Head Coach: Rafael Benítez
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, also known as Real Madrid, Los Blancos, Los Merengues, is a professional association football club based in Madrid, Spain.
It is the most successful club in Spanish football in terms of international and overall trophies, and was voted by FIFA as the most successful football club of the 20th century, having won a record 31 La Liga titles, 18 Spanish "Copa del Rey" Cups, 8 Spanish Super Cups, 1 Copa Eva Duarte and 1 Copa de la Liga, a record 10 UEFA Champions Leagues, 2 UEFA Cups, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 3 Intercontinental Cups.
Founded in 1902, Real Madrid has since spent all of its history in the top flight of Spanish football. In the 1940s, the club, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and the Ciudad Deportiva were rebuilt following the Spanish Civil War. The club established itself as a major force in both Spanish and European football during the 1950s. In the 1980s, the club had one of the best teams in Spain and Europe (known as La Quinta del Buitre), winning two UEFA Cups, five Spanish championships in a row, one Spanish cup and three Spanish Super Cups.
It has a long-standing and fierce rivalry with FC Barcelona, although Atlético Madrid is actually the closest professional football club. The El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona has been played since 1929. The club is the world's richest football club (€438.6m) in terms of revenue and the second most valuable worth over €1.4mld in 2011.
Head Coach: Sergio González
RCD Espanyol de Barcelona (Catalan: Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona) is a sports club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is best known for its football team. Espanyol currently play in the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat , with seats for 40,500 spectators. It was inaugurated on 2 August 2009 with a match against Liverpool won by Espanyol (Luis Garcia, Ben Sahar and Ben Sahar). Espanyol has previously played at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, which also hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics; and at Estadi de Sarrià. Despite being overshadowed by FC Barcelona, they are the sixth most successful football team in Spain.
Capacity: 79,400The Santiago Bernabéu is a football stadium in Madrid, Spain. It is the home of Real Madrid. Work on the grounds started on October 27, 1944. Originally called Estadio Chamartín after Madrid's previous stadium, it was inaugurated in December 1947. Real Madrid officially adopted the present name, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, on January 4, 1955 in honor of the club president Santiago Bernabéu. The stadium has been officially sanctioned by UEFA as Elite or 5 Star on its 60th year of its existence.
The capacity has changed frequently, peaking at 120,000 after a 1953 expansion. Since then there have been a number of reductions due to modernisations (the last standing places went away in 1998/99 in response to UEFA regulations which forbids standing at matches in the UEFA competition), countered to some extent by expansions. The last change was an increase of about five thousand to a capacity of 79,400, effected in 2003. A plan to add a retractable roof has been announced.
The Bernabéu is one of the world's most famous and prestigious venues. It has hosted the European Cup final on three separate occasions (in 1957, 1969 and 1980), and is scheduled to host the 2010 final. The finals for the 1964 European Nations' Cup and the 1982 World Cup have also been held at the Bernabéu.
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