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Real Madrid
Full nameReal Madrid Club de Fútbol[1]
Nickname(s)Los Blancos (The Whites)
Los Merengues (The Meringues)
Los Vikingos (The Vikings)[2]
La Casa Blanca (The White House)[3]
Founded6 March 1902; 119 years ago (1902-03-06)
as Madrid Football Club
GroundEstadio Santiago Bernabéu
Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano (temporary)
Capacity81,044[4]
6,000[5]
PresidentFlorentino Pérez
Head coachCarlo Ancelotti
LeagueLa Liga
2019–20La Liga, 1st of 20 (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Real Madrid's players celebrating their 2008 Supercopa de España victory.

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, sometimes known as 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 13 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. In 2018, Madrid made history by becoming the first club in recent history to win the Champions League three times in a row. They beat Liverpool F.C. 3–1 in the final. [6][7]

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 stadium 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.[8] Real Madrid have won 34 La Liga titles.

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, and matches between them are known as "Madrid Derby". A strong rivalry is shared between fans of both teams.



Current Squad[change | change source]

Current Squad[change | change source]

As of 2 October 2020[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Belgium Belgium Thibaut Courtois
2 DF Spain Spain Dani Carvajal
3 DF Brazil Brazil Éder Militão
4 DF Spain Spain Sergio Ramos (captain)[9]
6 DF Spain Spain Nacho
7 FW Belgium Belgium Eden Hazard
8 MF Germany Germany Toni Kroos
9 FW France France Karim Benzema (3rd captain)[9]
10 MF Croatia Croatia Luka Modrić
11 FW Spain Spain Marco Asensio
12 DF Brazil Brazil Marcelo (vice-captain)[9]
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 GK Ukraine Ukraine Andriy Lunin
14 MF Brazil Brazil Casemiro
15 MF Uruguay Uruguay Federico Valverde
17 FW Spain Spain Lucas Vázquez
18 FW Serbia Serbia Luka Jović
19 DF Spain Spain Álvaro Odriozola
20 FW Brazil Brazil Vinícius Júnior
21 MF Norway Norway Martin Ødegaard
22 MF Spain Spain Isco
23 DF France France Ferland Mendy
24 FW Spain Spain Mariano
25 FW Brazil Brazil Rodrygo

Honours won by Real Madrid[change | change source]

Real Madrid CF honours
Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic La Liga[10] 32 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[10][11] 19 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[10][12] 11 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2017, 2019–20
Copa Eva Duarte 1 1947
Copa de la Liga[10] 1 1985
Continent UEFA Champions League[10] 13 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
UEFA Cup[10][13] 2 1984–85, 1985–86
UEFA Super Cup[10] 4 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017
Worldwide Intercontinental Cup[10][14] 3s 1960, 1998, 2002
FIFA Club World Cup[10] 4 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
  •   record
  • S shared record

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]


Reserve Team[change | change source]

Most expensive players[change | change source]

Player From Transfer Fee
(£ millions)[15][16]
Transfer Fee ( millions) Date Ref
1 Belgium Eden Hazard England Chelsea £89 €100 June 2019 [17]
Wales Gareth Bale England Tottenham Hotspur £86 €100 September 2013 [18]
3 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United £80 €96 June 2009 [19]
4 France Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus £46.6 €76 July 2001 [20]
5 Colombia James Rodríguez France Monaco £63 €75 July 2014 [21]
6 Brazil Kaká Italy Milan £56 €67 June 2009 [22]
7 Portugal Luís Figo Spain Barcelona £37 €62 July 2000 [23]
8 Serbia Luka Jović Germany Eintracht Frankfurt £52.4 €60 June 2019 [24]
9 Brazil Éder Militão Portugal Porto £43 €50 July 2019 [25]
10 France Ferland Mendy France Lyon £42.7 €48 June 2019 [26]

References[change | change source]

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