La Fábrica

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La Fábrica
Bienvenidos a Ciudad Real Madrid.jpg
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
Alternative names The Factory
General information
Type Player farm system
Location Spain
Town or city Madrid
Current tenants Real Madrid
Real Madrid Youth Academy
Groundbreaking 1942
Renovated 2005
Renovation cost €100 million
Client Real Madrid Youth Academy
Owner Real Madrid
Website
www.realmadrid.com/futbol/cantera

'La Fábrica' (English: "The Factory") is the name given to the Real Madrid 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 history. For instance, in the 1980s, Real Madrid won five consecutive La Liga titles, two consecutive UEFA Europa Leagues (then known as the UEFA Cup) and reached three consecutive UEFA Champions League 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'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 associated with the club, from the fully professional first-team squad, to the under-8 Prebenjamín youth team.[2]

History[edit]

Raúl, Former European Competitions Record Goalscorer, Former 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 ironically 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. That 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. 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 periods of success are particularly noteworthy. Between 1955 and 1965, Real Madrid won eight La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and six 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 five consecutive La Liga titles, two consecutive UEFA Europa Leagues (then known as the UEFA Cup), and reached three consecutive 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 is a fully professional team; 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 a five-time consecutive winner of FIFA/FIFPro World's Best Goalkeeper Award, is also a La Fábrica graduate.
Squad Age Head Coach Assistant Coach Captain League
Real Madrid Castilla Santiago Solari Santiago Sánchez Enzo Zidane Segunda División B (Gr. 2)
Juvenil A 16-18 Guti Alberto Garrido Óscar Rodríguez División de Honor (Gr. 5)
Juvenil B 16-18 Daniel Poyatos David González Hidalgo Adrián de la Fuente Liga Nacional (Gr. 12)
Juvenil C 16-18 Álvaro Benito Diego Nogales José del Valle Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 1)
Cadete A 14–15 Tristán Celador Sebastián Parrilla Javier Díez Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 1)
Cadete B 14–15 Pedro Sánchez Abián Perdomo David Cuenca Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 2)
Infantil A 12–13 Juanjo Crespo Alejandro Dorado Jaime Calleja División de Honor (Gr. 1)
Infantil B 12–13 Carlos del Rey Juan José Vallina Jaime Amaro División de Honor (Gr. 2)
Alevín A 10–11 Javier Morán David Viejo Hugo de Llanos Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 1)
Alevín B 10–11 Daniel Guindos Enrique Jiménez Alvarito Garcia Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 4)
Benjamín A 8–9 Rubén Barrios Alberto del Castillo Roberto Iniesta Preferente (Gr. 7)
Benjamín B 8–9 José Luis Pleite Fernando Jiménez Guillermo Rodríguez Preferente (Gr. 7)
Prebenjamín 6–7 Víctor Carvajal Carlos Santiso Mateo Pozo Fútbol 7 (Gr. 30)

Notable Alumni[edit]

Below is a sortable list of notable La Fábrica alumni throughout history. The information listed below is current as of the 2016–17 football season. Currently active player in Real Madrid may have different title and appearance. Unless explicitly cited, all of the following information was obtained through the Wikipedia pages corresponding to the respective players.

Name Years in La Fábrica La Liga Appearances for Real Madrid Titles Won as Senior Professional Player
Arbeloa, ÁlvaroÁlvaro Arbeloa 2000–2006 155 1 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 FIFA World Cup, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup
Morata, ÁlvaroÁlvaro Morata 2008–2013 49 2 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
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 Cup, 1 Copa de la Liga, 1 Copa Iberoamericana
Carvajal, DaniDani Carvajal 2002–2012 94 1 La Liga, 2 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Super Cup, 2 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 Copa del Rey
López, DiegoDiego López 2000–2005 54 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 Cup, 1 Copa de la Liga, 1 Copa Iberoamericana
Mateos, EnriqueEnrique Mateos 1951–1953[6] 52 5 La Liga, 5 UEFA Champions Leagues, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 2 Latin Cup
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 510 5 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 4 Supercopa de España, 3 UEFA Champions Leagues, 2 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
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 2007–2011 63 1 La Liga, 2 UEFA Champions League, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
Callejón, JoséJosé Callejón 2002–2008 55 1 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 Coppa Italia, 1 Supercoppa Italiana
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[7] 0 1 Copa del Rey, 2 FA Cup, 1 FA Community Shield, 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, 1 Latin Cup
Juanfran 2002–2006 6 1 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA Europa League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 UEFA European Championship
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 10 1 La Liga, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
Lucas Vázquez 2007–2010 48 1 La Liga, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 La Liga
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, 1 Copa de la Liga, 1 Copa Iberoamericana
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[6] 177 6 La Liga, 4 Copa del Rey
Míchel 1976–1984 404 6 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 3 Supercopa de España, 2 UEFA Cup, 1 Copa de la Liga, 1 Copa Iberoamericana
Pardeza, MiguelMiguel Pardeza 1979–1985 28 1 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Benítez, RafaelRafael Benítez 1974–1981 0 1 Tercera División
Martín Vázquez, RafaelRafael Martín Vázquez 1980–1983 252 6 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 4 Supercopa de España, 2 UEFA Cup, 1 Copa de la Liga, 1 Copa Iberoamericana
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 Cup, 1 Copa de la Liga
de la Red, RubénRubén de la Red 1999–2004 17 1 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA European Championship
Soldado, RobertoRoberto Soldado 2000–2006 16 1 La Liga
Rodrigo 2009–2010 0 1 Primeira Liga, 1 Taça de Portugal, 2 Taça da Liga
Cañizares, SantiagoSantiago Cañizares 1985–1990 41 4 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 2 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 UEFA Intertoto Cup
Saúl Ñíguez 2006–2008 0 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España
del Bosque, VicenteVicente del Bosque 1968–1970 312 5 La Liga, 4 Copa del Rey

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