Real Madrid Football Club is a sport entity based in Madrid, Spain
The team was officially declared a football club by its members on March 6, 1902 with the purpose of practicing and developing this sport and being the fifth club founded in the capital. The main supporters of its creation were Julián Palacios, Juan Padrós and Carlos Padrós.
Real Madrid club took over the Bernabéu Stadium and the training center in the Sport city of Valdebebas. This entity has a professional squad of twenty-five players, a women’s football squad of twenty-two players and a professional basketball team of seventeen players, in addition to the affiliated called Real Madrid Castilla.
Real Madrid it’s identified by its white color from which it receives the name of whites or meringues. The team is one of the four professional football clubs in Spain whose legal entity is not the anonymous sport society, since its ownership belongs to more than 90.000 members.
Real Madrid Soccer Club, its history since 1902
This club started in 1900 with Julian Palacios as the visible leader, but it was Juan Padrós who officially stablished the club in March 6 of 1902. Regarding the royal title, it was granted by King Alfonso XIII in 1920 and that’s why the symbol of a crown was added to the team’s shield.
In the 1920s, football became a very important sport in Spain and a large percentage of the population started to practice this sport or was an amateur. Additionally the club travelled many times abroad and this made it an international referent.
With the beginning of the Second Republic in 1931 the shield suffered two important changes: the crown was eliminated and the purple stripe appeared, also the club was renamed Madrid F. C.
The team was on the rise, sprouting the seed of a champion team, but the outbreak of the Civil War cut it short. And the club had to overcome the effects of a war by incorporating great players into the team.
So, the club was renamed Real Madrid Football Club and the shield recovered the crown in 1941. Afterwards, during the Semifinals games of the Cup in 1943 the rivalry between Madrid and Barcelona began, because the Real Madrid beat Barcelona 11-1.
In the same year, Santiago Bernabéu was named president of the club and with him the entity achieved many goals and great feats. Since then the team has played all its games in the new Bernabéu Stadium.
Real Madrid from the 50s to the Present
In 1950s the club was on the top, winning five European Cups consecutively and amazed the entire world with its spectacular game. Later, the 1970s were marked by the death of Santiago Bernabéu and the Club celebrated for the first time in his honor the “trophy edition” that carries his name.
On the other hand, the 1900s were extremely important for the team, mainly because 32 years later in the 1998, the Real Madrid won its seventh European Cup. So, the “Florentino era” was a success for the entity.
The president repaired the economy, promoted the renovation of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, created the new Valdebebas Sport City, and signed up with great players such as Zidane, Ronaldo and Beckham.
Between 2006 and 2008, the club was chaired by Ramón Calderón and Vicente Boluda successively. And then, in 2009 begin the second phase of Florentino, as he was once again designated president of Real Madrid and with him came many players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
Furthermore, with Carlo Ancelotti as coach, the team won several titles such as the “Copa del Rey” and the tenth European Cup.
Meanwhile in January 2016, Zinedine Zidane became the club’s manager and with him the team makes it to the eleventh and twelfth European Cups, among other titles.
Real Madrid Achievements
In the history of football, in addition to national titles and Copas del Rey, the Real Madrid is the biggest winner of international titles, with a total of twenty-nine titles, including the thirteen European Cups, four Club World Cups and four European Super Cups.
Since its beginning in 1929, the entity has participated without interruption in the National Professional Football League and the First Division of Spain. On top of that, the club owns the honors of having been the first historical leader in the competition, with most titles and the only one with the highest score in a single edition.
Real Madrid has been awarded nationally and internationally by FIFA as the best club of the 20th century. By the International Federation of History & Statistics of Football as the best European and World club of the 20th century and by the Globe Soccer organization as the best club of the 20th century.
The club has a mindset and philosophy of winning, so its attitude is very positive in regards to set objectives every season to keep their position as one of the best teams in the world.
Real Madrid trophies
History of the Anthem
The Real Madrid anthem was composed by Marino García, Antonio Villena and Indalecio Cisneros in 1952 and it was performed by Jose de Aguilar. In 2001 during the centenary of the club, there was composed a commemorative anthem by Jose Cano and interpreted by Placido Domingo and this one is heard as an alternative to the one initially created.
Then, when the Real Madrid won the tenth European Cup, the singer RedOne composed a commemorative anthem with the lyrics of Manuel Jabois called “Hala Madrid y nada más” and this is the most popular song amongst the fans in the matches. But when the team won the eleventh European Cup, this last anthem was covered and sung by Plácido Domingo under RedOne’s direction.
Clothing and Squad
With reference to the clothing, Real Madrid has always dressed up completely in white and this is the color that indentifies them. But the club’s clothing suffered a significant change in 1925. They started to wear a shirt in raw hue with black shorts and socks. But in 1955 the club got back to the whole white outfit again, including the stockings.
As to the equipment, it has always been white until 1988 when the club signed an agreement with Adidas and then the clothing began to show off the three white stripes of the firm. However, the color and design of the second and third kit change depending on the type of competition, if national or international.
Besides, the shirts include the badges of the competition played by Real Madrid and the logo that certifies the club as thirteen times champion in Europe.
During the 120 years of Real Madrid’s history, more than one thousands two hundred players had dressed up the shirt. Some of those considered to be the best players in the history of football, such as Alfredo Di Stéfano, Raúl Gonzalez, Iker Casillas, Ronaldo Nazario, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema or Luka Modric, and many others.
Real Madrid Players
What else to see in Madrid
If you are staying in Chamartín district, from this point, you can walk around the financial zone of Madrid or easily visit the Sorolla Museum and from this location, you can start looking to the post about visit Madrid in One day. In addition, you may be interested in tips for your first visit to Madrid and some of the places you should not miss on your second visit to Madrid.
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