October 29, 2009

Do you like football?  I mean American soccer or European football!  My family and I love to watch “football”—American or otherwise. 

In September my wife and I had an opportunity to visit the facilities of Real Madrid in Madrid, Spain.  It was a real thrill and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour through their magnificent facilities.   To our surprise, the stadium, Santiago Bernabeu, is right downtown.  Quite a difference from what we are use to in the “states”.  We hopped a bus from our hotel, rode six or seven blocks through the busy streets of Madrid and we were there.  The stadium is situated on approximately six (6) city blocks of prime real estate and is one of the most visited structures in all of Europe.  Let’s take a look at several facts.

FIFA voted Real Madrid as being one of the most successful teams in the 20th century.  Take a look at these stats:

  • 31 La Liga Titles
  • 17 Spanish Cup Titles
  • 9 European Cup Titles
  • 2 UEFA Cups

Year after year they are always contenders.

The team itself was founded in 1902 and has since become the world’s richest football club at €351 million.  This is in terms of revenue.  It is the second most valuable in terms of over-all worth at €950 million.  The stadium will hold 80,354 screaming fans but, at one time, 120,000 could squeeze into the facilities.  In 1953 renovations were made adding box seats and “sky boxes” for commercial purposes and to appeal to the many corporations around Madrid and throughout Spain.  This reduced the overall capacity to the present numbers. 

The arch-rival of Real Madrid is FE-Barcelona.  Both teams compete, on an annual basis, for European glory and frequently the bragging rights for the European Community rest with this competition.

Spanish teams limit the nationality of players to only three from non-EU countries.   Real Madrid has the following personnel lineup:

  • 9 Players from Spain
  • 2 Players from Portugal
  • 3 Players from Argentina
  • 2 Players from Brazil
  • 2 Players from France
  • 3 Players from the Netherlands

Let’s take a look at the stadium.

Real Stadium(1)



As you can see, it’s every bit as sophisticated as any stadium in the United States and possibly more-so.  I was really impressed with the artificial turf.  Don’t really know the composition but it is “fake”; a very good “fake” indeed.  You could also tell that there was a significant amount of padding or cushion beneath the surface of the field. 

The players sit in chairs that resemble what you would get while flying first class.  Really beautiful and very supportative.  My wife “plopped” down and decided to stay for a while.



The locker rooms are more elaborate than anything I could imagine.  We were allowed to tour the opposing player’s locker room but NOT the ones for the “home team”.  I can not imagine what they might be like.   I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves.

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The trophy room was loaded with hardware.  Win after win after win after win.  Take a look.

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An absolutely magnificent facility and one that is fitting for a world-class team such as Real Madrid.  I definitely recommend taking the tour if you are in Madrid.  Oh by the way, we got our picture made with Raul—one of the most famous members of the team.




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