The Best Football in Madrid

  • Real Madrid. Celebración 13ª Copa de Europa. ©
  • Competitions
  • Real Madrid
  • Atlético de Madrid
  • Rayo Vallecano
  • Women’s teams
  • The stadiums

Madrid has a very special relationship with football. And it's no wonder: in the 2017-2018 season Real Madrid lifted its record-breaking 13th Champions League trophy, and its biggest city rival Atlético de Madrid won its third UEFA Europe League. On 8 December 2018, the Bernabéu hosted a historical match: the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors, and on 1 June, 2019, Atlético’s new stadium – the Metropolitano – will host the Champions League final.

During your stay, you can do a tour of Real Madrid’s and Atlético’s stadiums (as well as visit the Spanish national team’s museum) or go to a match or two, because in Madrid you can watch top-quality football practically all year round. Three teams from the capital (Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and the recently promoted Rayo Vallecano) and two based in nearby towns (Leganés and Getafe) all play in La Liga, Spain’s top division.

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 other top national competition is the Copa del Rey, an elimination-based tournament in which all the teams from La Liga play two matches against each other and are disqualified as they lose.

In the 2018-2019 season Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid have once again both competed in the UEFA Champions League, football’s top club competition in Europe. Unfortunately, this time neither team has made it past the last 16 losing, respectively, to Ajax and Juventus.   

- Check out upcoming football matches in Madrid!

- Top spots in Madrid for true football fans


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Get behind the scenes of Real Madrid, explore the club's fascinating museum and step into the players' changing rooms!

Visit the Atlético de Madrid's stadium which will host the Champions League Final in June! (Open Fri, Sat, Sun and hols, when there are no matches) 


In the Ciudad del Fútbol in Las Rozas the Spanish national team has a section commemorating its sporting successes.

A new benefit meeting where the legends of Real Madrid face the stars of Chelsea (Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. 23 June).


Make your way up to the observation deck of the former transmissions tower and enjoy a stunning view of the city.

Take in the city's top sights on board our hop on hop off bus, equipped with audio guides in 14 languages.

And enjoy all the activities the city has in store for you each time you come back.

  • The red-and-white stadium welcomes the most important European football game (Metropolitano Stadium. 1 June).

    2019 Champions League Final
  • Final UEFA Champions League. Madrid 1 de junio de 2019. Estadio Metropolitano


Soak up the atmosphere with fellow fans at the best sports bars in Madrid. 

Discover where fans hang out before matches and where they celebrate the victories

  • Hosting everything from international championships to nail-biting football matches, the Spanish capital is a must for any sports lover.

    Sporting events in Madrid
  • La Vuelta


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