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Real Madrid Club de Futbol was founded on 6 March 1902. Los Blancos are the most valuable sports team in the world, according to Forbes.

 

The club’s colours are white, and since 1955 the home kit has traditionally been all white. Real (Spanish for Royal) was added to the club’s name in 1920 after it was bestowed to the club by King Alfonso XIII. The club also added the crown to its crest.

 

Real Madrid play their football at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The stadium is named after former Madrid president Santiago Bernabeu Yeste. The stadium has a capacity of over 81,000 and has been Madrid’s home since 1947.

 

Real have a notorious rivalry with fellow Spanish giants, Barcelona. The match between the two is known as El Clasico and is often a fiery affair, both on and off the pitch. Locally, the club’s biggest rivals are Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid have won more League titles than any other Spanish team, winning their 32nd in the 2011-12 season. The club also holds the record for the most European Cup wins. Madrid won their long-awaited tenth European Cup, known as La Decima, in the 2013-14 campaign. Madrid have also won nineteen Copa del Reys, nine Spanish Super Cups, two UEFA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and a FIFA Club World Cup.

 

Miguel Munoz managed Madrid for 595 matches, more than any other manager, winning nine Liga titles in that time and five other honours. Other notable Madrid managers of recent history include Fabio Capello, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti.

 

Raul holds the record for most Real Madrid appearances, with 741. He is also the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, with 323 goals, although he is closely followed by Cristiano Ronaldo. Alfredo Di Stefano is third on the list with 307 goals.

 

Other notable players to have played for Madrid include Ferenc Puskas, Luis Figo, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Iker Casillas, David Beckham, Michael Owen and Arjen Robben.

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