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Spain’s passion for soccer (football, or fútbol) is known worldwide, as are the country’s top teams such as Real Madrid and F.C. Barcelona, not to mention the national team which in 2010 won nothing less than the sport’s most celebrated competition, the FIFA World Cup.  

But Spanish sporting glory also shines in arenas far beyond the soccer pitch. Several players on Spain’s national basketball team such as Pau Gasol and José Calderón are also NBA superstars. The team itself won the 2006 World Basketball Championships and secured silver medals in the 2008 and 2012 olympics. Rafa Nadal is a living tennis legend and Fernando Alonso is a race car champion.

Take a look below at our selection of Spanish athletes, teams and sports and prepare to get caught up in the excitement of Spanish sports.

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