All football clubs in Madrid – Season 2018-19
The capital of Spain, Madrid, is of course best known for the Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid football clubs. These two clubs belong to the top of Spanish football and play in the La Liga. However, Madrid has many more football clubs, from the La Liga to the Segunda Division B. In this article you will find all the professional football clubs that are located in Madrid.
Table of contents football clubs Madrid
- Football clubs in Madrid on the map
- Madrid football clubs playing in La Liga
- Madrid football clubs playing in the Segunda Division A
- Madrid football clubs playing in the Segunda Division B
1. Football clubs in Madrid on the map
2. Madrid football clubs playing in La Liga
Since the promotion of Rayo Vallecano, there are currently 5 football clubs from Madrid at the highest level in Spain. Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Getafe CF, CD Leganés and Rayo Vallecano all come out in the Primera Division, also called La Liga. This is the largest number of Madrid clubs ever in the Primera Division!
|Real Madrid||1902||Santiago Bernabéu|
|Atlético Madrid||1903||Wanda Metropolitano|
|Getafe CF||1983||Coliseum Alfonso Pérez|
|Leganes CD||1928||Estadio Municipal de Butarque|
Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas
2.1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid is the largest football club in Madrid and was founded in 1902, under the name Madrid Club de Fútbol. They weren’t called “Real” until 1920 when King Alfons the 13th gave them this royal name. Real Madrid has grown over the years into the most successful club in Spain, and even in the world. The club won 7 times the Champions League, 6 times the European Cup 1, 33 times the Spanish national title, 19 times the Spanish Cup and several other big prizes. The last 3 years Real has been very successful in the Champions League, they won the cup with the big ears 3 times in a row.
The stadium in which Real Madrid plays its home games is the impressive Santiago Bernabéu. The stadium of Real Madrid can be reached with the (dark blue) metro line 10. Near the stadium is a metro station, when you travel to Santiago Bernabéu the best stop you can get off is the Santiago Bernabéu stop, which is next to the stadium.
2.2 Atlético Madrid
Atlético Madrid was founded a year later than Real Madrid, in 1903. The second largest football club in Madrid hasn’t always had the same name. Atlético was founded as Athletic Club Sucursal, 30 years after its establishment, the name changed to Athletic Aviación and eventually to be renamed Atlético Madrid. The last couple of years Atlético has been changed from an outsider to a serious competitor for Barcelona and Real Madrid to win the Spanish title in La Liga. In total Atlético became the Spanish champion 10 times, the last time was in the 2013/14 season.
The stadium of Atlético Madrid used to be the Vincente Calderón but since a year Atlético has been playing in the Wanda Metropolitano. The Wanda Metropolitano has a capacity of 68,000 spectators and is easily accessible by metro. The closest stop to the stadium is Estadio Metropolitano. This stop can be reached with metro line 7, our tip is to leave in time to reach the stadium due to the large crowds.
2.3 Getafe CF
Getafe Club de Fútbol, or simply Getafe CF, was officially established in the year 1946. The club is located in the town of the same name, Getafe, part of the metropolis of Madrid. Getafe CF has never been able to win a prize in its history and is constantly fluctuating between the La Liga and Priméra Division A. The club’s biggest rival is another club from the Madrid metropolis, namely Leganés. The derby matches against Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid are less heated and those supporters approach each other more friendly.
The home of Getafe CF is the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. The construction of the stadium was finished in 1998 and can accommodate around 17,000 spectators. The best way to reach the stadium is by metro. The closest metro station is Los Espartales, the metro that runs past this station is metro line 12. From Los Espartales you can walk to Getafe Stadium in 3 minutes.
2.4 CD Leganés
CD Leganés originated in 1928 and currently plays in the Primera Division. However, this has not always been the case. Leganés played most of its existence in the lower divisions of Spain. In 1977 the club promoted to the fourth Spanish division and since then they have actually been promoted constantly. In 1987 there was a promotion to the third division and 6 years later they ended up in the second division. In the 2015/16 season Leganés also got promoted, for the first time in club history from the second division to La Liga.
The club colours of Leganés are blue and white, this can also be seen in the stadium of the club. Leganés plays its matches at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque which offers space for around 12,400 spectators. The stadium is located in the small town of Leganés, about 10 kilometres away from the centre of Madrid. The stadium is easy to reach with the C-5 train in the direction of Humanes or Fuenlabrada.
2.5 Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano is a club located in the city of Madrid, in the Vallecas district. The club exists since 1924 and has played in every division of Spanish football. In recent years, promotion and relegation alternated, Rayo promoted to the La Liga in 2011 and then relegated again in 2016. Since this season, Rayo Vallecano has returned to the highest level after winning the title in the Segunda Division A. As a result of this promotion, Madrid now has the largest number of La Liga clubs it has ever had.
Rayo Vallecano plays her home games at the Camp de Fútbol de Vallecas. This stadium has a capacity of 14,700 people, these are largely seats. We recommend that you travel to the stadium by public transport. The journey from the centre of Madrid takes around 20 minutes by metro. Metro line 1 stops at the Portazgo stop, which is next to the stadium.
3. Madrid football clubs playing in the Segunda Division A
There are two Madrid clubs playing this season in the Segunda Division A, the second level of Spanish football. The football clubs from Madrid that currently play in the Segunda Division A are: AD Alcorcón and Rayo Majahonda.
3.1 AD Alcorcón
Agrupación Deportiva Alcorcón, as the club’s full name is, is a relatively young club and was only founded in 1971. The club is located in Alcorcón which is part of the metropolis of Madrid. The club has been active since 2010 in the second division of Spain. In the 2009/10 season, the club became the champion of the Segunda division B, or the third division. The most memorable Alcorcón match was one in the 2009/10 season. Real Madrid was beaten 4-0 in a match for the Copa del Rey.
The stadium of Alcorcón is the Municipal de Santo Domingo. This stadium consists of 4 stands with seats and has a capacity of 7000 spectators. The stadium can be reached in about 30 minutes from the centre of Madrid. First you travel by train C-5 towards Humanes and Fuenlabrada, then get off at Las Retamas. The stadium is a 10-minute walk away from here.
3.2 Rayo Majahonda
Club de Fútbol Rayo Majahonda, or Rayo Majahonda, was founded in 1976. Almost the entire period that the club existed, it was active in the fourth division of Spain, the Tercera Division. This was until they achieved promotion to the Segunda Division B in the 2014/15 season, under the then coach and club legend Antonio Iriondo. In 2018, Rayo Majahonda was promoted to the Segunda Division A for the first time by beating FC Cartagena in the final match.
Rayo Majahonda plays her home games at the Cerro del Espino stadium. The stadium offers space for 8,000 people. From the centre of Madrid, it is quite a journey to this stadium. With public transport this is actually not possible because of the poor connections. You can reach the stadium in about half an hour by car from the centre of Madrid.
4. Madrid football clubs playing in the Segunda Division B
Below the Segunda Division A is the Segunda Division B, or the third division of Spain. There are two Madrid clubs participating in this competition. The football clubs from Madrid that play in this Segunda Division B are: Internacional de Madrid, CF Fuenlabrada and the second teams of Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.
4.1 Internacional de Madrid
Internacional de Madrid is a very young club and one of the smallest football clubs in Madrid. The club was only founded in 2002 by a couple of businessmen. Internacional de Madrid is currently active in group 1 of the Segunda Division B. This is only the first year that the club plays at this level. The club started in the 8th Spanish division in 2002 and has come to play one division higher. In 2003 they went to the 6th division and then to the 5th division in 2004. It took a while for the club to promote again, but in 2010 promotion to the 4th division was a fact. Last year the club eventually moved to the 3rd division.
The place where Internacional de Madrid plays its matches is the Polideportivo Municipal Boadilla del Monte stadium. At least, it is not really a stadium, the pitch has only one real stand. The club is difficult to reach by public transport, if you would like to visit the club it is best to travel by car.
4.2 CF Fuenlabrada
Fuenlabrada is probably the largest football club from Madrid in the Segunda Division B. The club started to exist in 1975. Over the years, the club has become a fixture in the third division of Spain. The club has a budget of around 3 million euros and has a fairly large stadium. The Fuenlabrada stadium, Estadio Fernando Torres, is named after the top striker of Atlético Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea FC: Fernando Torres.
The stadium is quite a journey from the centre of Madrid. With public transport it takes you about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Public transport is therefore not an ideal option, by car the stadium is less than half an hour away.
4.3 Real Madrid Castilla and Atlético Madrileño
Real Madrid Castilla is the name of the second team of Real Madrid. The biggest success of the team was that they reached the final of the Copa del Rey in 1980, when the team had to compete against the first team of Madrid (it became 4-0 for the “big” Real). Real Madrid Castilla was allowed to participate in the European Cup II the following year since the first team of Real Madrid had already qualified. Madrid’s second team has been promoted and relegated several times over the years between Segunda Division A and B. The stadium in which the team plays its matches is the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano, named after Real Madrid club legend Alfredo Di Stéfano.
Atlético Madrid B, also known as Atlético Madrileño, also plays in the Segunda Division B. In the 1963/64 season, Atlético Madrid decided to set up a second team, the team then started in the fourth Spanish division (Tercera Division). In recent years, however, Atlético Madrileño has been a fixture in the Segunda Division B. The team does not play its matches in the city of Madrid but in a small nearby town, Majahonda. The home of Atlético Madrid B is Cerro del Espino (the stadium of Rayo Majahonda), this stadium has space for 8000 spectators.