The ‘compulsive disorder’ that Real Madrid presumes, that of winning titles season after season with the Champions League as a big game. Also makes the figure of its president enter the wheel of reaching and breaking records. On Wednesday, in Helsinki, and with the European Super Cup as his goal, Florentino Pérez can celebrate his 30th title since July 2000 when he became president of the entity of which he has been a member since October 1, 1961 (he has the card 1,793).
In a season in which Real Madrid has six titles ahead of it. Florentino can reach or exceed those brought to the club’s showcases by the man who changed everything. And launched Madrid into what it is today: Santiago Bernabéu. President from September 15, 1943, until his death, on June 2, 1978, under the command of Bernabéu, Real Madrid won 33 trophies, including two Latin Cups. That trophy, also won twice by Barcelona, provokes debate when it comes to counting titles.
The fact is that the competition between the four powerful Federations of southern Europe (Spain, France, Portugal, and Italy). Were played between 1949 and 1957 under the coverage of FIFA and UEFA. On June 28, with Vinicius’s goal against Liverpool, Florentino reached the Bernabéu in European Cups. Between the two they add 12 of the 14 that Madrid has, the other two are from the stage of Lorenzo Sanz (1998 and 2000).
The Super Cup was a bad premiere
The European Super Cup is one of the mainstays of the record won by Madrid with Florentin. In Helsinki, he is looking for the fifth super champion crown, something that only Silvio Berlusconi can boast of as president with his Milan.
The European Super Cup was Florentino’s debut in the box in an official match. And it was not to take joy. On August 25, 2000, at the Luis II stadium in Monaco, two goals from Mario Jardel gave Galatasaray the title against Madrid. It was the middle of a cycle, between 1997 and 2001, in which the European champion never managed to be a super champion and Madrid lost two finals: Chelsea, 1998, and Galata.
It was the first Super Cup to arrive at the Bernabéu
That black cycle of the European champions was closed by Madrid with their victory against Feyenoord on August 30, 2000. It was the first Super Cup to arrive at the Bernabéu, but it was not an easy night in Monaco. Because it was the day that the dressing room was furious. When they found out that Fernando Morientes was going to be sacrificed for the imminent arrival of Ronaldo. The atmosphere was very tense and Raúl played with the Moro shirt, who was not even on the bench, in case he scored. The match ended 3-1, with no goals from 7 and the last from Guti, who played as a striker.
This will be Florentino’s sixth Super Cup final. His Madrid beat Sevilla after 2000 (twice, 2014 and 2017) and Manchester United (2017). He lost the last of the cycle of the three Champions in a row. That of 2018, in Tallinn against Atlético de Madrid. A defeat that made the white president twist his face about the bet on Lopetegui as Zidane’s heir.
The stadium Santiago Bernabéu
Beyond the fact that Florentino has on the near horizon the collection of titles achieved by the club with Bernabéu at the helm. The legacy of his presidency will largely be the new stadium. The same happened when Santiago Bernabéu undertook the construction of the giant of La Castellana and the reforms that led it to host the 1982 World Cup final.
Four decades later, the Real Madrid stadium is moving towards the inauguration of a venue that will be a universal reference and that is a cornerstone in the project of Spain and Portugal to host the 2030 World Cup final.
With the title number 30 in sight and the 33 at Bernabéu in a short distance. It is the basketball section that makes the difference. when all the titles were won during the years of the presidency of Bernabéu. Those of Florentino (2000) are added up. -200y from 2009 until now). The world of the basket gave Bernabéu 47 for the 23 won with Florentino.