Today is a big day for all Valencia
-based madridistas. Just a few hours before the Real Madrid
players take to the Mestalla pitch, the city's Barceló hotel played host to a gathering which brought together hundreds of members of the club's supporters' groups, the majority of whom are based within the province of Valencia. Real Madrid's deputy vice-president, Eduardo Fernández de Blas, headed up the club's representation at the event. Also in attendance was the director of institutional relations, Emilio Butragueño
, who took time out to sign autographs and pose for photos. During the course of the proceedings, several videos featuring the team's crowning moments were screened.