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Sport in Spain

Spain is quite well known when it comes to sports. And when it comes to sports, football is king in Spain. There have been a lot of variations in the kind of football that has been played in Spain but recently, the most dominant is the English style of soccer or associated football. As a matter of fact, of the most dominant football clubs in the whole world, two came from Spain, the FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF.

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The national football team is also the first-ever to win a three-peat in international tournaments. They are also the 1964, 2008 and 2012 UEFA European Champions and the 2010 FIFA World Cup winners. Spain is considered as one of the world’s powerhouse, not just in football but in most major sports events.

Other sports that have enjoyed considerable success in Spain include basketball, cycling, futsal, handball, tennis, motorcycling and even Formula One. This is mainly due to the fact that they have garnered championships in all of these sports. They have also hosted various international events most notably the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona. Some of the brightest Spanish stars in sports includes tennis player Rafael Nadal who has won many Grand Slam titles and Alberto Contador who has taken home many Grand Tour titles that includes many Tour de France titles.

Major events that have been hosted in Spain include the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Other highlights of sport in Spain is the football team bringing home the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 trophies and Óscar Pereiro, Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre's 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 triumphs in the Tour de France.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Spain.

Popular sports of Spain

Spanish Sports: Traditional and Regional Sports of Spain

Spain's Sporting Success

Great athletes from Spain

Spain Sports trivia

Spain at major events

Past sporting events events hosted in Spain

Upcoming sporting events in Spain

Annual sporting events held in Spain

Sporting Facilities in Spain


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