Real Madrid Football Club was officially founded in 1902 as Madrid Football Club and they were given the term Real, which means royal in Spanish, by the King Alfonso XIII in 1920. Los Blancos became one of the most successful clubs in both Europe and Spain during the 1950s, and their nine European Cup titles are a feat unmatched by any other football club in the world.
The club holds a fierce rivalry with Barcelona, with games between the two sides regarded as el Clasico. With 31 league title and 18 Spanish Cups, Real Madrid are the most successful club in Spain, although they have spent last few years trailing behind fierce rivals Barcelona in both Spain and Europe. The club is famous for splashing out piles of cash on star players, which usually sees their own youth graduates search first team football elsewhere.
- Stadium (capacity):
- Santiago Bernabeu (80354)
- Jose Mourinho
- Star Players:
- Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas, Kaka
- Last Season Top Scorer:
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Last League Title(s):
- 02/03, 06/07, 07/08
- Last Season Finish:
- European Qualification:
- Champions League
- Current Odds:
- 2.50 (3/2) Bodog
In 1897, a group of young students at Institucion Libre de Ensenanza formed a club called Football Club Sky, which is regarded as the direct precedent of Madrid Football Club. A big group of FC Sky players left the club in 1902 and decided to form a new club Madrid Football Club. In 1905, Madrid FC won their first ever title by beating Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Cup and four years later Real become one of the founders of the Spanish FA.
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On 29th June 1920, King Alfonso III granted the club the title Real and allowed them to use royal crown in their emblem. Real Madrid won their first league title in 1932, while adding another one the following year. Few years after the end of World War II, Real Madrid started signing star players from abroad, which would prove to be their transfer strategy for years to come. The first notable player to arrive to the club was Alfredo Di Stefano, with the Argentine striker leaving a big mark on Madrid.
Real Madrid become a real force to be reckoned with during the 50s, winning five straight European Cup titles. In the 70s, los Blancos went on to win five league titles and three Spanish Cups, while they managed to win five consecutive league titles in the next decade. In 1997, Real Madrid ended won their seventh European Cup, following a 32-year drought.
The beginning of the new millennium saw the birth of Galacticos, with president Florentino Perez bringing the likes of Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo and David Beckham to the club. Los Blancos did win the Champions League and Intercontinental Cup in 2002, but they later largely struggled to fulfill their potential and soon found themselves trailing bitter rivals Barcelona on all fronts.
The arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho, together with continuous spending helped los Blancos close the gap behind Barcelona and they managed to start the second decade of the 21st century as one of the best sides in world football. With FIFA set to introduce financial fair play to the game, it remains to be seen whether Real will continue to attract the brightest talent from all over the world.
Even if Cristiano Ronaldo is the number one player on the team sheet, keeper Iker Casillas and midfielder Xabi Alonso are also considered crucial pieces of Jose Mourinho’s puzzle. Real Madrid currently boast a star-studded line-up, but it is these three players that can make a real difference, so no wonder that Jose Mourinho plays them even in those games that are not so important. Despite having such a great squad of players to choose from, coach Jose Mourinho has got to be credited for getting the best out of his side, as this team just wouldn’t be the same without him.
Win Copa del Rey: 81/50 at WiliamHill
Ronaldo Top Scorer: 5/6 at PaddyPower
Higuain Top Scorer: 14/1 at Bet365
Benzema Top Scorer: 81/1 at Bet365
Win Champions League: 29/10 at Betfair
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