The Best Football in Madrid

  • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
  • Final UEFA Champions League: Tottenham - Liverpool. Estadio Metropolitano del Atlético de Madrid. 1 de junio de 2019
  • 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.

If you come to Madrid, you will be able to visit the Real Madrid and Atlético stadiums (without forgetting a visit to the Spanish National Side Museum) or go and watch a match. In Madrid, it is possible to watch the highest level of football almost all year round. Three teams from the capital (Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, which for the 2021-2022 season is back from Second Division) and one from the Community of Madrid (Getafe) play in the LaLiga Santander, the highest category of Spanish football. Another three teams from the region (Leganés, Fuenlabrada and Alcorcón) are playing in LaLiga SmartBank, the country's Second Division.

The League

The Spanish League kicks off in the second fortnight of August (in 2021-2022 the first matches will be played on the weekend of the 15th of August) and usually finishes at the end of May (in 2021-2022 on the weekend of the 23rd of May). Twenty teams participate and play against each other at home and away, accumulating three points for a victory and one point for a 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 Cup

The second most important national competition is the King’s Cup, known as the knockout tournament. In the 2019-2020 season, the system of competition waschanged, whereby all of the clashes until the quarter finals inclusive are a single match (played at the ground of the lower category club).

The big final is a party for Spanish football and a single match is played at a venue that changes each year depending on which teams get through to the final (for the next few years it will be played in Seville). In 2021-2022 the match will be played on 23 April.

Champions League and UEFA Europa League

Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid will both be playing in the 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League (highest European competition for clubs).

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Check them out

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

Discover Atleti Territory and find out all of the secrets of Atlético de Madrid’s stadium, which hosted the 2019 final of the Champions League!

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


An observation deck offering wonderful vistas of the city.

Visit our online store (in Spanish) of souvenirs made by local artisans!

The official tourist bus is back from 19 November 2021!


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 2016


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  • Estadio Wanda Metropolitano