Fútbol in Spain

By admin ~ January 21st, 2010. Filed under: Fútbol, Spanish football.

Fútbol is the most popular sport in Spain. The Real Federación Española de Fútbol is the national governing body and it organizes La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Spain national football team. Modern football was introduced to Spain in the late 1800s by a combination of mostly British immigrant workers, visiting sailors and Spanish students returning from Britain. Continue reading »

La Selección

By admin ~ January 21st, 2010. Filed under: Spanish football.

Within Spain, regional teams, most notably, the Catalan XI, the Euskadi XI, and even the Galician XI began to compete against each other from 1915 onwards. Despite not been officially recognised by FIFA, these teams continue to play today. The Spain national football team, commonly referred to as la selección made their international debut at the 1920 Olympic Games in Belgium and came away with the silver medal. Spanish football turned professional in 1926.

Today, these regional teams still occasionally play friendly games with some national team players playing for both teams. The most recent success of la selección was winning the Euro 2008.

Primera División (First Division)

By admin ~ January 21st, 2010. Filed under: Fútbol.

The Primera División (First Division) of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Professional Football League), commonly known as La Liga (The League) or, in terms of sponsorship, Liga BBVA (BBVA League)[1] since 2008, is the top professional football league in Spain. It is contested by 20 teams, with the three lowest placed teams relegated to the Segunda División and replaced by the top three teams in that division. A total of 58 teams have competed in La Liga, nine of which have been crowned champions. Since the 1950s, Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the championship. The former have won the title 31 times while the latter have won it on 19 occasions. However, during the 1930s and 1940s and in the last two decades, La Liga has seen other champions including Atlético Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, Sevilla, Deportivo, Real Sociedad and Real Betis.

La Liga is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world, with an average attendance of 29,029 for league matches in the 2007-2008 season. This is the eighth highest of any domestic professional sports league in the world and the third highest of any professional association football league, behind the Bundesliga and the Premier League.

Real Federación Española de Fútbol

By admin ~ January 21st, 2010. Filed under: Fútbol.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (Real Federación Española de Fútbol) is the governing body of football in Spain. The federation is located in Laz Rozas, a suburb of Madrid. It is in charge of organizing the Spanish National Team, as well as the Premier Division and Second Division ( Liga BBVA) . The federation also oversees major soccer competitions in Spain such as theCopa Del Ray, Supercopa de España, and Copa Federación.