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NEWS | 27/09/2015 | Edu Bueno (Sao Paulo) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Víctor Carretero

Real Madrid have won all five titles that were up for grabs: Euroleague, Endesa League, Intercontinental Cup, Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup.
Today, 27 September 2015, marks the one-year anniversary of Real Madrid's Endesa Super Cup victory in Vitoria. That title win against Barcelona marked the beginning of what would become the best year of all time for the basketball section, in which the club was crowned champions of the Euroleague, the League, the Copa del Rey and the Endesa Super Cup and, capping things off 365 days later, the Intercontinental Cup in Sao Paulo. An unprecedented five titles in one incredible year.

Over the course of the last year one name has ruled over both domestic and international basketball: Real Madrid. The most lauded club in the history of European basketball has been dominant in all the official competitions that have taken place since 27 September 2014. Today Pablo Laso's side made history in the Ginásio do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, where 34 years ago Real Madrid won their fourth Intercontinental Cup title.

The road to glory
On that day, Real Madrid were proclaimed Endesa Super Cup champions for a third straight year by beating Barcelona 99-78 in Vitoria, with Llull being named MVP of the tournament. Five months down the line, in February 2015, Laso's men lifted the Copa del Rey in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria after seeing off Barcelona once again, this time by 77-71 and with Rudy Fernández being hailed as the competition's most valuable player. This was Real Madrid's second consecutive Copa del Rey triumph.

Real Madrid are, alongside Olimpia Milano and Pallacanestro Varese, the only team to have won the European Cup, the League, the Cup and the Intercontinental Cup.

May would see the conquest of the most anticipated of all the titles for Real Madrid's supporters: la Novena. The Whites won the Euroleague in the Palacio de los Deportes, the best possible venue, at home and in front of their fans. After defeating Zelimir Obradovic's Fenerbahçe Ulker in the semi-final (96-87) and then Olympiacos in the final (78-59), Real Madrid claimed a trophy they had been without since 1995. Andrés Nocioni was named the MVP of the Final Four.

Ruling the roost in the League
Real Madrid were proclaimed Endesa League champions at the end of June after thrashing Barcelona 3-0 in the final (78-72, 100-80 and 85-90). After finishing first in the Regular Season, the Whites put in an almost perfect playoff performance, in which they won eight of their nine games. To reach the final they saw off Herbalife Gran Canaria in the quarter-finals (2-0) and then Valencia Basket in the semi-finals (3-1). Club captain, Felipe Reyes, was named the League's MVP while Sergio Llull was the man of the match in the final.

The fifth Intercontinental Cup title
Real Madrid were not content with just four titles in a single season, an achievement only three other European sides had ever managed: Pallacanestro Varese (1970 and 1973), Olimpia Milano (1987) and KK Split (1991). In Sao Paulo, against the FIBA Americas Championship winners, Bauru Basket, they were forced to come from behind in the second and definitive encounter (91-79) after losing the first 91-90. Madrid reign supreme once again in a competition in which they now boast a record five titles (1976, 1977, 1978, 1981 and 2015). Brazil has crowned a winner, the 2014-15 Real Madrid team are now legendary.

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