Real Madrid C.F. is a professional soccer club, and it is located in Madrid, Spain. The club was founded in 1902. The word Real means Royal in Spanish. The name, Royal, was given to the team by King Alfonso XIII. This club began to make a name for itself throughout European soccer in the 50’s.
One significant thing that sets this club apart from many other European soccer teams is that its members own and operate the club, and they have since its inception. This team is one of the richest in the world, generating millions in revenue annually. There are many rivalries between this team and other clubs; however, the most prevalent rivalry is between them and FC Barcelona. They play their home games in a stadium located in downtown Madrid. They have played in this stadium since 1947.
This team has won many domestic titles including an impressive 31 La Liga titles. They have had much success internationally too. They have won two UEFA Cups, one UEFA Super Cup, three Intercontinental Cups, and nine European Cups. This club has experienced much success throughout its rich history, and is still a successful team today.
On June 1, 2009, previous team president, Florentino Perez, regained his former position. Upon regaining the presidency, he continued his policy of bringing in high caliber, expensive soccer players. He immediately brought in Kaka who played for A.C. Milan. He also signed Cristiano Ronaldo who played for Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho became the manager in 2010. In 2011, the club won The Copa del Rey, which was the first title that the team won under their new manager. This team was able to make history on December 7 by having a perfect run in The Champions League Group Stage. They defeated Ajax, making it through the entire competition without any losses.
Real Madrid C.F. still uses the traditional all white uniforms for their home games. One change from the traditional uniforms is that they no longer wear dark socks with the all white outfits. Their traditional away colors are either all purple or all black.