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On March 6, 1902, the Madrid Foot Ball Club is founded by a group of fans in Madrid, Spain. Later known as Real Madrid, the club would become the most successful European football (soccer) franchise of the 20th century.

With its trademark blue-and-white uniforms (originally inspired by those of an English team), Madrid began to make a name for itself in Spain almost right away. From 1905 to 1907, under their first coach, Englishman Arthur Johnson, the team won three titles in a row in the Spanish League, known as La Liga. These were just the first of 29 La Liga championships through 2006 for Real Madrid, including an impressive five consecutive La Liga titles from 1986 to 1990.

Real Madrid’s legendary status internationally was solidified under the leadership of Santiago Bernabeu Yeste, who played for the team from 1912 to 1927 and served as club president from 1943 to 1978. In 1953, Bernabeu began to stock his roster with the best players he could find from around the world, instead of just the best in Spain, beginning with Madrid’s most famous soccer icon, Argentine star Alfredo Di Stefano. The resulting team won the European Cup, Europe’s football championship, an unprecedented five times in a row, from 1956 through 1960. Bernabeu then switched course in the 1960s and built a team entirely of Spanish players. In 1966, Real Madrid won its sixth European cup with a team of Spanish “hippies” who rivaled the Beatles in popularity on the European continent.

In 2000, soccer’s international governing body, FIFA, selected Real Madrid the best football team of the 20th century. Two years later, the club celebrated its 100-year anniversary.

History of Madrid

The documented history of Madrid dates to the 9th century, even though the area has been inhabited since the Stone Age. The primitive nucleus of Madrid, a walled military outpost in the left bank of the Manzanares, dates back to the second half of the 9th century, during the rule of the Emirate of Córdoba. Conquered by Christians in 1083 or 1085, Madrid consolidated in the Late Middle Ages as a middle to upper-middle rank town of the Crown of Castile. The development of Madrid as administrative centre began when the court of the Hispanic Monarchy was settled in the town in 1561.


The first football league in Spain was The Catalan football championship (Campionat de Catalunya), established in 1901. After the creation of the La Liga, The Catalan football championship co-existed with the national league for some years until it was cancelled in 1940.

La Liga, the first national football league in Spain was founded in 1929 (the first season started in February that year and ended in June). At this time, it consisted of one division, Primera División, and contained ten clubs. The numbers of clubs would later expand at several occasions. In 1987, it reached 20 clubs and that have remained except a short period (1995-1997) with 22 clubs.

Real Madrid

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Real Madrid, in full Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, byname Los Blancos (Spanish: “the White”), Spanish professional football (soccer) club based in Madrid. Playing in all-white uniforms, which led to its nickname “Los Blancos,” Real Madrid is one of the world’s best-known teams, with fans in many countries.

Real Madrid grew out of Football Club Sky, a team formed in Madrid in 1897. The club was officially founded in 1902 and joined the Royal Spanish Football Federation in 1909. Real Madrid played at a variety of venues until ambitious club president Santiago Bernabéu spearheaded the construction of the stadium that bears his name. Opened in 1947, the Bernabéu holds more than 80,000 spectators and was the venue for the 1982 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup final.

The European Cup was first held during the 1955–56 season, with a prestigious field consisting of clubs that had won their own country’s league championship. Real Madrid was the tournament’s first winner, defeating French club Stade de Reims in the final. It continued on a run of European dominance that no team has matched since. Gifted players such as Ferenc Puskás, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Paco Gento, Hector Rial, and Miguel Muñoz helped the club win the first five European Cups in a row. The club’s play in the 1960 European Cup final against the West German team Eintracht Frankfurt—a 7–3 Real victory—is widely considered one of the finest club performances of all time. Real has won a total of 13 European Cup/Champions League titles, more than any other team.

Real Madrid has won more Spanish top-division (La Liga) championships (33) than any other Spanish side. The club has also won the Copa del Rey, the main Spanish cup competition, 19 times, as well as nine Spanish Super Cups and two Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Cups (1985 and 1986).

Real’s local competition is Atlético Madrid, but the club’s biggest rivalry is with FC Barcelona. The tension between the football clubs from Spain’s two biggest cities was amplified by a struggle between the teams in the 1950s to sign the talented Argentinian striker Alfredo Di Stéfano, who reneged on a proposed deal with Barcelona to sign with Madrid, helping Real become a football power in the 1950s and ’60s. Matches between Barcelona and Real Madrid are known as El Clásico (“The Classic”) and are watched throughout Spain, in large part because the two sides symbolize for many the ongoing political and cultural difficulties between Castilian (Real) and Catalonian (Barcelona) Spain.

From the late 1990s Real Madrid spent enormous sums on luring some of the world’s most famous foreign players to the club, where they are known as galácticos (“superstars”). Those players were often the most expensive (by transfer fee) footballers in the world and included such stars as David Beckham, Luis Figo, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Kaká, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Juan Padrós

The Barcelona born Juan Padrós was one of the founders of Real Madrid and its first official president. Along with his brother Carlos and other former members of the &lsquoFoot Ball Club Sky&rsquo, on the 6 th of March 1902 he founded the &lsquoMadrid Foot Ball Club&rsquo, which was the original name of Real Madrid. He was a man whose consuming passion was football as he proved by presiding the first Spanish Federation of Football Clubs and he was also instrumental in the creation of the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

The Padrós brothers set out to create a national championship between clubs and the &lsquoMadrid Competition&rsquo, which was played in 1903, laid the foundations for the Championship of Spain and subsequently led to what is now known as the Copa del Rey knockout competition. This was undoubtedly a milestone for Real Madrid in particular and for Spanish football in general.

During his term as president of the club, Real Madrid won their first title in 1903, the Regional Championship, which was just the first of the many national and international honours that would follow. The club then took over a team called AS Amicale and merged with Moderno F. C. and that was when Juan Padrós left the presidency.

His last post in the football world was as president of the Spanish Federation of Football Clubs where he spent a year in which he also managed to unite the sport in Spain through the Royal Spanish Football Federation which was founded 1913.

Real Madrid History

Real Madrid C.F. is the most successful club in the history of football. It’s the only club with the record of 13 UEFA Champions Leagues and 33 Spanish Leagues (La Liga).

Real Madrid was founded in 1902. Julián Palacios, was its first figurehead, but it was Juan Padrós, Catalan and from Barcelona, who formally constituted the institution that year. Interest in football grew at such a rate in Spain that Madrid proposed a tournament in homage to king Alfonso XIII. The initiative became the Copa de España (Spanish Cup).

With a growing fanbase when the years passed, Real Madrid saw the need to change campgrounds in order to facilitate the number of visitors and obtain more money. The club moved to the O’Donnell Stadium. It was then that the King of Spain’s high steward granted Madrid the title ‘Real’ (Royal) in 1920.

In the early 20s, Real Madrid returned to its pioneering role in Spanish football. The team made a series of trips abroad, making it an international trailblazer. Real Madrid was one of the founding member of The Campeonato de Liga in 1928, and has never ever been relegated.

Real Madrid had now accepted the fact that the success they craved would only be possible with the best players. The goalkeeper Zamora, and the defenders Ciriaco, and Quincoces were signed. The trio formed the best defense in the world. The 1931-1932 season was a great one for Lippo Hertza’s team. The Blancos finished the league as unbeaten champions. It was the start of an era of Madrid dominance. The result was four titles in as many years (two in La Liga and two Copas).

Just a month after the latest cup win (1936), Spanish Civil War broke out. Real Madrid’s finest hour on the pitch so far was under threat and cut short by the military conflict. It led to many players ending their careers or leaving the country in exile. The club and team would not be reassembled until after the war. The president of the club, Sánchez Guerra, was exiled, and another previous president but just for a couple of months, Antonio Ortega, was executed by the Franco regime after the war. Due to the war in Madrid, the club tried to compete in the Catalan Republic League that was free of the conflict, but F.C. Barcelona vetoed that.

The Civil War (1936-39) and its aftermath for more than a decade was absolutely tragic for the team. Real Madrid won no leagues between 1933 and 1954, and only 2 Spanish Cups, in 1946 and 1947. It was also 2 times in the verge of being relegated. The local rival, Atlético, was patronized by the army that won the conflict. As a team who supported the República, Real Madrid was a team that generated no sympathies in the dictator the General Francisco Franco and during the first 15 years of the Franco regime Real Madrid was in the weakest position of his history.

In 1943, in the semi-final of the cup, Real Madrid met Barcelona. In Les Corts, the eleven azulgranas won 3-0. In the return match, los Blancos knocked out their opponent with an extraordinary comeback. Madrid won 11-1, and a rivalry than already existed become eternal.

On the 15th of December 1943, Santiago Bernabéu became the club’s president. Former player and manager of the club, was the most important men in Real Madrid history.

The french journalists Gabriel Hanot and Jacques Ferrán dreamed up a competition that would bring together the champions of each European country. Between them they drew up some regulations that reached the headquarters of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). The proposal was much to the liking of the heads of French publication ‘L’Equipe’, which organized the tournament. They named a commission that included Santiago Bernabéu as one of its vice presidents. The championship became a reality in 1956: the European Cup was born.

Real Madrid won the first European Cup in history on the 13th of June that year. It was the first of the five consecutive cups it would win. This great feat was achieved at the hands of one of history’s greatest footballers, Alfredo Di Stéfano, and during Bernabéu’s presidency.

Madrid discovered Di Stéfano in the club’s fiftieth anniversary year (1952), when the team took on Millonarios (4-2). Since then the club had its sights set on him and the following year he made his debut as a Madrid player. He became the best footballer in the Real Madrid history, receiving two Ballon d’Ors (1957 and 1959) as one of the stars of the team that ruled Europe for five years in a row.

No other team in history has won five European cups in a row like that Real Madrid. That team was composed of real legends, like Alfredo Di Stéfano, the Hungarian Ferenc Puskas, the French Raymond Kopa or the Spanish Francisco Gento, who owns a record of six European Cups.

In the 1959-1960 season, ex-Madrid player Miguel Muñoz took the reins of Real Madrid. He won the Fifth European Cup in his first season as manager, becoming the first footballer to win the European Cup as a player (three times) and as a manager. In 1960, the merengues were also crowned champions of the world as they won the first edition of the Intercontinental Cup: Real Madrid 5-1 Peñarol de Montevideo.

In the 60’s the team was going through a period of change. In Spain it was simply the best, winning eight league championships: in the 50’s Real Madrid won more European Cups than Liga championships, five of them on the trot. And it won its Sixth European Cup in 1966.

Football was in mourning on the 2nd of June 1978 at the loss of the president who took Real Madrid to the top. The 70’s are the only decade since the creation of european international club competition when Real Madrid didn’t win any european trophy, but he won 6 Spanish La liga in those 10 years.

The 80s were dominated by a brilliant generation of youth-team players. ‘Vulture’s Cohort’ or “La Quinta del Buitre“, led by Emilio Butragueño, made Real Madrid into one of the best teams in history. The goals of Hugo Sánchez also played an important role in this successful decade. The Whites won the first two UEFA Cups with some historic comebacks in Europe and magical nights in the Bernabéu. They also won 5 La Ligas in a row, a record of consecutive championship in Spain, between 1986 and 1990.

Real Madrid would live next a golden era. First of all, he become again, 32 years later, champion of Europe. But not just once: he won 3 UEFA Champions Leagues in 5 years: la Séptima (7th) in 1998, the 8th in 2000 and 2002 the 9th. The team was leaded by Real Madrid academy player Raúl.

In 2000 Florentino Pérez arrived to the presidency and started the era of the Galacticos. In the first 4 years the won 1 UEFA Champions League, 2 Spanish Leagues and created a Dream Team with the best stars of the football world: Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo, Beckham joined football legends like Raúl, Hierro or Casillas.

Real Madrid won 2 extra leagues in 2007 and 2008 under the direction of Fabio Capello and Bernd Schuster. But after a terrible 2009 season, Florentino Pérez returned to the presidency in 2009 to boost the moral of the madridistas and reinforce the team.

In Florentino Pérez second coming, he signed maybe the best football player of Real Madrid since Di Stéfano, Cristiano Ronaldo, and a lot of stars like Benzema, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos or Gareth Bale. Star managers like José Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti or the newbie and former football legend Zinedine Zidane coached the team.

In these recent years, Real Madrid has won 2 UEFA Champions League in 2 thrilling finals against the local rival Atlético de Madrid with heroic performances of the captain Sergio Ramos. La Décima arrived in 2014 and the 11th UEFA Champions League in 2016. The team has also won a Spanish league in 2012 that shattered all the records, with 100 points and 121 goals.

Both seasons 2016-2017 and 2018-19 were historical. In 2017 Real Madrid became the first club to win back to back Champions League titles with the new competition format. And also won La Liga, the first time since 1958 that the club got both Liga and Champions. With the addition of the European and Spanish Supercup and the World Club Cup, and with 5 trophies during 2017 it was the best season of Real Madrid as a football club.

In 2018-19, Real Madrid became the first sports team to win European Cup both in football and basketball in the same year. The 13th Champions League was also the third in a row and the 4 or 5 years. It was a dinasty compared to no other football team in the world…except the Real Madrid of Bernabéu, Di Stéfano and Gento.

Real Madrid is the king of Europe and Spain and while rivals have come and gone to face him in the history of football, no one is really close of its legacy.

Santiago Bernabeu stadium has a capacitiy of 81.000 seats. 80% of them are occupied by Real Madrid socios that have an abono (season ticket), and the rest of the tickets are sold to the public.

Real Madrid fan stand is the Grada FANS RMCF. It was born in the spirit of binding together all the madridistas that want to support the team relentlessly both in Santiago Bernabéu and outside the stadium. It wants to welcome all madridistas that believe in an animation without violence, politics, racism and intolerance, open to all ages and with an only feeling: MADRIDISMO.

2000 madridistas of all ages, ideology, races and sexes go the GRADA FANS dressed in the white kit of Real Madrid to support Real Madrid each match.

European Cup / UEFA Champions League

Winners (13) – record: 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1965–66, 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016-17, 2018-19

Winners (33) – record: 1931–32, 1932–33, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2016-2017

Copa del Rey

Winners (19): 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1917, 1934, 1936, 1946, 1947, 1961–62, 1969–70, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1988–89, 1992–93, 2010–11, 2013–14

UEFA Super Cup

Winners (4): 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017

Intercontinental Cup

Winners (3) – shared record: 1960, 1998, 2002

FIFA Club World Cup

Supercopa de España

Winners (10): 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2017

Copa Eva Duarte (the forerunner to the Supercopa de España)


Origins Edit

It was first in 1997 that a younger Ana Rossell, playing for crosstown club Atletico Feminas, petitioned the then Real Madrid president, Lorenzo Sanz for the creation of a women's football section at the club. According to Rossell, her requests were not met with the response she was hoping for, with club executives citing that a women's section wasn't economically sustainable. Speaking to Madrid-based Diario AS in 2013 about her earlier frustrations, Rossell looked back and said: “When you are a teenager, you dream of playing for your (dream) team, but since there was no Real Madrid (women’s section), I had to do it at Atlético Feminas (now Atlético Madrid Femenino) and CD Canillas.”

Rossell proceeded to try again first under Sanz's successor, Florentino Perez (in his first spell at the club). In the documentary "Un Sueño Real", she revealed that she approached Perez after the unveiling of Zinedine Zidane with a napkin proposing the women's team, similar to the way the president himself had signed Zidane. Her struggle proved unsuccessful. It wasn't until 2013, in Perez's second stint as president that light began to emerge at the end of the tunnel. “Real Madrid, until now, always answered me in the same tone that it (women’s football) was not part of the club’s plans in the short run. The other day, however, Florentino did leave a door open for the future,” said Rossell. In the same interview, she went on to say that starting the section would entail minimal costs in the first year of existence, with the focus being on grassroots football. “The first team would start in the Regional Division, and end up in the Primera Division in four years. And with the team in a top competition, an agreement would be signed with a leading company in the female sector,” she concluded. [2]

In a collaboration with Primavera Blanca in May 2016, with support from Spanish players Verónica Boquete, Mar Prieto and Real Madrid fullback Alvaro Arbeloa, Rossell again launched a “Historia Por Hacer” (a line from the Real Madrid anthem meaning “History you will make”) campaign calling for the creation of women's section. In a speech in which she thanked Boquete for her support, Rossell concluded by saying “…There is no doubt that every day that passes without having a women’s section is one less day that we have as Madridistas to make history one less day to make our club bigger.” [3]

When the question was put to him during a talk show on El Larguero in 2017, Florentino Perez seemed prefer the idea of starting a team from scratch. “We will definitely have a women’s team,” he said. “We’re working on it, but it will be from the position of a newly formed club, not a team in which we bring the best player from Germany, Brazil… That is not what Madridismo is all about.”

2014–2019: Club Deportivo TACÓN Edit

CD TACÓN was founded on 12 September 2014, with the aim to be a completely professional women's football team. The name TACÓN (which translates to heel) is an acronym: Trabajo (work) Atrevimiento (dare/bravery) Conocimiento (knowledge) Organización (organisation) Notoriedad (visibility/renown). [4]

The club was founded with a possible future merger with Real Madrid firmly in mind. Like Madrid CFF, they wore all-white home kits in homage to the Spanish giants. In their first competitive season, 2015–16, the club only registered an under-14 team. On 24 June 2016, TACÓN announced the merge with CD Canillas for incorporating their women's senior and under-19 teams. [5]

A few years after the founding of CD TACÓN, Ana Rossell again spoke about her dealings with Real Madrid. “Three years ago, we presented a project to Real Madrid to create a women’s football section.” Ana Rossell said at the unveiling of Lorena Navarro and Lucia Rodriguez for Club Deportivo TACÓN. In a docuseries with Newtral, she revealed that while Real Madrid were pleased with what they had seen with CD TACÓN, they weren't ready to make the jump into women's football.

After only three seasons in Segunda División, on 19 May 2019, TACÓN achieved promotion for the first time ever to Primera División. [6]

2019: Takeover by Real Madrid Edit

On 25 June 2019, the Real Madrid CF board of directors announced a proposal of integrating TACÓN as their women's football section to be presented to their socios (members). [7] As part of the agreement, TACÓN would play their 2019–20 season matches at Ciudad Real Madrid during the transition, with the merger being officially completed on 1 July 2020. [8] On 15 September 2019, The Extraordinary General Assembly of Real Madrid approved the absorption of the club. [9] The merger marked a successful end to a journey that Ana Rossell, a socio at Real Madrid, began a decade earlier bearing similarities with the role Lola Romero played in the rebirth of Atlético Madrid's women's football section. [10] Florentino Perez, speaking at the General Assembly after the vote to absorb was passed, cited that TACÓN's youth system was the reason why it was chosen as the base for the women's team, thus striving to stay true to Real Madrid's philosophy of developing Spanish talent.

There were many who criticised Real Madrid's decision to absorb a team rather than start from scratch. Former TACÓN player, Yamilla Badell said to AS in 2019 that “Madrid was always behind everything” and that the agreement (between the clubs) had “been brewing for years”. It had been known that once promotion to the top division was achieved, an agreement with Real Madrid would be reached. In that interview with Diario AS, she said that the players knew about the absorption long before it was announced, and that the TACÓN dressing room was “very Madridista”. She went on to add, “People criticized that (Real Madrid) did not start from scratch in women’s football, but Real Madrid has always been present in the steps of TACON”. [11]

2019–2020: Transition year Edit

Having been promoted, the club went on to lose a large majority of its playing squad in the summer of 2019. Argentine midfielder Ruth Bravo moved to Rayo Vallecano, while others like Lixy, Marbel Okoye and Yamilla Badell did not have their contracts renewed. In order to strengthen for the coming season, the club saw the arrival of Swedish duo Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson French midfielder Aurélie Kaci from Atlético Madrid, Ainoa Campo from crosstown rivals Madrid CFF, English forward Chioma Ubogagu, goalkeeper Ana Valles, Nigerian defender Osinachi Ohale, as well as the Brazilian pair Daiane and Thaisa Moreno, who was nominated for best midfielder in her lone year at A.C. Milan Women. The last signing of the summer was versatile defender Babett Peter from VFL Wolfsburg. [ citation needed ]

Despite the wealth of talent and experience at their disposal, CD TACÓN's start to the season was nothing short of abysmal, with heavy losses against Barcelona, in its debut match, [12] and EDF Logroño particularly standing out. After a poor run with just one win in nine games, the team started to gain a sense of stability in November 2019, going on a five match unbeaten run. TACÓN finished the shortened 2019–20 season in 10th place, with many fans unhappy with how the team had thrown away a 3–0 lead with ten minutes to go and ended up losing 4–3 on home soil in the last match before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spurred by the growing interest in women's football – more so in the United States after their latest World Cup triumph in 2019 – the Los Angeles based film and TV production company EXILE Content and Spanish media company Newtral announced a documentary series about the genesis of the first-ever women's football team at Real Madrid. [13]

2020–present: Real Madrid Femenino Edit

On 1 July 2020, Real Madrid CF released an official communication confirming the completion of the merger, thereby signalling the complete absorption of CD TACÓN, which would then operate as 'Real Madrid' from that date onwards. [14]

The new structure of the section includes a senior team, reserve side similar to Castilla, known as 'Real Madrid Femenino B', an Under-19 team, 'Juvenil' and a 'Cadets' for under-15s and below. The structure already existed under CD TACÓN and has been integrated into Real Madrid's famous La Fábrica. [15] The remaining TACÓN Juvenil and Cadete teams that couldn't be absorbed right away have since been rebranded as 'Fenix Football Club'. While the Madrid federation recognises the new Fenix as an affiliate of Real Madrid, it is unknown whether they will operate in all levels of the women's game, or just the grassroots as Cuneo did after being absorbed by Juventus. [16]

While many speculated that they would share the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano with Real Madrid Castilla, during the transition season CD TACÓN played all their home games at Campo 11 in Valdebebas. TACÓN matches were not open to the general public, with only club members, or those possessing a membership card, allowed to attend. [17]

Unofficial rumours after the Extraordinary General Assembly on September 15 suggested the women's team would be expected to move into the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano at the start of the 2020–21 season. However, an article by El Mundo Deportivo reported that with the completion of the merger on 1 July 2020, the women's team would continue playing at Campo 11 as opposed to the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium, with games still limited to club members and selected visiting fans.

History of Real Madrid

In 1902 a group of soccer fans officially founded the Madrid Football Club and created the first Directory Committee which Enrique Varela as president and Manuel Mendía as Vice president. They agreed on the team uniform imitating that of the Corinthians from London.

Three years later Madrid won its first Spanish Championship by beating Bilbao’s Athletic team by 1 to 0. The only goal was made by Prast who received a pass from Pedro Parages.

Later, in 1931 Real Madrid won the first League. Having included Ciriaco, Quincoces, Luis Regueiro, Hilario, Bestit, Olivares y Ateca to the team, they didn´t lose a match.

Then in 1943 the first big comeback took place. Madrid defeated Barcelona by 11 to 1 after having lost by 0 to 3 the previous match. Neither team will ever forget that match.

Only 4 years after this, in 1947, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium was opened. International press said it was the best stadium in Europe. Barinaga was the first one to score in this stadium.

In 1954, 21 years later, Madrid wins the league again against Valencia. It was Alfredo Di Stefano´s first year in Spain and he was awarded top striker with 27 goals in the League. Merely two years after this, the first European Cup was achieved. 1957 was also a big year for Real Madrid. The conquered their second European Cup. The third one arrived in 1958 with goals scored by Di Stefano, Rial and Gento in Brussels against Milan. Two years passed and the fourth European Cup came along.

Not too far ahead the fifth European Cup was awarded to Real Madrid. But the main attraction was not it being the fifth, but the way it was obtained. An amazing Real Madrid beat Eintracht de Frankfurt by 7 to 3 in what is remembered as the best European final.

The moment when Real Madrid was really crowned the King of the world was when they won their first Intercontinental Cup against Peñarol from Montevideo. The first encounter in Montevideo ended in 0 to 0, but the next time they met was in Santiago Bernabéu with 120.000 fans to impress ad they did winning 5 to 1.

In 1961 Madrid achieved the highest records being the team with the most Leagues. Out of the 30 games that were played Madrid won 24 and got the Cup of the Spanish League.

Throughout the 80s, with Emilio Butrageño won 5 Leagues in a row which is something never done by any team.

Of course Real Madrid’s main opponent is FC Barcelona. In 1995 took place a match no Madrid fan will forget. Real Madrid scored 5 to 0 being led by Johan Cruyff. 3 of the 5 goals were marked by Ivan Zamorano.

The seventh UEFA EURO (European Cup) arrived in 1998 in Amsterdam with an only goal by Pedja Mijatovic against Juventus. Then the second Intercontinental Cup was brought to Madrid from Japan. The victory was due to two scores made by Roberto Carlos and Raul. The third one was gained with goals from Ronaldo and Guti against Olimpia de Asunción a few years later.

The year 2000 was a big year since FIFA named Real Madrid the best team of the XX century. The award was handed to Alfredo Di Stefano and Florentino Perez.

Later on the eighth European Cup was obtained by defeating Valencia in Paris. Later on, in 2002, the ninth one came along with goals from Zidane and Raul against the German club Bayer Leverkusen.

The last league played (2006/2007) was the 30th league for Real Madrid. This incredible event was celebrated with an honor to the history of the best club of the century.

Club Legends


From 1928 to 1932. Striker. 4 caps. He won 1 League and 1 Cup.


From 1930 to 1936. The best Spanish goalkeeper of the history. He won 2 Leagues and 2 Cups.


From 1931 to 1942. The best WC Italy 1934 player. He won 2 Leagues and 2 Cups.


From 1946 to 1957. Midfielder. 7 caps. He won 3 leagues, 2 copas, 1 European cup.


From 1956 to 1959. Striker. He was from France. He won 2 Leagues, 3 European cups and 1 Ballon d’Or.


From 1954 to 1961. Left Winger. 5 caps. He won 4 Leagues, 5 European cups, 1 Intercontinental cup, 1 Pequeña Copa del Mundo and 2 Latin Cups.


From 1953 to 1964. Striker. 31 caps. He won 8 leagues, 1 Spanish Cup, 5 European cups, 1 Intercontinental cup, 1 Pequeña Copa del Mundo, 2 Latin Cups, 5 times Pichichi, 2 Ballon D´or.

For a lot of people he was the best football player of all times. For others, he was just the best European player. Di Stéfano was the key to make the Real Madrid one of the biggest clubs in the world. Striker, winger, or midfielder, he was a star. Now he is President of Honor of the Club and an example for young talents.


From 1957 to 1966. Defender. 16 caps. He won 6 leagues, 1 Spanish Cup, 4 European Cups, 1 intercontinental cup.


From 1958 to 1967. Striker. 4 caps. He won 5 leagues, 1 Spanish Cup, 3 European Cups, 1 intercontinental cup.


From 1953 to 1972. Striker. 43 caps. He won 12 leagues, 2 Spanish Cups, 6 European Cup, 1 intercontinental cup.


From 1962 to 1976. Striker. 42 caps. He won 9 leagues, 3 Spanish Cups, 1 European Cup.


From 1964 to 1980. Midfielder. 41 caps. He won 10 leagues, 4 Spanish cups, 1 European Cup.


From 1971 to 1984. Goalkeeper. 2 caps. He won 6 leagues and 4 Spanish Cup.


From 1977 to 1987. Striker. 34 caps. He won 4 leagues, 2 Spanish Cups, 2 UEFA Cups and 1 Pichichi.


From 1973 to 1989. Defender. 81 caps. He won 9 leagues, 5 Spanish Cups, 2 UEFA cups, 1 League Cup.


From 1985 to 1992. Striker. 76 caps with Mexico. He won 5 leagues, 1 Spanish Cup, 1 UEFA Cup, 2 Supercups, 5 Pichichis and the Golden Foot.


From 1984 to 1995. Striker. 69 caps. He won 6 leagues, 2 Spanish Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, 3 Supercups.


From 1986 to 1995. Goalkeeper. 6 caps. He won 6 leagues, 2 Spanish Cups, 3 Supercups.


From 1989 to 2003. Defender. 89 caps. He won 6 Leagues, 1 Copa del Rey, 5 Supercups, 3 Champions Leagues, 2 Intercontinental cups.

Luis Figo was with Madrid from 2000 to 2005. Right Winger. 65 caps with Portugal. He won 2 Leagues, 1 Champions League, 1 European Supercup, 1 intercontinental Cup. Ballon D´Or 2000


From 2001 to 2006. Midfielder. 75 caps with France. He won 1 League, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Champions League, 1 Spanish Supercup and 1 European Supercup.

Ronaldo was a striker from 2002 to 2007. He won 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Spanish Supercup, 1 League and 1 Pichichi.


30 “Ligas”: 1931-32, 32-33, 53-54, 54-55, 56-57, 57-58, 60-61, 61-62, 62-63, 63-64, 64-65, 66-67, 67-68, 68-69, 71-72, 74-75, 75-76, 77-78, 78-79, 79-80, 85-86, 86-87, 87-88, 88-89, 89-90, 94-95, 96-97, 2000-01, 2002-03 2006-07

17 Copa del Rey: 1904-05, 05-06, 06-07, 07-08, 16-17, 33-34, 35-36, 45-46, 46-47, 61-62, 69-70, 73-74, 74-75, 79-80, 81-82, 88-89, 92-93

7 Spanish Supercup: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003

2 Latin Cup: 1955 and 1957

9 European Cup (Euro): 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002

3 Intercontinental Cup: 1960, 1998 and 2002

2 UEFA Cup: 1985 and 1986

1 European Supercup: 2002

2 Pequeñas Copa del Mundo: 1952, 1956

1 Copa de la Liga: 1985

12 Regional Championship between 1904 and 1929: 1903-04, 1904-05, 1905-06, 1906-07, 1907-08, 1912-13, 1921-22, 1922-23, 1923-24, 1925-26, 1926-27, 1928-29

14 Santiago Bernabéu Trophy: 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007

8 Trofeos Teresa Herrera: 1949, 1953, 1966, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1994

6 Trofeos Ramón de Carranza: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1970 and 1982

4 Trofeos Ciudad de La Línea: 1981, 1982, 1986 and 2000

4 Trofeos Ciutat de Palma: 1975, 1980, 1983 and 1990

3 Trofeos Ciudad de Barcelona: 1983, 1985 and 1988

3 Trofeos Euskadi Asegarce: 1994, 1995 and 1996

3 Trofeos Colombino: 1970, 1984 and 1989

3 Trofeos Festa d’Elx: 1984, 1985 and 1999

2 Trofeos Ciudad de Vigo: 1981 and 1982

2 Trofeos Naranja: 1990 and 2003

Real Madrid’s UEFA Matches Records

Biggest win

9-0: Real Madrid CF v Odense BK 25.10.1961, European Champion Clubs’ Cup first round second leg

Biggest home win

9-0: Real Madrid CF v Odense BK (see above for details)

Biggest away win

0-8: Olympiakos Nicosia FC v Real Madrid CF 24.09.1969, European Champion Clubs’ Cup first round first leg

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final only)

Biggest win

6-0: Real Madrid CF v KRC Genk 25.09.2002, UEFA Champions League first group stage

Biggest home win

6-0: Real Madrid CF v KRC Genk (see above for details)

Biggest away win

1-5: SK Sturm Graz v Real Madrid CF 05.11.1998, UEFA Champions League group stage

Historic Goals

1st goal: Artur Jhonson (05/13/1902), Madrid 1 – Barcelona 3

1st League goal: Jaime Lazcano (02/10/1929), Real Madrid 5 – Europa 0

Goal #1000: Manuel Fernández Pahiño (11/5/1950)

Goal #2000: Francisco Gento (9/11/63)

Goal #3000: Juan Gómez “Juanito” (1/20/82)

Goal #4000: Iván Zamorano (12/22/94)

Best score achieved: Real Madrid 11 – Elche 2 (1959-60)

Worst score achieved: Espanyol 8 – Real Madrid 1 (1929-30)

Thanks to the turbulent years during the Spanish Civil War, the word real and the crown on the shield was dropped. The team was known during these years as Madrid C.F. Instead, a purple band was added to the shield. The purple band has stayed, but the real name and emblem have both reappeared since the end of the war.

Real Madrid C.F. is one of three teams in Spain that has never dropped down to the second division. The other two teams are F.C. Barcelona and Atlético de Bilbao.


The first crest had a simple design consisting of a decorative interlacing of the three initials of the club, "MCF" for Madrid Club de Fútbol, in dark blue on a white shirt. The first change in the crest occurred in 1908 when the letters adopted a more streamlined form and appeared inside a circle. [42] The next change in the configuration of the crest did not occur until the presidency of Pedro Parages in 1920. At that time, King Alfonso XIII granted the club his royal patronage which came in the form of the title "Real Madrid", roughly translated as "Royal". [43] Thus, Alfonso's crown was added to the crest and the club styled itself Real Madrid Club de Fútbol. [42] With the dissolution of the monarchy in 1931, all the royal symbols (the crown on the crest and the title of Real) were eliminated. The crown was replaced by the dark mulberry band of the Region of Castile. [12] In 1941, two years after the end of the Civil War, the crest's "Real Corona", or "Royal Crown", was restored while the mulberry stripe of Castile was retained as well. [17] In addition, the whole crest was made full color, with gold being the most prominent, and the club was again called Real Madrid Club de Fútbol. [42] The most recent modification to the crest occurred in 2001 when the club wanted to better situate itself for the 21st century and further standardize its crest. One of the modifications made was changing the mulberry stripe to a more bluish shade. [42]

FC Real Madrid

Real Madrid CF, the XXth Century’s Best Club according to FIFA, was founded on March 6, 1902, and it has the greatest ond most glorious history of Spanish and European Football. The first name of the club was “Sociedad Madrid CF”, and it was allowed to use the title Real (royal) after King Alfonso XIII of Spain gave the club an official blessing in June 1920.

At the 50’s decade, Real Madrid began to consistently perform as one of the strongest teams in Spain and Europe. Real Madrid’s success has been based on the mix of fantasy football, team spirit and majesty. It has won the European Cup nine times, more than any other club, winning the first five of them with the legendary team of Alfredo di Stefano, Gento and Ferenc Puskas. Real Madrid has also dominated the Spanish League competition, winning a record number of 29 editions. The rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is legendary. This rivalry started during the government of the totalitarian Francisco Franco, when FC Barcelona supporters claimed that Real Madrid was the Government’s team, although, the Real Madrid supporters have always said that the Club that won more General Franco Cups (nowadays King’s Cup) was FC Barcelona and Real Madrid itself has always tried to be apolitical during his history. Real Madrid was awarded by FIFA as the “World’s best football club of the XXth century History” in 2001.

In recent years, Real Madrid have become famous for signing some of the world’s best footballers, giving the club a new nickname of Los galácticos (the galactics). Although the club had a fine tradition of producing local star footballers including Pirri (José Martínez), Francisco Gento, Raúl, Fernando Hierro, and even importing stars from all over the globe including Roberto Carlos, Davor Suker, Clarence Seedorf and Steve McManaman, this trend of signing the biggest, and arguably the most marketable stars available became club policy shortly after Euro 2000 with the world record €60m acquisition of Portuguese playmaker Luis Figo from FC Barcelona, who had risen to prominence with some influential displays in the tournament. He was joined the following year by then two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Zinédine Zidane from the Italian side Juventus, again for a world record fee—this time approximately €71m. The following season, they purchased Ronaldo, top scorer in the 2002 World Cup, for around €39m from Internazionale.

In the summer of 2003, their target was David Beckham, captain of the English national side, who signed from Manchester United for approximately €36m. Cynics argued that this particular development had as much to do with finance as football, with the Beckham brand ensuring increased revenue from merchandising (Club president Florentino Perez has admitted that Beckham “pays us his own salary, and that of Zidane”) However, Beckham made a good start with Madrid, despite their relative underachievement in the 2003/2004 season (winning the Spanish Super Cup and finishing fourth in La Liga). This poor display led to the sacking of coach Carlos Queiróz, who had also made the trip to Madrid from Manchester United in 2003 after leaving his position as assistant manager at the English club. The pressure to win trophies means that managers who fail to deliver are sacked, resulting in a high turnover of managers. John Toshack was twice manager of the club. Recent seasons have also seen the arrival and departure of several other coaches appointments including: Vicente Del Bosque, José Antonio Camacho and Mariano García Remón. Real Madrid have recently turned to the services of successful Brazilian coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo in a bid to restore stability and discipline within the locker room.

Real’s main target in the 2004 offseason was Patrick Vieira the club made an offer of €35 million (£23.1 million) to FA Premier League champions Arsenal for his services. Arsenal rejected Real’s overtures, and Real instead made two surprise signings, of english striker Michael Owen (€12m) and Jonathan Woodgate (€20m), who did not play for the club until the 2005-2006 season due to a left thigh injury. For 2005, Real reportedly tabled a bid of €70m for Sweden and Juventus star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which Juve rejected however, the “bid” proved to be a publicity stunt instigated by his agent instead of Real. Later in the 2005 close season, Real acquired young Brazilian superstar Robinho for a fee of $30m. In August 2005, Real Madrid signed Julio Baptista, a Brazilian midfield player from Sevilla who, with the signing of Carlos Diogo and Pablo Garcia strengthens the squad for 2005/06 season. On the last summer day available for signing new players for 2005-2006 season, Real Madrid signed Sevilla’s defender Sergio Ramos for about €25m, paying the penalty contract clause he had with Sevilla.

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