El Real Madrid, una historia de solidaridad

Real Madrid's legacy of solidarity

NEWS | 11/04/2020

Charity games represent one of the most common ways in which the club has offered its support throughout its 118-year history.
The Real Madrid Foundation is currently leading the club's social outreach efforts, which seek to repay society for all it has given the club throughout its 118-year history, during which the Real Madrid fans have always displayed a supportive spirit. One of the ways in which supporters have displayed this mentality is by filling the stadium's stands for charity games, such as the now customary Corazón Classic Match. This fixture is the latest in a series of charity games, such as the Match against Drugs, which was staged in December 1993 in support of the Men's Project charity as the Whites faced off against a La Liga side in an unprecedented fixture that featured famous figures from across the world of sport and several board members.

Meanwhile, other games have also been held in the wake of particular tragedies. Following the Munich air disaster involving Manchester United players, a Real Madrid side led by Di Stéfano met the English outfit in the Friendship Cup in 1959. Two years later, in March 1961, Rayo Vallecano were the opponents for a game in support of the families who were victims of the fire in calle Uceda del Puente in the Vallecas district of the Spanish capital. In April 2003, the Bernabéu played host to a match against a mixed Deportivo and Celta side in a game to raise funds for those affected by the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker.

The Real Madrid Foundation is leading Real Madrid's social outreach work.

The madridistas' home witnessed a game held in the battle against racism, which was organised by the International Association of Professional Footballers in October 1997. That friendly encounter brought together international stars including Hugo Sánchez, Míchel, Redondo, Cantona, Hagi, Davids and Futre.

Other charity games include those played by the Real Madrid players in the 1971/72 season, in which the club's football and basketball teams were  both crowned champions. Two matches were played, one in each sport, with the funds raised donated to the Hospital Infantil San Rafael.

Battle against COVID-19
We're now playing this game all together from home. The current collaboration campaign in the fight against COVID-19 is helping towards the supply and distribution of strategic medical supplies aimed at alleviating the impact of the pandemic. We can all do our bit to assist in this initiative. Every day for a fortnight now, the club's supporters have shown what a great team we are by filling the Bernabéu with shows of solidarity.