links to the city centre and its tourist attractions. The nearest metro stations are Palau Reial and Les Corts (line 3), Collblanc and Badal (line 5).What to see in the area: The stadium location is a good starting point for a full tour of the city We recommend a stroll around the Ramblas, the Gothic quarter or the Plaça Reial. You can also visit famous buildings like the Casa Batlló. All these attractions are less than half an hour away by public transport. Although they are a little further from the stadium, we also highly recommend the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell.There are tours of the FC Barcelona stadium and facilities.Official website: www.fcbarcelona.com
ATLÉTICO DE MADRID
Nicknames: Colchoneros (mattress stripes) – Indios (Indians). Objective: winning La Liga. Star players: Griezmann – Koke – Gameiro – Godín – Torres – Oblak - Gabi.
Stadium and city: Wanda Metropolitano – Madrid.How to get there: take the metro to “Estadio Metropolitano” (line 7). Other metro stations nearby are Las Rosas (line 2) and Canillejas (line 5). The estimated travel time from Sol station in the city centre is 30 minutes.What to see in the area: there are two attractive parks nearby: El Capricho and Quinta de los Molinos. Its location near central Madrid means you can do some sightseeing before or after the match, visiting popular spots like the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, or Puerta del SolThere are tours of the Atlético de Madrid stadium and facilities.Official website: www.clubatleticodemadrid.com
Nicknames: Nervionenses (from the river Nervión). Objective: being the surprising success story of the Championship.Star players: Vitolo - Vietto – Nasri - N'Zonzi - Mariano.
Stadium and city: Sánchez-Pizjuán – Seville. How to get there: The closest metro stations are Nervión and Gran Plaza (line 1). Santa Justa railway station is 1.5 kilometres from the stadium. The EA bus route takes 45 minutes to the airport. The high-speed train, the AVE, between Seville and Madrid takes about two and a half hours.What to see in the area: Make the most of your trip with a full tour of the city. Attractions such as Plaza de España, the Real Alcázar, the Torre del Oro, María Luisa Park and the Cathedral are less than half an hour from the stadium by public transport. A boat ride on the River Guadalquivir or a tour of the city in a horse-drawn carriage are very popular ways to see Seville. There are tours of the Sevilla FC stadium and facilities.Official website: www.sevillafc.es
Things to remember
Champions League matches are always held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Kick-off is always at 20:45.
If you would like to attend a La Liga match, you can find much more information here.
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