La Fábrica

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Above, the entrance to Ciudad Real Madrid ("Real Madrid City"), where La Fábrica youth players as well as Real Madrid's professional squad train daily.

'La Fábrica' (English: "The Factory") is the name given to Real Madrid C.F.'s youth academy and player farm system or "cantera". It is a world class youth academy that has contributed to Real Madrid's sporting success throughout its long history. For instance, in the 1980s Real Madrid won 5 consecutive La Liga titles, 2 consecutive UEFA Europa Leagues (then known as the UEFA Cup), and reached 3 consecutive UEFA Champions League (then known as the European Cup) semi-finals with a squad composed mostly of players formed at La Fábrica. This batch of "homegrown" Real Madrid players included Emilio Butragueño, Chendo, Manolo Sanchís, Ricardo Gallego, Míchel, Sebastián Losada, Miguel Pardeza and Rafael Martín Vázquez.[1]

La Fábrica is housed in Ciudad Real Madrid (Real Madrid City), Real Madrid's new training facilities located just outside Madrid in Valdebebas. Inaugurated in 2005 after Real Madrid invested €100 million to develop it, Ciudad Real Madrid serves as the training ground for all teams and associated with the club, from the fully professional first-team squad, to the under-8 Prebenjamín youth team.[2]

History[edit]

Raúl, European Competitions Record Goalscorer, Real Madrid Record Goalscorer, and Third All-Time La Liga Goalscorer, is also a La Fábrica alumnus.

In 1942 AD Plus Ultra, a local Madrid club then in the Spanish Third Division, agreed to become Real Madrid's feeder club in return for financial support. In 1972 AD Plus Ultra became Real's official reserve team, known today as Real Madrid Castilla.[3] RM Castilla is the most successful reserve side in the history of Spanish football, having amassed more points in the Spanish Second Division than any other reserve side.[4] In 1980 RM Castilla even reached the final of the Copa del Rey, Spain's premier domestic cup competition, where curiously they lost the title to Real Madrid's first team squad.[3]

Similarly, in the 1950s, Real Madrid Aficionados (English: Real Madrid Amateurs) was formed as an amateur competitive team affiliated with Real Madrid. The club eventually became Real Madrid C, and today serves as Real's second reserve team, after RM Castilla.

The youth academy system itself was established and developed in the 1950s by former Real Madrid Aficionados player Miguel Malbo under the tutelage of the then Real Madrid President, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste. Malbo went on to serve as Director of La Fábrica for over 50 years. Isidoro San José, former Real Madrid player, La Fábrica alumnus, and Deputy Director at La Fábrica said of Malbo's legacy at Real Madrid: "In his day, he was one of the people that contributed most to Real Madrid, and to Madrid's cantera." [5]

Since its beginnings in the 1950s, countless players have progressed through the ranks of La Fábrica's youth academy, and some of these graduates have contributed to Real Madrid's formidable sporting success both domestically and internationally. Some particuarlly successful periods are especially noteworthy. Between 1955 and 1965, Real Madrid won 8 La Liga titles, 1 Copa del Rey, and 6 UEFA Champions Leagues; a number of La Fábrica graduates contributed to Real's success in these years, including Pedro Casado, Enrique Mateos, Gregorio Benito, Juan Santisteban, Manuel Velázquez, Ramón Grosso, Fernando Serena and Ramón Marsal.

Moreover, as noted above, in the 1980s Real Madrid won 5 consecutive La Liga titles, 2 consecutive UEFA Europa Leagues (then known as the UEFA Cup), and reached 3 consecutive UEFA Champions League (then known as the European Cup) semi-finals with a squad composed mostly of players formed at La Fábrica. This fabulous batch of "homegrown" Real Madrid players included Emilio Butragueño, Chendo, Manolo Sanchís, Ricardo Gallego, Míchel, Sebastián Losada, Miguel Pardeza and Rafael Martín Vázquez.[1]

Organization[edit]

Real Madrid Castilla and Real Madrid C are fully professional teams; all other teams at La Fábrica are youth teams including everything from under-19-year-olds to under-8-year-olds. Each youth team competes in a league of its own. Youth players must aspire to progress through the ranks if they wish to eventually debut in Real's first-team squad. La Fábrica has more than 270 youth players spread across all 12 youth teams.

Iker Casillas, considered by some to be the best goalkeeper in modern football, and 5 time consecutive winner of FIFA/FIFPro World's Best Goalkeeper Award is also a La Fábrica graduate.
Squad Age[6] Manager Coach League
Real Madrid Castilla Zinedine Zidane1 Santiago Sánchez
David Bettoni
Segunda División B (Gr. 2)
Real Madrid C José Aurelio Gay Sebastián Parrilla Tercera División (Gr. 7)
Juvenil A 16-18 Luis Miguel Ramis José Manuel Gil División de Honor (Gr. 5)
Juvenil B 16-18 Rubén de la Red Joaquín Sánchez Liga Nacional (Gr. 12)
Juvenil C 16-18 Tristán Celador Juan José Vallina Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 1)
Cadete A 14–15 Santiago Solari Alberto Garrido Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 1)
Cadete B 14–15 Pedro Sánchez Carlos del Rey Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 2)
Infantil A 12–13 Roberto Rojas Guti División de Honor (Gr. 1)
Infantil B 12–13 David González Javier Morán División de Honor (Gr. 2)
Alevín A 10–11 José Lara Santiago Expósito Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 1)
Alevín B 10–11 Alejandro Dorado Daniel Guindos Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 2)
Benjamín A 8–9 Nacho Ferrer Fernando Jiménez Fútbol 7 (Gr. 28)
Benjamín B 8–9 Abián Perdomo Jesús Bargueiras Fútbol 7 (Gr. 29)
Prebenjamín 6–7 Víctor Carvajal Jaime Torcal Fútbol 7 (Gr. 22)
  • 1 Sánchez is the manager on paper since Zidane doesn't hold the necessary coaching certificate.[7][8]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Below is a sortable list of notable La Fábrica alumni throughout history. The information listed below is current as of the 2012-2013 football season. Unless explicitly cited, all of the following information was obtained through the Wikipedia pages corresponding to the respective players.

Name Years at La Fábrica La Liga Appearances for Real Madrid Titles Won as Professional Player
Arbeloa, ÁlvaroÁlvaro Arbeloa 2000-2006 109 1 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 FIFA World Cup, 2 UEFA European Championship, 1 UEFA Champions League
Morata, ÁlvaroÁlvaro Morata 2008-2013 14 1 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA Champions League
Valero, BorjaBorja Valero 1995-2007 0 -
Chendo 1977-1983 363 7 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 5 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Cups
Carvajal, DaniDani Carvajal 2002-2012 31 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 Copa del Rey
López Rodríguez, DiegoDiego López Rodríguez 2000-2005 50 1 La Liga, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 Copa del Rey
Butragueño, EmilioEmilio Butragueño 1981-1984 341 6 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 4 Supercopa de España, 2 UEFA Cups
Mateos, EnriqueEnrique Mateos 1951-1953[9] 52 5 La Liga, 5 UEFA Champions Leagues
Cambiasso, EstebanEsteban Cambiasso 1996-1998 14 1 La Liga, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 Argentine Primera División, 1 UEFA Champions League, 5 Serie A, 4 Coppa Italia, 4 Supercoppa Italiana, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
Granero, EstebanEsteban Granero 1996-2008 67 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España
Benito, GregorioGregorio Benito 1963-1966 317 6 La Liga, 5 Copa del Rey
Casillas, IkerIker Casillas 1990-1999 476 5 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 4 Supercopa de España, 3 UEFA Champions Leagues, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA World Cup, 2 UEFA European Championship
García, JaviJavi García 1996-2007 18 1 Supercopa de España, 1 Primeira Liga, 3 Taça da Liga, 1 Premier League, 1 Football League Cup
Jesé Rodríguez 2007-2013 19 1 La Liga, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 Copa del Rey
Callejón, JoséJosé Callejón 2002-2008 55 1 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España
Jurado, José ManuelJosé Manuel Jurado 2000s-2006 3 1 UEFA Europa League, 1 UEFA Intertoto Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 DFB-Pokal, 1 DFL-Supercup
Mata, JuanJuan Mata 2003-2007[10] 0 1 Copa del Rey, 1 FA Cup, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Europa League, 1 FIFA World Cup, 1 UEFA European Championship
Santisteban, JuanJuan Santisteban 1952-1956 86 4 La Liga, 4 UEFA Champions Leagues, 1 Intercontinental Cup
Torres, JuanfranJuanfran Torres 2002-2006 6 2 Copa del Rey, 1 UEFA Europa League, 1 UEFA Super Cup
Guti 1986-1996 387 5 La Liga, 4 Supercopa de España, 3 UEFA Champions Leagues, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 2 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Turkish Cup
Kiko Casilla 2003-2007 0 -
Sanchís, ManoloManolo Sanchís 1979-1984 523 8 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 5 Supercopa de España, 2 UEFA Champions Leagues, 2 UEFA Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup
Velázquez, ManuelManuel Velázquez 1958-1962, 1964-1965 301 6 La Liga, 3 Copa del Rey, 1 UEFA Champions League
García Remón, MarianoMariano García Remón 1966-1970[9] 177 6 La Liga, 4 Copa del Rey
Míchel 1976-1984 404 6 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 4 Supercopa de España, 2 UEFA Europa Leagues
Pardeza, MiguelMiguel Pardeza 1979-1985 28 1 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Benítez, RafaelRafael Benítez 1974-1981 0 -
Martín Vázquez, RafaelRafael Martín Vázquez 1980-1983 252 6 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 3 Supercopa de España, 2 UEFA Europa Leagues
Grosso, RamónRamón Grosso 1959-1964 265 7 La Liga, 3 Copa del Rey, 1 UEFA Champions League
Raúl 1992-1994 550 6 La Liga, 4 Supercopa de España, 3 UEFA Champions Leagues, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 2 Intercontinental Cups, 1 DFB-Pokal, 1 DFL-Supercup, 1 Qatar Stars League
Gallego, RicardoRicardo Gallego 1973-1980 250 4 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España, 2 UEFA Europa Leagues
Soldado, RobertoRoberto Soldado 2000-2006 16 1 La Liga
Cañizares, SantiagoSantiago Cañizares 1985-1990 41 5 La Liga, 3 Copa del Rey, 3 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Summer Olympics Gold Medal
del Bosque, VicenteVicente del Bosque 1968-1970 312 5 La Liga, 4 Copa del Rey

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