02 May 2008
Juan José López Soto
Twenty-one years later, Real Madrid won their third League title, and kicked off a new era in Spanish football. The arrival of Alfredo Di Stéfano was one of the main factors. After what seemed like an eternity, the sweet taste of victory finally returned, and it snowballed into a flury of titles from then on. Two major events took place that had made a huge influence within the Club and that are still just as significant today. The first, Santiago Bernabéu's rise to the Presidency ten years earlier, which was building "one stone at a time" the team that years later would be the mostr heralded team in the world. The second, the acquisition of the best player ever: Alfredo Di Stéfano.
Madrid began the competition with a blazing start by emphatically winning the first five matches. They lost their undefeated status in week six against Deportivo in a match that neither Navarro -called up by the FIFA team- nor Di Stéfano -because of a Colombian Federation protest- played in. In their next game, Madrid demolished Barcelona 5-0, but the Catalans would remain the arch nemesis for the title by the end of the season. The last half of the year wasn't for the faint of heart, and the title could have gone either way. However, on 18 April 1954, Madrid sang the victory chant one week before the end of the season by beating third-place Valencia 4-0. Di Stéfano was the League's top scorer and won the Pichichi with 29 goals.
Goalkeepers: Juanito Alonso, Pazos & Cosme
Defenders: Navarro, Oliva, Lesmes II, Gabriel Alonso & Campa
Midfielders: Muñoz, Zárraga & Becerril
Forwards: Joseíto, Roque Olsen, Di Stéfano, Molowny, Gento, Brito, Rodríguez, Narro, Sobrado, Cabrera, Pérez Payá, Atienza, Mateos & J.Alvarez
Coach: Enrique Fernández e Ipiña
Pichichi: Alfredo Di Stéfano, 27 goals