Real Madrid Baloncesto

Real Madrid Baloncesto

Professional basketball club in Madrid, Spain

Real Madrid Baloncesto (English: Real Madrid Basketball) is a Spanish professional basketball club that was founded in 1931, as a division of the Real Madrid CF multi sports club. They play domestically in the Liga ACB, and internationally in the EuroLeague.

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Similarly to the Real Madrid athletic association's football club, the basketball team has been the most successful of its peers in both Spain and Europe. Real Madrid CF is the only European sports club to have become the European champions in both football and basketball in the same season.

The Real Madrid squads have won a record 36 Spanish League championships, including in 7-in-a-row and 10-in-a-row sequences. They have also won a record 29 Spanish Cup titles, a record 11 EuroLeague Championships, a record 4 Saporta Cups, and a record 5 Intercontinental Cups.

Madrid has also won 3 Triple Crowns, which constitute a treble of the national league, cup, and continental league won in a single season. Some of the club's star players over the years have included: Carmelo Cabrera, Arvydas Sabonis, Dražen Petrović, Rudy Fernández, Sergio Rodriguez, Sergio Llull, Felipe Reyes, Serge Ibaka, Dražen Dalipagić, Nikola Mirotić, Juan Antonio Corbalán, Fernando Martín, Alberto Herreros, Dejan Bodiroga, and Luka Dončić.

Real Madrid also has a developmental basketball team, called Real Madrid B, that plays in the amateur-level Spanish 4th-tier Liga EBA.


History of great success: 1950s to 1980s

Real Madrid players during a fixture in 1965

For at least half a century, Madrid has been a standard-bearer in European basketball, accumulating a record ten continental titles, based on its dominance in the 1960s. Its early dominance in Spain has resulted in another untouchable cache of 36 national domestic league and 28 national cup trophies. And almost every time that Madrid did not play in Europe's top-tier level competition, it won a different continental trophy – four Saporta Cups, a Korać Cup, and a ULEB Cup – as a stepping-stone back to the big time.

Players like Emiliano Rodríguez, Clifford Luyk, Wayne Brabender, Walter Szczerbiak, Juan Antonio Corbalán, Dražen Petrović, Mirza Delibašić, Arvydas Sabonis, and Dejan Bodiroga have turned Real Madrid into one of the biggest basketball clubs in the world. Madrid won as many as 7 EuroLeague titles between 1964 and 1980, becoming a European basketball club legend, and even when it took the club 15 years to win it again, it found success in other European competitions, too.

Madrid downed Olimpia Milano in the 1984 Cup Winners' Cup, on free throws made by Brian Jackson, then Petrović had 62 points in the 1989 Cup Winners' Cup final, against Snaidero Caserta. Madrid added a 1988 Korać Cup title, against Cibona Zagreb.


Louis Bullock in 2008

Real Madrid won the 1992 Saporta Cup trophy against PAOK, on a buzzer-beating jumper by Rickey Brown. It was not until Sabonis arrived in Madrid, when Real won its eighth EuroLeague title in 1995, by beating Olympiacos in the final. Madrid next won the 1997 Saporta Cup title against Verona, but no more European-wide trophies came for the club in the next decade.

Madrid still found success at home, winning Spanish League titles in 2000 and 2005. It all changed in 2007, when Joan Plaza was promoted to the club's head coach position. With the help of players like Louis Bullock, Felipe Reyes, and Álex Mumbrú, Madrid added a new trophy to its roll of honours, the ULEB Cup, as it won 12 of its last 13 games and downed Lietuvos Rytas by a score of 75–87 in the 2007 ULEB Cup Final. Moreover, Madrid finished in 2nd place in the 2006–07 Spanish League regular season, and stayed strong in its play in Palacio Vistalegre during the Spanish league playoffs; they lifted the club's 30th national league trophy by besting their arch-rivals, Winterthur FC Barcelona, 3–1 in the Spanish League title series in 2007.

2011–2022: Pablo Laso era

Sergio Llull grew as a player under Laso to become one of the most valuable ACB guards[1]

In Pablo Laso's era, Real Madrid Baloncesto managed to find consistent success. Spanish top-tier level players of the time, like Sergio Rodríguez and Rudy Fernández, were acquired by the club. Also, ACB Rising Star winner Nikola Mirotić was a part of the team's mix, along with Sergio Llull and Felipe Reyes, to give Real Madrid a strong home grown core of players. This group of players gave Real Madrid Baloncesto 6 Copa del Reys (Spanish Cup) titles, 7 Spanish Super Cup titles, 6 Liga ACB (Spanish League) titles, 2 EuroLeague championships, and an FIBA Intercontinental Cup championship.

On 17 May 2015, after waiting 20 years to win another EuroLeague championship, Real Madrid won the 2015 EuroLeague championship against Olympiacos. Madrid's Andrés Nocioni was named the Final Four MVP. This title was called La Novena.[2] Following the EuroLeague title, the 2014–15 ACB season's championship was also won by Real. Because Real also won the national Spanish Cup and the national Spanish Supercup that season, the club won its first "Quadruble crown".[3]

On 27 September 2015, 34 years after their last FIBA Intercontinental Cup title, Real Madrid won their fifth FIBA Intercontinental Cup trophy, after defeating the Brazilian League club Bauru. Sergio Llull was named the MVP of the tournament. Real Madrid thus made it a record five FIBA Intercontinental Cup titles won, and with the Intercontinental Cup title.

On 20 May 2018, Real Madrid conquered again the EuroLeague, achieving their tenth title ever. The considered major leader of the team that season would be a Slovenian guard/forward named Luka Dončić, who became the designated MVP of the EuroLeague on all accounts at 19 years old.

On 5 June 2022, Pablo Laso suffered a heart attack.[4][5] Exactly one month later, Real Madrid parted ways with him citing "medical reasons exclusively" and adding that keeping him as a coach in his health condition would have been "a risk that this institution cannot assume".[6][7] Laso left Real Madrid as one of the greatest coaches in the club's history, having won 22 titles, which ties him with Lolo Sainz in the second place for most trophies won with Real Madrid, only behind Pedro Ferrándiz with 27. Laso is also the coach who has managed the most games for Madrid (860), having won 659 of them. He was succeeded at Real Madrid's helm by his assistant Chus Mateo.[8]

2022: — Chus Mateo era

In the following 2022—23 season, Real Madrid won their eleventh EuroLeague title beating Oympiacos in the championship game after previously winning the title after 5 years. Real Madrid came back at the championship game after the previous season, Real Madrid lost the championship game versus Anadolu Efes 57—58 in the final. Sergio Llull winning the cluch 2-point shot at 3.1 seconds, but Real Madrid beating Olympiacos 78—79 in the final.

Sponsorship naming

  • Real Madrid Otaysa 1990–1991
  • Real Madrid Asegurator 1991–1992
  • Real Madrid Teka 1992–2001

Home arenas

External and internal view of Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid


Current roster

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

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Depth chart

Retired numbers

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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers

The following former Real Madrid players are inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Record holders

More information Top scorers, Most official matches ...

Head coaches


Domestic competitions

Winners (36): 1957, 1958, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1999–2000, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2021–22
Runners-up (13):
Winners (29): 1951, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1993, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2024
Runners-up (23):
Winners (10): 1984–85, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
Runners-up (4):

European competitions

Winners (11): 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1973–74, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1994–95, 2014–15, 2017–18, 2022–23
Runners-up (9): 1961–62, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1984–85, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2021–22
Semifinalists (7): 1958, 1960–61, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1980–81, 1986–87
Third place (2): 1982–83, 2018–19
Fourth place (7): 1976–77, 1978–79, 1985–86, 1992–93, 1995–96, 2010–11, 2016–17
Final Four (14): 1967, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023, 2024
Winners (4): 1983–84, 1988–89, 1991–92, 1996–97
Runners-up (2): 1981–82, 1989–90
Winners (1): 1987–88
Runners-up (1): 1990–91
Winners (1): 2006–07
Runners-up (1): 2003–04
Winners (1): 1953
Runners-up (1): 1966
Winners (3): 1984, 1988, 1989
Runners-up (1): 1986
Third place (2): 1983, 1985

Unofficial awards

Winners (3): 1964–65, 1973–74, 2014–15

Worldwide competitions

Winners (5): 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 2015
Runners-up (3): 1965*, 1968, 1970
Third place (2): 1966, 1975
Fourth place (3): 1969, 1974, 1980
Runners-up (1): 1988
Third place (1): 1993
Fourth place (1): 1995

* Unofficial edition

Regional competitions

Winners (20): 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Runners-up (8):
Winners (11): 1933, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957
Runners-up (8):
Winners (8): 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967
Runners-up (1):

Friendly competitions

Individual awards

ACB Most Valuable Player

ACB Finals MVP

All-ACB First Team

All-ACB Second Team

ACB Three Point Shootout Champion

ACB Slam Dunk Champion

ACB Most Spectacular Player of the Year

Season by season

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International record

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Notable players

Players who are currently on the team are in boldface. Players who are still active, but in other team, are in italics.

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

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Players in the NBA draft

* Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
~ Denotes player who has been selected as Rookie of the Year
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Historical uniforms

1931 (Home) jersey
2012–13 (Home) jersey
2012–13 (Home)
2012–13 (Away) jersey
2012–13 (Away)
2014–15 (Home) jersey
2014–15 (Home)
2014–15 (Away) jersey
2014–15 (Away)
2016–17 (Home) jersey
2016–17 (Home)
2016–17 (Away) jersey
2016–17 (Away)

Matches against NBA teams

23 October 1988
Boston Celtics United States 11196 Spain Real Madrid
22 October 1993
Phoenix Suns United States 145115 Spain Real Madrid
11 October 2007
Toronto Raptors Canada 103104 Spain Real Madrid
8 October 2009
Utah Jazz United States 10987 Spain Real Madrid
6 October 2012
Real Madrid Spain 93105 United States Memphis Grizzlies
8 October 2012
Real Madrid Spain 95102 Canada Toronto Raptors
8 October 2015
Boston Celtics United States 11196 Spain Real Madrid
3 October 2016
Oklahoma City Thunder United States 137142 (OT) Spain Real Madrid
10 October 2023
Dallas Mavericks United States 123127 Spain Real Madrid

See also

Notes and references

  1. "La anécdota de cómo se conocieron Pablo Laso y Sergio Llull". ABC. 15 December 2018.
  2. "El Real Madrid exhibe la 'Novena'". 18 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. "Official Announcement: Pablo Laso". Real Madrid. 5 June 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  4. "Pablo Laso admitted to hospital after heart attack". Eurohoops. 5 June 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  5. "Comunicado Oficial: Pablo Laso" (in Spanish). Real Madrid. 4 July 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  6. "Real Madrid parts ways with Pablo Laso in heart attack aftermath". Eurohoops. 5 July 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  7. "Official Announcement". Real Madrid. 5 July 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  8. Antonio García (16 December 2019). "Intrahistorias y cuentos de los torneos de Navidad. Cuando España se paraba a ver el baloncesto..." Retrieved 6 September 2022.
  1. The season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  1. AAVV. Cien Años del Real Madrid. Vol. 16 Historia del Baloncesto. Madrid, As, 2001, pág. 17–20
  2. AAVV. Cien Años del Real Madrid. Vol. 16 Historia del Baloncesto. Madrid, As, 2001, pág. 115

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