Peter O'Reillyexecutive vice president of NFLopened up the possibility that Madrid has a regular season game in 2025.

“We will analyze the opportunities we have to host Madrid and Brazil in the future; we’re excited to do it,” O’Reilly told the NFL’s official website.

The possibility of Madrid hosting an NFL game grows

The possibility of Real Madrid having a regular season game in this league for the first time grows because the owners of the 32 NFL teams agreed this Wednesday that, from 2025, up to eight games per year will be played outside the United States. .

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The NFL has played regular season games outside its home territory since the 2005 season.

The first duel, that year, was at the Azteca Stadium, in Mexico City, where the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in front of 103,476 spectators, an attendance record that remains to this day outside the United States.

Since that date, 50 regular season international matches have been played; 36 in London, England; six in Toronto, Canada; five in Mexico City; two in Frankfurt and one in Munich, Germany.

Arena Corinthians, in São Paulo, will host the NFL's five international games next year

Previously, the NFL reported that in the 2024 season the Corinthians Arena, located in São Paulo, Brazil, will have one of the NFL's five international games next year, something it said does not rule out the possibility of Madrid maintaining international expansion.

According to the vice-president, the reason why São Paulo was chosen instead of Madrid to have a match in the 2024 season was because in Europe games have been held since 2007 in England and since 2022 in Germany, while in South America they have never were done.

The reason we went to Brazil first actually has to do with going to a new place on the continent. We want to be in South America for the first time with a regular season game

Peter O'Reilly

“The reason we went to Brazil first has to do with going to a new place on the continent. We wanted to be in South America for the first time in a regular season game,” explained O'Reilly.

The director said that until 2025 they will not necessarily have to choose between Brazil or Spain, but left open the possibility of the two countries having a game.

“The good news is that they are both really viable and interested in hosting games,” he said.



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