Spain quiz

How much do you know about Spanish football? #SpainQuiz

Are you a fan or a real football fanatic? Find out with this test and learn new facts so you can show off your knowledge of Spanish football to your friends. (Information correct at the start of the 2018-2019 season)Remember that you can share your results on social networks or see how much other people know with the hashtag #SpainQuiz


1 - Which clubs do you think have played in all editions of La Liga?

Santiago Bernabeu stadium during a match. Madrid © Turismo de Madrid

Correct! You’ve got off to a good start!The true veterans of the championship are FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletic de Bilbao. They are the only teams that have always played in the first division since the tournament began in 1928.Atlético de Madrid have missed out on six occasions, the latest being the 2001/02 season. Sevilla CF have played in the second division seven times, the last time being the 2000/01 season.

Oooh...! At least you got two out of three right;-)!The true veterans of the championship are FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletic de Bilbao. They are the only teams that have always played in the first division since the tournament began in 1928.Atlético de Madrid have missed out on six occasions, the latest being the 2001/02 season. Sevilla CF have played in the second division seven times, the last time being the 2000/01 season.

2 - In Spain, clubs only get to keep the La Liga trophy if they complete one of the following two cycles: 3 consecutive championships or, 5 victories in alternate years before any rival. Do you know which club has the most trophies in its possession and how many?

Detail of one of the clubs participating in La Liga.

That’s right!The whites dominate La Liga. They have won 32 titles and own 5 trophies. Did you know that you can see them if you go on the tour of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium? For its part, in the FC Barcelona Museum you can see the 4 trophies that this club owns.

That’s incorrect! The whites dominate La Liga. They have won 32 titles and own 5 trophies.Did you know that you can see them if you go on the tour of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium? For its part, in the FC Barcelona Museum you can see the 4 trophies that this club owns.

3 - I’m sure you like the way many of the footballers that compete in Spain play, but do you know which player form part of the best team in the world, as chosen by FIFA?

View of a match between Granada Club de Fútbol and Real Madrid from the goal © Granada Club de Fútbol

We can see that you really like La Liga!The vast majority of the 11 chosen as the best in the world play in Spain. They include five from Real Madrid (Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo) and two from FC Barcelona (Messi and Luis Suárez). Don’t miss the chance to enjoy them.

No, sorry! The right answer is the third one.The vast majority of the 11 chosen as the best in the world play in Spain. They include five from Real Madrid (Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo) and two from FC Barcelona (Messi and Luis Suárez). Don’t miss the chance to enjoy them.

4 - Now a question about forwards: who scored the most goals in the last edition of La Liga?

Goal!.... You’re right!FC Barcelona’s Argentine striker scored more goals than any other player in Spain last season, ahead of Luis Suárez and Cristiano Ronaldo. In fact, Messi won the European “Golden Boot” title (player who scored the most goals in Europe).

Oh dear... You slipped up! Not something that Messi did last season.FC Barcelona’s Argentine striker scored more goals than any other player in Spain last season, ahead of Luis Suárez and Cristiano Ronaldo. In fact, Messi won the European “Golden Boot” title (player who scored the most goals in Europe). 

5 - In Spain, there’s more to football than just La Liga. Do you know by which name the Spanish Copa del Rey tournament is popularly known?

Winner's cup and football with crown

Well done!The nickname the K.O. Tournament is due to the fact that there are often some big surprises in the early stages of the competition, with lower ranked teams frequently knocking out teams from the first division. Up until a few years ago, these stages consisted of just one home game at the weaker team's club and the surprises were more frequent.

No, sorry! The right answer is number 3.The nickname the K.O. Tournament is due to the fact that there are often some big surprises in the early stages of the competition, with lower ranked teams frequently knocking out teams from the first division. Up until a few years ago, these stages consisted of just one home game at the weaker team's club and the surprises were more frequent.

6 - Spanish teams and their fans usually have nicknames. However, do you know which of the following is not the nickname of any team?

Fan cheering on his team during a football match

That’s right! That was easy, the paella is a delicious dish and you really should try it, for example in the Valencianan Region. However, it’s not the nickname of any team.The “periquitos” support Espanyol and “leones” is the nickname of the Athletic de Bilbao fans. Other widely used nicknames include “culés”, for FC Barcelona fans; “merengues” or “vikingos”, for fans of Real Madrid; “indios” or "colchoneros" are the fans of Atlético de Madrid; “boquerones”, Málaga supporters; “armeros”, supporters of Eibar and “chés” for Valencia supporters.

That’s incorrect! That’s probably because you’re a fan of the paella. We recommend that you try it, particularly in the Valencian Region.The “periquitos” support Espanyol and “leones” is the nickname of the Athletic de Bilbao fans. Other widely used nicknames include “culés”, for FC Barcelona fans; “merengues” or “vikingos”, for fans of Real Madrid; “indios” or "colchoneros" are the fans of Atlético de Madrid; “boquerones”, Málaga supporters; “armeros”, supporters of Eibar and “chés” for Valencia supporters.

7 - “Pichichi” is the name given to the player who scores the most goals during the La Liga season. Do you know which player has scored the most goals in the history of La Liga since 1928?

Footballer about to kick the ball

Correct! The Argentinian star has broken all records in Spain.Messi has scored around 400 goals in the Spanish Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo is the second highest goalscorer ever with more than 300 goals. For his part, Zarra is the player who has won the “Pichichi” trophy the most times - five - and has scored 251 goals. Raúl left the Spanish Liga having scored 228 goals. Maradona only played for three seasons in Spain and scored 27 goals. Who is Pichichi? He was Rafael Moreno Aranzadi, an idol from Athletic de Bilbao over a century ago, but here scored much fewer goals.

That’s incorrect! Messi beat Zarra in the 2014-15 season.Messi has scored around 400 goals in the Spanish Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo is the second highest goalscorer ever with more than 300 goals. For his part, Zarra is the player who has won the “Pichichi” trophy the most times (five) and has scored 251 goals. Raúl left the Spanish Liga having scored 228 goals. Maradona only played for three seasons in Spain and scored 27 goals. Who is Pichichi? He was Rafael Moreno Aranzadi, an idol from Athletic de Bilbao over a century ago, but here scored much fewer goals.

8 - Do you know the stadiums of Spain? Which one do you think has the greatest capacity?

That's the right answer!Camp Nou has capacity for approximately 100,000 people. Santiago Bernabéu can hold around 80,000. San Mamés has room for approximately 55,000 spectators.

Oh dear... You slipped up!Camp Nou has capacity for approximately 100,000 people. Santiago Bernabéu can hold around 80,000. San Mamés has room for approximately 55,000 spectators.

9 - A question on championships: taking into account the three current national trophies (Liga, Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España), which team do you think has won the most titles in the history of Spanish football?

Well done!FC Barcelona has won 67 trophies and Real Madrid, 62. The record for winning the most Ligas goes to Real Madrid (33). While FC Barcelona has won the most Copas de Rey (29) and Supercopas de España (12).

Wrong! Don’t worry, you’re very close. Here’s the breakdown.FC Barcelona has won 67 trophies and Real Madrid, 62. The record for winning the most Ligas goes to Real Madrid (33). While FC Barcelona has won the most Copas del Rey (29) and Supercopas de España (12).

10 - And to finish off, a question that will let you show off your knowledge of Spanish football in Europe. Two Spanish teams are at the top of the champions rankings for the continent's two most important international club competitions: Champions League and Europa League. Find out where they are

Map of Europe and winner's cup

That’s right! You got the final question right!Real Madrid are the king of the Champions, with 13 titles, including the last one. Sevilla are leaders of the Europa League, with 5 wins. Since the 2013-14 season, at least one of these competitions has always been won by a Spanish team (4 Champions League wins for Real Madrid, 3 Europa League wins for Sevilla CF, 1 Champions League win for FC Barcelona, and Atlético have won 1 Europa League and been Champions League finalists twice).

Wrong! You missed it at the final whistle.Real Madrid are king of the Champions, with 13 titles, including the last one. Sevilla are leaders of the Europa League, with 5 wins. Since the 2013-14 season, at least one of these competitions has always been won by a Spanish team (4 Champions League wins for Real Madrid, 3 Europa League wins for Sevilla CF, 1 Champions League win for FC Barcelona, and Atlético have won 1 Europa League and been Champions League finalists twice).

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