Real Madrid is probably the biggest and most successful football club in the world.
Founded on 6 March 1902 as Madrid Football Club, the club has traditionally worn a white home kit since its inception. The honorific title real is Spanish for “royal” and was bestowed to the club by King Alfonso XIII in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem.
Basic Information About Real Madrid
Full Name: Real Madrid Club de Futbol
Nick Names: Los Blancos (The Whites), Los Merengues (The Meringues), Los Vikingos (The Vikings)
Founded on: 6th March 1902 as Madrid Football Club
Home Ground: Camp Nou, Barcelona (Spain)
Capacity: 85, 454
Current President: Florentino Perez
Current Manager: Zinedine Zidane
League plays in: La Liga
Number of La Liga wins: 33
Official Website: realmadrid.com/en
Real Madrid Club de Futbol (or Real Madrid) is a professional football club which is based in Madrid, Spain. The club was founded in 1902 which was originally named Madrid Football Club. Club players traditionally wear the White coloured kits and that is why they are fondly called by their fans ‘Los Blancos’ or The Whites in English.
Major Titles won
- La Liga – 33
- Copas del Rey – 19
- Supercopas de Espana – 10
- Copa Eva Duarte – 1
- Copa de la Liga – 1
- European Cup/UEFA Champions League – 12
- UEFA Cup – 2
- UEFA Super Cup – 4
- International Cup – 3
- FIFA Club World Cup – 3
Real Madrid’s Biggest Rivals
There are two great rivals for Real Madrid, one across town and the other across the country — and across some kind of cultural and political divide which an American like me can barely grasp.
Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid share El Derbi Madrileño, or the Madrid Derby. Aside from being in the same city, the history of the derby is about class (Real with the more prosperous fans) and politics (General Franco preferred Atletico until Real started winning everything), although today it’s just one big club and one intergalactic club in the same city. In all, they have played 227 times, with Real winning 112 and Atletico managing more draws (59) than wins (56).
The City of Madrid
Madrid is a super-established tourist destination, with the Prado Museum, Picasso’s Guernica, the National Palace, countless squares, flamenco dancers, evening strolls, the whole thing.
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