Real Madrid: Origin, History, Superstars, Achievements and Facts


Real Madrid: Origin, History, Superstars, Achievements and Facts
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Real Madrid was founded on March 6, 1902, by Julián Palacios and the brothers Juan and Carlos Padrós, as a sports society. The Club is currently considered one of the strongest teams in the European League, in its long journey it has obtained numerous titles, among them: 33 Leagues, 6 World Cups, 4 Super Cups, among others, has even been named by FIFA on Best Club of the 20th Century.


The team was born in the early years of the 1900s. 

Driven by the passion of Julian Palacios who in 1900, was given the task of finding the first players who would be part of the squad of the team, a short time later join this project the Catalans Juan and Carlos Padrós, with the help of these is founded on March 6, 1902, the Real Madrid, sports society. 

Later the team management in the hands of Julián Padrós proposes the then mayor of Madrid, Alberto Aguilera, the formation of the first Spanish football tournament, this competition was established in honor of HM King Alfonso XIII

The tournament was held at the Hippodrome, in which five sports societies participated.

 After this was created to the Spanish Layer, the Real won four titles of the first six seasons.


Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, and David Beckham were among the first superstars to arrive through the revolving doors of Santiago Bernabeu between 2000 and 2010. 

Perez’s first term ended in 2006, but he returned in 2009, signing Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo. Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso and nicknamed “the second galacticos”.

With the help of such supreme players and local stars Raul Gonzalez and Iker Casillas, Real Madrid has won six La Liga titles and six European Cups since the beginning of the century.

When Jose Mourinho replaced Manuel Pellegrini as coach in 2010, he unloaded the unconditional Raul and Guti while trying to make his own impression of the history of this famous club.

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After its foundation and the first competitions the Real as other Spanish teams created during the birth of Spanish football, suffered various obstacles, in some cases the teams disappeared, at the same time, began to develop the Spanish Football Federation and the Union of Clubs, which complicated even more the soccer scene, which ended up loaded with competitions. 

This forced the team to prepare and reorganize, this was the beginning of the professionalization of the team; for this then the Real Madrid begins to dispute its parties in the Stage of O’Donnell (1912-1923), the stage received a great number of spectators, this impelled to the equipment that had more and more collections, with these arrived the new signings and the great victories.

After this season changes the board of directors of the team, taking the control Pedro Parages, with the change Real Madrid returned to be champion of Spain. 

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In the following decade, the Real was a benchmark in Spanish football, which is why they are selected to participate in the Olympic Games of Antwerp (JJO) in 1920, in which the team won the silver medal, this caused Real Madrid to climb and will win more followers. 

For this then the Madrid fans surpassed the capacity of O’Donnell Stadium, due to this they move to the Ciudad Lineal Velodrome, which is replaced by the Chamartín Stadium inaugurated in May 1924; In this, the first match of the League Championship was held in 1928.

In the decade of 1930 joins the team Ricardo Zamora, Ciriaco Errasti and Jacinto Quincoces, players who formed the best known defense in the football scene, with these the team won four titles, however, this success is hampered by the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War (1936 -1939), in the course of this the team stops all activity and some players leave the country, fearing for their lives. 

The team resumed activities in 1939, at the end of the armed conflict Pedro Parages, called an assembly in which the future of the team was discussed, given that the war left a stadium destroyed and a squadron diminished, in the middle of this the reconstruction of the team begins, which managed to recover a short time later, under the command of Santiago Bernabéu, in this period the rivalry with Barcelona is born. 

In the semifinals of the 1943 Cup, Real Madrid faced Barcelona, the first match was won by Barcelona 3-0, in the second match, Madrid came back in an extraordinary way winning 11-1, which earned the title and the eternal rivalry between the teams was created.

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The command of Santiago extended for 35 years, throughout these years the team obtained 28 titles (6 cups of Spain, 16 Spanish leagues and 6 European cups). For this reason, he is considered the “King of Kings”. 

In the following decades the team continued to work as one of the best teams in Spanish football, these decades were marked by players like Alfredo Di Stéfano, Paco Gento, Raymond Kopa, Ferenc Puskas, the alienation known as the ye-ye of Pirri, Amancio until you reach Zinedine Zidane. In the 21st century, the team has counted on players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul Gonzalez, Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez among others.

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Achievements and awards of REAL MADRID

  • FIFA best club trophy of the 20th century (1998).
  • Leagues: 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 and 2016-17. (33 titles)
  • Copas del Rey: 1904-05, 1905-06, 1906-07, 1907-08, 1916-17, 1933-34, 1935-36, 1945-46, 1946-47, 1961-62, 1969-70, 1973- 74, 1974-75, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1988-89, 1992-93, 2010-11 and 2013-14. (19 titles)
  • Regional Championships: 1903-04, 1904-05, 1905-06, 1906-07, 1907-08, 1912-13, 1915-16, 1916-17, 1917-18, 1919-20, 1921-22, 1922-23 , 1923-24, 1925-26, 1926-27, 1928-29, 1929-30 and 1930-31. (18 titles)
  • Common Trophies:  1931-32, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35 and 1935-36. (5 titles)
  • Super Cups of Spain: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012 and 2017. (10 titles)
  • European Cups: 1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1965-66, 1997-98, 1999-00, 2001-02, 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016- 17 and 2017-18. (13 titles)
  • Small World Cups: 1952 and 1956. (2 titles)
  • Latin Cups: 1955 and 1957. (2 titles)
  • Club World Cup: 1960, 1998, 2002, 2014, 2016 and 2017. (6 titles)
  • European Supercup: 2012,2014, 2016 and 2017. (4 titles)
  • UEFA Cups: 1984-85 and 1985-86 (2 titles)
  • League Cup: 1984-85. (1 title)


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