Real Madrid basketball turns 80
Standing: Reyes, Llorente, Angulo, Llull, Rullan, Luyk, Arlauckas, S. Rodriguez, Cristobal, Suarez, Herreros, Mirotic, Orenga, Nava; Sitting: Ramos, Emiliano, Sevillano, Caprotti, Muñoz, Trujillano, Corbalan and Paniagua.
To talk about Real Madrid basketball is to talk about a family, and on 8 March 2010 the basketball family turns 80 years old.
To celebrate the anniversary, the basketball section of the Bernabeu Tour hosted a special gathering of current and former greats, who were surrounded by the trophies that have made Real Madrid the most decorated team in Europe. Clifford Luyk, who won six European Cups, was the first to arrive and was followed shortly thereafter by players of the likes of Edgar Capriotti and the latest youth teamer to steal the spotlight, Nikola Mirotic.
Among them is Director of Basketball Operations, Juan Carlos Sanchez Lazaro, who considers the day "very special, especially when you have the chance to see people you haven't seen in a long time; veterans from each decade. Today is a day to celebrate." Although they didn't play together, they all know and respect one another.
The group photo reflects the faces of 80 years of success; names such as Trujillano, Emiliano Rodriguez, Rafa Rullan, Biriukov, Alberto Herreros and Felipe Reyes. The current team captain explains what Real Madrid has meant in his life. "I have been here for seven years. It has taught me so much as a professional and a person."
Juan Antonio Corbalan thinks along the same lines "All of us who have played here are in some way owners of its history. Real Madrid is my home." He couldn't be any more accurate. His as well as that of many players, coaches and fans, all of whom have participated in the 80 years of Real Madrid's basketball section.