On Sunday, March 6, the Real Madrid celebrates his 120th birthday. A history traveled always dressed in white through conquests that have made it the most successful club in League titles (34) and European Cups (13). On the occasion of this anniversary, ABC launches to look for the best of all time within the institution. Based on a previous selection made by the editorial office, readers will be able to choose their favorites in a vote divided day by day by categories (coach, goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, forwards and presidents) until establishing the club’s final roll of honor.
The man from Madrid sat on the bench for the white team for the first time in February 1959, just nine games, until April of that year, after the bet on Fleitas Solich did not go as planned.
But his brief initial step left its mark on the squad, which welcomed him enthusiastically in April 1960. In this second foray he became the coach with the most titles in the entity: nine Leagues (1960-61, 1961-62, 1962- 63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1971-72), two Spanish Cups (1961-62, 1969-70), two European Cups (1959-60, 1965-66) and an Intercontinental Cup (1960). He directed 586 matches, between all competitions, with 351 wins, 109 draws and 126 losses. He replaced Luis Molowny in January 1974.
In four different stages was the canary; man of the house and a solid resource in the face of bad streaks or resignations. He directed the team, from January to June 1974, in the transition between Muñoz and Miljan Miljanic -in which he lifted a Cup-, and recovered the place after his resignation in September 1977. It was his longest stay, until June 1979 -two League titles-, when Vujadin Boskov arrived. Barely three months since the Serb’s resignation, from April to June 1982, but he lifted another Cup. And in his last year as Whites’ coach, from April 1985 to June 1986, four more titles: the League, two Cups UEFA and a League Cup. He managed a total of 181 games, with 106 wins, 35 draws and 40 losses. His definitive successor was Leo Beenhakker.
Vicente del Bosque
Seven titles raised the man from Salamanca. Although his beginnings on the bench were more to supply bad bets than by a convinced bet from the club. In his first stage he replaced Benito Floro, dismissed in 1994, and directed twelve games until Jorge Valdano took his place. He regained the place in January 1996, just one game, when the good results ran out for the Argentine. Del Bosque’s best moments came with the break, four years from November 1999, when he took over from John Benjamin Toshak, until June 2003. In that time: two Leagues, two Champions Leagues, one Spanish Super Cup, one European Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup. In total, 245 games managed, with 132 wins, 24 draws and 15 losses.
The Portuguese sat on the Real Madrid bench with the aim of adding more trophies to the Whites’ showcase after an empty season with Juande Ramos and Manuel Pellegrini. He also came as a shock to stop the thrust of Guardiola’s Barcelona. From June 2010 to June 2013, Mourinho won a League, a Copa del Rey and a Spanish Super Cup, although he did not win the highest European award, as he fell in the semifinals in his three seasons. But he did leave a league record, 2011-12, with 121 goals, a mark that has not been improved. He managed 178 matches: 128 wins, 28 draws and 22 losses. He was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.
Second on the list of the white team’s most successful players, the Frenchman got his first taste on the Castilla bench. He was promoted to the first team in January 2016, when he replaced Rafa Benítez. Until May 2018, he directed 149 games, with 104 wins, 29 draws and only 19 losses. Along the way, a League, a Spanish Super Cup, three Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups and two Club World Cups. On May 31, 2018, he decided to take some time to refresh ideas and rest. He returned in 2019 to sign a somewhat less brilliant second chapter, but with two more titles: the League and the Spanish Super Cup. In this second part: 115 games, with 70 wins, 25 draws and 20 losses. For a total of eleven titles in two and a half seasons.