Most Popular Sports in Spain


Football (Soccer)1) Football (Soccer): Spanish Football has always attracted some of the finest players around the globe, and the popularity of Spanish la Liga has seen a meteoric rise in the last decade. Football has played a major role in reviving Spain's economy, and such has been its impact that by 2015, professional football had generated 0.75% of Spain's GDP. This answers the question that has surfaced for a long time now that what is the most important sport in Spain? Football is clearly a winner at present due to such high revenues. Spain has unearthed footballing legends since the dawn of time with players like Francesco Gento, Luis Suarez, Pep Guardiola, Fernando Hierro, Xavi, and Andres Iniesta donning the La Roja shirt. The national side has won 2 European Championships in addition to the 2010 World Cup within a span of 4 years. Real Madrid and Barcelona are two of World's premier clubs situated in Spain with clubs like Sevilla and Malaga emerging as strong European contenders. The Spain women's football national team is no slouch and is quickly growing into a European powerhouse. The El Clasico match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona is perhaps the greatest rivalry in Footballing history racking up enormous viewership throughout the World. Football is certainly a cult in Spain, and could be labeled as the biggest Sport in Spain too.


Football (Soccer) popularity

Basketball2) Basketball: Spanish basketball sides like the Real Madrid Baloncesto and FC Barcelona Basquet have catapulted the Spanish ACB league into limelight. Considered as one of the few premier basketball leagues in Europe, ACB league is gifted with talented Spaniards and other foreign talents making it one of Spain's most popular sports. Spanish players have started to get a stranglehold on NBA as well. Spanish men and women national team have enjoyed decent spells at the international level where the former won gold at the 2006 FIBA men Championship, and the latter managed silver at the 2014 FIBA women championship. In men's basketball, players like Ricky Rubio, Wally Szczerbiak, and Marc Gasol went on to attain legendary status in the most coveted NBA Championships. The opposite gender has also tasted some success through the likes of Alba Torrens and Anna Cruz. Much like the El Clasico in football; the match between Real Madrid Baloncesto and FC Barcelona Basquet also known as the basketball's El Clasico remains to be one of the most hyped games in the Spanish ACB league. Basketball is one of the top 3 sports in Spain, and the community seems to be growing in stature day by day.


Basketball popularity

Tennis3) Tennis: Spain can be considered as one of the best Tennis playing nations in the World, and a formidable force when it comes to clay courts. Spain has won numerous national accolades alongside, yielding some of the finest tennis players. Winner of Davis Cup 5 times and lifting the Fed Cup another 4 times, Spain has enjoyed equal success in the men's and women's format. However, much credit goes to Rafael Nadal, arguably the greatest Spanish Tennis player and one of the greatest of all times in the World. With 14 Grand Slam titles under his name, Nadal also holds a few unassailable records to his name. He is the only tennis player ever to win Grand slam titles on hardcourt, grass, and clay courts in 2009. He has formed a tenacious rivalry with talismanic Swiss Roger Federer. Veteran Spanish players like Carlos Moya and David Ferrer were forces to reckon with in the early 2000s while the women tennis section yielding the likes of Carla Suarez Navarro and Garbine Muguruza. However, Conchita Martinez remains to be the best among the female tennis players with an insurmountable 33 titles to her name. The Spanish women national team has somehow failed to conjure up anything significant as far as Tennis is concerned. Tennis is certainly among the list of top sports in Spain, and its meteoric rise in popularity has enlisted itself in the famous sports in Spain.


Tennis popularity

Roller Hockey (Quad)4) Roller Hockey (Quad): Quad is Europe's one of the most rough and enthralling sports. Spain seems to have mastered the art of Quad as well by winning the World Championship 16 times. The Spanish national team has done extremely well in the European Championship as well, winning it 14 times. Spain's FC Barcelona is the most decorated European club with 21 European Cups to its name. Liceo La Coruna and Igualada HC have had their fair share of success too as far as European club trophies are concerned.


Roller Hockey (Quad) popularity

Motor Sports5) Motor Sports: Motorsports has quickly risen through the ranks in terms of popularity in Spain. Fernando Alonso, the veteran Spanish is to be credited for promoting motorsports in Spain when he won back to back World Championships in 2005 and 2006. Fernando Alonso then became a cult figure in Spanish motorsport world, and this led to Spain hosting 4 Grand Prix since then. The exposure to the global arena has resulted in Motorsports becoming a very famous sport in Spain. Motorsports have always been men oriented since its inception, but the last decade saw women sector emerging as strong contenders in this field. Laia Sanz is one of the most decorated motorcycle riders in the World, and perhaps the most successful in Spanish women motorsports. There have been many notable male players for Spain with Sito Pons and Jorge Martinez Aspar being the finest of the lot. Current players like Alvara Bautista and Dani Pedrosa have hogged the limelight on the international stage. Motorsport in Spain went through a dark phase way back in 1955 where a fatal crash cost the Pedrables circuit being dropped from the calendar. It was not until the early 60's that Spanish circuits stared to stage a comeback, and in 1968 the Spanish Grand Prix made it to the calendar.


Motor Sports popularity

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Dillon said on 2017-05-10 17:05:10:

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What the, the football world champions with two of the most successfull clubs in history in barcelona and real madrid and countless followers within the country, apparently follow basketball, this list is completely wrong.


-Brandon

 soccer comes 1st dumbeahd


-Ochuko_u

The use of "The data is based on which sports websites internet users
from Spain browse the most." is completely useless here. You only must
check quickly medias (TV, journals...) to find that the most popular
sport in Spain, and very far from basket, is Soccer!! This results we
can explain easily only thinking in the fact that people watching
massive sports like soccer are NOT USUALLY (doesn't means nobody) people
with good skills on using computers... internet... In the other hand,
people with a better cultural level are usually interested in minoritary
and more technical sports like basketball... and they know to use
internet, and they NEED to use internet to know about their favorite
sport, as in TV, journals, etc are only speaking mostly about soccer.


-Askdimitri

are you kidding? you have never been in spain, everybody plays football, we are starting to like baketball in the last years because we have win the worldcup and the european cup 2 consecutive times, but the reality is that, futbol always break the statistics in TV, and if you walk in the street you will see a lot of people playing football in the fields. Is so clear that, when i have seen your ranking i was sure you have never been in spain


-Spanish

I am sorry, but this list is completely wrong. The most popular sport in Spain is, and by a huge margin, soccer. When teams play on Saturday and Sunday nights, the whole country stops to watch the games. Get your act together people!


-Guest

The use of "The data is based on which sports websites internet users from Spain browse the most." is completely useless here. You only must check quickly medias (TV, journals...) to find that the most popular sport in Spain, and very far from basket, is Soccer!! This results we can explain easily only thinking in the fact that people watching massive sports like soccer are NOT USUALLY (doesn't means nobody) people with good skills on using computers... internet... In the other hand, people with a better cultural level are usually interested in minoritary and more technical sports like basketball... and they know to use internet, and they NEED to use internet to know about their favorite sport, as in TV, journals, etc are only speaking mostly about soccer.


-Askdimitri

This has got to be a joke! Spain has the two best club teams in the world in Barcelona and Real Madrid, annnnddddd the best international team in the world at the moment, but you're telling me that basketball is more popular than football. The fact that whenever a team wins the league they take over the town, ie. Real Madrid celebrating this year at the plaza de ciebeles, clearly proves this. Everyone the world over is aware of Spanish football, it dominates their media (internationally as well) and yet I hear nothing of basketball outside the NBA, certainly nothing from Spain.


-Guest

Soccer is most popular sport in the Spain


-Degredo

I don't think basketball is number #1. Soccer will like insane over there.


-Guest


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