Champions League Round of 8… Real Madrid

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.

Official Website

Stats via Soccerway

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