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Club of the Day: Real Madrid

History:

Real Madrid have an astonishing track record of success. They have won a record 33 LaLiga titles, 19 Copas del Rey and ten Supercopas de España.

They are the most successful club in European competitions, with a total of 13 European Cups (including the first five ever to be played), two UEFA Cups and four UEFA Super Cups.

They have also won more world championships (7) than any other club. A behemoth of a footballing institution, Real were deservedly named FIFA Club of the 20th Century in 2000.

And some of soccer’s greatest-ever players have donned the famous white shirt, including Alfredo di Stéfano, Zidane, Raúl, Ferenc Puskás and, most recently, Cristiano Ronaldo, the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Academy:

While Real Madrid have purchased more than their fair share of Galacticos, plenty of important players have been developed internally in the academy. Iker Casillas, Raúl, and Dani Carvajal are just a few examples.

Read more about Real Madrid's academy here.

Stadium:

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is a colossus in the Spanish capital. With a capacity of 81,044, it is the sixth-largest stadium in Europe.

Originally opened in 1947, it has undergone a series of renovations and expansions over the years and work is set to begin on the latest set of changes, which will see a roof added and the stadium’s height increasing by ten metres.

The Bernabéu has hosted the European Cup final on four occasions and also hosted the second leg of the 2018 Copa Libertadores final between Superclásico rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate.

More about Real Madrid's Youth Academy, stadium, and history can be found here:

 
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