The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium entrance.
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. The home stadium of Real Madrid Football Club. Opened in 1947 and has a total capacity of 85,454 seats, it is one of the most famous stadiums in Spain. It is a landmark of epic proportions, and represents how massive the club is to the city of Madrid and Spain as a whole.
The inside of the Bernabeu.
The stadium was originally named ‘Campo de Chamartín‘, until it was deemed too small and redeveloped into the Bernabeu. The stadium initially kept it’s old name, but was later renamed to the Santiago Bernabeu in honour of the club president who proposed the new stadium.
The Bernabeu has hosted a plethora of historical matches. This includes 4 European Cups, 4 Champions League Finals as well as the 1982 World Cup. The stadium has been broadcast all over the world and remains a historic and iconic stadium in Madrid, the capital of Spain.
Not only this, but there have also been many footballing legends that have graced the pitch of the Bernabeu. Nearly all of the most famous football players will have at some point played for Real Madrid and called the Bernabeu their home ground. This includes: David Beckham, Ricardo Zamora, Roberto Carlos, Brazilian Ronaldo and Christiano Ronaldo to name a few.
Normally, if one were to visit Madrid, a trip to the Bernabeu is on the list. However it would just be a photo of the empty inside and maybe the entrance, like I’ve shown in this post. What people wouldn’t be able to experience is the atmosphere of a game at the Bernabeu. To watch one of the best football teams in the world play in one of the most prestigious stadiums in the world is in itself a milestone in life.
There are no words to describe what it feels like to be there in person, immersed in the atmosphere that the stadium brings…
One can argue that there are many symbols within Spanish football. Players, teams, stadiums or even club logos. However the most iconic and internationally recognised symbol of Spanish Football is the Spain National Team Jersey.
Spain National Team Jersey 2013/2014, worn in the 2014 World Cup.
This is one of the most iconic symbols in Spanish football. It is the jersey that is used whenever the Spain national team plays, whether it is in a friendly game or during the FIFA World Cup. Anyone that watches the World Cup will see and recognise the iconic red shirt that all the team wears. It is a shirt that is broadcasted worldwide and sold globally.
Spain National Team Badge
The shirt dons the iconic red and yellow of Spain, similar to the national flag. And also similar to the Spanish flag is the badge that is pressed onto the left side of the shirt. It is of the Spanish coat of arms, which entails a combination of six historical coats of arms, bordered by two columns which represent the two Pillars of Hercules, the ancient world’s name for the Straits of Gibraltar.
The shirt is also embossed with a star above the badge itself to represent their World Cup success in the 2010 World Cup. The winning of the World Cup contributes greatly to the international recognition of this jersey, further enhancing its status as a Spanish icon.
The jersey is a symbol of pride, especially since it closely resembles the national flag. It is a privilege to wear this jersey and play for your country. Despite all the politics in Spain, this jersey remains a constant icon no matter which autonomous region you are from.
And as the adidas ad for the 2011/12 jersey promotes, Spanish pride comes from within, despite which region of Spain you are from.