With the UEFA Champions League resuming play this week, we thought it would be nice to familiarize everyone with the remaining 8 teams. Most of them will be familiar to everyone, but there are a few surprises…
So let’s take a look at the first of two Spanish teams, Real Madrid.
(the UEFA Champions League history contains figures starting from the ’92/’93 season – when it became more than just a competition between league winners)
Name – Real Madrid Club de Futbol
Nickname – The Whites (because of their kits), Los Galacticos (because of the recent habit of signing of extremely high-priced players)
Established – 1902 – Madrid, Spain – originally “Madrid Football Club”
- King Alfonso XIII grants the club the title of Real (which means Royal) in 1920
- Carlos Padros, President of Madrid Football Club 1904-1908, was important in the creation of FIFA
- Apparently the first team to wear black armbands in observance of mourning!
League – Spanish Primera Division (currently in second place)
- Team leading scorer – Cristiano Ronaldo with 27 goals
- As of 4/4/11, 8 points behind first place Barcelona, and 16 points ahead of third place Valencia
Stadium – Santiago Bernabeu Stadium – Since 1947 – 80,354 capacity
- Bernabeu was president of Real Madrid from 1943 – 1978
- Originally built with a capacity of 125,000!
UEFA Champions League history (from ’92 til today)
- Total record – 87-33-39
- 3 championship wins ’97/’98, ’99/’00, ’01/’02
- This year’s leading scorer – Karim Benzema with 6 goals
- Have never met this round’s opponent, Tottenham, in the Champions League
- Might have to play the first leg against Tottenham without their 2 leading scorers, Benzema and Ronaldo.
Stats via Soccerway