Real Madrid history
For more than half a century, Real Madrid has been a reference in European basketball. Accumulating a record 10 continental titles, along with its untouchable cache of 35 domestic league and 27 cup trophies, says everything about the club’s basketball status. Over the decades, great players like Emiliano Rodriguez, Clifford Luyk, Wayne Brabender, Walter Szczerbiak, Juan Antonio Corbalan, Drazen Petrovic, Arvydas Sabonis, Dejan Bodiroga, Luka Doncic and Sergio Llull have turned Real into one of the most-celebrated basketball clubs in the world. Real won four EuroLeague titles between 1964 and 1968 to establish itself as a juggernaut and claimed more crowns in 1974, 1978 and 1980. Even though it took the club 15 years to win the biggest prize again, Real found success in other European competitions, too. With Sabonis aboard, Real won its eighth EuroLeague title in 1995 by beating Olympiacos in the final. In 2007, Louis Bullock and Felipe Reyes helped secure another new trophy, the ULEB Cup, as well as the Spanish League crown for the 30th time. Real returned to the Final Four in 2011 and, with Pablo Laso as Head Coach, went all the way to the EuroLeague Championship Game in 2013 and 2014, but lost to Olympiacos Piraeus and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, respectively. Laso’s team remained loyal to its fast-paced, fun-to-watch basketball, also gaining the experience and toughness required to be almost unbeatable in decisive games in the 2014-15 season, which saw Real finally go all the way by downing Olympiacos 78-59 in Madrid to claim its ninth continental crown, and its first since 1995. Real continued its annual trips to the Final Four and lifted the trophy for the tenth time in 2018, overcoming Fenerbahce behind the stellar efforts of EuroLeague and Final Four MVP Doncic. Last season, Real came one point short of another title, losing a thrilling championship game against Anadolu Efes Istanbul. With such a glittering history to uphold and honor, Real Madrid’s goal remains the same with the arrival of each new season: fight for every title available.