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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
The most unforgettable achievements from a glorious footballing century

Hampden Heaven

They say the disbelieving Glasgow fans remained on the Hampden Park terraces for an hour or more after the final whistle, unwilling or unable to leave the scene of the finest exhibition of football ever seen. It could be myth, but it’s one you’d love to be true. On 18 May 1960, in front of 135,000 spectators, Miguel Munoz’s Real Madrid destroyed Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 to claim their fifth consecutive European Cup in mesmeric style, after Frankfurt had had the temerity to take the lead. Alfredo Di Stefano got a hat-trick but he never got his hands on the match ball, as his team-mate Ferenc Puskas scored four. “These people”, as Bobby Charlton had said, “are not human”.

Zidane’s volley in the 2002 final

It’s somewhat fitting that Real’s second greatest moment also took place at Scotland’s own magnificent footballing bullring. There are just seconds remaining in the first half of the 2002 Uefa Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen, when Santiago Solari spies Roberto Carlos’s characteristic burst down the leftm and delivers an immaculate ball. The Brazilian meets the ball first time, crossing to the edge of the box for Zinedine Zidane to unleash the perfect volley past Jorg Butt. A goal to grace any final, or any art gallery come to that, it was the perfect way to mark Real’s first 100 years, a joyous summation of everything white.

The match of the century

Beating Barcelona in el clasico is always satisfying for los Merengues. Beating them 5-0 is priceless. On 8 January 1995, the did just that, thrashing Johan Cruyff’s in a game branded ‘the match of the century’ by the Real Madrid faithful. Ivan ‘Bam Bam’ Zamorano, the lethal Chilean, secured his page in Real immortality by bagging a hat-trick.

The first European Cup

On the evening of 13 June 1956, Real established a peerless reputation as the continent’s most successful club, becoming the first side to lift the European Champion Club’s Cup at the Park de Princes in Paris. But it wasn’t a coronation for Real by any means, especially after their opponents Stade de Reims had gone 2-0 up after ten minutes. Driven on by Miguel Munoz, they were level within 20 minutes, and although Reims took the lead once more, Hector Rial finally sealed Real’s 4-3 victory just eleven minutes from time.

La Septima;

It had been a long, long wait: 22 years had elapsed since Real Madrid last had their hands on a prize they once regarded as their personal property. Indeed, having already won the European Cup six times, Real had the original trophy locked away in the footballing equivalent of Tiffany’s- the Bernabeu trophy room. But two decades is too long for a club like Real to go without being crowned European Champions, so Pedrag Mijatovic was the toast of madridistas after his goal proved enough to beat Juventus in Paris in the 1998 Champions League final.

Raul beats Di Stefano

It was a record that had stood for more than four decades. Nobody had got close to Alfredo Di Stefano’s haul of 49 European Cup goals, since he netted his last on 7 May 1964. Nobody, that is, until his goalscoring heir Raul overtook him and reached his half-century in September 2005, in the ninth minute of Real’s group match against Olympiacos. The goal came from a glancing header following a David Beckham assist.

Beating the Busby Babes
In the pioneering days of continental competition Real Madrid were only rivalled in the glamour stakes by Manchester United. So when the 1957 semi-finals pit the Busby Babes against the Spanish champions, it was a heavyweight contest for European supremacy. Real brushed the English champions aside 3-1 in the first match, but United skipper roger Byrne had predicted that Real would face “hell” at Old Trafford. However, goals from Hector Rial and Raymond Kopa secured their place in the final. Sadly, fate robbed Europe of a continued rivalry between the teams.

The Hippies conquer Europe;

Real’s domination of Europe had begun to fade by the time the 1960’s started to swing and it was time for a new generation to follow where Di Stefano, Kopa and Munoz had led. It came to pass in 1966 as the likes of Pirri, De Felipe, Grosso and Velazquez inspired Real to victory in the European Cup, defeating Partizan Belgrade 2-1 in the final in Brussels. That team became known as the Hippies, or the Ye-Ye team, as Real’s fans revelled in their own brand of footballing Beatlemania.

Alfredo Di Stefano joins Real

It had been a fight as bitter as any Real had encountered on the pitch. The two leviathans of Spanish football both claimed to have signed the Argentine icon. Barcelona had first claim, but the Spanish government, opposed to Catalan nationalism, blocked the move, enabling Real to enter negotiations. The government even tried to get the two clubs to ‘share’ the player, but after he’d turned out for Barca in a few friendlies, on 27 December 1953 Di Stefano finally made his debut in the white shirt. Real would never be the same again.

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1. Real Madrid 9-0 B913 Odense (25 October 1961)
2. Real Madrid 9-1 Tirol Innsbruck (23 October 1990)
3. Real Madrid 8-0 Seville (23 January 1958)
4. Real Madrid 8-0 Olympiakos Nicosia (24 September 1969)
5. Progres Niedercorn 0-7 Real Madrid (27 September 1978)
6. Real Madrid 7-0 Jeunesse Esch (21 October 1959)
7. Real Madrid 7-1 Wiener Sportsklub (18 March 1960)
8. Real Madrid 7-3 Eintracht Frankfurt (18 May 1960)
9. Real Madrid 6-0 Royal Antwerp (28 November 1957)
10. Real Madrid 6-0 Rangers (9 October 1963)

Real players who also wore the Blaugrana of Barcelona

1. Ricardo Zamora
2. Alfredo Di Stefano
3. Justo Tejada
4. Bernd Schuster
5. Gheorge Hagi
6. Michael Laudrup
7. Robert Prosinecki
8. Luis Enrique
9. Luis Figo
10. Samuel Eto’o

I'd like to thank my team-mates...

1. Migeul Angel- Best Spanish player 1975/76
2. Miljan Miljanic Best coach 1975/76
3. Michel- Best Spanish player 1985/86
4. Amavisca- Best Spanish player 1994’95
5. Raul- Best Spanish player 96/97, 98/99, 99/00, 00/01, 01/02.
6. Uli Stielike- Best foreign player in Spain 78/79, 79/80, 80/81, 81/82
7. Jorge Valdano- Best foreign player in Spain 1985/86
8. Huge Sanchez- Best foreign player in Spain 1986/87, 1989/90
9. Ivan Zamorano- Best foreign player in spain 1994/95
10. Zinedine Zidane- Best foreign player in Spain 2001/2002

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Discussion Starter #3

1. FC Barcelona

Nationalism, civil war, conspiracy theories, bitterly contested transfers and trophies have all fuelled what may just be the most intense and dramatic rivalry in European football. Real’s early monopoly of the European Cup turned the pursuit of that trophy into a holy grail for the Catalan club, but they didn’t win it until 1992. The flames didn’t need any fanning but, after Luis Figo’s €55million transfer from Camp Nou to the Bernabeu in 2000, the rivalry boiled over for a while. The continuing fascination of this rivalry is that, unlike say Manchester United vs Manchester City or Bayern vs 1860 Munich, neither side has really held the upper hand for too long. If the 1950’s belonged to Real, Barca evened things up by turfing Di Stefano, Puskas, et all, out of the 1961 European Cup in the first round. In the early 1970’s, the Catalans reigned supreme, coached by Rinus Michels and, after the glory that was the galaticos regime, it is Barcelona who have the ship hand again. But for how long? No wonder the derby between these two sides is called el clasico.

2. Atletico Madrid

Real’s working-class rivals have never really recovered from Di Stefano’s arrival at the Bernabeu. Globally, Atletico are more famous for having a chairman, Jesus Gil, who became addicted to firing managers. Their recent vicissitudes on the pitch- they haven’t beaten Real since 1999- can be summed up by the slogan they used in 2000 to persuade fans to renew their season tickets: “Be with us for a season in hell”. Before Di Stefano arrived, Atletico- and the air-force club they were ordered to merge with- had won four championshiipes to Real’s two. The latest count was 29-9 in Real’s favour. Di Stefano’s team brushed Atletico aside in the 1959 European Cup semi-finals. The Colchoneros, or mattress makers, as they are known, still have nightmares about leading 1-0 in the 1974 European Cup final with a minute to go against Bayern Munich and then blowing it. They have, though, won the Cup-Winner’s Cup, which is more than their glamorous neighbours ever managed. If Atletico fans hold that thought for long enough, somehow the fact that Raul, an Atletico supporter and youth player, is now the record goalscorer in the European Cup for Real doesn’t sting quite so much.

3. Deportivo La Coruna

Whenever Real visit the Riazor, it’s a cue for the papers to start thinking of headlines including the words cut, Riazor and Real. The Madrilenos have not won on Depor’s home turn since 1991. The Galicians even had the gall to spoil Real’s 100th anniversary celebrations, beating the Madrilenos 2-1 in the Copa del Rey Final, in the Bernabeu, 100 years to the day since Real’s official foundation. In May 2004, a second string Depor side beat Real 2-0 in Coruna to slam the brakes on Real’s La Liga title challenge.

4. Tenerife
The Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez stadium in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, is the place where, on 20 June 1993, Real blew the La Liga title, losing 2-0 and gifting a championship to Barcelona. To add insult to, well, insult, Real had blown the title the year before with a defeat to…Tenerife.

5. Benfica
Real’s European Cup record against the Eagles is frankly unsatisfactory: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 2. The Portuguese giants even had the nerve to top Puskas’s hat-trick in the 1962 European Cup final, by winning 5-3.

6. Rayo Vallecano
Real fans would be more worried, or irritated, if Rayo Vallecano showed signs of competing for honours. Losing to Rayo Vallecano did, though, signal the end of Jorge Valdano’s reign as Real coach in January 1996.

7. Real Mallorca
Led by Real escapee Samuel Eto’o, Mallorca came to Madrid in May 2004 and won 3-2, crushing Real’s La Liga hopes. Ronaldo had a goal disallowed and Eto’o scored on his fourth consecutive visit to the Bernabeu. Since Eto’o moved to Barca, Mallorca haven’t frustrated Real quite so regularly.

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Discussion Starter #4
Locations where Real Madrid have carried their football gospel.

1. Havana, Cuba. Real Madrid vs Asturiana, lost 1-2, 1927
2. San Jose, USA. Real Madrid vs West Bromwich Albion, won 6-1, 1990
3. Hong Kong, China. Real Madrid vs Hong Kong XI, won 4-2, 2003
4. Tegucipalpa, Honduras. Real Madrid vs Honduras, drew 2-2, 1982
5. Tokyo, Japan. Real Madrid vs FC Tokyo, won 3-0, 2003
6. Casablanca, Morocco. Real Madrid vs FUS-SCCM, drew 1-1, 1971
7. Accra, Ghana. Real Madrid vs Black Stars, drew 3-3, 1962.
8. Gilbraltar. Real Madrid vs Gilbraltar XI, drew 2-2, 1949
9. Beijing, China. Real Madrid vs Dragon Team, won 4-0, 2003
10. Algiers, Algeria. Real Madrid vs Algeria, lost 2-1, 1982

Geniuses at their best;

1. Alfredo Di Stefano 1957 European Footballer of the Year
2. Raymond Kopa 1958 European Footballer of the Year
3. Alfredo Di Stefano 1959 European Footballer of the Year
4. Hugo Sánchez 1990 European Golden Boot Winner
5. Luis Figo 2000 El País Rey de Futebol de Europa
6. Luis Figo 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year
7. Luis Figo 2002 European Footballer of the Year
8. Zinedine Zidane 2001-2003 El País Rey de Futebol de Europa
9. Ronaldo 2002 FIFA World Player of the Year & European Footballer of the Year
10. Zinedine Zidane 2003 FIFA World Player of the Year


1. Raul Gonzales 49
2. Alfredo Di Stefano 49
3. Carlos Santillana 47
4. Ferenc Puskas 35
5. Paco Gento 31
6. Emilio Butragueno 27
7. Hugo Sanchez 23
8. Pirri 23
9. Amancio Amaro 22
10. Michel 17

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Everything you need to know about the Godfather of Real Madrid

1. Santiago Bernabéu was just 14 when he joined Real in 1909. He spent the next 69 years at the club in various capicities: centre-forward, captain, director and president- until he died in 1978.

2. He became President after a violent derby with Barcelona in 1943. After the clashes in the crowd, the Spanish government insisted that the presidents of Real and Barca should quit and Bernabéu was appointed the club's new President.

3. As a youngster, Bernabéu helped build the club's Campo de O'Donnel ground with his own hands.

4. In his 35-year reign as club president Real won 71 trophies, including six European Cups and 16 La Liga titles.

5. Although he became synonymous with Real Madrid- and the stadium is named after him- he was born in Albacete, a city more famous for its cheese and knives.

6. In the last home game he attended in May 1978, Bernabéu watched his beloved team beat Barcelona 4-0. His final wave to the crowd was captured on film.

7. In the early 1970's, when Real Madrid went two seasons without winning the championship, an unprecedented drought in the Bernabéu era, he and his coach Miguel Munoz went out and bought eight players under the age of 22. "The Baby show", as it was known, led Real to regaining La Liga in 1974/75 and 1975/76.

8. One of Bernabéu's close friends was Adolfo Suarez, who later became the prime minister of Spain.

9. When he died, on 2 June 1978, FIFA declared three days of mourning, even though this fell during the World Cup in Argentina. The headline in the leading Spanish sports dailr Marca simply read; 'Bernabéu ha muerto'- Bernabeu is dead.

10. Bernabéu was one of the first chairmen to spot the potential of the European Cup, welcoming Gabriel Hanot's intial invitation to discusss the competition and proposing a vital compromise on the sharing of the ticket sales revenue.

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Real Madrid just can't help making History.

1. First player to score a goal in an official competition for Real Madrid was Arthur Johnson, against Barcelona on 13 May 1902.

2. The first song to the dedicated tot he club was Goal, a paso doble written in the club's honour by agricultural engineer Andres Segovia.

3. The club's first proper stadium was Campo de O'Donnel, where Real played from 1912 until 1924.

4. The first match in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium was agianst OS Belenses of Portugal on 14 December 1947. Real won 3-1.

5. The club's first La Liga title came in the 1931/32 season.

6. The first season in which Real Madrid won all of their home games was 1962/63.

7. The first player to score a goal for Real Madrid in the European Cup was Miguel Munoz, in the 74th minute against Servette on 8 September 1955.

8. The first player to score a hat-trick in the European Cup for Real Madrid was Hector Rial against Antwerp on 28 November 1957.

9. The first player to score a hat-trick in a European Cup Final was Ferenc Puskas, against Eintracht Frankfurt on 18 May 1960. Puskas complete his hat-trick between the 45th and 60th minutes, adding a fourth in the 70th. In the same game, Alfredo Di Stefano also completed a hat-trick in the 74th minute.

10. The first player to win the Pichichi trophy for Spain's top scorer five times outright was Hugo Sanchez. He was dubbed Pentapichichi for his feat, winning the award in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1990. Di Stefano won the award four times outright, in 1954, 1956, 1957 and 1959, and shared it with two other strikers in 1958.

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Discussion Starter #7 (Edited)

1. Alfredo Di Stefano from Millionarios 1995;

The South American wizard, then playing in Colombia, was at the centre of a bitter transfer tug-of-war between Barcelona and Real Madrid in 1955. But it was los Merengues that Di Stefano eventually joined, after a rather controversial intervention from the Spanish government, who optimistically wanted the clubs to share him! Barca's loss was Real's gain. Di Stefano remains the third-highest goalscorer in Spanish Football, won five European Cups in a row and eight La Liga titles, practically defining the modern Real Madrid in the process.

2. Ferenc Puskas from Honved 1956;

The Galloping Major's move from Honved to the Bernabéu was a rather bitter-sweet one. In 1956 he and his team-mates were on a tour of Europe that the Hungarian authorities didn't approve of, which left Puskas facing a court martial if he returned to his homeland following the Hungarian uprising. The magnificent Magyar opted to stay in Spain, joining Real, becoming an integral part of the all-conquering side of the late 1950's, with his powerful left-foot shot. He is still the only man to have scored four goals in a European Cup final.

3. Zinedine Zidane from Juventus 2001;

Enter the galactico. Zizou might have cost Real Madrid the princely sum of €66million, but then they did get a footballing prince for their money. He arrived at the Bernabeu from Juve in the summer of 2001 on a four-year contract and although he took his time to settle in La Liga, by the time Real had returned to their spiritual second home of Hampden Park in May 2002 for the Champions League final, Zidane was displaying the brand of football alchemy that had made the Frenchman the world's most expensive player in the first place. His magical volleyed goal in that match against Bayer Leverkusen will live in the mind of all who saw it for a long, long time.

4. Raymond Kopa from Stade de Reims 1956;

Kopa actually made his name against Real Madrid, as a member of the Stade de Reims team that reached the inaugural European Cup final in 1956, where they lost to Real. The one-time coal miner quickly joined Real and made up for his disappointment by getting his hands on the Cup in 1957, 1958 and 1959, becoming the first Frenchman to win the trophy devised by one of his compatriots.

5. Jorge Valdano from Real Zaragoza 1984;

The Argentine predator arrived at the Bernabéu in 1984 and although he only represented Real for three seasons, he made a colossal imapct on the club, winning the Uefa Cup in 1985 and 1986, and La Liga in 1986 and 1987. His intelligent, thoughtful opinions on the game earned him the knickname the Philosopher of football. He later became Real coach, winning the 1995 championship, before moving upstairs as sporting director and becoming an acclaimed writer.

6. Uli Stielike from Borussia Monchengladbach 1997;

The German defender was a serious sort of person, as evidenced by the fact he once told a British football magazine that the person he would most like to meet in the world was president Sadat of Egypt. And he was a serious sort of defender too, a rock at the heart of the defence for country and club. Stielike joined Real Madrid from the Bundesliga in 1977, winning three consecutive Spanish championships between 1978 and 1980, and the Uefa Cup in 1985, his final season at the Bernabéu. Never showy but always effective, Real's success in the late 1970's was built on his consistency.

7. Hugo Sanchez from Atletico Madrid 1985;

The gymnastic Mexican arrived at the Bernabéu after four years at deadly rivals Atletico, but managed to win over the Real supporters with some astounding goalscoring feats, earning him the Pichichi trophy for Spain's leading goalscorer four seasons running, and inspring his side to five championships in a row between 1986 and 1990. In the 1989/90 season, he hit the target an incredible 38 times to win the European Golden Boot as Real ran riot, netting 102 goals as a team that season, a record that no side has come close to matching.

8. Paco Gento from Racing Santander 1953;

Known as the Storm of the Cantabrico (aka the Bay of Biscay), Gento became a legend in Real's No.11 shirt after joining from Racing Santander, aged 20. The outside-left tormented defenders with his speed and skill on the ball, winning 12 championships and six European Cups, and captaining Real's iconic Ye-Ye team of the 1960s.

9. Miguel Munoz from Celta Vigo 1948

The engine of the all-qonquering Real team of the 1950s, and a Rolls-Royce engine at that. Munoz, who came from Galician side Celta Vigo, was one of a clutch of players bought on the diktat of Real godfather Santiago Bernabéu after the club slumped to an unthinkable 11th place in the league in 1948. The boss proved he knew a good player when he saw one, as Munoz powered Real tot heir first two European Cups. The attacking half-back scored the club's first ever goal in continental competition and inspired Real's comeback in the 1956 final, setting up Di Stefano to score in magical style. And then after all that, he became the club's longest-serving coach.

10. Ronaldo from Internazionale 2002;

Real have never been able to resist a bit of Latin American magic, even, when like to O Fenomeno, it comes at a price of €40million. The brilliant Brasilian joined Real after his triumphant rehabilation at the 2002 World Cup. Ronaldo is yet to experience that brand of glory in the white shirt of Real, having come close but not close enough in the Champions League, although his performance at Old Trafford in the 2003 quarter-finals was justification in itself for that galactico tag.

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Discussion Starter #8 (Edited)
Not every Real Madrid superstar has been a big-money signing...

1. Emilio Butragueno
The Vulture was the lethal spearhead of the Quinta del Buitre that emerged from Real's youth ranks in 1980.

2. Michel
The assured midfielder was another of the Quinta, having joined Real when he was just 13.

3. Jose Zarraga
Later to lift the European Cup as club captain, the supremely consistent left-half joined Real from nursery club Plus Ultra in 1951.

4. Manuel Sanchis
The defender made his debut in 1983 and a total of 524 appearances in La Liga for Real Madrid, folloeing in the footsteps of his father who also played for the club.

5. Jose Camacho

One of the most committed players in the club's History, the left-back joined from nursery club Castilla and enjoyed 16 years in the first team, winning eight championships and two Uefa Cups.

6. Juanito Alonso
He hailed from the Basque country but, having been rejected as a teenage by Celta vigo the goalkeeper made his name at Real in the late 1950's.

7. Martin Vazquez
He joined Real at 15 and become another member of the Quinta, making his debut in 1983, winning six titles and the Uefa Cup twice.

8. Iker Casillas
The goalkeeper joined the club as an eight-year old and was plucked from the youth ranks to appear in the Champions League at just 18, when he was still travelling to the training on the

9. Chendo
An avowed Madridista, the defender joined Real through Castilla in 1977, winning seven titles between 1986 and 1997 and the Champions League in 1998, making 363 appearences in la liga.

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Discussion Starter #9 (Edited)
Real's most prolific hot-shots, until the end of the season 2004/2005

1. Alfredo Di Stefano 216
2. Raul 190
3. Carlos Santillana 186
4. Hugo Sanchez 164
5. Ferenc Puskas 156
6. Paco Gento 126
7. Emilio Butragueno 123
8. Pirri 122
9. Amancio Amaro 119
10. Pahino 108


It's the toughest job in football, but this lot survived longer than most...

1. Miguel Munoz 1960-74, 417 matches
2. Vicente Del Bosque 1993-94, 1996, 1999-2002, 153 matches
3. Leo Beenhakker 1986-89, 1993, 139 matches
4. Luis Molowny 1974, 1977-79, 1982, 1985-86, 120 matches
5. Miljan Miljanic 1974-77, 103 matches
6. Vujadin Boskov 1979-82, 98 matches
7. Francisco Bru 1934-36, 1940-41, 88 matches
8. Michael Keeping 1948-51, 85 matches
9. Alfredo Di Stefano 1982-84, 1990, 83 matches
10. John Toshack 1989-90, 1999-2000, 74 matches

The European ties where Real simply refused to admit defeat

1 vs Borussia Monchengladbach (Uefa Cup 1985/86) lost 5-1 a, won 4-0 h
2 vs Derby County (European Cup 1975/76) lost 4-1 a, won 5-1 h
3 vs Anderlecht (Uefa Cup 1984/85) lost 3-0 a, won 6-1 h
4 vs Internazionale (Uefa Cup 1985/86) lost 3-1 a, won 5-1 h
5 vs NK Rijeka (Uefa Cup 1984/85) lost 3-1 a, won 3-0 h
6 vs Red Star Belgrade (European Cup 1986/87) lost 4-2 a, won 2-0 h
7 vs Celtic (European Cup 1979/80) lost 2-0 a, won 3-0 h
8 vs Internazionale (Uefa Cup 1984/85) lost 2-0 a, won 3-0 h
9 vs Nice (European Cup 1959/60) lost 3-2 a, won 4-0 h
10 vs Feyenoord (European Cup 1965/66) lost 2-1 a, won 5-0 h

The galacticos are a demanding bunch, as this list proves...

1) 50 pairs of boots
2) 400 studs
3) 3 rolls of bootlaces
4) 50 pairs of socks
5) 90 vests (30 sleeveless, 20 short-sleeve, 30 long-sleeve)
6) 120 towels
7) 30 pairs of sandals
8) 10 captain's armbands (five blue, five white)
9) 14 footballls
10) 40 pairs of gloves & 30 pairs of shinpads

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Discussion Starter #10 (Edited)
Some of the alternative titles earned by Real's megastars

1. Los Merengues; Before Real Madrid's all-stars became los galacticos, they were knicknamed, simply, for looking resplendent in white.

2. La Galerna- the Gale- was a vain attempt to capture just how fast winger Paco Gento really was.

3. The Little Cannon- That's how Ferenc Puskas was known to the Spanish press. To his team-mate Di Stefano he was known, less flatteringly, as "Big Gut".

4. El Hombre Bala- The Bullet Man- is how Roberto Carlos is known in Spain, a tribute to the explosive effect the full-back with the most famous thighs in football can have on a game.

5. The Blond Arrow, the most famous of the knicknames Alfredo Di Stefano aquired in his illustrious career.

6. Hugol- The inevitable nickname for Real's Mexican striker Hugo Sanchez whose goals were almost as spectacular as his back flips. He owed his spectacular flexibility to his sister, a gymnast, who taught him how to somersault.

7. Bam Bam- The Chilean striker Ivan Zamorano was so knicknamed in honour of Bamm Bamm, the adopted son of Barney and Betty Rubble in the Flinstones.

8. Ye-Ye- the 1960's Real side, an illusion to the "Yeah, yeah, yeah" chorus in the Beatles' she loves you, which was coined after four of the club's leading players posed for Marca dressed in Beatles wigs.

9. El Filosofo- Real's Argentine star Jorge Valdano was and, although in exile, still is the Philosopher.

10. La Quinta del Buirte- the Vulture Squad- referred to the group of five young players who emerged through Real's cantera in the early 1980's: Emilio Butragueno (The Vulture himself), Manuel Sanchis, Martin Vasquez, Miguel Pardeza and Michel.

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Discussion Starter #11 (Edited)

11- Real Madrid's worst league position, recorded in 1947/1948...and there were only 14 teams in La Liga then.

2- The number of goals Alfredo Di Stefano scored on his domestic debut when Real beat Barcelona in October 1953.

8- The goals Real conceded in La Liga at home in 1994/95

12- La Liga titles won by Paco Gento

4- Number of Real's 114 Champions League games that have ended 0-0

3- Knicknames Fernando Redondo had at Real: el Principe (the Prince), el Flaco (the Thin One) and la Maquina Blanca (the White Machine).

1- Number of quirky facts everyone knows about Hugo Sanchez...the striker studied to be a dentist.

104,000- Record attendance at the Bernabéu- against Atletico Madrid on 14 June 1997.

0- Times Real have failed to qualify from the group stage in the Champions League

93,000,000- People around the world that a Havard business study says like Real Madrid

3- The number of hat-tricks Real Madrid players have scored in European Cup finals. Ferenc Puskas grabbed four against Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1960 final and three against Benfica in 1962; Alfredo Di Stefano also scored one in the 1960 final.

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Discussion Starter #12 (Edited)
They could have been Real icons, but one way or another, they missed out;

1. Johan Cruyff;
After being voted out of the Ajax captaincy in 1973, Johan Cruyff's first thought was to follow his mentor Rinus Michels to Barcelona. But when talks got bogged down, Real Madrid president Santiago Bernabéu sent his right-hand man Raimundo Saporta to try to snatch the Dutchman. But Real's interest only succeeded in ending Barca's vacillating.

2. Ladislao Kubala;
The mercurial Hungarian was offered a contract by Bernabéu and agreed to join Real- if his brother-in-law was appointed manager. The Real president declined. Kubala eventually signed for Barcelona although there are stories that, drunk on the train that took him to Camp Nou, he thought he was really heading for Madrid. :D:D:D

3. Ronaldinho;
Available in the summer of 2003, before Barca snapped him up, the Brasilian was deemed a less vital target for the Madrid side than David Beckham. Last season, the smiling genius powered Barcelona to the Spanish title.

4. Pele;
Lined up as a possible replacement for the great Alfredo Di Stefano at Real, but neither he, nor his club Santos, were especially interested. Real made up for the omission 40 years later by signing Robinho- the man some believe will become the "new Pele".

5. Samuel Eto'o;
Barca's Cameroon striker was signed as a 15-year-old by Real Madrid but after six games- and no goals- played between 1998 and 2000, he was allowed to play for Real Mallorca and then sold on to Barcelona. By November 2005, he had scored six goals for the Catalans against his old club Real.

6. Francesco Totti;
Despite Roma's well-publicised troubles, the club's talismanic talent has shown no sign, yet, of wanting to move to Real.

7. Patrick Vieira;
The combative French midfielder's should-I-stay-or-go saga had become a perennial summer nightmare for Arsenal fans. He seemed destined, finally, to slip away from Highbury to Real in August 2004, but talks foundered, possibly over wages.

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Discussion Starter #13 (Edited)
Forget the Golden Boot, this is the trophy the top scorer in Spain wins

1. Hugo Sanchez 1989/90 38 goals
2. Hugo Sanchez 1986/87 34 goals
3. Alfredo Di Stefano 1956/57 31 goals
4. Hugo Sanchez 1987/88 29 goals
5. Pahino 1947/58 28 goals
6. Ivan Zamorano 1994/95 28 goals
7. Alfredo Di Stefano 1953/54 27 goals
8. Ferenc Puskas 1960/61 27 goals
9. Ferenc Puskas 1962/63 26 goals
10. Ferenc Puskas 1959/60 26 goals
11. Raul 1998/99 25 goals

Feats that would have had Norris McWhirter taking notes

1. Biggest home win; 11-2 v Elche, 7 February 1960
2. Biggest transfer fee; €66million for Zinedine Zidane from Juventus, 2001
3. Biggest home victory over Barcelona; 8-2, 3 February 1935
4. Most goals in a season; Hugo Sanchez, 38, 1989/90
5. Longest unbeaten run at home; 8 years :eekani: 121 games, from 1957-1965
6. Most European Cups won; Paco Gento, six, 1956,1957,1958,1959,1960 and 1966
7. Fewest defeats in a season; 0, 1931/32
8. Most consecutive participations in European Cup 15, 1955/56-1969/70
9. Only successful defence of the Uefa Cup, in 1985 and 1986
10. Most home wins in a season; 18, 1987/88

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Discussion Starter #14 (Edited)
The World's biggest club is also the World's most talked about club...

"I want to see more balls out there on the field"-

Santiago Bernabeu's famous speech to his players when they were 3-0 down- 5-4 on aggregate- against Rapid Vienna in the second round of the 1956/57 European Cup. Real turned it around to level at 5-5 on aggregate and won the play-off.

"And above all- Real Madrid are winners"-

Or, in Spanish, "Y sobre todo, el Madrid es un equipo ganador"- the slogan in a mural at Real's trophy room at the Bernabeu.

"Blond Arrow- the emigrant are hoping for a win"-

The remark made by King Juan Carlos, then the exiled Prince of Asturias, when he walked into the Real dressing room at half-time in their first ever European Cup tie, against Servette in 1955. Real went on to win 2-0.

"At least I am not hanging around getting bored"-
Iker Casillas explains why he likes life between the sticks at Real Madrid

"To be honest, I was terribly pleased I wasn't playing. I saw Alfredo Di Stefano and these others and I thought, 'These people are just not human'".
Bobby Charlton congratulates himself on being on the bench when Real played Manchester United in 1957.

"There's nothing like a good comeback at the Bernabeu"-
Emilio Butragueno celebrates the European comebacks that saw Celtic, Anderlecht, Inter and Borussia Monchengladbach all blow sizeable first-leg leads on Real's home turf.

"This guy smells of good football"-

Santiago Bernabeu's prescient remark after watching Alfredo Di Stefano play for Millionarios in Colombia in March 1952

"Sometimes, when newspapers say things against Real, their sales suffer" :D
Florentino Perez attempts to deflect a tide of media criticism.

"It was like fantasy staged in heaven. I'll recite the names of that Madrid forward line until the day I die"-
Jimmy Johnstone refuses to come back to Earth after watching Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 at Hampden Park.

"It was a very nice volley"-
Zinedine Zidane refuses to go overboard about the strike that won the 2002 Champions League for Real Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen.

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Discussion Starter #15 (Edited)

Julio Iglesias; The former Real Madrid keeper made his movie debut in 1969 in Spanish musical La Vida Sigue Igual (Life goes on as usual).

David Beckham; In 2005, Becks played himself in a FIFA-sponsored football movie Goal! and Real, la Peliucula (Real, the Movie). He was thanked in the credits of International smash Bend It Like Beckham

Aldredo Di Stefano; The Blond Arrow had a hectiv movie career during the 1950's and in 1963 was the star of his own documentary La Batalla del Domingo, better known by its working title "Di Stefano: Mr Real Madrid"

Ferenc Puskas; The Galloping Major starred, not too prominently, as himself in the 1956 Hungarian comedy A Csodacsatar

Zinedine Zidane; One of the Real stars to appear in Goal!, Zizou probably regarded that as a warm-up for Zidane, a film of a game between Real and Villarreal, shot entirely from his point of view- and then managed to get sent-off.

Francisco Gento;
Paco is one of a host of Real greats to appear in Ciente Catorce Goles (114 goals) an 87-minute documentary, made in 1971, about the History of the Generalissimo Cup.

Ronaldo; O Fenomeno played himself in Mike Bassett, England Manager (2001).

Luis Figo had a cameo role in Torrente 3: El Protector, the third instalment in a series of films starring Santiago Segura as the Spanish detective.

Ivan Zamorano; The Chilean ace's only foray into the movies so far has been to appear in Portuguese director Sebastian Araya's film Azul y Blanco, released in 2004.

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Discussion Starter #16 (Edited)

1. Zinedine Zidane vs Bayer Leverkusen, Champions League final 2002
The French wizard's stunning shoulder-high volley in this showpiece in Glasgow earned Real their ninth European Cup crown.

2. Raul vs Manchester United, Champions League QF 2000
Fernando Redondo's exquisite backheel twist on the run by the touchline was a moment of pure art, before squaring the ball to Raul to tap into an empty net.

3. Raul vs Vasco da Gama, World Club championship 1998
The matador dummies past one man through 180° a la Cruyff, leaving him on his backside, shimmies past another and hits coolly home.

4. Amancio vs Partizan Belgrade, European Cup final 1996
The Galician striker, set up by Zoco, nutmegs Velibor Vasovic not once but twice before slotting the ball into the Partizan net.

5. Alfredo Di Stefano vs Stade de Reims, European Cup final 1956
The Blond Arrow rekindles Real's hopes at 0-2 down, making a run that takes out five defenders before steaming in to score from Munoz's pass.

6. Raul vs Milan, Champions League 2nd phase 2003
Figo sprays the ball from one wing to the other, Zidane controls the ball and backheels it in one motion to Carlos, who crosses for Raul to shoot, only he dummies and takes out two defenders and then lashes it into the top corner. Footballing perfection.

7. Seedorf vs Atletico Madrid, La Liga, 1996
The Dutchman picks up the ball roughly at the half-way line and spots the Atleti goalkeeper off his line, before sending a laser-guided rocket right into the top corner.

8. Hugo Sanchez vs Athletic Bilbao, La Liga 1987
The Mexican repeatedly defied the laws of physics in pursuit of goals, but never more spectacularly than with this overhead kick.

9. Raul vs Deportivo, La Liga, 2001
Raul Madrid controlled a difficult ball over the top with his chest, before "stabbing" his way through the Depor defense with off-balance touches, before curling a sweet shot into the top corner. Hustling at its finest.

10. Zinedine Zidane vs Deportivo, La Liga 2002
Following a breathtaking run by Raul, Zidane picks up the ball on the edge of the box and bamboozles the entire Depor defense, topping it off witha perfect finish in a match they called the Night of The Three Kings.

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Discussion Starter #17
Moulder and Scully, bring your "A" Game...

1) On 24 August 1963, on Real's tour of Venezuela, Alfredo Di Stefano was taken at gunpoint from his hotel room in Caracas by the NLAF (National Liberation Army Front) in a big for publicity. After being lectured for two days by their leader Maximo Canales about the corrupt nature of the Venezuelan government, he was relased unharmed. :D

2) Santiago Bernabeu's famous speech about wanting to see more balls on the pitch isn't the only time the powers that be at Real have referred to balls in discussions with players. In 1984, Michel was so upset about not being in the first team he challenged coach Alfredo Di Stefano, who had tiold the disgruntled youngster; "You can play when your balls have dropped". :D

3) Spanish novelist Javier Marias is reputed to have an uncanny ability to predict Real Madrid results. Asked to predict last November's derby with Barcelona, he said immediately: "3-0 to Barcelona." Maris, who has written a book of essays on football, was spot on.

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Discussion Starter #18 (Edited)
Finished. :D Damn, I type fast. :D

I made this thread a sticky. :thumbsup:

Took me ages to do this, so y'all better like it. :frustrat: :pp I have a few more pictures to add which I can't find at the moment, but enjoy. :)

Credit to CHAMPIONS Magazine, for a lot of the written material.
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