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Football is a favourite spectator sport in Andalucia amongst a huge number of British and Spanish alike. The foreign influence has increased the popularity of football over the years and there are usually local matches, where you can support or even join the team. For foreigners living abroad, a football match can be a great way to meet like-minded local people in a relaxed, yet lively atmosphere. You might learn a few choice Spanish phrases that you should check out before you incorporate them into your everyday vocabulary!

Since so many British people have settled in Andalucia and especially along the Costa del Sol, over the last 20 years or so, there is now a large English speaking fraternity that follows the Liga BBVA and especially Malaga Football Club.

In the 2016 / 17 there are three Andalucian football teams in the Liga Santander: Sevilla, Malaga and Granada.

We currently have pages on these Andalucian teams, from where you can read more information and buy tickets.

 

Sevilla FC   Real Betis Balompie
Sevilla FCFounded in 1905, its name, Sevilla FC (Football Club, rather than CF - Club de Futbol) reflects its British origins.
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Real Betis BalompíeSevilla’s big rival – their derbies are major local events.
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Malaga CF

Granada CF

Malaga C.F.This Malaga team.
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This club dates from 1931, and has competed in La Liga since 1941.
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how does the spanish league system work?

The top league in Spain is the Primera División, more commonly known as 'La Liga BBVA' and the league below this is the Segunda División or 'La Liga Adelante'. These two leagues can be considered the Spanish equivalent of the Premiership and Championship in England.

After this, the 'Segunda División B' is made up of 80 teams, divided into 4 groups which relate to geographical locations. Segunda División B Group 4 encompasses those Andalucian teams that make the league.

Following on from this, there is the Tercera División (third division), made up of 18 groups of 20 teams and finally, the regional divisions.

Primera División (20 teams)
Segunda División (22 teams)
Segunda División B (4 groups of 20 teams)
Tercera División (18 groups of 20 teams)
Regional Divisións

promotion & relegation

At the end of the season, the bottom three teams from Primera División are relegated to the Segunda División and automatically replaced by the the top two of this division, however the third team to be promoted must first win a play off. The play off is between the teams in third and fourth position in the Segunda División.

the teams (2016/2017 SEASON)

Those in bold represent Andalucian teams.

Primera División
 
Segunda División
 
Second División B
(La Liga Santander)
 
(La Liga 1 2 3)
 
Group 4 Teams
Deportivo Alavés
 
Alcorcón
 
Extremadura
Athletic Bilbao
 
Almería
 
Marbella F.C
Atlético Madrid
 
Cádiz  
 
Real Murcia
FC Barcelona
 
Córdoba
 
Real Jaén
Real Betis
 
Elche
 
Melilla
Celta de Vigo
 
Getafe
 
San Fernando
Deportivo de La Coruña
 
Gimnástic
 
Sanluqueño
SD Eibar
 
Girona
 
Cartagena
RCD Espanyol
 
Huesca
 
La Hoya
 
Levante
 
Granada B
UD Las Palmas
 
Lugo
 
Villanovense
CD Leganés
 
Mallorca
 
Recreativo
 
Mirandés
 
Mérida
CA Osasuna
 
Numancia
 
B. Linense
Real Madrid

Rayo  
El Ejido 2012
Real Sociedad
 
Real Oviedo
 
Córdoba B
 
Reus
 
Jumilla
Sporting de Gijon
 
Sevilla Atlético
 
Linares Dep.
Valencia CF
 
Tenerife
 
La Roda
Villarreal CF
 
UCAM Murcia
 
At. Mancha Real
   
Valladolid
 
   
Zaragoza