The town is home to Villarreal CF, a football club in Segunda Division, Spain's second highest tier of football. Founded in 1923, the club reached the national divisions in 1956 and the top-tier La Liga in 1998. During a successful spell in La Liga, the side were League runners-up in the 2007-08 season and a Champions League semi-finalist in 2006. The team play at the Estadio El Madrigal, which with a 25,000-seat capacity could fit half of the municipal population. Villarreal full-back Joan Capdevila played in the Spain squad which won the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
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