12th Grade English
November 21, 2012
Real Madrid FC
Real Madrid Football Club is one of the oldest, most successful clubs in the world. Ever since its inception in 1902, the club has won countless titles, and has been a perennial contender for its entire existence. Many of the sport’s biggest, most notorious legends have worn the pure white uniforms that have become synonymous with the team. With a history of excellence, and a winning tradition that continues to this day, Real Madrid’s already unbelievable legacy looks to become even greater with the passage of time. This incredible club was founded on March 6th 1902 as “Sociedad de Madrid FC, and its first ever president was Mr. Juan Padrós. In one of the first team meetings, the board agreed to the dress team white shirts, with matching shirts and socks, as a tribute to one of his favorite football clubs (Corinthia of London). This decision inadvertently led to the creation of one of football’s most iconic looks, the pure white Real Madrid home kits. In the very same year that the club was founded, it won its first championship, the “Campeonato Regional Central” (Central Regional Championship). Two years later, On May 21, 1904; Madrid FC participated in the founding of FIFA (the international federation that, to this day, is still the central governing body of the sport), with the federations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland (and their respective top clubs) all present.
Decades later, on June 29, 1920; the club received a letter from the King Alfonso XIII of Spain granting them the title of a “royal”, a distinction that very few Spanish clubs can boast. Not even some of the country’s most successful clubs (Barcelona, Valencia, Málaga, and Atlético de Madrid; for example) share the distinction of being “royal” clubs. Since then, the club has utilized its present name, Real Madrid Club de Futbol. In the same decade that they were declared football royalty, they participated in the inaugural league championship of Spain in 1929, where it finished in second place behind their soon-to-be lifelong rivals F. C. Barcelona. The following season the club began a tradition of spending made many signings, including goalkeeper Ricardo Zamora, for whom they paid 150,000 pesetas to Espanyol. Despite the large investment, Real Madrid had a discrete participation and came nowhere near winning the title.
In 1931, with the establishment of the Second Spanish Republic, Real Madrid was stripped of the title of “Royal” and renamed to Madrid Football Club again. The club, however, further invested on players and obtained League 1931/32, the first in Madrid, undefeated. The success was repeated in the 1932/33 season, with Brazilian Olivares consecrated as the first big-name scorer of the team. The first era of Real Madrid-style success soon ensued, and the club won three consecutive leagues (1933-34, 1934-35 and 1935-36), and were also cup winners in 1934 and 1936 after beating Valencia C. F. and F. C. Barcelona respectively. With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War sports activities were suspended from 1936 to 1939. After the end of the political turmoil in Spain, the club regained its title of “Royal”.
The war, however, left Real Madrid without several of their stars, so they decided to hire many players, including Sabino Barinaga, a world class midfielder who arrived from Southampton FC in England. On September 15, 1943 ex-player and former coach Santiago Bernabeu was unanimously named club president, ushering in a prosperous stage of the club’s history. This move allowed Real Madrid get the “bicampeonato”, winning both the league and domestic cup, in 1946 and1947. The club, however, suffered such poor results during the 1948-49 campaign that league winning coach Quincoces Jacinto, with just one year in office, resigned from his post midway through the season. In January 1948 Michael English relieved Quincoces,...