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Champions League: Real Madrid’s 15 Glorious Years

  • June 3, 2024
  • 8 Min
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The most successful team in history in the Champions League with 15 trophies, Real Madrid has experienced three major periods which have allowed it to build an extraordinary record in the premier club competition in Europe.

– The pioneer era (1956-1966)

Champions League: Real Madrid's 15 Glorious Years

Real Madrid players pose with the European Champions Cup, ancestor of the Champions League, on June 13, 1956 at the Parc des Princes, in Paris, after their victory in the final against Stade de Reims (4-3) / INTERCONTINENTALE/ AFP/Archives

Led by Alfredo Di Stefano, Real Madrid reigned supreme on the continent since the creation of the European Cup in 1956. That year, the Merengue won against Raymond Kopa’s Stade de Reims at the end of an indecisive final (4-3) at the Parc des Princes, the start of a domination which will only stop after five titles in a row.

Madrid saw the greatest players of the time parade: Di Stefano, Ballon d’Or in 1957 and 1959, were soon joined by Kopa, Ballon d’Or in 1958, and the Hungarian Ferenc Puskas.

After two lost finals in 1962 against Eusebio’s Benfica Lisbon and in 1964 against Inter Milan, Real found itself on the roof of Europe again in 1966, without realizing that it was then beginning a very long crossing the desert on the continental scene.

– End of famine and return to the top (1998-2002)

Despite national trophies in spades, two Cup Finals lost in 1971 and 1983 and another in the Champions Cup in 1981 (defeat against Roma), Real had to wait until the mid-1980s to regain some of their strength. European splendor.

The famous « Quinta del Buitre », a group of five young players trained at the club composed of Manolo Sanchis, Martín Vazquez, Michel, Miguel Pardeza and Emilio Butragueno, will restore some luster to the Madrilenians, who won two UEFA Cups in 1985 and 1986. But success in the Champions Cup continued to elude them and the Butragueno squad failed three times in the semi-finals. The drought in C1 ended in 1998 against Juventus Turin (1-0), 32 years after Madrid’s last coronation.

Champions League: Real Madrid's 15 Glorious Years

Raul Gonzalez, Zinédine Zidane, Ilker Casillas (from right to left) after Real Madrid’s victory against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League final on May 15, 2002 in Glasgow / Adrian DENNIS / AFP/Archives

The arrival at the helm of a veteran of the house, Vicente del Bosque, then the accession to the presidency of Florentino Perez in 2000, will allow Real to remain at the top of Europe (2000, 2002). The manager cleaned up the accounts by selling the club’s sports center to the municipality at a preferential price and embarked on the acquisition of stars, based on the model that had brought joy to Madrilenians in the 1960s.

During the Galactic era, Real saw an armada of stars parade (Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo, Beckham, Owen, Roberto Carlos…). A fantastic volley from Zidane, which has become legendary, allowed Del Bosque’s troops to win a 9th C1 in 2002 against Leverkusen but the overall results of this period will remain mixed and contrasted with repeated failures in Europe after 2002.

– Ancelotti-Zidane, duo en or

After a short Ramon Calderon interlude as president (2006-2009), Perez returned to business and the leader continued his star policy. Under the leadership of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, offensive leader perfectly supported by Karim Benzema, and under the direction of one of the most renowned European technicians, Carlo Ancelotti, Madrid will only leave crumbs to its rivals.

Champions League: Real Madrid's 15 Glorious Years

Carlo Ancelotti poses with Real Madrid’s 10th Champions League victory on May 24, 2014 against Atlético de Madrid 4-1 at the Luz stadium in Lisbon / Franck FIFE / AFP/Archives

The Italian technician wins the « tithe »Real’s 10th European title, in 2014. Then it was his assistant Zinédine Zidane, who became No.1, who took over to achieve an unprecedented hat-trick for a coach (2016, 2017, 2018).

In 2022, the former N.10 of the Blues and CR7 left Madrid but Real remains master of the Champions League thanks to the return of Ancelotti to the bench and Benzema at the top of his game. During a final played at the Stade de France and marked, before kick-off, by incidents around the enclosure and serious malfunctions in the security system, the Merengue won 1-0 against Liverpool on a goal from Vinicius.

Champions League: Real Madrid's 15 Glorious Years

Carlo Ancelotti thrown into the air by his players after Real’s 15th title in the Champions League on June 1, 2024 against Borussia Dortmund (2-0) at Wembley Stadium in London / INA FASSBENDER / AFP/Archives

Two years later, the Brazilian did it again against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley (2-0) and offered a 15th trophy to the Merengue and a 5th to Ancelotti, the most successful coach in the competition.