Real Madrid CF - the most successful team in Spanish football and voted by the FIFA as the most successful club of the 20th century.
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a professional association football club based in Madrid, Spain. Having won a record 32 La Liga titles, 18 Spanish "Copa del Rey" Cups, 8 Spanish Supercups, a record 9 UEFA Champions Leagues, 2 UEFA Cups, 1 UEFA Supercup, and 3 Intercontinental Cups, it is indeed the most successful European club of all times. Real Madrid was a founding member of FIFA and the now-defunct G–14 group of Europe's leading football clubs as well as its replacement, the European Club Association. The word "Real" in the club's name is the Spanish term for "royal", and was given by the King Alfonso XIII in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem. Founded in 1902, Real Madrid never relegated from La Liga, the top league of Spanish football. The club established itself as a major force in both Spanish and European football during the 1950s. In the 1980s, the club had one of the best teams in Spain and Europe, winning two UEFA Cups, five consecutive Spanish championships, one Spanish Cup and three Spanish Super Cups. It is interesting to know that Real Madrid is the world's richest football club (€401m) in terms of revenue. In 2009 Real Madrid CF completed the transfers of world stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema among several others.
Real Madrid has played its home games in the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in the Chamartín district of Madrid since 1947. With a capacity of 80,354 spectators, it was named as a UEFA Elite Five-Star Stadium in 2007. Guided tours of the stadium are available to the public and include features any football fan would love. A panoramic view of the stadium from the main stands which are adjacent to the club’s museum, the entrance into the Presidential Box, team changing rooms, entrance to the player's tunnel, benches and to the coaching area are all part of the thrilling tour. Tourists can also step onto the actual playing surface, visit the trophy exhibit and shop at Real Madrid’s official store.
Over four million people live in this exciting city, and the Madrileños, as they are known, are Madrid’s main attraction. Tourists discover that the bustling streets and life-loving attitude of its citizens are always on display and a joy to observe. Relaxing in a Tapas-bar, or socializing in one of the many charming cafés and chocolaterías, you will get a feeling for the city. Located in the centre of Spain, Madrid is a vast, predominantly modern city. The observant visitor will, however, find streets with small pockets of medieval buildings and narrow alleys filled with atmosphere. The Avenue of Art is an itinerary in itself; it is a unique experience which embodies painting, sculpture, architecture and natural beauty, all set in one of the most unforgettable areas of Madrid – The Paseo del Prado. A completely different experience is a trip to the gigantic flea-market, El Rastro, which takes place every Sunday morning or a visit to Madrid’s bullring, Las Ventas. Each barrio (neighborhood) has its own distinctive atmosphere with Lavapiés, Malasaña and Chueca being the oldest and most interesting to see. Many visitors first become familiarized with the central area, known as the Madrid of the Austrias, situated only a short walk from the city's main street, the Gran Vía, lined with shops, banks, offices, bars and cinemas.
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