Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol better known as Real Madrid is one of the biggest and most successful clubs in football history. In 2019 they were valued at $4.2 billion along with annual revenues of more than 750 million Euros. The Madrid team have had some of the best footballers in the club who took it to another level of success. However, it was not always the same. The club has seen its dog days but has also experienced a revival. The history of Real Madrid is filled with proud moments for the fans as they are the actual Kings of Europe.
Football was first introduced in Madrid to the students, these students established a football club in the Free Institute of Education known in Spanish as Institución Libre de Enseñanza. The football club got split in 1900 into two clubs namely New Football de Madrid and Madrid FC. Julian Palacios became the first President of Madrid FC in 1900 and eventually when a new body was formed on 6th March 1902, Juan Padrós was elected as the President of the Madrid FC which had till now acquired the official status. Madrid won the Copa del Rey for 4 consecutive years which was at that time the only recognized football tournament in Spain. In 1912 Madrid made Campo de O’Donnell its first official home ground. In 1920, King Alphonso XIII gave Madrid the royal tag which translated to Real in Spanish, this ultimately led to the name “Real Madrid” and we can see the royalty touch in the logo of the club which has a crown.
During 1931, the Civil War in Spain started and the royalties were also dislodged. And due to these disruptions, Real Madrid again changed its name to Madrid and also changed its badge removing the crown till 1939 all the activities including football halted and amidst this, the club’s actions also came to a stop.
The Golden Era:
After the Civil War, when, in 1945 Santiago Bernabeu became the club’s President he greatly contributed to the Club’s history and worked for it immensely. He started the rebuilding of the club and in 1947 he instructed in the building of a new stadium called Estadio Chamartín Stadium which was a world-class stadium for that time and almost 1.5 lakh people could be fitted in the stadium. The stadium was renamed the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in honour of the personality behind the work.
After settling the club in a good position, in 1953 the signing of Superstar players into the club began. Many biggies like Alfredo di Stefano, Ferenc Puskás, Francisco Gento, Héctor Rial, and Raymond Kopa were signed to play for Real Madrid and the Santiago Bernabeu had a big hand in this, making the club one of the most successful clubs in both European and international stages. He worked with the club as the president for 33 years till his death in 1978. During his tenure, Real Madrid won 1 Intercontinental Cup, 6 Champions League(European Cups), 16 La Liga titles and 6 Spanish Cups raising the bar higher for other clubs to reach their potential. Real Madrid will forever owe Bernabeu for his extraordinary work for the club due to which they achieved such heights in a short span of time.
The legacy was then continued by Luis de Carlos. But during the end of the tenure, the club saw a slight downfall because of the factors like an ageing squad and the club was also in a transition period. After De Carlos, Ramon Mendoza became the next club president in 1985 and started rebuilding the club again and soon the club slowly began to focus on its academy players too.
Rise After Fall:
The Era We Cannot Get Over:
Under Zidane’s management, Real Madrid won three consecutive Champions League titles in 2016,2017 and 2018 also known as the Three-Peat. The 2018-19 season was rather a transitional season for the club but in the 2019-2020 season, they won the La Liga title. We saw even in the last season of 2021 that they went to the Champions League semi-final but nevertheless didn’t win it. Finally this season of 2021-22, Pérez is still the president of Real Madrid along with Carlo Ancelotti becoming the manager once again doing his magic. Ancelotti made Madrid win another Champions League title to make the seat of Kings of Europe more firm while winning one of the most difficult campaigns in the history of the competition. Surely the 2022 UCL win makes it clear that when it comes to the Champions League one can never underestimate Real Madrid.
- La Liga: 34 titles
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, 2016–17, 2019-20.
- Copa del Rey: 19 titles
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.
- Supercopa de España:12 titles
1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2017, 2019–20, 2021–22
- Copa Eva Duarte:1 titles
- Copa de la Liga:1 title
- UEFA Champions League:14 titles
1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1965–66, 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2021-22
- UEFA Cup: 2 titles
- UEFA Super Cup:4 titles:
2002, 2014, 2016, 2017
- Intercontinental Cup: 3 titles
1960, 1998, 2002
- FIFA Club World Cup: 4 titles
2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
Real Madrid is supreme when it comes to history. The club has won every major tournament and continues to win more while managing a dominant figure in Spain and at the European level as well.
Apart from Real Madrid, there are many other clubs that have a deep history filled with struggle and glory.
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