- Real Madrid Baloncesto
Infobox Basketball club
name =Real Madrid
nickname =The Meringues
logo =Logo Real Madrid.svg
leagues =1st - Spanish ACB
history =1932 - present
Palacio Vistalegre(capacity: 15,000)
colors =white and purple
president =flagicon|Spain Emiliano Rodríguez
coach =flagicon|Spain Joan Plaza
championships ="Also See Trophies"
"'(8) European Championships
"'(4) Cup Winner's Cups
"'(4) Intercontinental Cups
"'(1) Latin Cup
"'(1) World Clubs Championship
"'(30) Spanish Championships
(22) Spanish Cups
website = [http://www.realmadrid.com/ www.realmadrid.com]
Real Madrid is a Spanish professional
basketballteam founded in 1932as a division of the Real Madridclub. As successful as the football club, the basketball team has been the most successful of its peers in both Spainand Europe. The Real Madrid squads have won a record 30 Spanish League championships, including 7-in-a-row and 10-in-a-row sequences. They have also won a record 22 Spanish Cup championships, a record 4 Cup Winners' Cups, and a record 4 Intercontinental Cups.
Real has won a record 8 Euroleague Championships. Star players have included:
Arvydas Sabonis, Dražen Petrović, Dejan Bodiroga, and Dražen Dalipagić.
With a record of success that exceeds that of any other team in European basketball, Real Madrid has always lived willingly with high expectations. For at least half a century, Madrid has been a standard-bearer in European basketball, accumulating a record eight continental titles based on its dominance in the 1960s. Its early dominance in Spain has resulted in another untouchable cache of 30 domestic league and 22 cup trophies. And almost every time that Madrid did not play in Europe's top competition, it won a different continental trophy - four
Saporta Cups, a Korac Cupand a ULEB Cup- as a stepping-stone back to the big time.
Emiliano Rodriguez, Clifford Luyk, Wayne Brabender, Walter Szczerbiak, Juan Antonio Corbalan, Drazen Petrovic, Arvydas Sabonisand Dejan Bodirogahave turned Real Madrid into one of the biggest basketball clubs in the world. Madrid won as many as 7 Euroleague titles between 1964 and 1980, becoming a European basketball legend, and even when it took the club 15 years to win it again, it found success in other European competitions, too.
Madrid downed Milano the 1984 Cup Winners' Cup on free throws by Brian Jackson, than Petrovic had 62 points in the 1989 Cup Winners' Cup final against Snaidero Caserta, in one of the best games ever seen in Europe ever. Madrid added a 1988 Korac Cup title against Cibona, and a 1992 Saporta Cup trophy against PAOK on a buzzer-beating jumper by
Rickey Brown. It was not until Sabonis arrived in Madrid when Real won its last Euroleague title in 1995, beating Olympiacos BCin the final. Madrid still won the 1997 Saporta Cup title against Verona, but no more European trophies came in the next decade.
Madrid still found success at home, winning Spanish League titles in 2000 and 2005, both in shocking fashion. It all has changed in 2007 when
Joan Plazawas promoted to head coach and with the help of players like Louis Bullock, Felipe Reyesor Alex Mumbru. Madrid added a new trophy to its roll of honours, the ULEB Cup, as it won 12 of its last 13 games and downed Lietuvos Rytas 75-87 in the final. Moreover, Madrid won the Spanish regular season and stayed strong in Palacio Vistalegreto lift its 30th league trophy, besting archrivals Winterthur FC Barcelona 3-1 in the title series.
*European Championships : 8 "(Record)"
** 1963/64 1964/65 1966/67 1967/68 1973/74 1977/78 1979/80 1994/95
*Spanish League : 30 "(Record)"
** 1956/57 1957/58 1959/60 1960/61 1961/62 1962/63 1963/64 1964/65 1965/66 196768 1968/69 1969/70 1970/71 1971/72 1972/73 1973/74 1974/75 1975/76 1976/77 1978/79 1979/80 1981/82 1983/84 1984/85 1985/86 1992/93 1993/94 1999/2000 2004/05 2006/07
Copa del Rey de Baloncesto: 22 "(Record)"
** 1950/51 1951/52 1953/54 1955/56 1956/57 1959/60 1960/61 1961/62 1964/65 1965/66 1966/67 1969/70 1970/71 1971/72 1972/73 1973/74 1974/75 1976/77 1984/85 1985/86 1988/89 1992/93
*European Cup Winner's Cup : 4 "(Record)"
** 1983/84 1988/89 1991/92 1996/97
ULEB Cup: 1
Korac Cup: 1
*World basketball clubs championship : 1
*Intercontinental Cups : 4 "(Record)"
** 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981
*Copa Latina de Baloncesto : 1
*Spanish Supercup: 1
*International Christmas tournaments (Campeón Torneo de Navidad): 25 [ [http://www.realmadrid.com/articulo/rma33635.htm (Raimundo Saporta Trophy)] Realmadrid.com] "(Record)"
**1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70, 1970/71, 1972/73, 1973/74, 1974/75, 1975/76, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1978/79, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1987/88, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1995/96, 1996/,97 1997/98, 2000/01, 2003/04, 2004/05.
"The numbers are established according to the official website: [http://www.realmadrid.com www.realmadrid.com]
*Head of Operations:
Antonio Martín Espina
"see also cl|Real Madrid basketball players"
Notes and References
* [http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/es/1193040472450/SubhomeEquipo/Baloncesto.htm Realmadrid.com - Official Real Madrid Baloncesto website] es icon / en icon / jp icon
* [http://www.acb.com Official ACB league page]
* [http://www.euroleague.net/ Euroleague official webpage]
* [http://www.realmadrid.com Official Real Madrid webpage]
* [http://www.leyendasbaloncestorealmadrid.es/ 75 Years of Real Madrid ex-players webpage]
* [http://www.realmadridbasket.galeon.com Unofficial Real Madrid webpage]
* [http://www.madrid-guide-spain.com/basketball-madrid.html Real Madrid Basketball visitors & matchday guide]
* [http://www.basketpedya.com/Acc002InfEq.php?ideq=19&idioma=3 Completed list of former Real Madrid Baloncesto players (1957-2007) by basketpedya.com]
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