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September 2, 2019

Basketball and Real Madrid!

Well on my recent trip to my beloved Madrid i had to bring my boys to the Real Madrid environment that I grew up with. Mind you all my 3 boys follow the team as well and load it up on shirts etc at the official store by Calle del Carmen near Sol!

However, what I seems to missed for them was the basketball side of Real Madrid, almost as good as the football/soccer side.  For the record here is the official webpage on the Basketball section: Official Real Madrid basketball/baloncesto

The team plays in the Liga Endesa as sponsor carries the name or the ACB, that was created in 1983. The team was born in March 22, 1931! I follow the team since the 1970’s at the time of Emiliano Rodriguez, Clifford Luyk, Wayne Brabender, and Juan Antonio Corbalàn! My favorite coaches were Raimundo Saporte,  Pedro Ferrandiz, Lolo Saenz who I keep a personal contact over the years!, and the current one Pablo Laso!

I started watching the games in the early 70’s at the Pabéllon de la Ciudad Deportiva (Sports City) that held games from 1966 to 1986.  Afterward was name the Pabellon Raimundo Soporta. Today there are four buildings towers there name Cuatro Torres business area or CTBA( four towers).For reference these are  the Espace tower at  224 meters; Cristal tower at 249 meters which has a hotel as well, the PwC tower 236 meters ,and the Cepsa tower at 250 meters (highest of Madrid and Spain). More info on the Madrid tourist office here: TOurist office of Madrid on the Cuatro Torres

Later the team move to Palacio Vista Alegre (that was an old bullfight arena) in 2004-2010 where I came to see them many times even with my dear late wife Martine! And now still use for concerts, events etc; more here: Official Palacio de Vista Alegre

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madrid

Finally, the current home is WiZink Center and doing so since 2011! under various names until the current one in 2016. This is at Avenida Felipe II and Plaza Salvador Dali , near metro Goya line 2 and 4 as well as O’Donnell line 6 circular line. Of course, this is a multi use center with many concerts etc but basketball is official home, the schedules are here: Official WiZink center schedules basketball

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Madrid

statue call the Dolmen of Dali

The basketball section has won many titles over the year been on the same level as the football/soccer team; these are:

Winner of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup – Euroleague: 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1995, 2015, 2018 (10).  Winner of ULEB Cup: 2007. Winner of the Saporta Cup: 1984, 1989, 1992, 1997.  Winner of the Korać Cup: 1988. Winner of the Intercontinental Cup: 1976, 1977, 1978, 2015.  Winner of the World Club Championship: 1981
Winner of the Latina Cup: 1952-1953.  Winner of Torneo Internacional ACB: 1984, 1988, 1989.

And on the national level:  Spanish Champion (35): 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
Winner of the Spanish Cup (27): Under the name Copa del Generalísimo: 1951, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975,
Under the name Copa del Rey, King’s Cup: 1977, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1993, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. And  the Winner of the Spanish Supercup (5): 1985, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018.

There are tournament schedule for Sept 21th and onwards with the official Endesa league starting in Sept 27th vs Badalona. Currently there is the World Basketball Championship in China where Spain is one of the favorites. The Euroleague opens on October 21th vs Fenerbahçe of Turkey. The Supercup of Spain pitting the EuroCup winner Valencia or Montakit Fuenlabrada winner vs Real Madrid regular league Champions is schedule for Sept 21th.

In all, it’s wonderful to be part of this Real Madrid organisation since early teens years and forever; do come on over and see a game while in Madrid!!! Hala Madrid!!! These are new pictures others are spread out in other previous posts!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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