History and Recent Track Record of Real Madrid by Lance Lycett at iSnare Articles

History and Recent Track Record of Real Madrid by Lance Lycett at iSnare Articles

While Real Madrid may be feeling hard done by after losing the Spanish League and Champions League titles to FC Barcelona, but in some resects even the Catalans cannot compete. They are actually the most successful club in the history of Spanish football, and they were voted by FIFA as being the most successful club team from anywhere in the world for all of the 20th century. Certainly, those are very lofty achievements, and expectations are always high for Real Madrid to continue on with that, which is one of the reason Real Madrid tickets are in such demand.

What’s behind this single club being voted the most successful of the last century? To begin with, Real Madrid was in existence right from the start, having been founded in 1902. In their history, they have won a total of 31 La Liga titles, while never being relegated from the top level of La Liga in Spanish football. As well as those 31 titles they also won the Copa del Rey 18 times, including in 2011, as well as taking the Spanish Supercup 8 times and a record breaking 9 UEFA Championships.

Real Madrid won back to back La Liga titles in 1932 and 1933, but it was really in the 1950s and 1960s when a period of unprecedented success was enjoyed. They won four straight La Liga titles from 1955 1958, then won eight straight from 1961 through 1969! Imagine having that kind of success today.

Still, in the 1980s, Real Madrid really put on a dominant run that can equal to any single team’s run in the history of global football. That team, often known as La Quinta del Buitre, won the Spanish League title in five successive years, and as well as various other cups and trophies won two UEFA championships too.

At the turn of the 21st century, Real Madrid had one of the most star studded squads of all time. Called the “Galacticos”, Real Madrid boasted David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, and Real Madrid’s leading goal scorer ever, Raul. The team was able to bring home the La Liga championship in 2003, and the UEFA trophy in 2002, but after that didn’t live up to their lofty expectations as it took several more years to win another major title.

Of course, today the club is still strong, and is one of the best not only in La Liga but also in all of Europe. Big names include Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazilian Kaka. And if it weren’t for FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Ronaldo would possibly be regarded as the best player in the world right now.

So there you have it Real Madrid has one of the most glorious track records in the world. FIFA’s vote for the most successful club of the 20th century says an awful lot and with stars such as Ronaldo being attracted there the club retains much of its prestige. The competition with FC Barcelona is fiercer than ever, and that fuels the team and its fans to continue playing and cheering harder than ever before too. The article is strictly for educational or entertainment purposes only and should not be used in any way, implemented or applied without consultation from a professional. Please read our Terms of Service for more information.

Five reasons why Real Madrid are not the best football club in the world

Five reasons why Real Madrid are not the best football club in the world

Cristiano Ronaldo thinks Real Madrid are the best football club in the world. Real Madrid are one of the best. But here are five reasons why Real Madrid are not the best football club in the world.

They Are Not the Richest

Real Madrid is a rich football club, but they are not the richest. That honor goes to Manchester United. United were valued as the richest football club in the world according to a Forbes 2011 Soccer Valuation. United were valued at $1.86 billion dollars. They have topped the list of most valuable football teams for seven years in a row. Real Madrid were ranked second on the Forbes list.

They Have Not Won the UEFA Champions League Since 2002

Real Madrid have won a record nine UEFA Champions League titles. That is an impressive accomplishment. But Real Madrid have not won the title since 2002. The reigning UEFA Champions League winners are FC Barcelona. Barcelona have won the UEFA Champions League three times since Real Madrid last won the title.

They Do Not Have the Best Attendance Figures

Attendance figures for Real Madrid are very good. For the 2010/11 Spanish Primera Division season, Real Madrid had an average attendance of 70,736. Their total attendance for the year was 1,344,000. But they were second to Barcelona who averaged 80,153 and had a total attendance of 1,522,913. United also topped their attendance numbers, with an average attendance of 75,109 and total attendance of 1,427,077.

They Are Not the Oldest

The oldest football clubs have the richest history. Real Madrid was founded in 1902, 109 years ago. They have been around for a long time. But rival football club Barcelona was founded in 1899, 111 years ago.

They Do Not Have the Best Player in the World

This one is debatable. Real Madrid striker Ronaldo is one of the best footballers in the world. But Barcelona have Lionel Messi. In January 2011, Messi won the FIFA Ballon d’Or trophy, crowning him the best player in the world. On Thursday August 25, 2011, Messi won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. Messi is widely regarded as the best, but some think Ronaldo is better. [Article: Fan perspective: Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo who is better?]

Ronaldo claims that his club Real Madrid is the best in the world. He may be a little biased. There are a few reasons why Real Madrid may not be the best.

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How To Get To Division 1 In Fifa 12

How To Get To Division 1 In Fifa 12

Pick A TeamThe number 1 thing to do is to pick a team and stick with it. You can test a few teams but in the end choose one, learn how they play and how to do well with them, and it will help you a lot. Some ideas for teams can be found here.

It doesn’t have to be a 5 star team, remember in Fifa 12 you will only play teams of your star rating so pick a team from whatever league you want, just make sure you have a good knowledge of their players so you know their strengths and weaknesses, which will affect how you play.

Choose A Formation And StyleFor example Bayern Munich have two fast wingers and a tall striker, so you will want to do a lot of crossing, whereas Barcelona’s team is very small but with good passing so you will want to rarely cross and instead work your way forward with passing.

Bayern Munich’s default formation is 4 3 3 which is ideal for what you want, but a team like Manchester United’s default formation is 4 4 1 1 which is not very good, so you might want to edit it to include more than one striker (4 4 2, 3 5 2) or 3 centre midfielders (4 3 3, 4 3 1 2), which are all probably better formations, although it depends on your style.

Use The In Game Tactic SlidersA lot of people neglect using the in game tactics as they think that they’re not useful, but they are crucial, whether you’re going for an equalizer in the last 5 minutes (ultra attacking, high pressure) or desperately defending a 1 goal lead (ultra defensive, possession).

You can create your own custom tactics if you want but I find the ready made ones such as possession, high pressure, counter attack and long ball are good enough to use for most teams.

You need to adjust them to your style of play: Barcelona would probably use balanced and possession, but Real Madrid would use attacking and high pressure.

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