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Sports Team
    (March 6, 1902- )
    Formed as Madrid Football Club
    Name changed to Real (Royal) Madrid after being sponsored by King Alfonso XIII (1920)
    Founding member of La Liga (1929), the top professional division of the Spanish soccer league
    La Liga champion 33 times (through 2017)
    Won 12 European Cups, three International Cups, and two FIFA Club World Cups
    Plays home games at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (seating capacity: 81,044)
    Notable players include Alfredo di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo
    People who don’t know Spanish may wonder if there was a ‘fake Madrid’ they needed to distinguish themselves from.
    Its mid-60s team was nicknamed Ye-Ye (from the ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’ chorus of ‘She Loves You’) after four members posed as the Beatles for a newspaper photo.
    A far-right faction of hard core fans, the Ultras, frequently shouted racist epithets at opposing players.
    Beckham was signed to the team largely for marketing reasons, particularly his popularity in Asia, which the team cashed in on with an 18-day tour of the Far East shortly after his signing.
    Captain Sergio Ramos claimed, ‘Madrid is God’s team.’ (2014)
    After winning the European Cup five consecutive years (1956-60), it was given permanent possession of the original cup.
    It was named Club of the Century by FIFA.
    Forbes named it the world’s most valuable sports team, worth $3.3 billion (2013).
    It was the first sports team to reach 100 million fans on Facebook (2017).

Credit: C. Fishel

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