The Best Football in Madrid

  • Real Madrid / Fiesta de la Duodécima en el Santiago Bernabéu. Foto: / Helios de la Rubia ©
  • Competitions
  • Real Madrid
  • Atlético de Madrid
  • Women’s teams

In Madrid you can watch top-quality football practically the whole year round. Two teams from the capital (Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid) and two based in nearby towns (Leganés and Getafe) play in the Santander League, the top professional football league in Spain. Don't miss out on the best football in Europe?

The Spanish League begins in mid-August. Twenty teams play on a double round robin basis, receiving 3 points for each win and 1 for each draw. Although the matches that traditionally attract most spectators are those between Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid and between these two and their old-time rival Barcelona, all the games of the League tend to be well-attended events.

The second most important domestic tournament is the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup, also known as KO competition). Each team (Liga Santander) plays twice against the others in the League, at home and away, and the team with most goals goes through.

Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid are also playing in the UEFA Champions League this year. 

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