1. Madrid FC's first game after its formation was a match between the club's members. One team wore blue and the other red. The team eventually adopted all-white shirts from London-based club Corinthians FC in 1902.
2. Madrid received the 'Real' (royal) title on June 29, 1920 from King Alfonso XIII.
3. Real Madrid is the record champions in the Spanish top flight, finishing first in La Liga on 31 occasions. Its lowest ever league placing was 11th in 1947-48.
4. Madrid won its first La Liga title in 1932 unbeaten, winning 10 games and drawing eight in an 18-round campaign and finished three points ahead of runner-up Athletic Bilbao.
5. Madrid played its first match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (then named Nuevo Estadio Chamartin) in a 3-1 victory over Os Belenenses. Sabino Barinaga scored the first ever goal in the ground.
6. Real Madrid C.F. is one of three teams in
spain that has never dropped down to the
second division. The other two teams are F.C. Barcelona and Atlético de Bilbao.
7. Real Madrid C.F. was the very first Spanish team to number their players. On November 23, 1947, players first sported numbers on their shirts during a game with Atlético de Madrid in the Metroplitano Stadium.
8. The Madrid that won the 1966 European Cup was known as the Ye-ye team. This was because it had a young all-Spanish generation of players starring the likes of Amancio Amaro, Pachin, Pirri and Manuel Sanchis. The name Ye-Ye comes from the catchy chorus of the Beatles song 'She Loves You' (yeah yeah yeah) - and the team earned the nickname after four players famously posed for Marca wearing Beatles wigs.
9. Between 1985-86 and 1989-90, the famous 'Quinta del Buitre' (a nickname given to the five homegrown players spearheaded by Emilio Butragueno), led Madrid to five consecutive Liga titles - equaling a feat achieved between 1961 and 1965. No other club has managed to win five league titles in a row.
10. The Santiago Bernabeu was the venue for the 1982 World Cup final as Italy beat West Germany 3-1 to claim the trophy. The Spain squad, featuring five Madrid players, was eliminated in the second group stage and came 12th overall but had lost to Northern Ireland and only drawn with Honduras in a forgettable campaign.
11. Bizarrely, Madrid played the 1979-1980 Copa del Rey final against its youth team after Castilla punched above its weight in the cup competition that season. Nevertheless, the senior side ran out a 6-1 winner in the final played at the Bernabeu.
12. Madrid's 7-3 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1959-60 European Cup final is the highest-scoring final in the competition's history. The victory gave Real its fifth consecutive continent
13. Real's biggest defeat in La Liga was against Espanyol when the side lost 8-1 in 1929-30.
14. Real's biggest victory in La Liga was an 11-2 win over Elche on Feb. 7, 1960.
15. Madrid has won the European Cup/Champions League more than any other team, finally claiming La Decimotercera by beating Liverpool in Kiev
16. FIFA named Real Madrid the 'Best Club of the 20th Century'
17. One of Madrid's nicknames, Los Merengues - in reference to their all-white kit resembling a cake made entirely of egg white - was first coined in the magazine España Sportiva on Jan. 3, 1917.
18. On its 100th anniversary, Madrid famously lost the Copa del Rey final at home to Deportivo La Coruna.
19. Jose Mourinho ended his Madrid reign with a win percentage of just under 72 percent. The Portuguese won 128 of his 178 games to record a 71.91 percent ratio in his three seasons in charge
20. In the year of its 110th anniversary, Madrid denied Barcelona a fourth straight title in La Liga and set a new record as it racked up 100 points under Jose Mourinho.