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Real Madrid sets an excellent example for all the other teams due to the fact that the statistics and records of the glorious Los Blancos are to be envied. Throughout its century-long history, Real Madrid has had its ups and downs, but one thing can be said for sure – the Madridistas are winners at heart and they won’t ever stop improving their performances and skills. The history of Los Blancos is illustrious without doubt and abounds with striking victories and incredible achievements. Here are some of the most interesting facts and records that each self-respecting fan should know:

  • The very first incarnation of the club was in 1895 and it was called Football Club Sky. Unfortunately, the club didn’t last for long and in the following year it split into Club Espanol de Madrid and New Foot-ball de Madrid.
  • The club managed to gain its first significant title three years after it was formed, defeating Athletic Bilbao and earning the La Copa del Rey in April 1905.
  • Alfredo Di Stefano, one of Madrid’s legends, was the first goalkeeper to win four Pichichi awards in a row (1956-1959).
  • Real Madrid happens to be the only club that has managed to win the league five times in succession. It is worth noting that they not only won the title five times in a row once, but they even did it twice (1961-1965; 1986-1990).
  • Real Madrid is the proud owner of several doubles (be it either European Cup plus La Liga or Copa del Rey plus La Liga), though they have never won the treble.
  • Raul, former No.7, is the iconic all-time top-scorer, who managed 323 competitive goals (228 of them in the league, which is also the club’s record).
  • The year 2011 was marked by the fastest hat-trick in the club’s history: Cristiano Ronaldo managed to score three goals in 10 minutes thus securing a tremendous win against Sevilla (6-2, May 2011). The bookmakers must have made a fortune as a result!
  • Probably the most impressive victory on Real Madrid’s account was the 11-2 win over Elche, which took place on the 7th of February 1960. As for the Los Classicos, the Madridistas defeated the Catalans with the incredible score of 11-1 in a La Copa del Rey semi-final in 1942-43.
  • The period from 1961 to 1980 was considered to be the indisputable dominance of Real Madrid in the Spanish football arena. According to the statistics, Real Madrid gained 14 La Liga titles in 20 seasons.
  • Real Madrid was honoured the title of the “best club of the 20th century” by FIFA.
  • Madrid was bestowed a “royal” title on June 29, 1920 by King Alfonso XIII.
  • Vicente del Bosque went down in history due to the fact that he spent a total of 30 years with Real Madrid; as a player he won nine trophies and seven more as a coach.
  • Real Madrid is known as a top flight football team, because their lowest ever league placing was 11th which was in 1947-1948.
  • Alberto Rivera is considered to be the youngest player to debut for the club’s first team. He was only 17 years and 114 days old when he joined the team, thus beating the previous record by just 10 days.
  • Santiago Bernabéu has been the major torch-bearer for the Madridistas and their highly respected president for 35 years. During this period, Real Madrid gained more trophies than ever: 16 La Liga Cups, six European Cups, six La Copas Del Reys, and one Intercontinental Cup. He is credited for making revolutionary changes in the team which lead to tremendous and matchless success. By the way, the team’s current stadium is a constant reminder of the great contribution Santiago Bernabeu made.
  • The oldest player to retire from football was a Real Madrid player named Ferenc Puskas, who was almost 39 when he decided to put an end to his football career.
  • It may come as a surprise, but Real Madrid’s very first office was a simple boutique called “Al Capricho“, which means “caprice” in Spanish.
  • Emilio Butrageno was a full-fledged legend of Real Madrid. He was the one to raise the team’s spirits after Santiago Bernabeu passed away and he was the one to bring the team together in order to return to its victorious palms. The new generation of Real Madrid was named after him: “La Quinta del Buitre” which means “Vulture’s Cohort”. This legendary player holds the La Liga record of 50 successive games unbeaten.
  • Real Madrid has various nicknames: Madridistas, Los Blancos and even Los Merengues. The latter was coined in a well-known sports magazine “Espana Sportiva” on January 3rd, 1917. It refers to their white kit that resembles a cake made entirely of egg white. This nickname is rarely used by today’s press; however, it is still a part of the club’s history.
  • According to the 2013 data, Real Madrid is considered to be the most prosperous and rich football club, having annual revenue of approximately €400mln.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is thought to be the most expensive football player since the club paid €94m for his transfer from Manchester United.
  • Real Madrid is one of the three football clubs that have never been relegated from La Liga.
  • Los Clasicos represent the great interest of the general audience and bookmakers, because Real Madrid and Barcelona are two most successful Spanish football teams. In 163 encounters (2013), 68 were won by Real Madrid, 64 were won by Barcelona and 31 matches ended in a draw. In fact, it’s always hard to come up with a prediction regarding the outcome of El Clasico, because both of them are among the strongest in Europe.
  • Real Madrid of 1966 was known as the Ye-Ye team. Back then, the team was composed of a young all-Spanish generation. As for its nickname, it comes from the catchy chorus in the popular Beatles songs “She loves you” (yeah yeah yeah). The team got this funny nickname after four players posed for Marca wearing Beatles wigs.

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