Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, commonly known as Real Madrid, is a football club based in Madrid, Spain.
Real Madrid - Foundation
Real Madrid was founded on 6th March 1902 as the ‘Madrid Football Club’ and it wasn't until 1920 that King Alfonso XIII bestowed them with the title of "real" or "royal" in English.
Real Madrid started off great as they won four consecutive Copa del Rey finals from 1905 to 1908.
Real won their first La-Liga title in 1932 and by the outbreak of World War 2 had won 2 La-liga and 7 Copa Del Rey titles.
The post-war period saw Santiago Bernabéu Yeste take over as Real Madrid president.
Faced with a difficult task of rebuilding the club, Bernabéu went on to construct a brand new stadium which was later renamed to the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in his honour.
Real Madrid - Early Domination
Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás and Francisco Gento were some of the greats who helped Real Madrid win four La Ligas and one Copa del Rey by the end of the 60s. Los Blancos also claimed the first five European Cups ever organized from 1956 to 1960.
The two decades that followed were glorious for Real Madrid. Los Blancos absolutely dominated the era by claiming 14 La Ligas and 5 Copa del Reys and the year of 1966 saw Madrid add another European Cup to their collection by defeating Partizan Belgrade 2-1 in the final. The decade was closed out on a sour note, with Santiago Bernabéu Yeste passing away in 1978.
In 1985 Real Madrid clenched their first UEFA Cup victory and their first Champions League title in 1998.
Real Madrid logo
The first logo of Real Madrid was a mix of the club’s initials the blue M, C, and F letters written on a white background.The first logo changes were made in 1908. On June 29, 1920, Spanish King Alfonso XIII awarded Madrid the title – “Real”, meaning royal. This reflected on the club’s logo, by the appearance of a crown and has been there ever since.
Real Madrid Slogan - Hala Madrid
The word "Hala" is of Arabic origin, since Spain was conquered by the Arabs hundreds of years ago. The essence of "Hala Madrid" is the emotion, it’s like saying "Onward Madrid" or "Go Madrid" basically just a way of the supporters to show their respect for the players and team and to encourage them in times of hardship.
Real Madrid President - Florentino Perez
Florentino Pérez Rodríguez, born on 8 March 1947 is a Spanish businessman, civil engineer, former politician, and the current president of Real Madrid, as well as the Chairman and CEO of ‘Group ACS’, a civil engineering company. He took charge as Real Madrid’s president in 2000 and has since been associated with some of the biggest moves in the footballing world.
Real Madrid Manager - Zidane
Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a former professional football player from France and the current manager of Real Madrid. As a player Zidane was arguably one of the best ever.
Having won various individual accolades through his mesmerising plays Zidane has earned quite a reputation over the years.
Zidane joined Real Madrid as their manager in January 2016 and won an unprecedented three consecutive Champion league titles with Los Blancos before resigning in May 2018.
Real Madrid then saw two new managers Lopetegui and Solari, but their spells were thoroughly disappointing and they were soon replaced by Zidane who signed for Los Blancos once again in 2019.
Real Madrid Stadium - Santiago Bernabeu
The official stadium of Real Madrid is the ‘Santiago Bernabeu’ located in Madrid, Spain.
It has been the home stadium of the Real Madrid ever since its completion in 1947 and has seen its fair share of footballing marvel.
Los Blancos have announced that they will be renovating the stadium at the end of the 2019 season. Real Madrid will add a retractable roof to the new Bernabeu as well as a revamped facade to enhance its appearance. It will also have a 360-degree video screen and a new seating section, though its capacity is expected to remain at about 80,000.
Los Blancos in English translates to ‘The Whites’. It describes the club's all white primary kit, as it has been since the club’s inception and if for sure one of the most iconic and easily recognisable jerseys in world football.
Real Madrid trophies
La- Liga - Real Madrid
Real Madrid has been a dominant force in world football ever since its inception and currently holds the record for the most La-Liga titles with 33 trophies in its cabinet.
Real Madrid won the La-liga in the following seasons:
|1950's||1954, 1955, 1957, 1958,|
|1960's||1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969|
|1970's||1972, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979|
|1980's||1980, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989|
|1990's||1990, 1995, 1997|
|2000's||2001, 2003, 2007, 2008|
Copa del Rey - Real Madrid
Real Madrid has been one of Spain’s top clubs for almost a century and has been crowned the Copa Del Rey champion for a total of 19 times in the following Years :
|1900's||1905, 1906, 1907, 1908|
|1970's||1970, 1974, 1975|
|1980's||1980, 1982, 1989|
European Cup / UEFA Champions League - Real Madrid
Real Madrid is the most successful in the Champions League history with a record 13 titles to its name having won them in the following seasons:
|1999–2000||3-0||Valencia||Saint - Denis|
|2015–16||1-1 (5-3 pen)||Atletico Madrid||Milan|
Real Madrid Fans
Real Madrid’s loyal fan base has been thoroughly supportive towards the team’s efforts through thick and thin, and is one of the largest and oldest in world football.
These supporters are sometimes called Madridistas, Los Merengues, Los Blancos or even the White Army.
Real Madrid - All Time Top Scorer.
With 450 Real Madrid Goals to his name the Portugese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the Club’s All Time Top Scorer. Ronaldo joined Real madrid in 2009 and Since then he proved to be a Goal scoring Machine for the Los Blancos and overtook Raul, who was previously all time top scorer for Real Madrid, in 2015 to become the highest Goal scorer (450) in the club's history.
Real Madrid Training ground
Real Madrid’s training complex is known as the ‘Ciudad Real Madrid’ and is located outside Madrid near the Barajas airport in Valdebebas. The complex is a replacement for the old ‘Ciudad Deportiva’ which served as the club’s training ground until 2003.
Real Madrid record transfers
Real Madrid has been associated with some of the top transfers in the game, some of which are:
|Cristiano Ronaldo||09/10||Man Utd||£84.60m|