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22 Unknown facts about Real Madrid

  • The club's first straight incarnation, Football Club Sky, was founded in 1895. The club was separated into two groups in 1900: New Foot-ball de Madrid and Club Espanol de Madrid. On March 6, 1902, the president of the latter club, Julian Palacios, led a split to help form Sociedad Madrid FC.

  • The first two recognised club presidents of Real Madrid CF were both Catalans. From 1902 to 1904, Joan Padros Rubio headed over the board, followed by his brother Carles Padros Rubio from 1904 to 1908.

  • In April 1905, three years after its formation, Madrid FC earned its first recognised championship, defeating Athletic Club to win the Copa del Rey.

  • In his five seasons as a Madrid player, Zinedine Zidane wore the No. 5 shirt despite being an attacking midfielder.

  • Madrid has won the European Cup/Champions League more times than any other club, ultimately earning La Decima in Lisbon last May by defeating local rival Atletico.

  • Los Blancos crushed Barcelona 11-1 in a Copa del Rey (then known as Copa del Generalisimo) semifinal in 1942-43, and it was the club's largest win in any competition.

  • On May 13, 1902, the inaugural Clasico was held. In a friendly match, Barcelona beat Madrid 3-1.

  • Los Blancos were so dominating in Spain between 1961 and 1980 that they won 14 La Liga titles in 20 seasons. Madrid won 19 titles between 1961 and 1990.

  • Miguel Munoz has been the club's coach for the longest time, with a total of 15 years and 604 competitive matches under his belt. During that time, he won 14 championships.

  • If Los Blancos beat Schalke in the Champions League second round next week, January signing Martin Odegaard would become the youngest player ever to compete in the competition.

  • In the 1959-60 European Cup season, Ferenc Puskas scored a total of 12 goals, the highest by a Madrid player in a single season in the previous version of the competition. In 2013-14, Cristiano Ronaldo set a new Champions League record for all teams by scoring 17 goals on his way to the title.

  • Real's worst La Liga defeat was against Espanyol in 1929-30, when the team was defeated 8-1.

  • When Juan Monjardin played in a match against Portugal on Dec. 17, 1922, he became Real Madrid's first Spanish international.

  • Club captain Iker Casillas, who has won 18 trophies with Madrid, is the club's longest-serving player. Paco Gento owns the Real Madrid record for most championships with 23.

  • The first competitive Clasico took place on May 19, 1902, in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, which Barcelona won 3-1. It was also to be the first official match for Madrid FC. Madrid has won the Copa del Rey 19 times.

  • In 1961-62, the team won the European Cup with a 9-0 triumph over Danish side Boldklubben 1909.

  • From 1956 through 1959, Madrid star Alfredo Di Stefano became the first player to win the Pichichi trophy four times in a row. He has a total of five victories.

  • Real Madrid was awarded the 'Best Club of the 20th Century' by FIFA.

  • The first game played by Madrid FC following its foundation was a match amongst the club's members. One squad was dressed in blue, while the other was dressed in red. In 1902, the squad switched to all-white clothes borrowed from London-based club Corinthians FC.

  • At the end of 2014, the team set a new Spanish record with a 22-match winning run. On January 4, it came to an end with a 2-1 loss to Valencia.

  • So far this season, Madrid has 113 goals in all competitions. The club's greatest total was 160 goals scored in 2013-14.

  • Madrid denied Barcelona a fourth consecutive La Liga title and set a new record with 100 points under Jose Mourinho in the year of the club's 110th anniversary.

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