Friday, December 19, 2008

Real Madrid Football Club

Real Madrid Club Details
Full name: Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
Previous Name: Sociedad Madrid FootBall Club
Nickname(s): Los Blancos, Los Merengues, Los Vikingos, Los Madridistas
Ground/Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain

Founded: March 6, 1902 as Sociedad Madrid Football Club
Notable Staff:

President: Ramón Calderón
Coach: Bernd Schuster
La Liga Champions:

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
European Cup / UEFA Champion's League Winners:

1955/56 4-3 vs. Stade de Reims-Champagne
1956/57 2-0 vs. A.C. Fiorentina
1957/58 3-2 vs. AC Milan
1958/59 2-0 vs. Stade de Reims-Champagne
1959/60 7-3 vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
1965/66 2-1 vs. FK Partizan
1997/98 1-0 vs. Juventus F.C.
1999/00 3-0 vs. Valencia CF
2001/02 2-1 vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Copa Del Rey Winners:

1904/05, 1905/06, 1906/07, 1907/08, 1916/17, 1933/34, 1935/36, 1945/46, 1946/47, 1961/62, 1969/70, 1973/74, 1974/75, 1979/80, 1981/82, 1988/89, 1992/93
UEFA Cup Winners:

1984/85, 1985/86
Other Honours:

Intercontinental Cup/World Club Championship: 1960, 1998, 2002
European Super Cup: 2002
Copa de la Liga: 1984/85
Supercopa de España: 1947, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003
Copa Latina: 1955, 1957
About Real Madrid:

Madrid's first forays into football were began by the professors and students of the Institución Libre de Enseñanza in 1895 which split in 1900 to become New Foot-Ball de Madrid and Español de Madrid with Español de Madrid splitting again in 1902 to become Sociedad Madrid FC, a club which is now known throughout the world as Real Madrid.

One of the most vital cornerstones of the Real Madrid story come sin the shape of Santiago Bernabeu who became club president in 1945 after previously filling the roles of player, first-team captain, club maintenance, first-team manager and director. Under Bernabeu the club was rebuilt following the Spanish Civil War and, with a sweeping set of reforms, the club's organizational structure was completely reformed by the forward thinking visionary Bernabeu.

He was also one of the proponents of the European Cup in the mid 1950s, a competition Real Madrid have dominated since first competing by winning the tournament a record nine times. Before passing away in 1978, Bernabéu left a lasting impression on Real Madrid by overseeing 1 Intercontinental Cup, 6 European Cups, 16 La Liga titles and 6 Spanish Cups.

The glory years of the great 1950s Real Madrid side of Alfredo di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas and Francisco Gento set the standard for Real Madrid as a club and their five European Cup wins in a row between 1955 and 1960 which earned them the UEFA Badge of Honour still ranks as probably the greatest footballing achievement of any club side in UEFA history.

By the early 1980s Madrid had lost their grasp on the La Liga title until a new batch of homegrown stars, known as 'El Quinta del Buitre', took the club to five back to back league titles. Emilio Butragueño, Manolo Sanchís, Martín Vazquéz, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza alongside Mexican superstar Hugo Sanchez only failed in one arena and that was the European Cup, in fact Sanchis was the only one of this team to ever gain a European Cup winner's medal, as a Real Madrid veteran in both 1998 and 2000.

Deep in debt by 2000, the club controversially got their training ground re-zoned and used the money to begin to assemble the famous "Galactico" side including players such as Zidane, Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Raul and David Beckham. The huge gamble didn't pay off however and despite a European Cup win in 2002, the club had failed to win a major trophy since 2003 until they clinched the La Liga title in an amazing comeback in 2007.

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