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Real Madrid
Real Madrid CF
Full name Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
Nickname(s) Los Blancos (The Whites)
Los Merengues (The Meringues)
Los Vikingos (The Vikings)
La Casa Blanca (The White House)
Founded 6 March 1902; 118 years ago (1902-03-06)
as Madrid Football Club
Ground Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Ground Capacity 81,044
President Florentino Pérez
Head coach Zinedine Zidane
League La Liga
2018–19 3rd
Third colours
Celebrando el primer título de la temporada
Real Madrid's players celebrate their 2008 Supercopa de España victory.

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 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.Real madrid have won 6 La Liga titles!

Rivalries

El Clásico

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

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

Champions league

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

Honours

Real Madrid CF honours
Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic La Liga 33 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, 2016–17
Copa del Rey 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 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2017
Copa Eva Duarte 1 1947
Copa de la Liga 1 1985
Continent UEFA Champions League 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 2 1984–85, 1985–86
UEFA Super Cup 4 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017
Worldwide Intercontinental Cup 3s 1960, 1998, 2002
FIFA Club World Cup 4 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
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Most expensive players

Cristiano Ajax
Cristiano Ronaldo was the club's most expensive signing when he joined in 2009, costing €94 million.

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