Santiago Bernabéu passed away in Madrid on the 2nd of June 1978, at 82 years of age. He is a key figure in the history of Real Madrid, where he was a player, coach, director and then president. With him at the helm, the club enjoyed a spell of huge institutional and sporting success. His initiatives include the construction of Nuevo Chamartín, inaugurated in 1947, and later re-named in his honour many years later.
Santiago Bernabéu was born in Almansa (Albacete) on the 8th of June 1895 and became president of Real Madrid in 1943. Prior to his death, the football club became the best team in the world, winning 6 European Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 2 Latin Cups, 16 LaLiga titles and 6 Copas de España.
The club’s basketball team also enjoy a great period of success under Bernabéu’s presidency, and their trophy cabinet during his mandate boasted 6 European Cups, 3 Intercontinental Cups, 1 Latin Cup, 19 league titles and 18 Copas de España.