FOOTBALL TRIPS TO SPAIN – PRIMERA DIVISIÓN
PLAN YOUR FOOTBALL TRIP TO SPAIN AND EXPREIENCE A MATCH IN THE PRIMERA DIVISIÓN
With a football trip to Spain, you can experience the stars of Spanish football up close and personal. The Primera Divisón is one of the best leagues in Europe. World famous clubs play in the league, for example FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. With world stars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Spain offers the perfect conditions for an unforgettable football trip.
Next to football, Spain offers impressive attractions such as the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or the Palacio Real in Madrid.
A football trip to Spain to watch the Primera Divisón, will let you experience football at its highest level.
FOOTBALL TRIP TO SPAIN: TIPS FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE
Are you planning a football trip to Spain or do you have doubts? Don’t! We at Footballtripsonline are happy to advise you, so that you know what to expect. Read through the tips so that you make the right choice. This way your football trip is guaranteed to be a success!
1. WHICH SPANSIH FOOTBALL TEAMS CAN YOU VISIT?
You can visit the following clubs: Atlético Madrid, Espanyol, Valencia, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Betis and Málaga. Upon request we can also offer trips to other Spanish clubs.
But which club should you travel to? Here you will find some reasons to visit the different clubs.
A football trip to Atlético Madrid should be on your bucket list because of:
• The new stadium ‘Estadio Wanda Metropolitano’: Since the 2017/18 season Atlético plays its home games in the new and bigger stadium. It has capacity for 67,703 fans. You simply have to visit this stadium!
• Fantastic atmosphere: The fans transferred the crazy atmosphere from the old stadium, Vicente Calderón, to the new stadium
• High quality football: The team around Diego Simeone is known for its brilliant display of football
A football trip to Espanyol, the city rival of FC Barcelona, is suited for football fans that:
• Love Barcelona but are sick of seeing Camp Nou
• Love clubs that are supported by local fans: Espanyol is very popular with the locals and with FC Barcelona tourists from all around the world
• Crazy about history: Espanyol is the oldest club in Spain
Football trips to FC Barcelona are by far the most popular:
• Lionel Messi: Everyone wants to see the best player in the world live at least once in their life time
• Tiki-Taka Football: The philosophies and ideas of Johan Cruijff are deeply rooted in the club policy. This is reflected in the style of play. Barcelona plays an attacking style of football with lots of possession, position changes and shorter combinations
• Camp Nou: Europe’s largest stadium has space for nearly 100,000 fans
You have to take a football trip to Málaga because of the:
• Costa del Sol: The 300km long Mediterranean coastline is a popular holiday destination for Germans. Good weather and sunshine invites one to linger
• La Rosaleda: A typical Spanish stadium with a single roofed stand
• City of Málaga: Málaga is located at the beach and offers man beautiful attractions. A trip to Málaga is highly recommended
Football trips to Real Madrid are very popular amongst football fans:
• Cristiano Ronaldo: the current holder of the Ballon d’Or shows off his abilities at Real Madrid. You have to witness this in person!
• Best players in the world: Real Madrid is known for having the best and most expensive players in the world on their roster
• Best football club in the 20th century: Real Madrid was declared as the best football club of the 20th century by FIFA
Football trips to Real Betis, Sevilla’s second club, are worth the trip if:
• You love special stadia: The Estadio Benito Villamarin has a capacity for 60,720 fans and was opened in 1929
• You have already visited FC Sevilla: Real Betis is the city club and FC Sevilla is the club from outside of the city
• You love history: Real Betis is over 110 years old! It was founded in 1907
Reasons for a football trip to Sevilla FC are:
• Visit the winner of the Europa League: FC Sevilla won the title in the 2013/14 season and again in the 2014/15 season
• The city of Sevilla: every year many Germans visit the city of Sevilla. This can easily be combined with a trip to FC Sevilla
• Fantastic Fans: The fans of the ‘Biris Norte’ create a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium
A football trip to Valencia CF is a true experience for football fans that:
• Want a city trip: Compared to Barcelona, Valencia is not as crowed and being right on the beach, it is a popular destination for locals
• Witness top football: Valencia has ended nearly all of its seasons inside the top 5 of the Primera Division
• Visit the iconic Mestalla: Valencia’s stadium is a rarity because of the open-air and steep stands. From the top tier one can look over the entire city
2. WHICH ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT GAMES IN SPANISH FOOTBALL?
La Liga has top clubs such as FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Valencia CF and Sevilla FC. All match-ups between these five top teams are considered top matches in La Liga.
Besides these top matches, Spain has many derby matches each year. The most famous of these is the one between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, known as El Clásico. We have put together a selection of interesting derbies:
1. Barcelona – Real Madrid (El Clásico)
2. Barcelona – Espanyol (Derbi Barceloni)
3. Barcelona – Girona (Catalan Derby)
4. Espanyol – Girona (Catalan Derby)
5. Real Madrid – Athletic Bilbao (El Viejo Clásico)
6. Real Madrid – Atlético Madrid (Madrid Derby)
7. Sevilla – Real Betis (Seville Derby)
8. Valencia – Levante (Valencia Derby)
9. Valencia – Elche (Valencian Community Derby)
3. WHICH SPANISH CLUBS ARE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL?
The Spanish Primer Divisón was founded in 1928. At the beginning different teams claimed the title, however, since the 1950s Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have dominated the league. With 33 championship titles, Real Madrid is the record holder, followed by FC Barcelona with 24 titles. On a European level, the two clubs have also been successful. With 12 Champions League titles, Real Madrid is the record champion. But FC Barcelona has also managed to win the Champions League multiple times and FC Sevilla has claimed the Europa League title.
Titles won by Spanish clubs in the main six competitions:
4. WHAT IS THE BEST TIME FOR A FOOTBALL TRIP TO SPAIN?
A football trip to Spain can take place any time during the year. September is the hottest month during the football season. However, May, June and July can also be quite warm. It is no problem to visit a football match during the coldest month of January as the average temperature is 14 degrees.
5. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL TO SPAIN?
Taking the car means you will have a very long trip ahead of you. Using public transport (i.e. trains) will also take quite a while. We therefore recommend you to fly to sunny Spain!
6. WHAT ARE SPANISH FOOTBALL FANS LIKE?
Spain breathes and eats football. Football is the number one sport in Spain and is experienced with joy by the locals. You can feel the passion for football in the stands of the stadiums. Nearly every club has spectacular choreographies occurring during matches. When FC Barcelona faces Real Madrid, the atmosphere is unreal!
7. WHAT ARE THE MOST LEGENDARY GAMES IN SPANISH FOOTBALL?
• Real Madrid 3–1 Barcelona (13 May 1902, Primera División)
Real Madrid had only existed for a week when the first El Clásico was played. The game was played on the occasion of the coronation of Alfons Xlll. Real Madrid won the game 3:1.
• Barcelona 2–1 Real Madrid (23 November 1960, Europacup I)
Winning the Europa Cup meant that Real Madrid had gone unbeaten in the Europa Cup for five games. Barcelona ended this streak in the 1960/61 season. After the first leg ended 2:2, Barcelona won the return match 1:2 against Real Madrid. Barcelona lost in the final to Benfica.
• Real Madrid 0–1 Barcelona (5 July 1968, Copa del Rey)
Barcelona won the final of the Copa del Rey due to an own goal by Zunzunegui. The final was dubbed ‘Final of the bottles’ as the ultra-fans of Real Madrid began throwing bottles at the Barcelona players after the loss.
• Barcelona 4–0 Real Madrid (7 February 1974, Primera División)
Until 1974 Real Madrid was the dominant force in the Spanish league. Barcelona had slipped down to 15th place. However, a goal by Johan Cruijff made Barcelona victorious and they went on to win the match 4:0. After this things got better for Barcelona and they managed to win the Spanish league that same season.
• Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia (24 May 2000, UEFA Champions League)
In the 2000 Champions League Final, two clubs from the same country faced each other for the first time. In the Stade de France in Paris, Real Madrid won the final 3:0 with goals being scored by Morientes, McManaman and Raúl.
• Real Madrid 1–1 Barcelona (1 May 2002, UEFA Champions League)
Real Madrid managed to win the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. After a 0:2 win in Camp Nou, Real Madrid sealed the deal with a 1:1 tie in the second leg. In the final, Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen 1:2 to take the Champions League crown.
• Barcelona 0–0 Real Madrid (23 November 2002, Primera División)
Within five seasons Luis Figo became a fan favourite with Barcelona fans. Following a conflict with the club managers, he transferred to Real Madrid. Barcelona supporters were furious and threw objects at him during the next El Clásico. Fans threw bottles, phones, coins and even a head of a pig.
• Espanyol 2-2 Sevilla (16 May 2007, UEFA Cup)
Espanyol and Sevilla faced each other in the final of the UEFA Cup in Hamden Park, Glasgow in 2007. After 90 minutes the score was 1:1. After extra-time the score read 2:2. Three out of four players for Espanyol missed their penalties, meaning Sevilla clinched the title!
• Barcelona 1–1 Real Madrid (3 May 2011, UEFA Champions League)
The 2011 semi-final was much like the semi-final of 2002. This time Barcelona managed to win the first leg 0:2. A goal from Pedro for Barcelona meant the second leg ended 1:1 and Barcelona reached the final. With little effort, Barcelona won the final 3:1 against Manchester United.
•Atlético Madrid 3-0 Athletic Bilbao (9 May 2012, UEFA Europa League)
In 2012 Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao faced each other in the Europa League final. Two goals from Radamel Falcao and one from Brazilian player Diego ensure Atlético would take home the title in Bucharest.
• Barcelona 1–1 Atlético Madrid (17 May 2014, Primera División)
At the end of the Primera División season, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid faced one another. The result of this game would decide who would become champion. If Barcelona won at Camp Nou, they would be champions. An equaliser by Diego Godín meant Atlético Madrid won the league in the 2013/2014 season.
• Real Madrid 4-1 Atlético Madrid (24 May 2014, UEFA Champions League)
The 2014 Champions League final was the first time two teams from the same city would face off in the final. For the majority of the match, it seemed as though Atlético Madrid would win the final in the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon thanks to a goal by Diego Godín. However, Real Madrid managed to equalise in the 93rd minute and in the end won the final 4:1.
• Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético Madrid (28 May 2016, UEFA Champions League)
Two years after facing off in the final, the two Madrid clubs faced each other yet again in the Champions League final; this time in the San Siro Stadium in Milan. An early goal by Sergio Ramos was followed by a goal in the second half by Carrasco for Atlético. The game was still tied after extra time; penalties would now decide who would become champions of Europe. Juanfran missed his penalty meaning that Cristiano Ronaldo was able to seal the deal for Real Madrid.
8. CAN I BOOK A STADIUM TOUR IN SPAIN?
It is no problem to book a stadium tour. Prices vary for stadium tours, ranging from €5 to €29 per person. The prices vary based on the football club and your age. A tour of Camp Nou costs €29. This price includes a tour of the whole stadium and the possibility to see all the trophies of recent years.
Remember to plan your stadium tour into your trip well in advance. Footballtripsonline can take care of this or you can do it yourself on site. An advantage of this stadium tour is that you have a large selection of time slots and are therefore not dependent on available time slots.
9. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET TO THE STADIUMS?
Most of the stadiums in Spain are located quite centrally or are easily reachable. Bus, tram, metro, taxi or Uber? Everything is possible.
Tip: Have any doubts? We at Footballtripsonline are happy to advise you on how best to reach the different stadiums in Spain. The clubs’ website also offer detailed descriptions on how best to reach the stadium.
10. WHICH SPANISH WORDS SHOULD YOU KNOW TO UNDERSTAND SPANISH FOOTBALL TALK?
After English and Chinese, Spanish is the most spoken language in the world. This is because Spanish is the native language of most countries in South and Central America. Following you will find a few words that are fun to learn and helpful when on a football trip to Spain.
La pelota de fútbol – The football
La bandera – The flag
El equipo – The team
El campo de fútbol – The football pitch
El estadio – The stadium
La porteria – The goal
Gol – Goal!
Marcar – To score
Capitán – Captain
Delantero – Striker
Centrocampista – Midfielder
Defensa – Defender
Portero – Goal Keeper
Suplente – Substitute Player
Entrenador – Coach
Árbitro – Referee
Juez de línea – Linesman
Hombre del partido – Man of the match
Fuera de juego – Offside
Tarjeta amarilla – Yellow Card
Tarjeta roja – Red Card
El saque de centro – Goal Kick
El saque de banda – Throw-in
El saque de esquina – Corner
El saque de falta – Freekick
Penalti – Penalty
Penaltis – Penalty shootout
Tiempo de paro – Extra time
11. WHICH SPANISH RULES SHOULD YOU BE AWARE OF?
Like every country, Spain has its own rules. The Spanish rules differ from the English rules. Nevertheless, Spain is a popular holiday destination for Germans. Maybe because of these rules. We have compiled a list of rules, so that you are prepared in the best way possible.
• Daily Routine
The Spanish have a completely different daily routine compared to the English. For Comida (lunch) many Spaniards eat a lot of warm food. Siesta is also typical Spanish. In this time, typically from 14:00-16:00, many Spaniards take time to work out, eat or go for a walk. The Siesta does not take place as much in larger cities as it has in the past. Cena (dinner) mainly occurs between 21:00 and 22:00. And if you want to go out, remember that the party only starts a couple hours after midnight.
• Hustle and Bustle
Spaniards are known for speaking loudly, regardless whether they are on the phone, having dinner or sitting in the train. One Spaniard can easily be as loud as 10. The Spanish exuberance and volume is something tourists can look up to. Sometimes it is so extreme that the person they are talking with cannot follow the conversation anymore. But that does not bother the Spanish; that is simply how it is.
A typical Spanish habit is eating Tapas in a bar. Spaniards enjoy a beer or glass of wine with their Tapas. Spain is also known for serving bread wherever you eat. The Spanish love their “Sobremesa”. This translates to remaining seated at the table after a heavy meal and enjoying a cup of coffee, tea or another beverage; sometimes even alcoholic.
12. WHICH TEAM IS THE BEST IN THE PRIMERA DIVISIÓN?
Many top players play in La Liga. Footballtripsonline has selected the best player for each position and thereby created the La Liga Team of the year.
• Coach: Marcelino García Toral (Valencia)
In his first season with Valencia, Marcelino is playing a very attractive and result-orientated football. For the first time in years, Valencia is competing with the top teams.
• Goal Keeper: Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid)
Goal Keeper Jan Oblak has had the most saves in the Primera Division. Oblak managed to save 85% of the shots on his goal.
• Right-Back: Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)
Sergi Roberto developed via the youth teams of Barcelona and has played an incredible season. Even though he is originally is a midfielder, he feels at ease in the right back position.
• Centre Back: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
His experience makes Real Madrid’s captain Sergio Ramos an important part of the team. In this season the club has been able to count on his defensive skills and he also manages to score a couple of goals along the way.
• Centre Back: Diego Godín (Atlético Madrid)
Another safe haven in the defence is Diego Godín. The Argentinian is playing in his eighth season for Atlético Madrid and ensures that the team has conceded the fewest goals in the league.
• Left-Back: Marcelo (Real Madrid)
We have selected Marcelo based on his defensive qualities, his strength and the attacking football played by Jordi Alba. The Brazilian has been a regular for 11 seasons with the Champions League record winning side.
• Right Wing: Dani Parejo (Valencia)
Dani Parjo played a great season and thus deserves a place on the team of the year. In the league he made the most crossing passes, took the most corners, made lots of passes and interceptions. However, he is also the player with the most yellow cards this season.
• Central Midfielder: Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)
With his magnitude of goals and assists this season, Griezmann has been a key player for Atlético Madrid. He was involved in nearly half of all the goals scored in the Primera División this season.
• Left Midfielder: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Even at 33 years old, Andres Iniesta still plays a key role in Barcelona’s style of play. In contrast to other players, Iniesta has remained faithful to Barcelona for the duration of his career.
• Right Attacker: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Lionel Messi has, yet again, had a phenomenal season. With the most goals and assists in the Primera División, Messi has managed to set himself apart from the rest once again. Will he be awarded the Ballon d’Or this season or will his rival Cristiano Ronaldo win it?
• Striker: Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Luis Suarez had a good season with Barcelona. The player, who gained fame in the Dutch Eredivisie, scored the second most goals this season behind his teammate Messi. His many assists, prove that Suarez has developed into more of a team player than he previously had been.
• Left Striker: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
In the past five years, Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or four times, will he manage to win it again this season? Based on the statistics of the Primera División, Ronaldo must see his team to victory this season and get ahead of Lionel Messi and Barcelona. He is the undisputed top scorer in the Champions League. Who will be the European Footballer of the Year for the sixth time: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?