Football in Madrid

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Football is the most popular sport, both in terms of participants and spectators, in Madrid. Madrid is the only city that had derby matches in the UEFA Champions League Final (2014 UEFA Champions League Final, 2016 UEFA Champions League Final)


Madrid is home to La Liga football club giant Real Madrid, who play their home games at the Santiago Bernabéu. Their supporters are referred to as Madridistas or Merengues (Meringues). Real Madrid was voted by fans as the best club of the 20th century (FIFA Club of the Century), being the current leader of the European teams ranking and the most valuable sports team in the world. Real are the current holders of the European Cup (UEFA Champions League) having won the competition a record 13 times. The latest of their 33 La Liga title came in 2017.

Their successful hometown rivals, Atlético Madrid, are also well-supported in the city and play their home games at the Wanda Metropolitano. Their supporters are referred to as Atléticos or Colchoneros (The Mattressers), in reference to the team's red and white jersey colours.[1] Atlético is considered a European elite team, having reached in the last five seasons, two UEFA Champions League finals. Historically, Atletico has won 10 national league titles and 10 national cup titles.

The final matches for the UEFA Euro 1964 and the 1982 FIFA World Cup, were held at Bernabéu, thus making Madrid the first city in Europe to host both a UEFA European Championship and a FIFA World Cup final. Some of Spain's top footballers are Madrilenians (born in Madrid), including Real Madrid former captains Emilio Butragueño (and co-teammate of La Quinta del Buitre, "The Vulture's Cohort"), Raúl or Iker Casillas and Atlético Madrid player Fernando Torres.


In 2018, Madrid produced two clubs, UEFA Champions League winner - Real Madrid C.F. and Europa League winner - Atlético Madrid winner.


There are many successful football clubs in Madrid.

Club League Sport Venue Established Capacity
Real Madrid C.F. La Liga Football Santiago Bernabéu 1902 85,454
Atlético Madrid La Liga Football Wanda Metropolitano 1903 54,851
Rayo Vallecano La Liga Football Estadio de Vallecas 1924 15,500
Getafe CF La Liga Football Coliseum Alfonso Pérez 1946 17,393
Real Madrid Castilla Segunda División B Football Alfredo di Stéfano 1930 6,000


Madrid derby[edit]

Real Madrid C.F. vs Atlético Madrid


Famous footballers from Madrid[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Madridista or Colchonero?".