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.
Cities in the Europa League
- 1 VILLARREAL CF
- 2 ATHLETIC DE BILBAO
- 3 REAL SOCIEDAD
Nicknames: submarino amarillo (the yellow submarine). Objective: getting a foothold in Europe during the championship. Star players: Bruno – Pato – Musacchio – Cherysev – Soldado – Bakambu – Dos Santos
Stadium and city: El Madrigal. Vila-real (Castellón)How to get there: The nearest airports are Castellón (40 kilometres away, with flights mainly to the UK) and Valencia (70 kilometres away, with many international flights). There are also buses from Vila-real to Castellón de la Plana and Valencia.What to see in the area: The city is very lively, especially when there’s a home match. Interesting places to visit include Castellón de la Plana (less than 10 kilometres away), Vall d’Uxó (20 kilometres) Sagunto (30 kilometres), and the Mediterranean coast with its seaside resorts, such as Oropesa, Benicasim (30 kilometres away) and Valencia (65 kilometres).Official website: www.villarrealcf.es
ATHLETIC DE BILBAO
Nicknames: Leones (lions). The stadium is also known as 'La Catedral' (the cathedral). Objective: the championship. Star players: Aduriz – Raúl García – Laporte – Williams - Beñat.
Athletic de Bilbao
Stadium and city: San Mamés. Bilbao.How to get there: The stadium is about 3 kilometres from Bilbao city centre, and the nearest metro station is 'San Mamés'. There are many European flights into and out of the airport, which is about 12 kilometres out of town.What to see in the area: The stadium location is a good starting point for a full tour of the city. One option is to walk along the river bank to the Guggenheim Museum. On the way, you’ll see the buildings of the University of Deusto and the Euskalduna Conference Centre. The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is also nearby. The city is famous for its pintxos (tapas) and the old city centre is probably the best place to enjoy them.There are tours of the Athletic Club de Bilbao stadium and facilities.Official website: www.athletic-club.eus
Nicknames: Txuri Urdin (white and blues). Objective: getting a foothold in Europe during the championship.Star players: Vela – Rulli – Xabi Prieto – Oyarzabal – Aguirretxe – Illarramendi.
Stadium and city: Anoeta. Donostia – San Sebastián.How to get there: the stadium is a little more than 2 kilometres from the city centre and its famous beach, La Concha. The nearest international airport is Bilbao, 100 kilometres away.What to see in the area: The stadium location is a good starting point for a full tour of the city A stroll along the seafront promenade from La Concha beach to the Town Hall shows the city at its best. The most popular area for pintxos (tapas) is close by, in the streets around Plaza de la Constitución, and if you continue towards Zurriola beach you’ll find the Kursaal Congress Centre. We also recommend walking up the hill to Monte Igueldo to enjoy a great view of the bay.Official website: www.realsociedad.com
Things to remember
Europa League matches always take place on Thursdays, with kick-off normally at 19:00 or 21:05.
If you would like to attend a La Liga match, you can find much more information here.
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