Soccer is the most popular sport in Spain. Spain was the first international team in the history of soccer to win three consecutive major trophies in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
The incredible success of the Spanish team on the world sporting stage provides the national pride that makes soccer the most popular sport in Spain. Spanish soccer fans refer to their national team as "La Roja," or "The Reds."
Spain hosted the soccer World Cup in 1982 and won the tournament in 2010 in South Africa. It also triumphed in 1964, 2008 and 2012 at the UEFA European Football Championship. The Spanish national team was the champion at the 1992 Olympic football tournament on home soil in Barcelona.
La Liga is the major soccer club competition in Spain and is renowned throughout the sporting world as one of the highest-quality domestic leagues. F.C. Barcelona and Real Madrid are two of the richest and most powerful teams in the sport, featuring some of the best soccer players, according to the BBC. The clashes between these two fierce Spanish rivals have the grand name, "El Clasico," or "The Classic," and they capture the attention of soccer fans not only in Spain, but also around the globe.