Madrid Football: Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and Rayo Vallecano

By Viator, October 2014

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Home to three major football clubs, Madrid is a great place to catch a football match. Real Madrid is likely the best known, as it is the world’s richest football club and one of the most valuable sports teams. Formed in 1902 as the Madrid Football Club, it was given the title of “Real” in 1920 from the Spanish king. Often known today simply as Real, it has won 32 La Liga titles, 19 Copas del Rey and a record 10 UEFA Champions League titles. 

Real Madrid’s local rival in La Liga is Atletico Madrid, the 2013-2014 champions. Founded in 1903 as the Athletic Club de Madrid, Atletico hasn’t quite matched the success of its rival, but has come close, with 10 La Liga titles and 10 Copas del Rey of its own. Taking a backseat to both teams is Rayo Vallecano, based in the Vallecos neighborhood of Madrid. Rayo Vallecano was founded in 1924 and has spent much of its history as a lower tier team, frequently moving back and forth between La Liga and Segunda Division in the 1980s and 1990s. Its best season came in 2000-2001, when it reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup.

The La Liga season runs from September through June, so if you find yourself in Madrid at that time, it is well worth trying to take in a match as all three stadiums are accessible by public transportation. Tickets to Rayo Vallecano may be easiest to come by – and the least expensive. The majority of the tickets to Real Madrid’s home matches are held by season ticket holders, but a limited number are available for sale to the public. Prices for both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid matches start at 30 Euros, while Rayo Vallecano tickets start at 20 Euros. 

It is also possible to take a tour of Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the home of Real Madrid, and Estadio Vicente Calderon, home to Atletico Madrid. Santiago Bernabeu tours cost 19 Euros and are available Mondays through Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays and public holidays between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Vicente Calderon tours also include access to the Atletico Madrid museum inside the stadium; prices and times vary by season. Note that the stadium is set to be demolished and replaced with a waterfront park in the next few years as the club moves to a new stadium. 

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Madrid Card

4 star rating: Recommended 132 Reviews

Discover the rich history and culture of Madrid with your Madrid Card. Gain entry to over 50 museums, partake in a "Discover Madrid" walking tour or ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $59.61

Madrid City Tour and Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 71 Reviews

Match a sightseeing tour of Madrid with a visit to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home ground of the legendary Real Madrid football team. See the buildings that ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.53

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Entrance Ticket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 45 Reviews

Visit Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid with an entrance ticket, and explore Real Madrid football club’s iconic arena at your own pace. Must-visit sites ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.10

Real Madrid match at the Santiago Bernabeau

Catch football (soccer) fever at a live Real Madrid match in Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Visit the spectacular stadium in Madrid and sit side by side with ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $208.89

Atlético de Madrid Football Stadium Tour and Museum Ticket

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 6 Reviews

Head inside Madrid’s Vicente Calderón Stadium with an entrance ticket, and learn all about Atlético de Madrid football (soccer) team on a stadium ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $12.68

Madrid Segway Tour with Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Admission

Ride to and from Santiago Bernabeu Stadium – home to Real Madrid football club – by Segway, and visit the stadium and its museum at leisure. On a ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.14

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