This page is dedicated to Michael's passion, Football (or Soccer to some people), which is like a religion to him having been born in Madrid, Spain, and, more specific, Real Madrid. It cronicles the club's recent successes. Michael is a 3rd generation Real Madrid supporter; as he's said many times, if you cut him he bleeds white.
The club was founded on 6 March 1902 as Madrid Football Club, the club has traditionally worn a white home kit since inception. The word "Real" is Spanish for Royal and was bestowed to the club by King Alfonso XIII in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem.
If "Real" wins, Michael is in a very happy mood. But if they lose, don't go anywhere near him for a while! If you work at Castellan Systems, this is an important piece of information. You need to know when best to approach and when not to. But above all, don't mention that other team in the North-East of Spain.
Below you can find a summary of their honours. Beside those trophies Real Madrid were recognised as the FIFA Club of the 20th Century on 11 December 2000 and received the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit on 20 May 2004. The club was also awarded Best European Club of the 20th Century by the IFFHS on 11 May 2010. On 26 May 2018 the team succeeded in becoming the first club to win three back to back Champions Leagues and in December 2018 it succeeded in becoming the first club to win three back to back World Club Championships, extending their lead atop the UEFA club rankings.
|Best Club of the 20th Century FIFA Trophy||13 European Cups||7 FIFA Club World Cups||4 European Super Cups||2 UEFA Cups||34 Ligas||19 Copas del Rey||11 Spanish Super Cups||1 League Cup||2 Small World Cups||2 Latin Cups||18 Regional Championship||5 Mancomunados Trophies|
La Liga 2020
Spanish Champions for the 34th time!
Real Madrid beat Villarreal thanks to a Benzema brace to clinch their 34th domestic title.
Real Madrid were not about to let their first chance at domestic glory this season go begging, and the club's 34th LaLiga title is now a reality. The team got the better of Villarreal thanks to a Karim Benzema brace at the Alfredo Di Stéfano to make it 10 wins from as many games since the restart. Madrid get their hands on the trophy with one game to go before the end of the campaign.
Well aware of what was at stake, the Whites flew out of the blocks in dominant fashion, pressing so high that the match was all but being played inside the Villarreal half. The first threatening move came after just four minutes when Sergio Ramos sent a long ball to Dani Carvajal, who controlled well, but his chip from the right failed to catch Sergio Asenjo out. Three minutes later, Luka Modric whipped in a cross which was met by Benzema, but the ball ended up in the visiting keeper's gloves once again. It was the French forward who would open the scoring prior to the hydration break, though. Casemiro won the ball back in the middle, and Modric laid it on for the in-form striker to finish sweetly, passing the ball through Asenjo's legs, and there would be no change in the scoreline until the break.
There was no change to the script after the interval. Real Madrid continued to dominate proceedings and came close to extending the lead in the 54th minute. Carvajal cut inside with a backheel trick and outfoxed another defender with a fine piece of skill, before unleashing a left-footed effort that called Asenjo into action. Zinedine Zidane turned to his bench at this point as he introduced Marco Asensio and Vinicius Jr. for Rodrygo and Eden Hazard.
The whole complexion of the game changed in the 73rd minute, when Ramos regained possession in the middle third and drove into the box, before being felled by Sofian. At the second time of asking, Benzema converted his spot-kick, after his initial effort had to be repeated because players from both sides encroached into the area before Ramos struck the ball.
The madridistas' almost scored a third of the night, but Toni Kroos's powerful left-footed effort from the edge of the area struck the crossbar. From almost taking a 3-0 lead at one end, the hosts found their lead cut to 2-1 following Vicente Iborra's 83rd-minute header that Thibaut Courtois was powerless to keep out. There was still time left on the clock, but Real Madrid once again produced a showing of the defensive solidity that has secured this league title and afforded the visitors just one further opening as Courtois was called into action with a double save in injury time. The Whites held out and the 34th league crown is ours!
Spanish Super Cup 2019-20
Real Madrid won the title in the final in Jeddah against Atletico after coming out on top in the penalty shootout (4-1).
Real Madrid won their first title of the season, the 11th Spanish Super Cup, against Atletico Madrid in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The match, this time goalless, was reminiscent of the final in Milan and had to be decided from the penalty spot. And just like that day from 11 metres, Real Madrid were better.
“We've worked really hard, we were patient and it's a real team victory”, said Zidane. “We found it tough at times but we believed we could win it right to the end. We worked hard and fought to the final whistle. It's a real team victory. Both games were difficult, but this one even more so. We struggled against brilliant opposition. We saw two fantastic teams out on the pitch playing a great game. Both teams had chances but that's football and we clinched the trophy on penalties”. Valverde was named Man of Match eventhough he was sent off for a tackle on Morata.
World Club Championship 2018
Goals by Modric, Llorente, Ramos and Nader, in their own goal, give victory to Al Ain and make Real Madrid world champion for the consecutive third season.
Real Madrid was proclaimed world champion for the seventh time in its history. The Whites won superiority to Al Ain at Zayed Sports City Abu Dhabi Stadium and will end the year with a new title. The goals by Modric, Marcos Llorente, Sergio Ramos and Nader, in his own goal, make the Real Madrid players enter history as the only team that wins the Club World Cup three consecutive seasons.
UEFA Champions League 2018
Two Bale goals, the first a wonderful overhead kick, and another from Benzema, clinch the win over Liverpool to give the Whites their third consecutive Champions League trophy.
Thirteen-time European champions. The greatest club of all time continue to build on their legendary status. Kiev was the setting as Real Madrid got their hands on their third consecutive Champions League title, running out 3-1 winners over Liverpool in the final. This group of players, led by Zidane, are leaving an indelible mark on footballing history. The passing of the years will do little to mute talk of the current Real Madrid side as one of the greatest teams ever assembled. Gareth Bale was the star of the final, coming off the bench with the scores tied at 1-1 to net a brace, with one of his goals a sublime overhead kick. Benzema opened the scoring for the madridistas before Mané levelled for the English side.
The game began at a stuttering pace, with the respect between the two sides all too evident. Real Madrid were looking to play out from the back, while Liverpool went for a more direct approach, moving the ball to their front men with impressive speed. One such move saw Mané nip through with seven minutes gone but Raphaël Varane got across well to snuff out the danger. Not long after, the madridistas had their first sight of goal when Marcelo's shot was deflected wide. With both sides looking well-drilled, the only real threat came as a result of errors in possession. That's exactly how Dani Carvajal robbed the ball in the middle of the park on 15' and fed Cristiano, who unleashed a powerful drive which flew just over the bar.
Trent Alexander-Arnold produced a near-exact replica from the right which forced Keylor Navas into action for the first time. Both teams were then befallen by some rotten luck in the form of injuries to key men. Mohamed Salah and Carvajal had no choice but to abandon the pitch. Nacho came on to fill in at right-back and the closing stages of the half were all about the madridistas. On 43’, Karius stopped a Cristiano bullet header and Benzema was on hand to turn home, but the referee ruled the goal out for offside. On the cusp of half-time, Nacho smashed an effort into the side netting before Benzema tried his luck from range, but the scores remained level as the sides headed for the dressing rooms at the break.
The second half left off where the first ended, with Real Madrid probing as they sought to make the breakthrough. Isco came the width of a crossbar away from doing so after he pounced on a loose ball in the area, before seeing his effort agonisingly come back off the woodwork. Madrid duly took the lead in the 51st minute, when Karius looked to throw the ball out and get Liverpool moving quickly, however an alert Benzema flung out his right foot to divert the ball into the back of the empty net. However, the Whites' joy proved to be short-lived, as just four minutes later Liverpool restored parity following a corner that was headed goalward by Dejan Lovren and stabbed home by Sadio Mané. The game had now become a far more end-to-end affair and this saw Isco presented with the chance to restore the Whites' lead, only to be denied by Karius.
Zidane opted to shuffle his pack and turned to Gareth Bale. In his very first involvement, the Welshman connected with Marcelo's cross and conjured up a stunning bicycle kick to make it 2-1 with 64 minutes on the clock. It was a strike that'll go down in history and brought those inside Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium to their feet. Liverpool didn't crumble and soon produced a reaction, with Mané's drilled effort shaving the upright. Madrid, meanwhile, had the chances to put the game out of sight on the counter-attack. Cristiano found himself clean through in the 74th minute, and just as he was about to pull the trigger, Robertson produced a last-ditch challenge to save the day.
The game continued to be an open contest right up until the death. Liverpool pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but it was Zidane's men who were carving out the most clear-cut chances. Benzema brought the best out of Karius in the 81st minute after he was picked out by an exquisite Bale cross. Two minutes later, the Welshman put the result beyond all doubt with an effort from range that Karius was simply unable to deal with. In the wake of the third goal, chants of "Campeones, Campeones" reverberated around the stadium. The Decimotercera is now ours.
World Club Championship 2017
A goal from a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick against Gremio gave Real Madrid their fifth title of 2017, as theydefended their Club World Cup crown in Abu Dhabi.
Real Madrid were crowned world champions for the sixth time in history at the Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi. A free-kick goal from Cristiano Ronaldo in the openeing minutes of the second half gave them the win over Gremio and their fifth trophy in 2017, making it the club's most succesful year ever.
It did not take long to see each team's intentions. The European champions had most of the posession,as they looked ot break down their opponent's defense, but the chances took a while to arrive. The clearest first half chances were for Carvajal and Modric. Geromel, on the goal line, stopped a great volley within the area from the full-back on 20 minutes, which could have seen the Whites go ahead.
Spanish Super Copa 2017
Another superb finish from Asensio and a goal from Benzema capped off a great performance against Barcelona.
Real Madrid have won the Spanish Super Cup. There was no real sign of a comeback and the Whites needed only the first half to cap off the excellent work they did last week in Barcelona. Both Clásicos were master classes, the first in the Camp Nou to start off the tie (1-3) and the second leg in the Bernabéu closed the tie off in style (2-0), meaning they have now won their second title of the season. Zidane's side could not have started things off better in front of the home faithful.
In fact, after just four minutes of play, the madridistas showed, as stated previously by both Carvajal and Zidane in the press conferences, that they were out to win. Asensio controlled the ball well from 40 metres out and sent in a sublime shot that caught Ter Stegen off guard. It was both gilt edged and effective. A true golazo. It was a goal to watch again and again.
UEFA Super Cup 2017
Goals from Casemiro and Isco were enough to beat Manchester United and give Real Madrid the first title of the season.
Real Madrid continue to win titles and as with the Champions League, they’ve now won back-to-back European Super Cups. This time they had to beat Manchester United in Skopje, where goals from Casemiro and Isco decided the match. The fifth final that the Whites have played under Zidane, and they’ve won them all. There is no limit for these Real Madrid players, who have started the season winning the club’s fourth European Super Cup and the first of six titles up for grabs this season.
UEFA Champions League 2017
They thrash Juventus with strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo (2), Casemiro and Asensio to become the first team ever to retain the Champions League.
Real Madrid have made history in the European Cup yet again. There are few feats that prove insurmountable for the Whites on the continent and they proved that once again tonight in Cardiff as they got their hands on an unprecedented second consecutive Champions League trophy. They did so by thrashing Juventus in a thrilling final. La Duodécima is coming home. It was won at the National Stadium of Wales as the Kings of Europe continued to add to their legendary status.
Juventus were strong out the blocks as Higuaín and Pjanic forced Keylor Navas into action in the 4th and then the 7th minute, but it was Real Madrid who were ahead inside 20 minutes. The goal came from a spectacular textbook counter attack finished by Cristiano Ronaldo with a cultured first-time strike past Buffon following a perfect assist from Carvajal.
The Whites were ahead against a team who had still not tasted defeat in the competition, but parity was restored just seven minutes later after a Mandzukic stunner with his back to goal. While the first half-an-hour was a pulsating affair, the last 15 minutes were more controlled. There was little action of note aside from when a Cristiano Ronaldo diving header from Isco's cross on was deflected over on 33’.
The second half was a different story. Real Madrid pressed high, and got the ball back easily in order to break into the opposition box. In fact, they dominated the first quarter of an hour, and on 54 minutes they could have scored when Modric struck from the edge of the box, but Buffon was on hand. They scored just seven minutes later as Casemiro sent in a shot from 30 metres out and the shot took a wicked deflection off Khedira and found the back of the Italian side’s net.
Real Madrid were playing brilliantly, and dominated the ball again around the 64-minute mark. Modric got the ball and combined with Carvajal, who got down to the goal line and sent the ball in to Cristiano Ronaldo who was quicker than anyone. The Portuguese became the highest scorer in this edition of the Champions League with 12 goals. He hit that magical number at 1-3 and la Duodécima looked even closer.
The minutes went by and the madridista double was in sight, but Juventus kept fighting. Dani Alves took a free kick which Álex Sandro headed just wide of Keylor Navas’ goal. Two minutes later Cuadrado was sent off for a second yellow and Juventus were a man down. The Whites took advantage of this as Marcelo passed to Marco Asensio who scored in the 90th minute. La Duodécima is here. After winning La Liga the team have won a scintillating double. This team is legendary.
La Liga 2017
Spanish Champions for the 33rd time!
Strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema sealed victory for the Whites in Málaga as Real Madrid secured their 33rd league title.
There was no slip-up from Real Madrid at La Rosaleda, and although a draw would have been enough to secure the league crown, the Whites went one better and overcame Málaga to capture their 33rd LaLiga title. A richly deserved crown for the madridistas, who this term have posted record-breaking stats on their travels and registered in each of their league outings for the first time ever.
The Whites showed their desire to clinch the title early on here and duly got their noses in front with barely two minutes on the clock. Luis Hernández fluffed his lines on a clearance and the ball fell to Isco, who slipped a sublime pass into Cristiano Ronaldo's path and the Portuguese forward skipped past Carlos Kameni before firing home into an empty net. Ronaldo's current form is quite extraordinary and he has now notched 14 goals in his last nine appearances.
World Club Championship 2016
World Champions for the fifth time!
Cristiano Ronaldo's ‘hat-trick’ and an opening goal from Benzema gave Real Madrid the win in a final which was decided in extra time.
Real Madrid have ended 2016 in the best way possible: becoming world champions for the fifth time in history (three Intercontinental titles and two Club World Cups). No other team has been able to do that until now, and it could only be Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe who were capable of doing so. They have now ended a year in which they have already won two titles: the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup. It took extra time in Yokohama for them to win it, but it was worth suffering for. Cristiano Ronaldo made the difference in extra-time and all Real Madrid fans can be proud of their team.
Real Madrid were dominant from the start, showing their clear intent to be crowned world champions here in Japan. They only needed 9 minutes to show it. Modric rifled a shot from the edge of the box, which Sogahata stopped but Benzema was on hand for the rebound, scooping the ball into the net.
UEFA Super Cup 2016
Carvajal's 119th-minute strike decided a thrilling game, after Ramos had forced extra time with a goal on 93 minutes. Asensio netted the Whites' first of the night with a sublime strike.
Real Madrid have been crowned champions of the European Super Cup for the third time in the club's history. There's not a more reliable side out there than the Whites when it comes to winning one-off games, with Real Madrid having won the last six finals they have made. On this occasion the Whites prevailed despite being without Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Keylor Navas. The characteristic ambition and spirit to fight until the death, qualities which define the madridistas, were once again key in overcoming Sevilla in this most pulsating of encounters.
UEFA Champions League 2016
The Whites beat Atlético in an epic final played in Milan, which went to penalties (5-3) following goals from Ramos and Carrasco in normal time.
It meant suffering until the final second but few teams are as reliable as Real Madrid in a European Cup final. Despite playing practically the entirety of extra time without substitutes and Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Modric clearly struggling, The Whites, two years after beating Atlético in Lisbon, regained their continental dominance and lifted la Undécima to sky in Milan after an epic game, which showed no respite and was decided by penalties.
From the start the Whites looked focussed, united in the fight for a common aim. They came close to scoring in the 6th minute, but Oblak saved his team, blocking Benzema's shot from inside the six-yard box following Bale's free kick. He was unable to do the same nine minutes later. The goal, from Ramos just as in Lisbon, also came from a free kick. Kroos put the ball in play, Bale got a touch and the Real Madrid captain found the back of the net putting it past the rojiblanco defence.
But after Carrasco equalised in the second half and extra time could separate the two teams, it all came down to penalties. The key moment came when Juanfran, crashed the rojiblanco’s fourth spot-kick against the post. Cristiano Ronaldo, just as Lucas Vázquez, Marcelo, Bale and Ramos before him, made no mistake from the spot and earned Real Madrid another European Cup. La Undécima is ours.
World Club Championship 2014
As Freddie Mercury sang, “We are the champions, of the World!”
Goals from Ramos and Bale brought Real Madrid their fourth trophy of an unforgettable 2014.
No Real Madrid fan will ever forget 2014, the year in which the Whites were crowned world champions. Against San Lorenzo at the Grand Stade de Marrakech, they claimed their 22nd consecutive win and added the final flourish to 365 historic days in which they have won the Champions League, the European Super Cup, the Copa del Rey and this unforgettable Club World Cup.
It was not easy to overcome a streetwise Argentinian outfit that defended in numbers and for whom time was its ally. As was the case in the semi-final, Ancelotti's dead-ball preparations proved key. The same men were to the fore as against Cruz Azul, as Kroos delivered the corner after 37' and Ramos scored with his head once again.
The Whites enjoyed a much more positive start to the second half, as they settled the final on 51'. A threaded through-ball from Isco found Bale, who used his first touch to trap the ball dead in the area and his second to unleash a shot that squirmed underneath Torrico's body.
Far from facing a siege from their opponents, possession continued to be dominated by the European champions, who were after more goals and looked extremely assured at the back. Bale crossed with the outside of his boot on 73', Benzema's first-time effort flying centimetres wide of Torrico's goal. In the final stages, Casillas popped up with two good saves to deny long-range drives from Kalinski after 84' and Mercier two minutes later.
To chants of “Campeones, campeones!” and with Ramos handed a rapturous ovation as he was replaced by Varane, Madrid closed out a Club World Cup in which they did not concede once. The fans are jubilant, and Real Madrid are on top of the world.
UEFA Super Cup 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Carlo Ancelotti's new Galacticos win UEFA Super Cup 2014.
Cristiano Ronaldo put a disappointing World Cup behind him by scoring twice to win the UEFA Super Cup for Real Madrid with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Spanish rival Sevilla today in Cardiff.
The world player of the year netted just once as Portugal made an early exit from Brazil, but the goal-scoring swagger and might returned in Madrid’s first competitive fixture since the Champions League final win in May.
UEFA Champions League 2014
4-1 in Lisbon, "La Decima" has finally come home!
Defeat for Atlético in a final that reached extra time thanks to Ramos' goal in 93rd minute and was decided by the goals of Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid reigns in Europe. 12 years have passed, but the wait has been worth it. The Whites lifted "La Decima" to the sky of Lisbon after a vibrant, physical game, without truce and that decided in extra time. If Ancelotti was dreaming of a meeting similar to that of Munich, already knows that reality sometimes overcomes fiction and it obtained as an answer an immense delivery of his dreams. The team obtained its mark of honour on the pitch and the bleachers were not left hind in their joy.
Spanish Cup 2014
Di María's goal as well as a cracking finish by Bale, after a wonderful bit of play, were enough to defeat Barcelona and earn Real Madrid their 19th Copa del Rey title.
The will and desire to delight the fans outweighed the fact that a number of important players were missing. That is what Real Madrid displayed in Mestalla, as the team was once again victorious, picking up the 19th Copa del Rey title in the club's history at the end of what will go down as a legendary encounter. The counter attack was straight out of a coaching manual, the kind that is shown as an example to children.