Madrid in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Sports History

2007-11-11 Justine Henin of Belgium beats Russian Maria Sharapova 5–7, 7–5, 6–3 to win $1m winners cheque and her 2nd straight season-ending WTA Tour Championship in Madrid, Spain

  • 2008-08-20 Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport. 146 people are killed in the crash, 8 more die afterwards. Only 18 people survive.
  • 2008-09-14 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Madrid, Spain: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to give Russia its 4th title in 5 years (ends, 4-0)

Sports History

2009-03-07 Despite only being 17 years old, Brazilian soccer star Neymar makes his professional debut for Santos

Sports History

2009-08-29 Cristiano Ronaldo makes his debut for Real Madrid, scoring a penalty in their 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruña

Football Awards

2009-12-01 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is named best football player in the world; wins award by a then record margin, 240 points ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid with Barcelona midfielder Xavi 3rd

Sports History

2010-05-22 UEFA Champions League Final, Madrid: Internazionale beats Bayern Munich, 2-0; Inter's 3rd title and first treble (Italian Serie A & Cup)

  • 2011-08-16 World Youth Day 2011, organised by the Catholic church, begins in Madrid
  • 2011-11-02 Prodigious Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 100th goal for Real Madrid in his 105th game for the club in a 2-0 Champions League win over Olympique Lyon
  • 2012-10-03 Star Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo scores his first Champions League hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-1 win against Ajax in Amsterdam
  • 2012-10-27 Thousands demonstrate in Madrid against proposed budget cuts
  • 2012-12-01 FC Barcelona with 13 wins and a draw sets new La Liga start to Spanish football season record; Lionel Messi scores twice in 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao; pass Real Madrid's 1991-92 season mark
  • 2013-09-01 Gareth Bale transfers from Tottenham Hotspur FC to Real Madrid for an estimated world record fee of £85.3 million (€100 million)
  • 2014-01-13 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid & Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo ends Lionel Messi's domination of award; FFC Frankfurt goalkeeper Nadine Angerer takes women's award
  • 2014-01-29 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the 1st non-Spanish player to captain Real Madrid, making his 500th appearance for the club
  • 2014-04-16 Real Madrid defeat Barcelona to win its 19th Copa del Rey trophy
  • 2014-05-17 Atlético Madrid win the 2013–14 La Liga
  • 2014-05-24 UEFA Champions League Final, Lisbon: Real Madrid beats cross town rivals Atlético Madrid, 4-1 after extra time; scores locked at 1-1 in regulation; Los Blancos record 10th title
  • 2015-01-12 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid & Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins for a 2nd consecutive time; his 3rd award overall; VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Nadine Keßler is women's award winner
  • 2015-10-17 Star forward Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer across all competitions, overtaking club legend Raul with his 324th goal in a 3-0 win over Levante
  • 2016-01-11 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins his record 5th award with 41.33% of the votes; American midfielder Carli Lloyd is Women's World Player of the Year
  • 2016-05-28 UEFA Champions League Final, Milan: Real Madrid beats cross-town rivals Atlético Madrid, 5–3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time; record-extending 11th title
  • 2016-12-12 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo claims award for the 4th time; record winning margin of 429 from Lionel Messi
  • 2017-04-18 Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to score 100 goals in the Champions League with a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Bayern Munich
  • 2017-06-03 UEFA Champions League Final, Cardiff: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as defending champions Real Madrid thrash Juventus, 4-1 for 12th title; Juventus loses 5th consecutive final
  • 2017-09-17 Wanda Metropolitano stadium, new home of football team Atlético Madrid hosts its 1st match (against Malaga) in Madrid, Spain
  • 2017-12-07 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins his 5th award to equal Lionel Messi's record; 2nd consecutive win for Ronaldo
  • 2017-12-17 Brazilian footballer and former AC Milan and Real Madrid player Kaka retires
  • 2018-03-18 Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo records his 50th career hat-trick in Real Madrid's 6-3 win over Girona

Sports History

2018-05-10 Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe's record for successive set wins on a single surface (49 on carpet) with 6-3, 6-4 win over Diego Schwartzman at the Madrid Open (clay)

Sports History

2018-05-26 UEFA Champions League Final, Kiev: Real Madrid beats Liverpool, 3-1 for third straight title. Zinédine Zidane first manager to win 3 consecutive titles

  • 2018-05-31 Zinédine Zidane announces his resignation as Real Madrid manager after 3 successive Champions League titles
  • 2018-06-13 The Spanish Football Association sacks coach Julen Lopetegui just 2 days out from first World Cup game after he agreed to manage Real Madrid
  • 2018-07-10 Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo joins Italian champions Juventus in a deal worth £99.2m, becoming one of the four most expensive players of all time

Football Awards

2018-09-24 Real Madrid midfielder & Croatian World Cup captain Luka Modrić is named world's best male player at the FIFA Awards in London; Brazil & Orlando Pride forward Marta best female player; France's Didier Deschamps best men's coach

  • 2018-11-24 Copa Libertadores Final 2nd-leg between Buenos Aires rivals River Plate & Boca Juniors is postponed after Boca bus attacked by River fans; players suffer cuts & affects of police tear gas; River wins, 5-3 on aggregate when 2nd-leg played in Madrid, Spain (9 Dec)
  • 2018-12-03 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić wins; first time since 2007 that either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't win award; Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg is inaugural women's winner
  • 2018-12-09 Copa Libertadores Final, Madrid: River Plate beats Boca Juniors 3-1 in extra time (aggregate 5-3); Juan Quintero's stunning extra-time strike helps River come from a goal down to record historic victory over 10-man Boca
  • 2019-02-12 Trial of 12 Catalonia independence leaders begins in Madrid
  • 2019-06-01 UEFA Champions League Final, Madrid: Liverpool beats Tottenham, 2-0 for Reds' 6th title
  • 2019-07-03 Atlético Madrid sign Portugal forward Joao Felix for €126m (£113m) from Benfica in the fifth most expensive transfer in football history
  • 2019-07-22 NFL Dallas Cowboys named most valuable sports team in the world worth $5 billion, MLB New York Yankees 2nd at $4.6 billion, Real Madrid 3rd with $4.2 billion according to Forbes

Historic Event

2019-10-24 Remains of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco removed from mausoleum in Valley of the Fallen and reburied in private family vault in Madrid

  • 2019-11-24 Davis Cup Tennis, Madrid: Rafael Nadal beats Denis Shapovalov of Russia 6-3, 7-6 to give Spain an unassailable 2-0 lead and a 6th Cup title; first competition under new week-long format at one venue
  • 2019-12-15 Longest ever UN climate talks end in Madrid with compromise deal on curbing carbon only, other targets deferred for a year
  • 2020-06-30 FC Barcelona's Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi scores his 700th career goal - a cheeky Panenka penalty - in a 2-2 draw against Atlético Madrid
  • 2020-09-30 Spanish government orders a COVID-19 lockdown in Madrid and surrounding areas after a rapid rise in cases
  • 2021-01-08 Storm Filomena hits Spain with 50cm (20 inches) of snow falling on Madrid, resulting in four deaths and leaving thousands stranded
  • 2021-08-31 36-year old Cristiano Ronaldo is confirmed as a Manchester United player for a second time when his transfer from Juventus is ratified; Ronaldo left United in 2009 to join Real Madrid
  • 2022-05-28 UEFA Champions League Final, Paris: Carlo Ancelotti becomes first manager to win CL x 4 as Real Madrid beats Liverpool, 1-0

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 196 of 196

  • 1953-12-23 Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1954-11-10 Juanito, Spanish soccer forward (34 caps; Real Madrid 284 games, 85 goals), born in Fuengirola, Spain (d. 1992)
  • 1954-12-07 Bertín Osborne, Italian entertainer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1955-10-03 Ángela Molina, Spanish actress (Lola, Streets of Gold, Half of Heaven), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1955-10-04 Jorge Valdano, Argentine soccer forward and manager (23 caps; Real Madrid), born in Las Parejas, Argentina
  • 1955-12-01 Verónica Forqué, Spanish actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1958-05-06 (María) "Lolita" Flores, Spanish-Gypsy singer ("Sarandonga"). and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1958-05-30 Michael E Lopez-Alegria, Lt Cmdr/astro (STS 73, sk 92), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1958-12-01 Javier Aguirre, Mexican soccer midfielder and manager (59 caps; Atlético Madrid, Espanyol; Mexico, Japan), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1959-02-21 José María Cano, Spanish pop musician (Mecano, 1982-98 - "Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar"), composer (Luna), and visual artist, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1959-06-10 Carlo Ancelotti, Italian soccer manager (UEFA Champions League x 4 - AC Milan, Real Madrid; Chelsea, PSG, Bayern Munich, Juventus) and midfielder (26 caps; Roma, AC Milan), born in Reggiolo, Italy
  • 1959-07-04 Victoria Abril [Rojas], Spanish actress (Libertarias), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1959-12-28 Ana Torroja, Spanish pop singer (Mecano), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1960-04-16 Rafael Benítez, Spanish football manager, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1960-05-07 Almudena Grandes, Spanish novelist (Las edades de Lulú), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1962-01-26 Oscar Ruggeri, Argentine soccer defender (97 caps; Boca Juniors, River Plate, Real Madrid, San Lorenzo) and manager (San Lorenzo, Guadalajara, Independiente, Elche), born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1962-03-25 Fernando Martín, Spanish basketball center (first Spaniard in NBA 1986, Portland Trail Blazers; FIBA Club World Cup 1981, Real Madrid), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1989)
  • 1962-12-02 Kardam, Prince of Turnovo, eldest son of King Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2015)
  • 1963-01-26 José Mourinho, Portuguese soccer manager (Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester Utd, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Roma), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1963-03-14 Pedro Duque, Spanish engineer and astronaut (STS 78 alt, sk:95, first Spanish person in space), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1963-06-15 Blanca Portillo, Spanish stage and screen actress (Volver: Goya's Ghost), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1963-09-30 Cristina Marsillach, Spanish actress (Barocco), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1963-11-04 Rosario Flores, Spanish singer (Muchas Flores) and actress, born in Madrid
  • 1963-12-09 Bárbara Palacios, Venezuelan TV host and Miss Universe (1986), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1963-12-20 Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1964-06-25 Emma Suárez, Spanish actress (El Perro del Hortelano), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1965-05-23 Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo, Real Madrid footballer
  • 1965-05-29 Emilio Sánchez, Spanish tennis player (1988 Olympic bronze, Hopman Cup 1990), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1965-06-13 Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, younger daughter of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía, born in Our Lady of Loreto Clinic, Madrid, Spain
  • 1965-11-05 Kubrat, Prince of Panagyurishte, titular Bulgarian royal family, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1966-05-08 Marta Sánchez, Spanish singer (De Mujer a Mujer), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1966-08-19 Lilian Garcia, Spanish-American wrestling announcer (WWE), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1966-09-05 Achero Mañas, Spanish actor and film director, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1967-06-12 Icíar Bollaín, Spanish actress, director and screenwriter, born in Madrid
  • 1967-12-05 Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin (fourth son of Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela), born in Madrid

Felipe VI

1968-01-30 Felipe VI [Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia], King of Spain (2014-), born in Madrid, Spain

  • 1968-12-18 Alejandro Sanz, Spanish singer (Más), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1969-06-01 Luis García Postigo, Mexican soccer striker (79 caps; UNAM, Atlético Madrid, Real Sociedad) and commentator (TV Azteca), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1969-10-07 Javier Álvarez, Spanish singer-songwriter, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1970-04-28 Diego Simeone, Argentine footballer and manager (Atlético Madrid), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1970-09-09 Natalia Streignard, Venezuelan actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1971-09-03 Chabeli Iglesias, daughter of Julio Iglesias, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1971-12-31 Ricardo López Felipe, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1972-01-19 Princess Kalina of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family, born in Madrid, Spain

Pedro Sánchez

1972-02-29 Pedro Sánchez, Spanish economist and politician, Prime Minister of Spain (2018-), born in Madrid, Spain

  • 1972-04-26 Kiko Narváez, Spanish footballer (Atlético Madrid), born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Zinedine Zidane

1972-06-23 Zinédine Zidane, French soccer midfielder/Real Madrid manager (Champions League 2016-17-18, World Cup 1998), born in Marseille, France

  • 1972-11-04 Luís Figo, Portuguese footballer (Real Madrid, Inter Milan), born in Almada, Portugal
  • 1973-02-25 Julio Iglesias, Jr., Spanish model and pop singer ("One More Chance"), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1973-04-10 Roberto Carlos, Brazilian soccer left back (Brazil 125 caps, Real Madrid), born in Garça, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1973-09-21 Virginia Ruano-Pascual, tennis star, born in Madrid, Spain

Penélope Cruz

1974-04-28 Penélope Cruz, Spanish actress (Vanilla Sky, Waking Up in Reno), born in Madrid, Spain

David Beckham

1975-05-02 David Beckham, English soccer midfielder (115 caps [58 as captain]; Man Utd, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris SG, LA Galaxy) and owner (Inter Miami CF, Salford City), born in London, England

Enrique Iglesias

1975-05-08 Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter and King of Latin Pop ("Bailamos"; "Hero"), born in Madrid, Spain

  • 1975-05-22 Salvador Ballesta, Spanish footballer (Atlético Madrid, Valencia), born in Zaragoza, Spain
  • 1975-07-28 Leonor Watling, Spanish actress and singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1975-09-29 Albert Celades, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Real Madrid), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1975-10-22 Míchel Salgado, Spanish soccer defender (53 caps; Celta Vigo, Real Madrid 251 games, Blackburn Rovers), born in As Neves, Spain
  • 1976-04-01 Clarence Seedorf, Dutch soccer midfielder (87 caps; AC Milan, Ajax, Real Madrid) and manager (AC Milan, Deportivo La Coruña, Cameroon), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1976-07-01 Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dutch soccer striker (Netherlands 70 caps, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid), born in Oss, Netherlands
  • 1977-06-27 Raúl, Spanish footballer (Real Madrid), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1977-12-19 Jorge Garbajosa, Spanish basketball forward and administrator (Toronto Raptors; president Spanish Basketball Federation), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1978-01-04 Mai Meneses, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (Nena Daconte), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1978-05-18 Ricardo Carvalho, Portuguese footballer (Chelsea, Real Madrid), born in Amarante, Portugal
  • 1978-09-18 Pilar López de Ayala, Spanish actress (Juana la Loca), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1979-08-28 Shaila Dúrcal [Shaila de los Ángeles Morales de las Heras], Spanish singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1981-01-02 Maxi Rodríguez, soccer midfielder (57 caps; Atlético Madrid, Newell's Old Boys), born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1981-04-01 Antonis Fotsis, Greek basketball power forward and captain (Ilysiakos, Panathinaikos, Real Madrid; NBA: Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Maroussi, Greece
  • 1981-08-23 Carlos Cuéllar, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1981-11-25 Xabi Alonso, Spanish soccer midfielder (114 caps; Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich), born in Tolosa, Spain
  • 1982-08-31 José Reina, Spanish football goalkeeper (Villarreal), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1982-12-06 Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist and Tour de France winner (2007, 09), born in Pinto, Madrid, Spain
  • 1983-09-01 José Antonio Reyes, Spanish soccer left wing (Spain 21 caps; Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal), born in Utrera, Spain (d. 2019)
  • 1985-01-12 Yohana Cobo, Spanish actress, born in Madrid, Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo

1985-02-05 Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese soccer striker (5 x Ballon d'Or; Sporting Lisbon; Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus), born in Funchal, Portugal

  • 1985-03-10 Lassana Diarra, French footballer (Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain), born in Paris, France
  • 1985-04-04 Rudy Fernández, Spanish basketball guard (Olympic silver 2008, 12; bronze 2016; FIBA World Cup gold 2006, 19; Portland TB's, Denver Nuggets; Real Madrid), born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Luka Modrić

1985-09-09 Luka Modrić, Croatian footballer (Real Madrid C.F.) and captain of Croatia, born in Zadar, Croatia, Yugoslavia

  • 1985-10-15 Marcos Martinez Ucha, Spanish racing driver, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1986-01-12 Miguel Ángel Nieto, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1986-03-30 Sergio Ramos, Spanish soccer defender (Europe's most capped male outfield player; Real Madrid), born in Camas, Seville, Andalusia
  • 1986-12-15 Keylor Navas, Costa Rican soccer goalkeeper (100 caps 2021; Lavante UD, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain), born in Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica
  • 1987-12-19 Karim Benzema, French football player (Real Madrid, French national team), born in Lyon, France
  • 1988-05-12 Marcelo [Vieira da Silva Júnior], Brazilian football player (Real Madrid, Brazil national team), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1989-07-16 Gareth Bale, Welsh soccer winger (Tottenham, Real Madrid, Wales), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1989-08-15 Belinda [Belinda Peregrín Schüll], Mexican singer, songwriter and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1990-01-04 Toni Kroos, German soccer midfielder (106 caps, FIFA World Cup 2014; Bayern Munich, Real Madrid), born in Greifswald, Germany
  • 1991-03-21 Antoine Griezmann, French football player (Atlético Madrid, French national team), born in Mâcon, France
  • 1991-07-12 James Rodríguez, Colombian footballer (Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Colombia national team), born in Cúcuta, Colombia
  • 1992-10-23 Álvaro Morata, Spanish footballer (Juventus), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1995-11-12 Thomas Lemar, French footballer (Atlético Madrid), born in Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe
  • 1997-10-12 Boris, Prince of Bulgaria, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1998-03-26 Omar Ayuso, Spanish actor (Elite), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1998-07-17 Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1998-12-17 Martin Odegaard, Norwegian footballer, youngest to play for Real Madrid, born in Drammen, Norway
  • 2005-10-31 Infanta Leonor of Spain, daughter of Felipe, King of Asturias and Letizia, Queen of Asturias, born in Madrid, Spain

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