Come to Spain – and viva football!
Club Atlético de Madrid
Ferreira Carrasco (Atlético de Madrid) and Gaizka Toquero (RCD Alavés)
Camp Nou football stadium
In Spain, football itself and all football fans are still caught up in the post-match fiesta. Millions of people are celebrating the Spanish national team's victories in the World (2010) and European Cups (2012 and 2008). This outstanding double success makes the whole atmosphere surrounding this sport twice as unique as before. Names such as Iker Casillas, Andrés Iniesta and David Silva are already firmly established in the world's elite, and big name footballers dream of playing in the Spanish league. Football here is synonymous with spectacle. As many as four Spanish teams are competing in the Champions' League, and clubs such as Barcelona have made history by winning six titles in one year: the Spanish League, the Champions League, the King's Cup, the Club World Cup, the European Super Cup And the Spanish Super Cup; whereas Real Madrid holds the amazing record of having won ten European Cups. For all these reasons, if you love football, Spain is the ideal place to indulge your passion all year round.
If you want to see international stars and thrill to the experience of pure, unadulterated football, then make note of the numerous opportunities available in Spain.
The official calendar usually gets underway in August and runs through until June. During this period, the twenty best Spanish teams compete for the “Liga” (Spanish Premier League) and the title of Spanish Champion. Most matches are played at weekends in the evenings. While FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are always big favourites for the title, there are many other teams who prove their worth at the highest level. International competitions are played during the week. The most prestigious is the Champions' League which features the four best teams from the previous year's “Liga” alongside the best sides from Europe as a whole. On Thursdays comes the European League, featuring at least two Spanish teams each year. The Copa del Rey (King's Cup) is the Spanish version of the FA Cup. It is a national competition open to all professional teams. Matches are played during the week, between the international competitions, and are a wonderful opportunity to enjoy thrilling football.
In July and August teams prepare for the coming season and the many friendly tournaments held in Spain feature teams from all around the world. These are a good opportunity to see star players in action. The tournaments include prestigious events such as: the Teresa Herrera Trophy, played in A Coruña (Galicia); the Ramón de Carranza Trophy, in Cadiz (Andalusia); the Naranja Trophy, in Valencia (Region of Valencia); the Colombino Trophy, in Huelva (Andalusia); the Joan Gamper Trophy, in Barcelona (Catalonia); and the Santiago Bernabéu Trophy, in Madrid. As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy football in Spain. If you'd like to find out more about the excitement in the air around the stadiums in the run-up to the match, the atmosphere in the stands, and how and where the teams celebrate their victories, then you should read this article .. Then you're sure to want to join in the Spanish football fiesta. In that case, remember that you're well advised to buy match tickets in advance. You can normally do so at the ticket office at the stadium, or on the official website of each club.
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