Having won title after title since their foundation in 1902, Real Madrid are one of the giants of European and world football. The winners of more league titles than any other side in Spain, the men in white are also the proud owners of a record ten European Cup/Champions League trophies. In addition to a host of other domestic and international titles, Los Merengues have also won three Intercontinental Cups, a competition they helped found in 1960, when former club president Santiago Bernabeu came up with the idea of the champions of Europe and South America facing off for the honour of becoming world champions. From Alfredo Di Stefano to Cristiano Ronaldo, the famous white shirt has been worn by some of the greatest players the game has ever seen.
The 2013/14 season marked the start of a new era at the club, as Carlo Ancelotti came in to replace the outgoing Jose Mourinho and immediately succeeded in reducing tensions levels both inside and outside the dressing room. His charges went on to collect two trophies, outplaying arch-rivals Barcelona to win the Copa del Rey, and then snatching an eagerly awaited tenth European Cup/Champions League crown from the hands of neighbours Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid have shown that they intend to keep fighting for every trophy going by signing a newly crowned world champion in Germany’s Toni Kroos and consolidating their coaching team by bringing in former playing idol Fernando Hierro in place of Zinedine Zidane.
Los Blancos have another title in their sights this season, with Morocco 2014 giving them the perfect opportunity to finally get their hands on the FIFA Club World Cup, a trophy they have yet to win.