UEFA Cup Winner's Cup finalists
Real Madrid made their debut in the no longer existent UEFA Cup Winner's Cup in the 1970/71 season. They reached the final against Chelsea by defeating Hibernians, Wacker Innsbruck, Cardiff City and PSV Eindhoven. Both sides had to play the game twice at the Greek Karaikiris Stadium because the first match -held on 19 May 1971- ended in a 1-1 draw and neither team was capable of scoring the winning goal during overtime. The second clash took place two days later and Chelsea won 2-1.
Miguel Muñoz's great period ends
Miguel Muñoz became coach of Real Madrid in 1960 when Fleitas Solich left. He ended up winning nine leagues, two Cups of Spain two European Cups and one Intercontinental Cup in 14 seasons. On 15 January 1974, Santiago Bernabéu ended Muñoz's period "because he had been suffering for too long". Luis Molowny, a man from the Club, replaced a living legendOn June 29, 1974, the Cup final put the end to the season. Real won a resounding 4-0 victory against Barcelona.
Real Madrid look to the Balkans
After the 1974/75 season, Luis Molowny was replaced by the Yugoslavian Miljan Miljanic. He signed on 5 July 1974 and from then onwards the team played an unattractive game based on physical efforts and tactical order. This system earned the team two Leagues and one Cup of Spain in three seasons. Another Yugoslavian, Vujadin Boskov, took the reins of the team in 1979. He coached them until half way through the 1981/82 season. He won the League and the King's Cup in his first year as coach.
Prelude to the Great Recoveries
The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium lived one of its most glorious nights on 5 November 1975. Real Madrid recovered from a 4-1 defeat in the first leg of the Last 16 round of the European Cup against Derby County. At the end of the second leg, the result was 4-1 for the Whites, which forced both teams to play overtime. Santillana scored the winning goal; this was the prelude to Real Madrid's Great Recoveries.
No support for the 75th Anniversary Celebrations
In the spring of 1977 are disclosed the events to mark the LXXV anniversary of Real Madrid. Big celebrations and tributes were preparing for this historic event, the 75 year life of Real Madrid. But The anniversary celebrations had little support from the fans because of the team's bad results and Bernabéu's retirement to Santa Pola due to ill health. A few days later, on April 29, signing for Real Madrid the German Ulrich Stielike, which will be added days after Juan Gómez "Juanito". Two different players, two different concepts to understand the game, two great idols for white fans.
Santiago Bernabéu dies
Day of mourning for world football. Santiago Bernabéu died. President of Real Madrid during the last 35 years and a man who was linked to the Club since the first decade of the century. On June 2, 1978, when the World Cup was disputed in Argentina, Santiago Bernabéu died in Madrid. FIFA decreed three days of mourning in that World Cup and decided to observe a minute of silence in his memory, something unheard of until then. It was the mark of respect to all considered as the grand old man of world football. The death of Santiago Bernabéu was a true manifestation of pain and sorrow.
Luis de Carlos takes office as President
After a brief period as interim President, Raimundo Saporta called for elections. The Club's treasurer, Luis de Carlos, resigned in order to run for President. 26 July 1978 was the deadline for candidates to apply in order to run for office. De Carlos submitted 3,352 documents endorsing his candidacy, while the rest -gynaecologist Campos Gil and florist José Daguerre- didn't get the minimum number required in time. This called off the election and Luis de Carlos was proclaimed President of Real Madrid.
Santiago Bernabéu Trophy
On August 31, 1979, a year after the death of Don Santiago Bernabéu, Real Madrid wanted to honor the memory of legendary president. Club created a trophy in his honor where they faced the best teams and players in the world. The first champion was the Bayern Munich. Won the final to Ajax Amsterdam, 2-0. Four European champions, Milan, Bayern, Ajax and Real Madrid, met in this first edition.
The Whitest Cup final
On 4 June 1980, the Santiago Bernabéu hosted the Cup final between Real Madrid and Castilla, the Club's second team, created on 21 July 1972. Castilla managed to defeat four First Division teams -Hércules, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Sporting Gijon- to get to the final of the Spanish Championship. Real Madrid defeated Castilla -coached by the sorely missed Juanjo- 6-1.