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The capital of Spain is home to three top basketball league teams. Also, it welcomes big names in the field of international tennis and athletics, who come to compete in the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament and the San Silvestre Vallecana footrace.

Basketball

In Madrid, basketball is almost as popular as football. Real Madrid, Estudiantes and Fuenlabrada, a town about 15 kilometres from the centre of the capital, are all clubs that play in the top-level men’s pro basketball league ACB. The WiZink Center is the home arena of Real Madrid and Estudiantes, and it hosts ACB and Euroleague games. 

Having hosted historic games, this year it was one of the venues of the final phase of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014.

Tennis

Since 2002, Caja Mágica, an impressive tennis centre designed by French architect Dominique Perrault, has staged one of the world’s leading tennis competitions: the Mutua Madrid Open. Top players, both men and women, come to Madrid in May to compete in this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, so it’s a good chance to see the big names in action.

Athletics

Madrileños love not only football but athletics too. Hundreds of cheering spectators take to the streets every year to watch the Madrid Marathon and Half Marathon.

The Half Marathon is one of the road running events held in Europe that attract the highest number of athletes (nearly 17,000 in 2014). The Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Madrid & ½

Madrid has an extensive calendar of popular races throughout the year, among which the traditional San Silvestre Vallecana on 31 December stands out, combining quality and mass participation, as well as the  Indoor Athletics Meeting which is held in February and forms part of the IAAF World Challenge, the Madrid Meeting, which is held in July and brings together the best national and international athletes. Each year, the Women’s Race is held, the largest female sports event in Madrid, which raises funds for breast cancer.    

Cycling

A city with a deeply rooted cycling tradition, Madrid has played witness to the development of the brilliant careers of Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre, among other pro elite riders. What’s more, the final stage of the Vuelta Ciclista a España normally finishes in Paseo de la Castellana.

Love of cycling extends to the man on the street and more and more kilometres of cycle ways  are being built. Furthermore, the city has a  ‘green belt’, with a perimeter of around sixty-four kilometres, which surrounds the metropolitan area and many options to rent a bicycle.   

Equestrian sports

The Zarzuela Hippodrome represents a traditional leisure and catering offer in Madrid, combining enjoyment with the hippodrome’s open air spaces, (one of the most emblematic venues in the capital – an architectural milestone of rationalism in Madrid). Enjoy the excitement of the races which are held from March to December, with around 41 equestrian days and over 230 race days a year.

Club de Campo too has a premier equestrian centre, which organises the renowned CSI 5* Madrid, included in the Global Champions Tour. This is the world’s most important show jumping event, bringing together the best riders and delivering an incredibly high money prize.

Each year, the Feria de Madrid also hosts an edition of the Madrid Horse Week, the most important equestrian event held in Spain evento and which seeks to bring the general public closer to the world of horses.  

Motor racing

Another international event drawing lots of visitors to Madrid year after year is the Spanish Truck GP, awarding points for the European Truck Racing Championship. It takes place at the Jarama race track in San Sebastián de los Reyes, on the outskirts of Madrid, on a single weekend in September or October.

 

Among the traditional events on Madrid’s sporting calendar, there is also the Villa de Madrid International Spanish Badminton Tournament   which is held in June; and the Challenge Madrid Long Distance Triathlon is held in September, passing beautiful spots in the Community of Madrid, and the Triathlon World Cup, considered to be one of the toughest on the international circuit. There are also two events on the World Padel Tour (in September and December) considered to be the most important professional padel circuit in the world, bringing together the best players in the world ranking.

 

October & November highlights

Horse racing continues, in the mornings, at the Hipódromo de La Zarzuela (Sundays. 16 Sept-2 Dec / Saturday 22 Dec).

Finished

The team from Madrid will face their old rival from the Spanish League (WiZink Center. 19 October).

The Pablo Laso’s team will face a dangerous opponent in the game against the Montenegrin team (WiZink Center. 25 October).

The Rojiblancos face one of the best Europe’s teams (Ciudad Deportiva Wanda Atlético de Madrid - Cerro del Espino. 31 October).

The fast-paced wrestling show is back with the big stars of American WWE (WiZink Center. 3 November).

Spain will host the twenty-fourth edition of the championships (WiZink Center. 6-11 November).

The Colchoneros will face Lucien Favre’s team (Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. 6 November).

The greatest equestrian show held in Spain (Feria de Madrid. 23-25 November).

Fans will go wild with one of the most exciting clashes of the season (Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. 24 November).

The Atlético Club faces the team lead by the old acquaintance, the Colombian football player Falcao (Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. 28 November).

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