Feel the passion for football in Spain
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Do you like football? The you will love Spain. From September to June, every weekend, you can see some of the world's best players in action. This is the spectacle of the Spanish football league, considered one of Europe's biggest. Great football in an unbeatable atmosphere. Don't get left out: come to Spain and experience all the excitement of the sport.
If you come to Spain and, walking down the street, you notice that there is almost no one around, don't worry. There's probably football on. We are talking about the king of sports in Spain. During the League season, hundreds of thousands of people head to the stadiums at the weekend to cheer on their teams and to enjoy a championship that is considered among the world's best for its high level competition and quality players. Spanish football is so famous all over the world that crowds of people come year after year to admire the Real Madrid Trophy Room at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, or to see the FC Barcelona Football Museum, one of the city's most visited attractions.
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The spectacle of great football is not the sole reserve of Saturday and Sunday, however. Excitement is guaranteed almost daily with the European competition games: on Tuesdays and Wednesdays there are Champions' League games, and on Thursdays, the UEFA Cup. Would you like to see incredible come-backs, fantasy football moves and impossible dodging and dribbling, all live? In Spanish stadiums you won't find it hard. There is something else you will discover, too: in Spain football is a fiesta that people live both inside and outside the stadium.
Hours before the game you can already feel the atmosphere in the area around the ground. Local bars and restaurants fill with lively fans who get together to have a drink, chat about their opponent's chances, and make predictions about the final result. The time comes and it's off into the stadium. Good sportsmanship and passion for the team colours reign in the stands: fans burst into chants in support of their team, applaud the best moves (including those of the opposition), and complain about the referee's decisions. Get carried away by the atmosphere - you are sure to have a great time.
If you don't manage to get a ticket and the game is on television, stay around to watch it in a bar or pub: there is usually almost as much atmosphere as inside the ground. Once the match is over, there is still time to have a drink and dissect the ups and downs of the game. This is as long, of course, as victory has not meant a title for the team or a defeat at the hands of the eternal rival. In which case fans will be off to celebrate in one of the city's emblematic spots: every team "owns" its own. For example, the La Cibeles Fountain for Real Madrid fans, the Canaletas Fountain for Barcelona supporters, or the Neptuno Fountain for fans of Atlético de Madrid.
If you want to see a live game, tickets usually go on sale a few days before at the stadium's ticket office. Some clubs also offer tickets on their websites or by telephone. If you want to live all the excitement of football up close, then come to Spain. You will become a die-hard fan. More information: UEFA