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Real Madrid Football Club

Full name: Real Madrid Football Club
Full name in Spanish: Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
City: Madrid, Spain Hotels
Founded: 1902
Nicknames: "Los Blancos" (The Whites), "Los Merengues" (The Meringues)
Colours: White
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Anthem of Real Madrid

Real Madrid's anthem was created during a train travel from Aranjuez to Madrid. It was performed for the first time by Jose de Aguilar. The archetype of the anthem was written in "The Green Frog" restaurant by Luis Cisneros Galiane, and other people connected with its creation are Marine Garcia, Amora Farina and Antonio Villena Sanchez.
When recording began in the Columbia record company Santiago Bernabeu himself got interested in the anthem. During the recording de Aguilar was supported by 32 musicians, among whom many were members of the University Conservatoire as well as the Spanish National Orchestra.
As an anecdote we can mention a conversation between Luis Galiane and Santiago Bernabeu. Real's legendary president asked Galiane whether he was an employee of the club. Senor Luis, known for his sense of humour, answered that he wasn't and, moreover, that he was a fan of Atletico Madrid. Seeing Bernabeu's disappointment Galiane quickly said that not only was he joking, but he also repeatedly tried to get a job in Real, but there were no free jobs. Bernabeu - who was on the phone at the same time - said: "The record must be enclosed with a photo of the singer and tomorrow it will be presented to the whole board. It will become one of the symbols of Real Madrid!"
This story was told by Luis Galiane's son. It took place in1952, an from that moment the song is the official anthem of Real Madrid.

Composer: Luis Cisneros Galiane
Lyrics: Luis Cisneros Galiane, Marine Garcia, Amora Farina and Antonio Villena Sanchez
Performer: Jose de Aguilar
Music style: March

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Lyrics (Spanish)

De las glorias deportivas
que campean por España
va el Madrid con su bandera
limpia y blanca que no empaña

Club castizo y generoso,
todo nervio y corazón,
veteranos y noveles,
veteranos y noveles,
miran siempre tus laureles
con respeto y emoción

¡Hala Madrid!, ¡Hala Madrid!
Noble y bélico adalid,
caballero del honor.
¡Hala Madrid!, ¡Hala Madrid!
A triunfar en buena lid,
defendiendo tu color

¡Hala Madrid!, Hala Madrid!, Hala Madrid!
Enemigo en la contienda,
cuando pierde da la mano
sin envidias ni rencores,
como bueno y fiel hermano

Hymn of the Centenary of Real Madrid

For the club's centenary celebrations which took place in 2002 a new anthem was created. The author of both melody and lyrics is the famous Spanish composer - Jose Cano. It was performed by a world famous Spanish tenor (and also a madridista), Placido Domingo.
"Himno del Centenario" replaced the previous anthem, considered to be the club song of Real. "Himno del Centenario" is the melody which can be heard when footballers dressed in white leotards come out to the Santiago Bernabeu pitch.
During the recording of the new anthem Domingo was accompanied by 82 musicians.

Composer: Jose Cano
Lyrics: Jose Cano
Performer: Placido Domingo

Lyrics (Spanish)

Hala Madrid!
Hala Madrid!
Campo de estrellas
Donde crecí
Hala Madrid!
Juegas en verso
Que sepa el universo
Cómo juega en Madrid
Sale el Madrid a luchar
Sale el Madrid a ganar
Hala Madrid!
Hala Madrid!


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