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Sports in Spain

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Sport is almost a culture in Spain. In this article, find an overview of different sports which are present in the country.

Sports are very popular in Spain, just like in most European countries. Football has been the Spanish population's favorite sport for years, but many other sports such as tennis, basketball, biking, handball, golf, swimming, skiing, etc., are also very widespread. If you intend to settle there, you can not only attend sports competitions in most Spanish cities but also practice your favorite sports. Spain, in fact, has a developed sports infrastructure and facilities consisting of modern stadiums, gyms, swimming pools, golf courses and basketball courts, etc. Moreover, all matches and competitions are broadcast on TV.

Spain regularly takes part in major world sports events such as the FIFA World Cup, the Summer Olympic Games, the Grand Slam, and many others. Hence, Spain is known to be one of the world's biggest sporting nations.

Football

Football is almost a lifestyle in Spain. Spanish are very enthusiastic about football, whether at the stadium or watching on TV. Victory is often celebrated with huge parades and a drink. The Spanish Liga is known to be one of the world's best football leagues, consisting of two divisions: the Primera and Segunda involving fifty professional teams. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, Deportivo de la Coruna and Valencia CF are the most popular Spanish football teams.

Note that Spanish football teams also take part in the Copa de Rey, the UEFA Cup which involves the best European teams, as well as the FIFA World Cup.

Basketball

Basketball is as popular as football in Spain for a few years. In fact, the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto hosts the country's most prestigious basketball teams with the best players. The association is managed by the International Basketball Federation and has some twenty professional teams which compete in the Basketball League, Copa del Rey de Baloncesto every year, as well as in the FIBA World Championship which is held every four years.

Tennis

Spain also has excellent professional tennis players, including famous Rafael Nadal, the second Spanish tennisman to have won the Wimbledon trophy. Tennis is especially present in the Spanish capital city, due to the country's most important tennis tournament, that is the Madrid Masters Series.

Furthermore, paddle, pelota vasca, squash and table tennis are also quite widespread.

Golf

Spain also has an ideal climate for golf. You can find wide and lush green golf courses as well as sea-view golf courses in some regions with modern infrastructure and equipment as the country has many golf professionals. But you can also register with a golf club if you love this sport.

Thrilling sports

You can also enjoy various thrilling sports such as rafting, mountaineering, skiing, hang gliding, sledging, paragliding, karting, quad, etc. In coastal regions, you can practice water sports such as scuba diving, water skiing, jet skiing, and many others. But you can also go hiking, biking or swimming with your friends or family.

Water sports

Spain is also the ideal place for water sports such as kitesurf, canoe-kayak, scuba diving, as well as surf and windsurfing. You will definitely not get board thanks to its pleasant climate along with beautiful breathtaking coastlines. 

Traditional sports

Once you have settled in Spain, you should definitely not miss the corrida which is a traditional and cultural Spanish sport, usually held from March to October, especially in Andalusia. The corrida implies a professional torero and a bull. A traditional corrida competition is divided into three parts whereby three toreros start fighting a bull at the sound of the trumpet. The competition ends when the torero kills the bull with a sword blow at a specific location. However, this tradition is increasingly being criticized by many advocates of animal protection.

Car racing

Car racing is one of the Spanish's most favorite sports, thanks to the Formula 1. It is also very popular in the whole of Europe, especially due to the famous Fernando Alonso. Hence, you can follow the Grand Premio de España in Catalonia, as well as the Formula 3 in Madrid and Valencia.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Sports activities in Spain 
Sport Club 321 www.sportclub321.com
Go Tarifa www.gotarifa.com
Spain.info www.spain.info

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