Full Name: Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
Founded on March 6, 1902 as Madrid Foot Ball Club. The original uniforms of white shorts, white shirts and blue socks where chosen in imitation of the London club Corinthians. In 1904, Madrid FC merged with Moderno, Amicale and Moncloa. In 1920, the club is granted royal status by the king (Alfonso XIII) and the name is changed to Real Madrid. Dropped the politically-charged Real title and adopted the name Madrid Club de Fútbol during the Spanish Civil War, before returning to Real Madrid Club de Fútbol after the War's end. The diagonal stripe in the club's emblem is a symbol of Castille, the Spanish region in which Madrid is located, while the crown is in honor of their royal status. Los Merengues have never been relegated, have won nine European Cup/Champions League trophies and were considered by FIFA the most successful team of the 20th century.
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu:
The stadium is named for a former player, club president and all-around driving force at the club for over seventy years. It was known as the (second) Chamartin from 1947-55 and is located in the north of the city.
Previous stadiums: Campo O'Donnell (1912-23), Chamartin (1924-45), Metropolitano (1945-47).
The merengues nickname is a reference to their all-white uniforms and the (also all-white) merengue dessert, Galacticos is a reference to their recent habit of buying the most expensive players possible and blancos means The Whites.
First Tier League Titles:
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