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Sports in Madrid

El deporte en Madrid

Let´s enjoy sports in Madrid but first, what Are Sports? Their Origins

Sports are physical activities including rules and competition used for entertainment. In the history, the sports commonly used to be animal hunting and fights, etc.

In ancient Rome, Gladiators fought in coliseums providing the audience with entertainment.

That, however, was not a very beautiful sport. Life and death situations seem less fun and more disturbing to the mind right? Then there came a new era of games in which there was a competition with a reward instead of just a spared life.

That intrigued more and more people to take part in sports. As the number of people increased, team formation started. These teams would then compete with each other and aim for winning a trophy or some other reward.

Nowadays, every country has its own national sports. Some of them excel in the expertise of one sports more than the others. These sports are one reason countries have a massive exchange of citizens. Many of the famous sports include cricket, football, soccer, badminton, tennis, etc

In all these countries, is a country that stands out. You’ve got it! The home to the bullfights and the evergreen tradition and culture, Spain!

Spain

When it comes to sports Spain is on the list without question. It has housed many, many sports and tournaments since ancient times. This country has much to offer in these physical activities. So what do say we take a look?

Spain has a lot of sports played on the local level, and it has also been a champion of many of the international level matches. You could say that the Español are really competitive people. Some of such sports are:

Sports

When it comes to the sports in Spain, you’re definitely talking about football. If not, you’re missing more than a half of the entire story. Football is not just the country’s national game. The people really take pride in this game, and this game alone dominates all the other sports in Spain.

Other many sports in the country include basketball, skiing, formula one, tennis, handball, golf and of course, the world-famous, Bullfighting!

Football

The entire spotlight in the sports section in Spain is taken by Football. The capital of Spain, Madrid has a history in the nurturing of many legendary players and teams in football.

Madrid hosted the FIFA world cup of 1982. Madrid has the honor of being one of the four cities that contain UEFA Five Star Stadia in Europe.

The most essential teams include Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid with the most number of followers.

Others include Vallecano and Getafe. These teams play in La Liga.

Basketball

After football, Basketball is one of the things Spain can take pride in. The most prominent team here is the Real Madrid Basketball Section. They are winners of a large number of rewards and championships. Another professional club is the Estudiantes.

Skiing

The mountains near Sierra de Guadarrama serve as a site of skiing. In Madrid, there are comfortable resorts dedicated to the sport of skiing. 

Two of Madrid’s famous skiing resorts are located there. They are Valdesqui and Navacerrada respectively.

Cycling

Cycling is one of the still living sports in Spain. The city of Madrid has many cycling and biking paths all over, and new are being made. This art is also a competition, and many tournaments are held for the purpose.

Bullfighting

Bullfighting is not just a sport. In Spain, there is an annual race in which many people from all over Spain and the world enter. They run in front of many bulls. The goal is to touch them and move forward. This exciting sport has gained more supporters over the years.

In ancient Spain, it was a popular game in which a bull would be left in an arena, and a person will face it with a red-colored cloth. We still get to see that in many cartoons and movies however in Spain we can again relive watching it in person

Spain has a Bullfighting Arena named Las Ventas. It was built in 1929. It is considered one of the world center bullrings, and it can accommodate over 25,000 people. This bullring also holds concerts and similar events when it is not the bullfighting season.

This arena is in the style of a Neo Mudéjar. It is a special type of architecture found in Spain. It can be described as a Moorish Revival architecture.

Bullfights are, however, during the San Isidro festivals you can enjoy them every day! This festival begins in the middle of May and continues to the early days of June. The fun and liveliness of this country really never comes to an end.

Victories

Spain has a number of victories to brighten its name in many games. Some of the historical highlights are:

  • Their tennis team has had a stunning win of winning 5 times! The championships were of the years 2000, 2005, 2008 and 2011.
  • The 2006 World Basketball Championship was won by the Basketball Team of Spain.
  • The 2009 and 2011 EuroBasket’s trophy also got taken from the Español.
  • Fernando Alonso had a consecutive winning streak for the years 2005 and 2006 in Formula One. 

There’s been a saying that Spain is currently enjoying a Golden Age of Sports and we can totally see why.

 Stadiums

 As a tourist, you have to be in one of those stadiums to actually watch a game right? What’s the fun of watching it on your TV? Well, that can be fun too; however, we all agree that the most fun comes from being there in person. As for stadiums, Spain is full of them! It has a lot of ancient and newly built stadiums and other locations for specific sports, that, of course, includes the Arenas.

The capital of Spain, the one, and only Madrid is home to many teams and sports. Let’s begin with the football stadiums:

The first most popular name you’ll come across when looking for stadiums is Santiago Bernabéu. It is the biggest stadium in Madrid. It is an elite stadium dedicated to FIFA. It can accommodate 81,044 people at a time. It serves as the home ground to the Real Madrid. It has also been a host to many of the international football matches.

The largest stadium in Spain, however, is the Camp Nou. It is located in the city of Barcelona. The leading team of Barcelona is also named Barcelona. The second largest stadium of Madrid is Wanda Metropolitano, home to the Atlético Madrid.

Events

If you’re looking for the upcoming events of Spain, then here’s a list for you:

  1. There is a horse racing competition coming up this summer. It will be starting from 5th of July and last till the 6th of September. The race will take place at Hipódromo de La Zarzuela.
  2. Real Madrid will be participating in the International Champions Cup in which many other great teams will also unite. The team up is due on 11th of August in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Conclusion

So now you know all the fun stuff you could be enjoying in the lovely romance country. If you’re a sports lovers, you’re gonna love it here. The Español really have fun in all games and festivities to the fullest.

Now all that’s left is getting the paperwork done. At Madrid Bike Tours we do that for you.

 

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