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Learn About Real Madrid's Century Long Soccer Success

Real Madrid is a professional soccer team that has dominated European soccer at a level that exceeds many other teams. The complete name is Real Madrid Club de Futbol. They are also called Los Blancos, meaning “the whites” in English.

Real Madrid branched off from another team founded in 1897 in Madrid, Spain. It wasn't until 1902 that Real Madrid was officially founded. The team has had countless achievements since then. When the European Cup was first held in 1955-56, Real Madrid was the tournament’s first winner and continued to dominate the scene yearly.

On their team, they have had superstar players like Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo di Estefano, Paco Gento, Hector Rial, Miguel Muñoz, David Beckham, Luis Figo, Ronaldo, Zidane, Kaka’, and Cristiano Ronaldo, to name a few. They won five European Cups in a row. One of the teams they played against was Germany, winning 7-3 in 1960.

In total, Real Madrid has won 14 Champions League titles, more than any other team in Europe or the world. They have also won 19 times La Copa del Rey, two Union of European Football Associations, nine Super Cups, and 33 La Liga championships.

They also have a stadium named Santiago Bernabeu, located in Chamartin, Madrid, Spain, and is known as one of the most essential stadiums ever created. This stadium was constructed in 1902 by Manuel Munos Monasterio Luis Alemany Soler Antonio Lamela and holds a maximum capacity of 83,169.

Real Madrid's biggest rivalry is FC Barcelona, which is also considered among the best teams ever. This team had a very famous superstar player named Lionel Messi. All the matches they played against each other were called “The Classic” and were watched by all of Spain. Additionally, both teams had nicknames: Real Madrid's nickname is Castillian, and FC Barcelona's nickname is Catalonian. Both nicknames come from a commonly spoken language in Spain called Catalan. For decades, Real Madrid has earned a reputation as one of the best soccer teams in the world and has brought in some of the biggest players to the club. Their history of achievements and continued efforts to draft some of the world’s top-performing players make their team successful.

[Source: Britannica]

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