REAL MADRID IN THE 1980S: FROM DESPAIR TO LA QUINTA AND LALIGA DOMINANCE

In 1980, Real Madrid took pride from the fact that two of their teams – the senior side and Castilla – contended a Copa del Rey final. It is rare that a club’s youth team goes a long way in a competition consisting of senior sides, but this Castilla outfit, who beat the likes of Athletic Club, Real Sociedad and Sporting Gijón along the way, were generating a buzz of excitement throughout Spain. 

That team had notable players, some of whom would have long careers when promoted to the senior side. Ricardo Gallego, Francisco Pineda and Agustín Rodríguez were frequent figures when they took the next step, however, they weren’t immediately able to replicate their prior success. READ MORE …

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