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Real Madrid CF

association football club in Madrid

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 C.F.
Full nameReal Madrid Club de Fútbol
Founded1902
GroundSantiago Bernabéu Stadium
Ground Capacity80,401
PresidentFlorentino Pérez
ManagerZinedine Zidane
LeagueLa Liga
2016/17La Liga, 1st
Real Madrid's players celebrate their 2008 Supercopa de España victory.

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]Real madrid have won 6 La Liga titles!

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RivalriesEdit

El ClásicoEdit

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 DerbyEdit

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

Champions leagueEdit

In 2018, Madrid made history by becoming the first Club in recent memory to win the Champions league three times in a row [2] [3].


Current squadEdit

As of 10 September 2016[4]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Keylor Navas
2   DF Dani Carvajal
3   DF Jesús Vallejo Lázaro
4   DF Sergio Ramos (captain)[4]
5   DF Raphaël Varane
6   DF Nacho
7   FW Mariano Díaz Mejía
8   MF Toni Kroos
9   FW Karim Benzema


11   FW Gareth Bale
12   DF Marcelo (vice-captain)[4]
No. Position Player
13   GK Kiko Casilla
14   MF Casemiro
15   DF Fábio Coentrão
16   MF Mateo Kovačić
17   FW Lucas Vázquez
18   FW Mariano
19   MF Luka Modrić
20   MF Marco Asensio
21   FW Álvaro Morata
22   MF Isco
23   DF Danilo
25   GK Thibaut Courtois

League titleEdit

  • 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 positionEdit

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 positionEdit


Real Madrid CastillaEdit

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

NameEdit

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

League positionEdit

Most expensive playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "#2 Real Madrid - Forbes.com". www.forbes.com.
  2. https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/05/26/football/champions-league-real-madrid-liverpool-football-kiev-spt/index.html. Real Madrid beats Liverpool 3-1 to win Champions League - CNN
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/26/real-madrid-liverpool-champions-league-final-match-report. Real Madrid win Champions League as brilliant Bale sinks Liverpool | Football | The Guardian
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Real Madrid Squad | Real Madrid CF". Realmadrid.com. Retrieved 14 July 2015.