On 2nd June 1978, Santiago Bernabéu passed away in Madrid aged 82. During his lifetime, he served Real Madrid as a player, coach, director and president and became a key figure within the club’s history. During his time as president, the club made significant strides both institutionally and on the field. Among the projects he headed up were the construction of the Nuevo Chamartín, which opened in 1947 and was later renamed in his honour.
Santiago Bernabéu was born in Almansa (Albacete) on 8th June 1895 and was named Real Madrid president in 1943. Between the start of his tenure and his passing, the club’s football team secured six European Cups, an Intercontinental Cup, two Latin Cups, 16 LaLiga titles and six Spanish Cups.
Basketball trophy haul
During his spell as president, the club’s basketball team also became one of the leading lights in the sport, winning six European Cups, three Intercontinental crowns, a Latin Cup, 19 league titles and 18 Spanish Cups.