In Spain, soccer is regarded as much more than just a game; it is part of the population’s cultural, social and economic lifestyle. The sport is well structured with each major city having its team. The professionalism and quality of Spanish soccer draws many people in unique and exciting ways. With soccer playing such a big part in society, it’s no wonder that there are so many famous Spanish soccer teams. Discover our top 9 Spanish soccer teams that you need to know about before visiting Spain!
#1 Real Madrid
This club was founded in 1902 and is regarded as the best soccer team in Spain! Whether or not you believe that, it does hold the highest number of championships of the national la Liga league. Its home stadium is the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium which can hold up to 81,000 fans at any point! With such a famous soccer team and such a big stadium, it’s no surprise that the atmosphere here is unbelievable and something you need to see for yourself. You may know some of Real Madrid’s players as it boasts some of the most prominent players including Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, and Karim Benzema!
#2 F.C. Barcelona
This club was founded in 1899 in Barcelona.This Spanish soccer team is no doubt one of the worlds most famous teams with one of the highest grossing revenues! It’s no surprise that one of their biggest competitors is of course, Real Madrid! Its home stadium is the Camp Nou which holds 99,000 fans during their matches and is one of the cities most popular museums to visit. Presently it has enlisted Luis Suarez, Leonel Messi and Andre Gomez among others.
#3 Atletico Madrid
This club was founded in 1903 by three friends in Madrid and is now known to be third most successful club in Spain. Although this club is smaller than Madrid’s main soccer team, the club’s main sports ground is Wanda Metropolitano which holds 67,000 fans! It has signed prominent players including Filipe Luis, Diego Costa, and Diego Godin.
Valencias FC was founded in 1919 and has its capital in the new Nou Mestalla stadium which holds 79,000 fans. The club is known for being the third largest and well-supported clubs in Spain behind Real Madrid and Barcelona. It signs players including Rodrigo Moreno, Javi Jimenez, Nacho Vidal, and Neto of Brazil.
The club was founded in 1923 and plays in the la Liga. Its home stadium is the Estadio de la Cerámica which holds 24,000 fans. It is regarded as one of the smallest but successful clubs in Spain. Its prominent players include Sergio Asenjo, Mario Gaspar, and Victor Ruiz.
Sevilla FC is one of the oldest clubs in Spain, having been founded in 1890. Its home stadium is the 42,000 seater Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. The club has enlisted players including Sergio Rico, Jesus Navas, and Luis Muriel among others.
#7 Real Betis
The club is based in Sevilla city and has its home stadium in the 60,000-seater Estadio Benito Villamarín stadium. The club has signed players including Sergio Leon, Javi Gercia, Rafa Navarro, and Antonio Sanabria among others. The closest the club has been to the championship is position 4 in the 1997-98 season.
This club was formed in 1900 and is based on the RCDE Stadium which holds up to 40,500 fans. It has not had much success in the main la Liga but dominates on other lower-ranking leagues. Its main players include Leo Baptistao, Didac Vila, and Diego Lopez.
#9 Real Sociedad
This club was founded in 1909 and is based in the Anoeta Stadium which hosts over 25,000 fans. The club has not had much success in the main Spanish league, la Liga as compared to other clubs like Real Madrid. It enlists players such as Gerónimo Rulli, Diego Llorente, and Asier Illarramendi.
Spending time in Spain offers you more than just a vacation. It gives you a chance to be at the heart of European and global football. Why not take some time off this summer and visit the country and have a chance to watch the World Cup as well as have an encounter with Spanish soccer?