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The decade in which the team won its sixth La Liga trophy to keep was also marked by the death of Santiago Bernabéu. Football was in mourning on the 2nd of June 1978 at the loss of the president who took Real Madrid to the top. Luis de Carlos replaced his best friend and mentor. He ran the Whites for seven years. In that time he was able to embody and transmit the values of the club, earning himself recognition around the world.

The team proved to be very solid at home in the league in the 1978-79 season, with only five teams taking a point from the Bernabéu: Espanyol, Sevilla, Hércules, Las Palmas and Atlético de Madrid. Molowny knew how to get the best out of his players, also making a difference on the road. The win in the Molinón (0-1, with a goal from Santillana)  was key to the merengue's sixth league title.
The team's brilliant performances were tarnished by the death of the club's president. Real Madrid wanted to make a posthumous gesture of thanks to the late Santiago Bernabéu. The goal was for his great work at the club to live on in the collective memory. On the 31st of August 1979 the first edition of the tournament that bore his name was played. Four of continental football's great champions took part: Real Madrid, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Milan.

1971 - 1980

    The Madrid players pose with the 1971-1972 League title, which they beat Valencia and Barcelona to


    The Galician forward ends his Real Madrid playing career with another League title


    The longest serving president in the club’s history poses with the first team squad during his final season in charge of the Whites


    With Carlos as president, Real Madrid wins the League title

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Miguel Muñoz goes out at the top

The father of the ‘Yeyé’ Real Madrid team, set a new record for length of service as the team's manager. In his fourteen years at the club he left quite a legacy behind him. Under his watchful eye trophies poured into the Santiago Bernabéu's trophy room. In the 1973-74 season he passed the baton to Luis Molowny.

Cup winners against the great rival

In 1974, thirty years after the birth of the great rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona, the Whites thrashed the azulgranas (4-0) in the cup final. Luis Molowny was the man in charge. The new coach had got off to a flying start. He was able to maintain the fighting spirit instilled in the team by his predecessor, Miguel Muñoz.

Juanito, a Real Madrid legend

On the 19th of November 1976 the club signed Juan Gómez ‘Juanito’. Playing in a Real Madrid shirt was a dream for the player from Malaga that came true one year later. The winger was a hot-tempered player whose quality and skill was evident every time he touched the ball. His first match with the team was in the Camp Nou, against Barcelona. He put in an outstanding performance, contributing to the Whites' 2-3 victory. In his first season the Whites won La Liga and he more than did justice to his white shirt.

Juanito, a Real Madrid legend

"We have to sign number 8”

In the 1976-77 season, Real Madrid was looking to up its game by bringing in some big names. Santiago Bernabéu and Agustín Domínguez, the club's general secretary, travelled to Düsseldorf, at the invitation of Borussia Mönchengladbach. They watched the match between the German team and Dynamo Kiev. The president of Real Madrid turned to Domínguez and said: “The number 10 is a good player, but we have to sign number 8”. The player was Uli Stielike, an emerging name in German football. Hours later, on the 29th of April 1977, he signed his commitment to Madrid on a piece of hotel paper, until his contract could be drafted.

“We have to sign number 8”

The whitest Copa del Rey in history

On the 4th of June 1980 an unprecedented and unrepeatable Copa del Rey final was played in the Bernabéu. The clash between Real Madrid and their reserves, Castilla, was won 6-1 by big brother. But the result was trivial. The great thing about the final was being able to see two teams from the same club play together. Whoever won, the cup would be staying in the capital. It was a club party in a Bernabéu that was packed to the rafters. That season Madrid sealed another double by winning La Liga to boot.


Ligas - 6


Spanish Cup - 2

Spanish Cup

Copas del Rey - 1

Copas del Rey

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