44 Facts About Real Madrid


Real Madrid Club de Futbol, commonly referred to as Real Madrid, is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid.

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Unlike most European sporting entities, Real Madrid's members have owned and operated the club throughout its history.

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Real Madrid is one of the most widely supported teams internationally.

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Real Madrid was recognised as the FIFA Club of the 20th Century on 11 December 2000 with 42.

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In June 2017, Real Madrid succeeded in becoming the first club to win consecutive titles in the Champions League era.

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Real Madrid's origins go back to when football was introduced to Madrid by the academics and students of the Institucion Libre de Ensenanza, which included several Cambridge and Oxford University graduates.

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Three years after its founding, in 1905, Real Madrid FC won its first title after defeating Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Cup final.

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Real Madrid led the first league season until the last match, a loss to Athletic Bilbao, meant they finished runners-up to Barcelona.

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Real Madrid complained about all the three goals that referee Fombona Fernandez had allowed for Barcelona, with the home supporters whistling Real Madrid throughout, whom they accused of employing roughhouse tactics, and Fombona for allowing them to.

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Real Madrid added the budding young talents of Fernando Morientes, Guti and Iker Casillas, supported by the arrival of Steve McManaman and Nicolas Anelka from the English Premier League, alongside local talents Michel Salgado and Ivan Helguera.

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Shortly after, Real Madrid were eliminated from the Champions League for a fourth successive year, this time at the hands of Arsenal.

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Real Madrid won the Liga title in 2007 for the first time in four years, but Capello was nonetheless sacked at the end of the campaign.

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Real Madrid spent in excess of €261 million in the summer of 2009, and the assembled team was dubbed the Second Galacticos.

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Real Madrid again became the highest scoring team in La Liga, with 102 goals, repeating its output from the previous season, with Ronaldo scoring 40 and winning the European Golden Shoe.

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Real Madrid's attacking trio of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano, dubbed the BBC, finished the season with 97 goals.

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Under Zidane, Real Madrid ultimately finished second in the league, with 90 points and just one point behind champions Barcelona.

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On 10 December 2016, Real Madrid played their 35th-straight match without a loss, which set a new club record.

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On 3 June 2017, the club's Champions League final win against Juventus resulted in Real Madrid being the first team to successfully defend their title in the UEFA Champions League era, and the first to win consecutive titles in the competition since Milan in 1989 and 1990, when the tournament was known as the European Cup.

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Real Madrid's title was its 12th, extending the record, and its third in four years.

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On 12 June 2018, Real Madrid named Julen Lopetegui, the head coach of the Spanish national team, as their new manager.

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On 11 March 2019, Real Madrid dismissed Solari and reinstated Zidane as the head coach of the club.

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On 12 January 2020, Real Madrid beat cross-city rivals Atletico Real Madrid in a penalty shootout in the Supercopa de Espana final to win their eleventh title.

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Real Madrid has maintained the white shirt for its home kit throughout the history of the club.

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On 23 November 1947, in a game against Atletico Madrid at the Metropolitano Stadium, Real Madrid became the first Spanish team to wear numbered shirts.

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In 2001, Real Madrid ended their contract with Teka and for one season and used the Realmadrid.

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In 2015, Real Madrid signed a new 10-year contract with Adidas believed to be worth a total of £850 million, earning £59 million per season.

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The contract includes a clause sanctioning penalty or agreement termination anytime if Real Madrid fail to qualify for the European competitions or is relegated from La Liga.

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Real Madrid has the fourth-highest average attendance in Europe, behind Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, and Manchester United.

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Real Madrid has set records in Spanish football, most notably the most domestic titles and the most seasons won in a row .

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Real Madrid equalled their record signing in 2019, when the club signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea for a reported €100 million.

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One of the best supported teams globally, Real Madrid was the first sports team to reach 100 million fans on Facebook in April 2017.

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Real Madrid's vision was fulfilled when Real Madrid not only started winning consecutive league titles but swept the first five editions of the European Cup in the 1950s.

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Under his rule, Real Madrid had won 14 league titles, 6 Copa del Generalisimo titles, 1 Copa Eva Duarte, 6 European Cups, 2 Latin Cups and 1 Intercontinental Cup.

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Di Stefano had impressed both Barcelona and Real Madrid while playing for Los Millionarios in Bogota, Colombia, during a players' strike in his native Argentina.

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Real Madrid further endeared himself when he named his son "Jordi", after the local Catalan Saint George.

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In 2002, the European encounter between the clubs was dubbed the "Match of The Century" by Spanish media, and Real Madrid's win was watched by more than 500 million people around the world.

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The Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid's stadium, is alongside banks and businesses on the upper class Paseo de la Castellana street, while the Vicente Calderon could be found near a brewery, alongside the Manzanares River and a motorway.

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Real Madrid draw greater support all across the region because of their historically greater resources and success, while Atletico have a relatively working class fan base mainly from the south of the city, with some fans scattered throughout the city.

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In September 2009, Real Madrid's management announced plans to open the club's own dedicated theme park by 2013.

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The members of Real Madrid, called socios, form an assembly of delegates which is the highest governing body of the club.

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Real Madrid has the highest number of shirt sales per season, around 1.

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In late 2011, Real Madrid released a digital music album, entitled Legends, and a remix of the club's anthem, "Himno del Real Madrid, " was released as the first single from the album.

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Real Madrid TV is an encrypted digital television channel, operated by Real Madrid and specialising in the club.

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Real Madrid has appeared in many football-based video games, namely in the FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer series.

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