Many people who think about Spain think about good food, colorful drinks, sun that is always shining and people dancing flamenco in a passionate way. But many people also think about football. This is not strange, because football is a very important sport in Spain and, especially in Europe, it has an important influence in people their lives. Therefore, we have decided to dedicate our monthly blog to football and especially about the teams here in Madrid and their legends.
There are three teams that represent the capital; Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and the recently promoted Rayo Vallecano. Also, there are two based in nearby towns, which are Leganes and Getafe, playing all in La Liga, Spain top division.
Considered by FIFA to be the most successful football club of the 20th century, Real Madrid has over eighty-five thousand members and the most impressive track record in international football. They are called “Los Blancos” (The Whites) or “Los Merengues” (The Meringues), because of the white t-shirts. Real Madrid established itself as a major force in both Spanish and European football during the 1950s, winning five consecutive European Cups and reaching the final seven times. This success was replicated in the league, where the club won five times in a space of seven years.
The Santiago Bernabeu has been the home stadium of the Real Madrid since 1947. It is considered one of the world’s most famous football venues. Also, it has its own metro station along the Line 10 called “Santiago Bernabeu”, so if you are a true fan of the real Madrid you cannot miss out on the tour around the stadium. You will see from the Presidential Balcony, the pitch itself and it also includes the player´s dressing room where just a few can resist having their photo taken next to their favorite player´s locker. And do not forget to see their trophies exhibition.
Therefore, it is logical that forming part of this team and being able to wear the famous colors of Real Madrid is a dream for every young footballer. Over the years, many outstanding players have played for Real Madrid and contributed immensely to their success. These are some of the ones considered as the greatest players from all times among many others.
He remains as one of the most successful footballers of all time, having won multiple titles for his club and country. Casillas is known as “Saint Casillas” among the Real Madrid supporters because he was a brilliant shot-stopper and also due to his calming influence on his teammates.
He was a big star when he arrived in Madrid nine years ago but became a legend while playing for the club. As a result, he has been able to score heaps of goals for Real.
He is very known for his last-minute goals and is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world.
Alfredo Di Stefano
He is the most influential player in Real Madrid´s history. He was considered the greatest football player of all over the world. He had such versatility that made him indispensable for the team.
ATLÉTICO DE MADRID
Club Atlético de Madrid commonly referred as “Atlético” o “Atleti”. This club is considered as the second most successful club in Spanish football. The have won La Liga ten times, the Copa del Rey in ten occasions, two supercopas of Spain, apart from many other victories. Atlético´s home kit is a red and white vertical striped shirt, with blue shorts.
The teams are known by various nicknames during the history, “Los Colchoneros” (The mattress Makers) and “Los Indios” (The Indians) or most known as “Los Rojiblancos” (The red and Whites).
The club play their home games at the Wanda Metropolitano, which has a capacity of 68,000 viewers. We recommend you use the Madrid Subway, since it is the best way to get to the stadium. The closest stop is line 7 “Estadio Metropolitano”. Your will experience an unforgettable day in the Wanda. Whether you are a die-hard Atlético Fan or just visiting the city, the Wanda Metropolitano is a sight to see! You will walk through the tunnel, check out the pitch, see the stands, know about the history of the football players, view the auditorium, and much more!
In its one hundred and ten years of history this team has exceptional players. These are just a few of the best footballers and legends of this team:
He quickly established himself in front of the Colchoneros attack. In four seasons, he played more than hundred games, scored close to sixty goals and delivered more than twenty assists.
Diego Pablo Simeone
The Argentine midfielder has been part of the club twice as a player. El Cholo (his nickname) has managed to win twice La Liga and the Copa del Rey. After retiring, he has returned to Atlético de Madrid as the coach and formed a team with one of the best defenses of Europe.
Even though we just mention a few of the greatest, we cannot forget about Luis Aragonés (1938-2014), he is the most famous legend of this club. Ten years forming part of the team, he has won three titles in La Liga and two cups.
Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, often abbreviated as Rayo, is also based in Madrid, in the neighborhood of Vallecas. It is the third team after Real and Atlético, but it is a football club with an incredible story and extraordinary supporters. Madrid is a city that is overwhelmed by the existence of the two main football teams, but out in Vallecas, just a short metro ride from the city center, Rayo is the only team for the local people. While they accept their role as Madrid its third team, they wear their fandom like a badge of honor.
This team is characterized, a part of their great evolution, by its white shirt with a diagonal red stripe. They are well known by the names “Los Rayistas” (The stripes) and “Franjirojos” (Red stripes). This team currently competes in La Liga, even though they have spent many years moving back and forth between La Liga and “La Segunda División”. Rayo has competed in one European competition; the UEFA Cup.
Home games are held in Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas stadium. Did you know that great music names such as Bob Dylan in 1980 and Metallica in 1992, among others, have performed in this stadium?
This club has had great players who have fought to the end, and one of them is undoubtedly Miguel Ángel Sánchez (known as Míchel) considered as the savior of the team. He was a great football player and later on, coach of the club.
You will not believe how vibrant the streets can become on matchdays. If a team win a title or qualify for a championship, Real Madrid fans will gather at the Cibeles Fountain, while the meeting point for those of the Atlético of Madrid is the Neptuno Fountain. Rayo Vallecano comes together around the fountain outside the building of the Assembly of Madrid.
And wait for it! There is a fourth place for football fans: Plaza the Colón, all reunited to celebrate the Spanish football team its victories. The atmosphere in the streets of Madrid during a match is spectacular.
Would you miss out on it?
As you can see football is passion and only fans are capable of making a football team a true legend. These teams represent, for millions of fans, a way to forget about all their problems and live fully ninety minutes of joy, suspense and pure adrenaline.
In Madrid, you always have the possibility to see a match or two, because in this great city you can watch top-quality football practically all year around. The Spanish league begins in mid-August and is one of the well-attended events. Also, we cannot forget of the other top national competition, La Copa del Rey, an elimination-based tournament in which all the teams from La Liga play two matches.
So, if you are a sports fan and want to enjoy all what Madrid has to offer, you cannot leave this city without getting a hold on a shirt with your favorite “futbolista” on the back or a scarf filled with your team’s colors to wave at a big match. There are plenty of shops around the city center, the official stores of the Real Madrid and Atlético or you can also have a wonder around the souvenirs shops where you can grab cheaper items.
You are coming to the end of this month blog article. We hope we were able to entertain you, teach you, but most of all, made you enthusiastic to come to Madrid and live the passion of football in person.
If you enjoyed this blog post, about Football in Madrid, the legends and the stadiums, we also recommend you read the one we wrote about Food of Madrid, so much adrenaline for football can make us hungry:
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Also, if you are looking for a place to stay during these important football matches, we recommend you read the blog about our Hostel: Alice in Mad4You Hostel.
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