27 May 2009
Juan Jose Lopez Soto / Translation by Manuel ArcedilloReal Madrid won their first league title with authority: they remained undefeated throughout the tournament. Athletic Bilbao was the main opponent but finally it was the Whites who won the title at Barcelona's stadium.
Before the start of the fourth edition of the Spanish league, Real Madrid had already seen their two main rivals (Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao, the latter twice) win the tournament while they themselves had spent the last fourteen years without anything to add to the trophy room. The Board decided it was time to react. The previous season they had signed Zamora and now it was time not only for Olivares, Hilario and Luis Regueiro to join the Club, but also Ciriaco and Quincoces, who were to form the mythical Real Madrid and Spanish national team defence of future years.
There were several title contenders that year: Valencia, Arenas Guecho, Real Union Irun, Barcelona and, above all, Athletic Bilbao. In the end, it turned out to be a close fight with the latter. The second half of the season promised to be fascinating. To begin with, there was a clash between the two main opponents at San Mames –Cathedral of Spanish football– which was awaited with great expectation. The house was full for a match which proved to be everything but disappointing. The final score was a 3-3 draw which left the championship title still open. In fact, it remained so until the last match against Barcelona at Les Corts, where Real Madrid took the final point they needed to clinch the title. Ricardo Zamora was the least scored upon goalie (15 goals in 17 games).
Goalkeepers: Zamora, Vidal.
Defenders: Ciriaco, Quincoces, Quesada, Prats.
Midfielders: Peña, Ateca, Esparza, Lope Peña, Bonet, Leoncito.
Forwards: Lazcano, Regueiro, Bestit, Hilario, Olaso, Urretavizcaya, Triana, Eugenio, Olivares, Rubio, Gurruchaga.