In a privileged position on the northeastern coast of the Iberian peninsula and the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain in both size and population. It is also the capital of Catalonia, 1 of the 17 Autonomous Communities that make up Spain.
Barcelona has a tremendous soccer reputation. The devotion expressed by the Catalans to their beloved sport is almost like a religion, a Sunday tradition.
The city of Barcelona has two teams playing in the Spanish League “La Liga”, also named “Stars League” because of its many and varied star players, FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol .
For this reason “La Liga” is considered one of the two best soccer leagues in the world, followed by millions of people.
Besides these two top teams, there are also historical local clubs competing in the second and third Spanish division with remarkable youth categories.
The Spanish National Soccer Team, commonly referred to as La Furia Roja (The Red Fury) or La Roja (The Red [One]), is the current reigning World and European champions, having won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship. Spain also won the 1964 European Nations’ Cup and reached the UEFA Euro 1984 Final.
In July 2008 Spain rose to the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in the team’s history, becoming the sixth nation to top this ranking, and the first nation to top the ranking without previously having won the World Cup.
Between November 2006 and June 2009 Spain went undefeated for a record-tying 35 consecutive matches before their loss to the United States, a record shared with Brazil, including a record 15-game winning streak and thus earning third place in the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Recently, the team has become known for using a style of play which involves roaming movement and positional interchange amongst midfielders, moving the ball in intricate patterns, and sharp, one- or two-touch passing; this style of play has been dubbed Tiki-taka. The success of Spain in recent times and their style of play, has helped the Spanish team become a dominant force in World Football.