Real Madrid (Royal Madrid) is currently the best soccer club in Spain and the world. Los Blancos (The Whites) haved played from the Bernabéu in Madrid, Spain since 1947. The club is owned by its members.
Real Madrid is the most popular soccer team in New York City and the United States. The team has drawn the two largest soccer crowds in U.S. soccer history in 2014 and 2016.
El Clásico (The Classic) with FC Barcelona is the major rivalry in Spain and one of the world’s most watched sporting events.
Peña Madridista NYC
Peña Madridista NYC is New York City’s official Real Madrid supporters club. The peña watches games at:
Playwright Irish Pub
27 West 35th Street
(between Fifth & Sixth Aves)
Join the Peñya at www.realmadridnyc.com
Follow Peña Madridista NYC on Twitter @MadridistasNYC
Watch these hashtags.
Real Madrid 2017-2018 Season
Real Madrid starts the season ranked the best club team in world by the World Football Database.
James Rodriguez is loaned to Bayern Münich
We are sad to see Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez get loaned to Bayern Münich for the next two seasons with a buyout option. Hopefully now we get to watch him play. It will be especially interesting to watch Real Madrid vs Bayern Münich in the UEFA Champions League.
Big games in Real Madrid’s 2017-2018 Season
Real Madrid’s La Liga season opener, Deportivo La Coruña vs Real Madrid, is Saturday, August 19, 2017.
The Madrid Derby, Atlético Madrid vs Real Madrid is Saturday, November 18, 2017.
El Clásico, Real Madrid vs Barcelona, is Tuesday, December 19, 2017.
The Madrid Derby, Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid, is Saturday, April 7, 2018.
El Clásico, Barcelona vs Real Madrid, is Saturday May 5, 2018.
Real Starts the Season by Winning the UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup.
Real beat Manchester United 2-1 with goals by Casemiro and Isco.
Real beat rivals Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate.
Real Madrid 2016-17 Championships
UEFA Super Cup
Real Madrid 2016-2017
Real Madrid wins the La Liga championship on the very last game of the season with a 2-0 win over Málaga, then beats top Italians Juventus 4-1 to win the UEFA Champions League.
Watch Madrid vs Manchester United (International Champions Cup exhibition) in Santa Clara, California, Sunday, July 23 at 5pm. It’s a preview of the UEFA Super Cup coming in August. Manchester United won 1-1 on penalties.
Watch Madrid vs Manchester City (International Champions Cup exhibition) in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 26 at 11pm. With Cristiano Ronaldo on vacation in China, Manchester City won 4-1. But the game set a soccer attendance record for the LA Coliseum with 93,000 fans.
El Clásico comes to the United States when Madrid plays an International Champions Cup exhibition against FC Barcelona at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 8:05pm. You can go with Peña Madridista NYC.
MLS All-Stars 1-1 P Madrid.
Madrid 2-1 Manchester United (UEFA Super Cup)
Barcelona 1-3 Madrid (Spanish Super Cup first leg)
Watch Madrid vs Barcelona in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5pm.
Real Madrid Team 2016-17
Legendary French international Zinedine Zidane became head coach in January 2016. He came up from coaching Real Madrid’s second team.
The season’s power forwards have been Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Álvaro Morata (Spain), and Karim Benzema (France). Gareth Bale (Wales) moved up to forward this season, but was outscored by his teammates. Lucas Vázquez played the most games, but was not much of a scoring threat.
At midfield, Isco (Spain), James Rodríguez (Colombia), and Casemiro (Brazil) provide support.
Sergio Ramos (Spain) is the most dangerous defender. Marcelo (Brazil) plays regularly.
Keylor Navas (Costa Rica) is the team’s regular goalkeeper.
Real Madrid Rivals
FC Barcelona are arch-rivals. Matches are El Clásico (The Classic). It is the major rivalry in Spain and one of the world’s most watched sporting events.
Atlético Madrid are cross-town rivals. Matches are El Derbi Madrileño (the Madrid Derby).
Bayern Munich are European rivals. Both teams meat regularly in the UEFA Champions League.
Real Madrid Championships
The team is one of the most decorated in soccer.
We are twelve time UEFA Champions League winners including 2016-17, 2015-16, and 2013-14. There was a run of five European Cup championships in a row from 1955-1959.
We are 33 time La Liga Champions including 2016-17, 2011-12, 2007-08, and 2006-07.
We are FIFA Club World Cup winners in 2016 and 2014.
Real Madrid Political Overtones
Spanish football has social and political overtones. Real Madrid represents Spanish elites and the Madrid power center.