Each weekend thousands of diehard fans live with passion the matches and enjoy the show of La Liga (Spanish Championship)
Madrid has three football teams in La Liga: Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and Rayo Vallecano. In Getafe, a dormitory town located 30km from Madrid, is based a small team (Getafe F.C.) which also plays in the Spanish Championship.
Real Madrid is one of the most glorious teams of the World (winner of nine Champions Leagues) and the team with most Spanish Championships. Each season the team spends vast amounts to sign best players in the World: Zidane, Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas, Ronaldo de Lima, Roberto Carlos or Raul Gonzalez, are some of the stars who have worn the jersey of Real Madrid.
Even Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, which can accommodate 80.000 spectators, has become a must-see for tourists.
The main rival of Real Madrid in the city is Atlético de Madrid: derbies are lived with intense passion in the capital and sometimes riots happen between Police and hooligans. If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of these matches, do not miss the chance, the ambiance is amazing. Atlético de Madrid Stadium is named Vicente Calderon in honor of one of its presidents and is located near the Manzanares River. The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 people, one of the largest in Spain.
Vicente Calderón Stadium
Finally, we cannot forget Rayo Vallecano, which is a modest football team based in Vallecas neighborhood (northeast Madrid). The team competes in the highest tier of Spanish football with a very small budget. In fact, it is rare to find Rayo Vallecano supporters outside the neighborhood. One might say that it´s a tradition that is passed down from parents to children.