04 March 2012
Margarita Perez (Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell)
The Real Madrid Museum covers the club's entire 110 year history and is located at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. It is the home of the first trophy the club ever won and all its other accolades until the recent 2012 basketball Copa del Rey.
The club's museum is second only to the Prado in number of yearly visitors. It features the 200 most respresentative trophies won by the club and it reconstructs the history of the entity from its earliest days. Visitors can also see how the club's crest has changed throughout the decades and learrn about the more than 800 men that have played for the team.
Real Madrid is the most honoured football club in the world. The football team has won nine European Cup titles, two UEFA Cups, three Intercontinental Cups, one European Super Cup, two Pequeña Copa del Mundo trophies and two Latina Cups. The nine European Cups preside over the trophy room and its walls are covered with newspaper articles, commemorative plaques and screens featuring videos of legendary goals scored since the team's first European Cup final in 1956 to the latest in 2002.
The Best Club of the 20th Century award bestowed on the club by FIFA President Joseph Blatter on December 23rd 2000 is also featured. The team's 31 league titles won between 1932 and 2008 are also on display, and all the legendary footballers who played a crucial role in the team's success are featured on the walls.
Real Madrid's oldest trophy is the 1908 Cup of Spain, which they got to keep after winning the championship in 1905, 1906, 1907 and 1908. This competition started as an initiative of the club, who contacted the Mayor of Madrid on 15 April 1902 prompting him to create a competition to celebrate the coronation of King Alfonso XIII. Out of the 18 Copa del Rey titles featured in the museum a special mention is made of the one taken in 1980 in a final against reserve side Castilla, and the latest one on the shelves is the one won in the 2011 final against Barcelona.
The basketball team's success also has a section of its own, with the likes of Fernando Martin, Arlauckas, Bodiroga, Corbalan, Luyk and Sabonis featured on the walls. The team's eight European Cup titles, 3 Intercontinental Cups, four Cup Winners' Cups, 30 league titles and 23 Copa del Rey trophies are also on display.