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These are the 3 most popular sports in Spain

Spanish people are passionate about sports. But what sports do they like most? Click here to find out and get some good sports-related Spanish vocabulary at the same time ;)
Sport is a great way to experience a country when you are traveling! Whether it is soaking up the atmosphere of a World Cup Final, or finding out more about local sports. Attending a match or game of your favorite sport can be a great way to experience a place outside of the normal tourist routes. But where do you start? Here are some of the most popular sports in Spain, and a little language to get you by when attending. Happy traveling!   [caption id="attachment_6207" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Spanish people are passionate about sports. But what sports do they like most? Click here to find out and get some good sports-related Spanish vocabulary at the same time ;) Photo via Flickr [/caption]  

Football

  Of course, football is huge in Spain! La Liga is the premier league filled with big name teams you already know, like Real Madrid, F C Barcelona, and Valencia. If you are interested in looking at smaller games, truly you will be spoilt for choice. From the Segunda División with 22 teams, right down to the 1st Regional Division with 620, and then regional teams in addition to those, there is always something to watch. The system of relegation, promotion, and play-offs is similar in the top leagues in Spain to what you will find in other countries, though lower down with all the regional playoffs things can get complicated — perfect for delving into if you love football!  

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  So what language should you take with you when attending a match in Spain? We have you covered!   For the team:   Equipo — team Defensa — defender Extremo — winger Barredor — sweeper Delantero — forward Centrocampista — midfield player Portero / guardameta / golero — goalkeeper Goleador — goal scorer Sustituto — substitute Un jugador lesionado — injured player Juez de línea — linesman Entrenador — manager Árbitro — referee   For the game:   Torneo — tournament Estadio — stadium Partido — match Equipo adversario — opposing team Hincha/seguidor — supporter Espectador — spectator Saque de salida — kick-off Intervalo del medio — half time interval Seguno tiempo — second half Temporada — season Marcador — scoreboard Marcar tres goles — score a hat trick Descuento — injury time Pasar — pass Falta — foul Tiro penal — penalty kick Propia meta — own goal ¿Cómo van? — what's the score? El resultado final — the final score Torniquete — turnstile Línea de banda — touch line Amonestar un jugador — to book a player El campo — the pitch La red — the net Grada — terrace Internada — tackle Tacos — studs Balón — ball Banderines — flagposts Los colors del equipo — strip   [caption id="attachment_6209" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Spanish people are passionate about sports. But what sports do they like most? Click here to find out and get some good sports-related Spanish vocabulary at the same time ;) Photo via Pexels [/caption]  

Tennis

  Tennis has a big following in Spain. With Rafael Nadal dominating so many grand slams and other international tournaments, Spain has a lot to be proud of with its support for tennis. Spain hosts two ATP tournaments in Madrid and Barcelona, attracting thousands of fans from across the country as well as abroad. In fact, tennis is so important to the country, that there are travel companies who arrange package holidays for visitors to incorporate playing tennis into their visit! So whether you are attending a match or playing yourself, there is plenty of tennis going on around you.   What tennis vocabulary do you need?   For the players:   Tenista — tennis player El jugador con el servicio — server El restador — receiver El contrario — opponent El juez de sillar — umpire El juez de red — net judge El juez de línea — linesman El juez de faltas de pie — foot fault judge El recogepelotas — ball boy   For the game:   Saque granador — ace Ventaja — advantage Bola de ruptura — break point Iguales — duece Juego — game Globo — lob Punto de partido — match point Golpe paralelo — passing shot Manga — set Mate — smash Volea — volley Smash — smash Cancha — court El cuadro de saque — forecourt La cancha de fondo — backcourt La zona de saque izquierda/derecha — left/right service court La cinta central — centre strap La marca centra — centre mark La línea lateral de individuales/dobles — singles/doubles sideline La pelota de tenis — tennis ball La raqueta de tenis — tennis raquet   [caption id="attachment_6210" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Spanish people are passionate about sports. But what sports do they like most? Click here to find out and get some good sports-related Spanish vocabulary at the same time ;) Photo via Wikimedia[/caption]  

Formula One

  Our final choice for popular sports in Spain is Formula One. Think of Formula One racers and one of Spain's very own is probably one of the first names on your lips. Fernando Alonso is a two-time world champion who has participated in 17 seasons of Formula One, and is currently driving for Toyota. Spain hosts a circuit for Formula One at Barcelona-Catalunya, which has capacity for a crowd of almost 141,000. When the Circuit isn't hosting a race it is open to visitors, who can take a tour and get to experience what goes into Formula One behind the scenes.     So what language should you know before attending?   Carrera de automóviles — motorsports Pilot — racing driver Casilla — box Embrague — clutch La bandera de cuadros — checkered flag Paddock — paddock Posición — position Hipódromo / pista de carreras — racetrack Podio — podium El neumático — tyre Circuito — circuit Aerodinámica — aerodynamics Apéndice — apex Carrocería — bodywork equilibrio de frenos — brake balance Chasis — chassis Carlinga — cockpit Fuerza G — g-force Grava — gravel manipulación/manejo — handling Sobreviraje — oversteer Calificativo — qualifying Auto seguro — safety car   There are many popular sports in Spain! Which are you going to watch?