04 May 2008
One of Real Madrid's most brilliant epochs began when Ramón Mendoza landed the presidency of Real Madrid. The new premier took the definitive step forward into modern times, changing the internal structures of the Club and instilling fresh winds of change. This would translate into a number of ongoing successes for the Madridista entity. First, Real Madrid made an economic effort to sign the three most relevant figures of Spanish football: Betis' Gordillo, Sporting Gijón's Maceda, and Atlético Madrid's Hugo Sánchez. The championship began with high expectations for Real Madrid. The injuries came a-knocking on the door of the Whites, the most preoccupying one that of the German Stielike. But La Liga began with positive results. Away draw against Betis in a furiously-paced clash that almost saw the Whites grab a last-minute victory. The home debut that year would be against Valencia. Supported by a fan base hungry for titles, Real Madrid pummeled the Oranges by a convincing 5-0.
In Week 7, the Madridistas climbed to the top of the table and stayed there for the rest of the campaign. They remained undefeated in the first ten matches, with 7 wins and 3 draws. Gameday 11 saw their first defeat, 2-0 away against Barcelona. A strike by Marcos only two minutes into the game left the Madridistas in a very uncomfortable position. Bar this game, Madrid performed like a true champion, with perfect line positioning and harmonising the incipient youth system stars with the Club's wiser heads. The first half of the championship has been exemplary, but the second half would be a true fairy tale come true. Of the thirty four points at stake, the Merengues grabbed all but five, conceding one draw and two defeats, but only when the team had mathematically seized the League title with four matchdays left on the fixture calendar. The final statistics speak for themselves: 26 games won, 4 drawn and 4 lost. Real Madrid had achieved a historical League victory and point record. They were also La Liga's top scoring side with 83 goals. Hugo Sánchez won the Pichichi award with 22 goals, followed by Valdano's 17, who was the tournament's second top-scorer.
Goalkeepers: Miguel Angel, García Remón, Agustín & Ochotorena
Defenders: Bonet, Camacho, Chendo, Maceda, Sanchis, San José, Salguero & Gordillo
Midfielders: Míchel, Juanito, Gallego & Martín Vázquez
Forwards: Cholo, Hugo Sánchez, Butragueño, Valdano & Santillana
Coach: Luis Molowny
Pichichi: Hugo Sánchez, 22 goals