Real Madrid C.F.

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Real Madrid C.F.
Full name Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
Founded 1902
Ground Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Ground Capacity 80,401
President Florentino Pérez
Manager Zinedine Zidane
League La Liga
2016/17 La Liga, 1st
Real Madrid's players celebrate their 2008 Supercopa de España victory.

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, sometimes known as just Real Madrid, is a Spanish football club from Madrid, Spain. It was started in 1902 and competes in La Liga (the Spanish top league). The "Real" in the club's name is Spanish for "royal", because it was blessed by the King of Spain in 1920.

Real Madrid has won La Liga 33 times and the Copa del Rey (King's Cup) 19 times, the most out of any team in the league. It has also won the UEFA Champions League a record 12 times and the UEFA Cup twice.

Real Madrid was recognised as the FIFA Club of the 20th Century on 11 December 2000, and received the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit on 20 May 2004. In June 2017, the team succeeded in becoming the first club to win the Champions League twice in a row.

Since it began, Real Madrid has since spent all of its history in La Liga, and has never been relegated down to a lower level. This shows how strong they have been just to stay in the top flight of Spanish football. In the 1940s, the club, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and the Ciudad Deportiva were rebuilt after the Spanish Civil War. The club became a major force in both Spanish and European football during the 1950s. In the 1980s, the club had one of the best teams in Spain and Europe (known as La Quinta del Buitre). They had won two UEFA Cups, five Spanish championships in a row, one Spanish cup and three Spanish Super Cups.

The club has bought and had many famous footballers, including Ronaldo, David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Michael Owen, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká and other very famous footballers. The most expensive player is Gareth Bale who was bought for 85.3 million pounds from Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.

The club's traditional home colours are all white. Its crest has been changed several times in attempts to modernise or re-brand. The current crest is a modified version of the one first adopted in the 1920s. Real's home is the 81,044 capacity Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, where it has played since 1947. Unlike most European football clubs, Real Madrid's members (socios) have owned and operated the club since it was opened. Real is the world's most valuable club.[1]

Rivalries[change | change source]

El Clásico[change | change source]

There is a strong rivalry between the two strongest teams in La Liga, which are Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, where the game between them is known as "El Clásico" ("The Classic").

Madrid Derby[change | change source]

The club's nearest neighboring club is Atlético Madrid, a rivalry shared between fans of both teams.

Current squad[change | change source]

As of 10 September 2016[2]
No. Position Player
1 Costa Rica GK Keylor Navas
2 Spain DF Dani Carvajal
3 Portugal DF Pepe (3rd captain)[3]
4 Spain DF Sergio Ramos (captain)[2]
5 France DF Raphaël Varane
6 Spain DF Nacho
7 Portugal FW Cristiano Ronaldo (4th captain)
8 Germany MF Toni Kroos
9 France FW Karim Benzema


11 Wales FW Gareth Bale
12 Brazil DF Marcelo (vice-captain)[2]
No. Position Player
13 Spain GK Kiko Casilla
14 Brazil MF Casemiro
15 Portugal DF Fábio Coentrão
16 Croatia MF Mateo Kovačić
17 Spain FW Lucas Vázquez
18 Spain FW Mariano
19 Croatia MF Luka Modrić
20 Spain MF Marco Asensio
21 Spain FW Álvaro Morata
22 Spain MF Isco
23 Brazil DF Danilo
25 Spain GK Rubén Yáñez

League title[change | change source]

  • La Liga : 32
    • 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

League position[change | change source]

Season League Position
2000/01 La Liga Champions
2001/02 La Liga 3rd
2002/03 La Liga Champions
2003/04 La Liga 4th
2004/05 La Liga 2nd
2005/06 La Liga 2nd
2006/07 La Liga Champions
2007/08 La Liga Champions
2008/09 La Liga 2nd
2009/10 La Liga 2nd
2010/11 La Liga 2nd
2011/12

2012/13

La Liga

La Liga

Champions

2nd

2016/2017 La Liga

Champions


Former position[change | change source]


Real Madrid Castilla[change | change source]

Real Madrid C.F. has a reserve team ; Real Madrid Castilla C.F..

Name[change | change source]

  • 1930-1972 AD Plus Ultra
  • 1972-1991 Castilla CF
  • 1991-2005 Real Madrid B
  • 2005-present Real Madrid Castilla C.F.

League position[change | change source]


References[change | change source]

  1. https://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/34/biz_soccer08_Real-Madrid_340002.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Real Madrid Squad | Real Madrid CF". Realmadrid.com. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  3. "Pepe no se vende" (in Spanish). Marca. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 

Most expensive players[change | change source]