King Baudouin Stadium
The King Baudouin Stadium is a sports ground in north-west Brussels, Belgium. It was inaugurated on 23 August 1930, crown Prince Leopold attended the opening ceremony. Located in the Heysel section of the Brussels municipality, it was built to embellish the Heysel plateau in view of the 1935 Brussels International Exposition, the stadium hosted 70,000 at the time. A wooden track for cycling races was added around the pitch, the original name was Jubilee Stadium because it was inaugurated days after Belgiums 100th anniversary, with an unofficial Belgium-Netherlands football match. In 1946 the stadium was renamed Heysel Stadium and it hosted European Cup finals in 1958,1966,1974, and 1985 and Cup Winners Cup finals in 1964,1976 and 1980. The highest attendance at a European game was over 66,000 in 1958, despite its status as Belgiums national stadium, Heysel was not well maintained. By the time of the 1985 European Cup Final, it was in a poor state. For example, the wall had been made of cinder block.
Following the disaster, the ground was used for athletics. All that remains of the old stadium is a gateway near the main entrance. The new structure combined the football ground with a running track and it was re-opened on 23 August 1995 as the home of the Belgium national football team and is the largest stadium in Belgium, it can seat 50,093 spectators. The remodeled stadium hosted the 1996 European Cup Winners Cup final, the next match of the national team was thus held at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium. The city of Brussels complained that contrary to claims the stadium was safe. On 6 October 2006, the Belgian Football Association met with representatives of the city of Brussels and they agreed to renew the contract, since 15 November 2006, the Belgian national football team has used the King Baudouin Stadium. On 25 August 2007, Belgium played Argentina in rugby union as part of Argentinas 2007 Rugby World Cup preparations, the stadium had another shot at hosting a Heineken Cup match in 2012.
On 20 October 2012, English club Saracens took their Heineken Cup pool match against Racing Métro 92 to Brussels, on 8 July 2010 the stadium played host to the Best of Belgium gala which featured a tennis match originally scheduled to be between Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters. U2 performed at the three times, the first one was on 10 June 2005 during their Vertigo Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 60,299 people. The second and the third were on 22 and 23 September 2010 during their U2 360° Tour, the performance of Mercy from the first 2010 show was recorded for the groups live EP Wide Awake in Europe
Amancio Amaro Varela, commonly known simply as Amancio, is a former Spanish football player. Nicknamed El Brujo he played outside right for Deportivo de La Coruña, Real Madrid, Amancio Amaro began his career aged 15 at local side, Victoria Club de Futbol, in the district of Santa Lucia. In the 1958–59 season he joined Deportivo de La Coruña, which at time was in the Spanish second division. When Deportivo were promoted to first division, Amancio started to call the attention of the scouts for major teams, along with the signing of Amancio by Real Madrid in June 1962, players such as Ignacio Zoco, Lucien Muller, and Yanko Daucik arrived. During this time the team was in a phase, since in earlier years the team had swept the competition both in Spain and outside its borders. Amancio made his debut in European competition opposite Anderlecht, and in the league against Real Betis in Seville with a 5–2 win for Real Madrid. During the 1963–64 season and Real Madrid reached the final of the European Cup, the following season brought more heartache, with Benfica eliminating the youthful Madrid side in the quarterfinals.
The ensuing season brought success for Madrid, as Miguel Muñoz added young players such as Pirri, Velázquez, Sanchís and this was known as the Yé-Yé team. Strong at the back, and devastating going forward, Madrid fought their way to another final, the venue was Heysel Stadium in Brussels, and on 11 May 1966, Amancio stepped out on to the pitch for his second and last European Cup final. FK Partizans Velibor Vasović scored the first goal of the match, Amancio drew level twenty minutes from the end, after collecting a signature pass, faking out a defender and skillfully booting the ball past the Yugoslav keeper Milutin Šoškić. Five minutes later, a shot by teammate Serena from 30 metres out settled the game. It was Amancios first and only European Cup winners medal, in his first 6 seasons in Madrid, he won a breathtaking 6 La Liga titles. He would go on to win another 3, giving him 9 titles in total and he even took the title of Pichichi on back to back occasions,1969 and 1970. As a Real Madrid player, Amancios reputation reached such international fame, Amancio retired in 1976 and joined the coaching staff of Real Madrid.
Amancio wore the Spanish jersey on 42 occasions, debuting before Romania, upon retiring, Amancio began a new phase on the bench. He began coaching the teams of Real Madrid during a season. After one season he decided to dedicate himself to his businesses, in 1982 he was readmitted by Luis de Carlos, who had just won the clubs presidential elections. Amancio once again took charge of Castilla CF, with which he won the Segunda División in his second season, the team included the legendary Quinta del Buitre, Made up of Butragueño, Míchel, Martín Vázquez, and Pardeza
Real Madrid Baloncesto
Real Madrid Baloncesto is a Spanish professional basketball team that was founded in 1931, as a division of the Real Madrid C. F. multi sports club. They play domestically in the Liga ACB, and internationally in the EuroLeague, as successful as the Real Madrid athletic associations football club, the basketball team has been the most successful of its peers in both Spain and Europe. The Real Madrid squads have won a record 33 Spanish League championships and they have won a record 27 Spanish Cup titles, a record 9 EuroLeague Championships, and a record 4 Saporta Cups. Madrid has won a record 5 Intercontinental Cups, and they have won 3 Triple Crowns. Some of the star players over the years have included, Arvydas Sabonis, Dražen Petrović, Dražen Dalipagić, Mirza Delibašić, Juan Antonio Corbalán, Fernando Martín. Real Madrid has a basketball team that plays in the amateur level Spanish 4th-tier Liga EBA. Its early dominance in Spain has resulted in another cache of 33 domestic league and 27 cup trophies.
Madrid downed Milano the 1984 Cup Winners Cup on free throws by Brian Jackson, Madrid added a 1988 Korać 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, 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 and it all changed in 2007 when Joan Plaza was promoted to head coach. Moreover, Madrid won the Spanish regular season and stayed strong in Palacio Vistalegre to lift its 30th league trophy, in Pablo Lasos era Real Madrid Baloncesto still found the success. New Spanish top tier players like Sergio Rodríguez and Rudy Fernández were acquired, ACB Rising Star winner Nikola Mirotić mixed with Sergio Llull and Felipe Reyes, to give Real Madrid a strong home grown core. The team gave Real Madrid Baloncesto 5 Copa del Reys,3 Spanish Super Cups,3 Liga ACBs,1 EuroLeague, on May 17,2015, after waiting 20 years to win another EuroLeague championship, Real Madrid won the 2015 Euroleague against Olympiacos.
Madrids Andrés Nocioni was named the Final Four MVP and this title was called La Novena. Following the EuroLeague title, the 2014–15 ACB season was won, because Real won the Cup and Supercup that season, it won its first Quadruble crown. On September 27,2015,34 years after their last FIBA Intercontinental Cup title, Real Madrid won their fifth FIBA Intercontinental Cup trophy, Sergio Llull was named MVP of this tournament. Fronton Fiesta Alegre, before the team played in not domed courts, colegio Maravillas, used for home games during the construction of the new pavilion. 3 Trofeo Teresa Herrera,1987,1989,1991,2 Trofeos Open de París, 1961/62, 1962/63
Pedro de Felipe
Pedro Eugenio de Felipe Cortés was a Spanish footballer who played as a central defender. On 28 September 1967, after playing three games with a meniscus, de Felipe successfully underwent surgery, spending several months on the sidelines. A tough tackler – sometimes to excess – de Felipe severely injured FC Barcelonas Miguel Ángel Bustillo on 14 September 1969, the scorer of two early goals in that game, Bustillo was only able to appear in three league games for the club in as many seasons. De Felipe earned one cap for Spain, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 friendly with Turkey on 17 October 1973, de Felipe died on 12 April 2016 in Madrid, due to cancer. La Liga, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1971–72 Copa del Generalísimo, 1969–70, Runner-up 1967–68 European Cup, 1965–66 Pedro de Felipe at BDFutbol Pedro de Felipe at National-Football-Teams. com
José Martínez Sánchez, nicknamed Pirri, is a retired Spanish footballer. Pirri is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish footballers to have ever lived and he played as a centre midfielder for Real Madrid and Spain until he was 28 years old, before moving to play as a sweeper. He served as captain of Real Madrid from 1976 to 1980, Pirri is married to Spanish former actress Sonia Bruno. Pirri was well known for skills and ferocity. However his best asset was his stamina, allowing him contribute regularly to both the attack and defense without relenting, Pirri was a very good passer and scored a remarkable amount goals for a defensive player. He played for Real Madrid for 15 years, between 1964 and 1979, winning ten Spanish league titles, four Spanish cups, and the 1966 European Champion Clubs Cup and he was part of the Real Madrid team that was known as the Yé-Yé team. In 1980, Pirri signed for Mexican Primera Division side Puebla and he scored his first goal for the club in a league match against Atletas Campesinos on 28 September 1980.
After retiring Pirri completed his studies to qualify as a physician and joined Madrids medical staff
UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, the UEFA Champions League final is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide. The final of the 2012–13 tournament had the highest TV ratings to date, the pre-1992 competition was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to the champion club of each country. During the 1990s, the format was expanded, incorporating a round-robin group stage to include clubs that finished runner-up of some nations top-level league. Clubs that finish next-in-line in each top level league, having not qualified for the UEFA Champions League competition. In its present format, the UEFA Champions League begins in mid-July with three qualifying rounds and a play-off round. The 10 surviving teams enter the stage, joining 22 other teams qualified in advance. The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four teams, the eight group winners and eight runners-up proceed to the knockout phase that culminates with the final match in May.
The winner of the UEFA Champions League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup, Real Madrid is the most successful club in the competitions history, having won the tournament 11 times, including its first five seasons. Spanish clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories, followed by England, the competition has been won by 22 different clubs,12 of which have won it more than once. Since the tournament changed name and structure in 1992, no club has managed consecutive wins, Milan were the last holders to defend their title. The reigning champions are Real Madrid, who secured their title in the competition after defeating Atlético Madrid on penalties following a 1–1 draw in the 2016 final. The first pan-European tournament was the Challenge Cup, a competition between clubs in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Mitropa Cup, a competition modelled after the Challenge Cup, was created in 1927, an idea of Austrian Hugo Meisl, and played between Central European clubs. In 1930, the Coupe des Nations, the first attempt to create a cup for national clubs of Europe, was played and organised by Swiss club Servette.
Held in Geneva, it brought together ten champions from across the continent, the tournament was won by Újpest of Hungary. Latin European nations came together to form the Latin Cup in 1949 and it was conceived in Paris in 1955 as the European Champion Clubs Cup. The first edition of the European Cup took place during the 1955–56 season, the first European Cup match took place on 4 September 1955, and ended in a 3–3 draw between Sporting CP and Partizan. The first goal in European Cup history was scored by João Baptista Martins of Sporting CP, the inaugural final took place at the Parc des Princes between Stade de Reims and Real Madrid
The Primera División, commonly known as La Liga and as La Liga Santander for sponsorship reasons, is the top professional association football division of the Spanish football league system. A total of 60 teams have competed in La Liga since its inception, nine teams have been crowned champions, with Real Madrid winning the title a record 32 times and Barcelona 24 times. Real Madrid dominated the championship from the 1950s through the 1980s, from the 1990s onwards and Real Madrid both dominated, though La Liga saw other champions, including Atlético Madrid and Deportivo de La Coruña. In more recent years, Atlético Madrid has joined a coalition of now three teams dominating La Liga alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona. Its clubs have won the most UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup titles, and its players have accumulated the highest number of Ballon dOr awards. La Liga is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world. The competition format follows the usual double round-robin format, during the course of a season, which lasts from August to May, each club plays every other club twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 38 matchdays.
Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss, teams are ranked by total points, with the highest-ranked club at the end of the season crowned champion. A system of promotion and relegation exists between the Primera División and the Segunda División, the top teams in La Liga qualify for the UEFA Champions League. The first and third placed teams enter the group stage. Teams placed fifth and sixth play in the UEFA Europa League, if both teams in the cup final finish in the top six, an additional berth in the Europa League is given to the team that finishes in seventh. In April 1927, José María Acha, a director at Arenas Club de Getxo, first proposed the idea of a national league in Spain. After much debate about the size of the league and who would take part, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Arenas Club de Getxo and Real Unión were all selected as previous winners of the Copa del Rey. Atlético Madrid and Europa qualified as Copa del Rey runners-up, only three of the founding clubs, Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, have never been relegated from the Primera División.
They were runners-up in 1932 and 1933, in 1935, Real Betis, known as Betis Balompié, won their only title to date. Primera División was suspended during the Spanish Civil War, in 1937, the teams in the Republican area of Spain, with the notable exception of the two Madrid clubs, competed in the Mediterranean League and Barcelona emerged as champions. Seventy years later, on 28 September 2007, Barcelona requested the RFEF to recognise that title as a Liga title and this action was taken after RFEF was asked to recognise Levante FCs Copa de la España Libre win as equivalent to Copa del Rey trophy. Nevertheless, the body of Spanish football has not made an outright decision yet