La Liga in Spain
Football (or soccer) is the most popular sport in Spain, making it an exceptional destination for any fan. This is a quick introduction to La Liga, Spain’s national championship.
To make it easy for you to find the information you’re looking for, we’ll present the teams in La Liga by their proximity to major tourist destinations and tell you how to get to their stadiums, with some suggestions of what else to see before or after the match.
Stadiums in and around Madrid
- 1 REAL MADRID
- 2 ATLÉTICO DE MADRID
- 3 CD LEGANÉS
- 4 GETAFE FC
Nicknames: Blancos (whites) – Merengues (meringues) – Vikingos (Vikings). Objective: winning La Liga. Star players: Cristiano Ronaldo – Modric – Bale – Benzema – Ramos - Keylor Navas - Marcelo.
Turismo de Madrid
César Lucas Abreu. 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
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: Vicente Calderón – 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 Sol. There are tours of the Atlético de Madrid stadium and facilities. Official website: www.clubatleticodemadrid.com
Nicknames: Pepineros (cucumber growers). Objective: avoiding relegation. Star players: Serantes - Mantovani - Rubén Pérez.
CD Leganés. Emilio Cobo
CD Leganés. Emilio Cobo
Stadium and city: Butarque – Leganés (Community of Madrid) How to get there: Leganés is 20 kilometres from Madrid, and 20 minutes by train from Atocha station. The Leganés railway station is 1.5 kilometres from the stadium. What to see in the area: The town has a wide range of leisure options, shopping centres and restaurants. There is a sculpture museum and the Polvoranca park is well-known. Its proximity to Madrid makes it very easy to visit the capital. Official website: www.deportivoleganes.com
Nicknames: Azulones (Blues), Geta Objective: avoiding relegation. Star players: Ángel Rodríguez - Pacheco - Portillo.
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Stadium and city: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez – Getafe (Community of Madrid). How to get there: Getafe is less than 20 kilometres from Madrid, and about 15 minutes by train from Atocha station. The nearest railway station to the stadium is El Casar, a kilometre away. The nearest metro station is Los Espartales (Line 12). What to see in the area: The town has a wide range of leisure options, shopping centres and restaurants. The Cerro de los Ángeles and Magdalena Cathedral are worth a visit. Its proximity to Madrid makes it very easy to visit the capital. Official website: http://www.getafecf.com/
Things to remember
La Liga matches are usually at the weekend, and may be on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon or evening, any time on Sunday, or Monday evening. Sometimes there are also midweek matches. The times are always published at least three weeks in advance, and can be consulted on the official website of La Liga.
If you would like to attend a Champions League or Europa League match in Spain, you can find much more detailed information here.
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