The saviour of our season (ask Maradona10)
- Nov 5, 2016
Date - Tuesday, August 8 2017
Kickoff Time - 2045 Hrs CEST, 1945 Hrs BST
Venue - Philip II National Arena, Skopje, Macedonia
Manchester United: WWLWW
Real Madrid: WDLLW
Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Luke Shaw ruled out through injuries. Eric Bailly (red card vs Anderlecht in the Europa League) and Phil Jones (2 game UEFA disciplinary suspension) also ruled out.
Cristiano Ronaldo (lay-off after Confederations Cup) and Gareth Bale (ankle injury) doubtful.
Know the opposition
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, commonly known as Real Madrid, or simply as Real, is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain. Real Madrid's origins go back to when football was introduced to Madrid by the academics and students of the La Institución Libre de Enseñanza, which included several Cambridge and Oxford University graduates. They founded (Sociedad) Sky Football in 1897, commonly known as La Sociedad (The Society) as it was the only one based in Madrid, playing on Sunday mornings at Moncloa. On 6 March 1902, after a new Board presided by Juan Padrós had been elected, Madrid Football Club was officially founded. The club became one of the founding sides of The Royal Spanish Football Federation on 4 January 1909, when club president Adolfo Meléndez signed the foundation agreement of the Spanish FA.
Under Santiago Bernabéu's guidance, Real Madrid established itself as a major force in both Spanish and European football. The club won the European Cup five times in a row between 1956 and 1960, which included the 7–3 Hampden Park final against Eintracht Frankfurt in 1960. After these five consecutive successes, Real was permanently awarded the original cup and earning the right to wear the UEFA badge of honour. In domestic football, the club has won 63 major trophies; a record 33 La Liga titles, 19 Copa de Rey, 9 Supercopa de España, a Copa Eva Duarte, and a Copa de la Liga. In European and worldwide competitions, the club has won a record 22 major trophies; a record 12 European Cup/Champions League titles, two UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. In international football, they are the only Spanish club to have won both international titles, a joint record three Intercontinental Cups, and two FIFA Club World Cups. Real Madrid were recognised as the FIFA Club of the 20th Century on 11 December 2000, and received the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit on 20 May 2004.
Given the stature of the club, Real Madrid has a number of rivalries on both the domestic and European front. Primary among them are Barcelona - with games between Real Madrid and Barcelona known as El Clásico (The Classic), and Atlético Madrid - with games between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid known as El Derbi madrileño (The Madrid Derby). On the European front, Real Madrid have had secondary competitive rivalries with the likes of Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Manchester United, Ajax, Benfica and Internazionale over the years. The team has played its home matches in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in downtown Madrid since 1947.
Cristiano Ronaldo 2003-2009