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La Fábrica (English: "The Factory") is the name given to the Real Madrid youth teams 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 Cups and reached three consecutive UEFA Champions League semi-finals with a squad composed mostly of players formed at La Fábrica.[2]

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 namesThe Factory
General information
TypePlayer farm system
LocationSpain
Town or cityMadrid
Current tenantsReal Madrid
Real Madrid Castilla
Real Madrid Youth Academy
Groundbreaking1942
Renovated2005[1]
Renovation cost€100 million[1]
ClientReal Madrid Youth Academy
OwnerReal Madrid
Website
www.realmadrid.com/futbol/cantera

La Fábrica is housed in Ciudad Real Madrid, Real Madrid's 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.[3][1]

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HistoryEdit

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.[4] 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.[5] In 1980, RM Castilla even reached the final of the Copa del Rey, Spain's premier domestic cup competition, where they lost the title to Real Madrid's first team squad.[4]

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 served as Real's second reserve team – after RM Castilla – until the team was disbanded in 2015.

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." [6]

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, 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.[2]

OrganizationEdit

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.[1] La Fábrica has more than 270 youth players spread across all 12 youth teams.

 
Iker Casillas, considered by some to be the best goalkeeper of his generation 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 League
Real Madrid Castilla José Manuel Díaz Santiago Sánchez Segunda División B (Gr. 1)
Juvenil A 16–18 Daniel Poyatos Alberto Garrido División de Honor (Gr. 5)
Juvenil B 16–18 Álvaro Benito Diego Nogales

Liga Nacional (Gr. 12)

Juvenil C 16–18 Manuel Fernández Juan José Vallina

Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 1)

Cadete A 14–15 Tristán Celador Sebastián Parrilla Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 1)
Cadete B 14–15 Raúl González[7] Abián Perdomo Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 2)
Infantil A 12–13 Xabi Alonso[8] Javier Morán

División de Honor (Gr. 1)

Infantil B 12–13 Juanjo Crespo Eduardo Díaz División de Honor (Gr. 2)
Alevín A 10–11 Roberto Tomás David González Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 2)
Alevín B 10–11 José Luis Pleiete Alberto del Castillo Primera División Autonómica (Gr. 1)
Benjamín A 8–9 Rubén Barrios Fernando Jiménez Preferente (Gr. 7)
Benjamín B 8–9 Víctor Carvajal Enrique Jiménez Preferente (Gr. 7)
Prebenjamín 6–7 Juan Carlos Juárez Alberto Borreguero Fútbol 7 (Gr. 30)

Notable alumniEdit

Below is a sortable list of notable La Fábrica alumni throughout history. The information listed below is current as of the 2017–18 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 Nationality[9] Position Years in La Fábrica Club Titles Won as Real Madrid player
Achraf Hakimi   Morocco DF 2006–2017 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
Agustín   Spain GK 1975–1980 4 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 2 Supercopa de España, 1 Copa de la Liga, 1 UEFA Cup
Alberto Rivera   Spain MF 1995–1999 2 La Liga
Alfonso Pérez   Spain FW 1986–1992 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España
Álvaro Arbeloa   Spain DF 2001–2006 1 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España, 2 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
Álvaro Domínguez   Spain DF 1999–2001
Álvaro Medrán   Spain MF 2011–2015 1 FIFA Club World Cup
Álvaro Mejía   Spain DF 1998–2004 1 La Liga
Álvaro Morata   Spain FW 2008–2013 2 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 2 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
Antonio Adán   Spain GK 1997–2010 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España
Borja Mayoral   Spain FW 2007–2016 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
Borja Valero   Spain MF 1995–2007
Chendo   Spain DF 1977–1983 7 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 5 Supercopa de España, 1 Copa de la Liga, 1 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Cup, 1 Copa Iberoamericana
Dani Carvajal   Spain DF 2002–2012 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España, 4 UEFA Champions League, 3 UEFA Super Cup, 3 FIFA Club World Cup
Daniel Parejo   Spain MF 2003–2008
Denis Cheryshev   Russia FW 2002–2013
Diego Llorente   Spain DF 2002–2015
Diego López   Spain GK 2000–2005 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 UEFA Champions League
Emilio Butragueño   Spain FW 1981–1984 6 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 4 Supercopa de España, 1 Copa de la Liga, 2 UEFA Cup, 1 Copa Iberoamericana
Enrique Mateos   Spain FW 1951–1953 5 La Liga, 5 UEFA Champions League, 1 Intercontinental Cup
Esteban Cambiasso   Argentina MF 1996–1998 1 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup
Esteban Granero   Spain MF 1996–2008 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España
Fernando   Spain MF 1998–2000
Fernando Serena   Spain MF 1953–1961 4 La Liga, 1 UEFA Champions League
Fernando Pacheco   Spain GK 2006–2014 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
Francisco Pavón   Spain DF 1990–2001 1 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup
Francisco Pineda   Spain FW 1975–1980 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Copa de la Liga, 1 UEFA Cup
Gregorio Benito   Spain DF 1963–1966 6 La Liga, 5 Copa del Rey
Guti   Spain MF 1986–1996 5 La Liga, 4 Supercopa de España, 3 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 2 Intercontinental Cup
Iker Casillas   Spain GK 1990–1999 5 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 4 Supercopa de España, 3 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup
Ismael Urzaiz   Spain FW 1989–1993
Javi García   Spain MF 1996–2007 1 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España
Javier Portillo   Spain FW 1994–2002 1 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup
Jesé   Spain FW 2007–2013 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 2 UEFA Champions League, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
José Antonio Camacho   Spain DF 1973–1974 9 La Liga, 5 Copa del Rey, 2 Supercopa de España, 1 Copa de la Liga, 2 UEFA Cup
José Callejón   Spain FW 2002–2008 1 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España
José Luis Caminero   Spain MF 1986–1989 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey
José Manuel Jurado   Spain MF 1996–2006
José María Vidal   Spain MF 1953–1956 2 La Liga, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 Intercontinental Cup
José María Zárraga   Spain MF 1949–1951 6 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 5 UEFA Champions League, 1 Intercontinental Cup
Juan Manuel Villa   Spain MF 1953–1960 1 UEFA Cup
Juan Mata   Spain MF 2003–2007
Juan Santisteban   Spain MF 1952–1956 4 La Liga, 4 UEFA Champions League, 1 Intercontinental Cup
Juanfran   Spain DF 2000–2005
Kiko Casilla   Spain GK 2000–2007 1 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España, 3 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Super Cup, 2 FIFA Club World Cup
Lucas Vázquez   Spain FW 2007–2015 1 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España, 3 UEFA Champions League, 2UEFA Super Cup, 2 FIFA Club World Cup
Luis García   Spain FW 1996–2003
Manolo Sanchís   Spain DF 1979–1984 8 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 5 Supercopa de España, 1 Copa de la Liga, 2 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Copa Iberoamericana
Manuel Velázquez   Spain MF 1958–1962 6 La Liga, 3 Copa del Rey, 1 UEFA Champions League
Marcos Alonso   Spain DF 1999–2010
Marcos Alonso Peña   Spain MF 1970–1977 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España, 2 Copa de la Liga
Marcos Llorente   Spain MF 2008–2016 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
Mariano   Dominican Republic FW 2011–2016 1 La Liga, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
Mariano García Remón   Spain GK 1966–1970 6 La Liga, 4 Copa del Rey
Míchel   Spain MF 1976–1984 6 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 4 Supercopa de España, 1 Copa de la Liga, 2 UEFA Cup, 1 Copa Iberoamericana
Miguel Pardeza   Spain FW 1979–1985 1 La Liga
Miguel Torres   Spain DF 1998–2007 2 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España
Nacho   Spain DF 2001–2013 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 2 Supercopa de España, 4 UEFA Champions League, 3 UEFA Super Cup, 3 FIFA Club World Cup
Pablo Sarabia   Spain MF 2004–2011
Pedro Casado   Spain DF 1953–1960 6 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 2 UEFA Champions League, 1 Intercontinental Cup
Rafael Benítez   Spain DF 1973–1981
Rafael Martín Vázquez   Spain MF 1980–1983 6 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 3 Supercopa de España, 1 Copa de la Liga, 2 UEFA Cup, 1 Copa Iberoamericana
Ramón Grosso   Spain FW 1959–1964 7 La Liga, 3 Copa del Rey, 1 UEFA Champions League
Ramón Marsal   Spain FW 1940–1949 4 La Liga, 3 UEFA Champions League
Raúl   Spain FW 1992–1994 6 La Liga, 4 Supercopa de España, 3 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 2 Intercontinental Cups
Raúl Bravo   Spain DF 1997–2002 2 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 UEFA Champions League
Ricardo Gallego   Spain MF 1973–1980 4 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 Copa de la Liga, 2 UEFA Cup
Rubén de la Red   Spain MF 1999–2007 1 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España
Roberto Soldado   Spain FW 2000–2006 1 La Liga
Rodrigo   Spain FW 2009–2010
Samuel Eto'o   Cameroon FW 1996–1997
Santiago Cañizares   Spain GK 1985–1990 3 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA Champions League
Saúl Ñíguez   Spain MF 2006–2008
Sebastián Losada   Spain FW 1979–1987 2 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Copa de la Liga, 3 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA Cup
Vicente del Bosque   Spain MF 1967–1968 5 La Liga, 4 Copa del Rey
Víctor Sánchez   Spain MF 1987–1996 1 La Liga, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 UEFA Champions League

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Template:Te web
  2. ^ a b "The Real Madrid of La Quinta". Marca. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  3. ^ "YPT Visits: An inside look at Real Madrid's new training facility". Youth Professional Training.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2017-06-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://lafutbolteca.com/clasificacion-historica-segunda-division/
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-06-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ https://realmadridsport.com/2018/09/raul-cadet-b-wins-barca-his-first-title-of-the-season/
  8. ^ http://www.marca.com/en/football/real-madrid/2018/08/28/5b846e87e2704ea72f8b45d2.html
  9. ^ Country indicates national team as it has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

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