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A visit to a live home match of Real Madrid, the Royal Club, is one very special experience. The wonderful past players, the classic white strip, the awesome Santiago Bernabéu stadium... everything about this club is very special!
The Most Successful Football Club in the World
Real Madrid has won the Champions League (or its predecessor, the European Cup) nine times and the World Cup three times. This makes Real Madrid the most successful football club in the world. Because of these successes, FIFA named Real Madrid the best football club of the 20th century. The glory years of the club were in the mid fifties to early sixties, when Real Madrid dominated national and international football with many national titles and five consecutive wins in the European Cup. Real Madrid was also very successful in the late 90s and at the beginning of the 21st century, with three Champions League victories (1998, 2000, 2002). However, after the re-emergence of FC Barcelona, the club was less successful both nationally and internationally. The club tries to revive old times under current coach Jose Mourinho and superstar player Cristiano Ronaldo of course.
Starplayer Cristiano Ronaldo in the spotlights.
Not forgetting other players like Mesut Özil, Kaka and goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Real Madrid definitely now has the right quality of players to stop the hegemony of FC Barcelona. The last years the club reached the semifinals of the Champions League and won the Spanish League after defeating Barcelona in the final. Last season they also won the landstitle! Winning the Champions League is their next goal and would be the ultimate crown on Mourinho’s job in Madrid and they will definitly.
Real Madrid has several rivalries with other clubs in Spain. Besides the Derbys against Atlético, the matches against life-long rival FC Barcelona are infamous. Last season Real took on Barcelona five times. Real only won the cup final.. Barcelona beat Real in both their two league games (including a 0-5 win in the Bernabeu) and in the semifinals of the Champions League. The last game between the two teams was at the beginning of this season for the Spanish Supercup. Real Madrid won and captured the Cup. The total of 'El Clásico' is still in favour of Real Madrid!
Origins of Madrid FC. and the Start of La Liga
Football was introduced to Madrid by students and professors from the Libre de Enseñanza Institución. Some of these students had studied in England. In 1895 they founded a football club called Football Club Sky. Madrid FC (the current Real Madrid) was founded on March 6, 1902, a spin-off from the original Football ClubSky In 1905 Madrid FC won its first major trophy, the Copa del Rey (the Spanish Cup), an achievement they would repeat on three consecutive years. In 1920, King Alfonso XIII gave Madrid FC, (as well as some other football teams in Spain) the royal title, hence the name Real Madrid which means "Royal Madrid". Real Madrid formed the basis for the creation of La Liga (1929), the national competition, which they won in the 1931-32 season for the first time and held the following year.
Santiago Bernabeu and the Glory Years
In 1945 Santiago Bernabeu Yeste became president of Real Madrid. Before being president of the club he was a player in Real Madrid's First team (an attacker with more than 200 goals), assistant coach and then head coach. He achieved an impressive development of the club. The Santiago Bernabeu stadium was built and good training facilities were established. He also started the tactic of signing foreign players to Real Madrid, including the famous Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas. It was also Bernabeu who worked together with a journalist from the French sports daily L'Equipe and founded an international tournament for European Champions, which later would become the UEFA Champions League. Real Madrid won this prestigious tournament five times in succession between 1956 and 1960, and again in 1966. Real Madrid dominated the Primera Liga in the 70’s, winning the Championship five times and the Spanish Cup three times.
The recent summers were relatively quiet for Real Madrid. The only major signing was Fábio Coentrão who was bought from Benfica for € 30 million. In recent years the club has paid astronomical amounts for some of the best players in the world. At the beginning of this century, Real signed players such as Zidane, Figo, Ronaldo and Beckham. This star team that won, among other prizes, the Champions League was thereafter known as Los Galacticos. Although initially it was a positive nickname, the lack of continued success eventually gave the term a negative connotation. Real Madrid also has the dubious honour of paying the highest transfer fee for a football player in the world; Cristiano Ronaldo was bought from Manchester United for a staggering 94 million euros. Real Madrid was also responsible for making Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo the most expensive football players of their time.
The Richest Football Club in the World
Besides being the most successful, Real Madrid is also the richest football club in the world. TV rights, sponsoring, ticketing and merchandise add up to an annual turnover of around € 440 million per year. However, the club has a huge debt; an estimated € 330 million. This is not a rare phenomenon for major football clubs in Spain (and in England too!).
British Players at Real Madrid
Several British players have worn the magic white shirt of Real Madrid; - David Beckham, - Michael Owen - Steve McManaman - Jonathan Woodgate - Laurie Cunningham. Surprisingly, Steve McManaman is the most succesful amongst this list; he won both the Champions League and La Liga twice. He scored the winning goal and was chosen as Man of the Match in the Champions League final of 2000 against Valencia.
Shirt and logo
Real Madrid home kit is completely white. Originally Real used to have a blue stripe running diagonally across the white shirt. Although now removed from the shirt, the blue stripe is still reflected in the logo of the club. The away shirt is either solid black or solid purple. The logo of Real Madrid has always been a circle with the three letters MCF superimposed over each other.
The logo with the crown on top.
A crown was added to the logo after the royal title was given to the club. When in 1931, the monarchy was abolished, the royal title and the crown were removed. They were both restored in 1941, two years after the civil war ended.