While the Spanish love their football, Spain is also home to one of the biggest Grand Prix’s of the season, along with some of the nation’s lesser known sporting greats. Here are the 10 major sports clubs based in Barcelona.
FC Barcelona – footy
One of the biggest football clubs in the world and undoubtedly one of the best in Spain, rivalled locally only by the likes of Real Madrid. They are the 2nd richest club behind Manchester United and have won almost as many trophies. Visiting FC Barcelona is also one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Stadium: Camp Nou.
With all the hype and success surrounding FC Barcelona, it’s easy to forget they are not the only club in the city. In fact, RCD Espanyol currently play in the very same league, facing their fellow Catalonian club twice a season. Stadium: Estadi Cornellà-El Prat.
Barcelona Dragons – American footy
During the 90’s American Football started to spread across the globe, with Europe creating their very own league. The Dragons have had a steady success within the game, the highlight being crowned World Bowl Champions in 1997. Stadium: Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
They may have been running for longer, but the Barcelona Bufals haven’t quite had the same success as their fellow Dragons. That said, there aren’t many places outside of America where you have two teams to choose from when it comes to American Football. Stadium: Estadio Narcis Sala
FC Barcelona Basquet
As well as being responsible for one of the best football teams in the world, FC Barcelona has stretched out to become a multi-sports club. Their basketball team were founded in 1926 and have continued to play at the highest standard ever since. Stadium: Palau Blaugrana
FC Barcelona Futsal
This fast and furious take on the big game has become a popular spectators sport across Europe. Played indoors, 5-a-side football is often end to end action and has gone on to produce some of Spain’s great 11-a-side players. Stadium: Palau Blaugrana
FC Barcelona Handbol
Tournaments for handball attract large crowds in Europe and games are regularly televised. If you’re after something different, read up on the rules first. Stadium: Palau Blaugrana.
Another stem of the FC Barcelona legacy is their ice hockey team, so wrap up warm and watch some of Europe’s best skaters take to the ice. Stadium: Palau de Gel
Halfway between regular hockey and ice hockey, you have roller hockey. Expect to see games played at high speeds, as competitors race across the pitch. Stadium: Palau Blaugrana
Barcelona Rugby Union
If you’re a Rugby Union fan, then FC Barcelona have a team for you. In Barcelona it’s a bit more of a niche sport, so expect to be much closer to the action. Stadium: La Teixonera.
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