Real Madrid’s seven other worst goalscoring droughts

05 Oct 2018

The recent problem of marksmanship for Real Madrid is nothing new, and even though 319 minutes without scoring is unpalatable for players, management, supporters and the club’s board, there have been other occasions where Los Blancos‘ strikers have performed even worse.

496 minutes, season 1984/85

The longest streak of consecutive minutes without celebrating a goal was back in the 1984/85 season with Luis Molowny on the bench.

A squad that featured strikers such as Santillana, Jorge Valdano and a very young Emilio Butragueno, reached five matches without scoring.

Their goalless streak ended in the UEFA Cup semi-final against Inter, in one of the famous comeback nights at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

409 minutes, season 2005/06

In a season that Lopez Caro replaced Vanderlei Luxemburgo on the bench in the middle of the campaign, Real Madrid went on a 409 minute streak without finding the back of the net.

In three games in total against Valencia and Real Betis in LaLiga and Arsenal in the Champions League, players such as Ronaldo, Robinho, Julio Baptista, Zinedine Zidane and Raul couldn’t contribute a single goal for their team.

390 minutes, season 1975/76

With Miljan Miljanic on the bench, a scoring crisis meant Real Madrid were eliminated from the European Cup by Bayern Munich.

A couple of goalless LaLiga games followed and Los Blancos reached 390 minutes without a goal.

387 minutes, season 1981/82

After two LaLiga, one UEFA Cup and another Copa del Rey game without scoring, Real Madrid almost missed out on winning each competition that they participated in.

At the end of the season, they only retained domestic cup hopes, as Santillana, Juanito, Uli Stielike and Francisco Pineda subsequently managed to bounce back.

374 minutes, season 1983/84

Butragueno‘s goal broke a 374 minute scoring drought.

Alfredo Di Stefano’s Real Madrid were second when they failed to score against Valencia and Real Sociedad in LaLiga and Barcelona B in the Copa del Rey.

363 minutes, season 2002/03

That season Real Madrid also suffered from a lack of marksmanship in two league games against Real Sociedad and Barcelona, which ended in goalless draws.

Milan beat Los Blancos in Europe, while Fernando Morientes and Raul didn’t manage to score.

325 minutes, season 2006/07

With Fabio Capello taking the reins, Real Madrid went three games without scoring.

A 3-0 LaLiga defeat against Recreativo was followed by another away loss to Deportivo La Coruna, plus a goalless draw in the first leg of Copa del Reyagainst Real Betis.

Los Blancos went 325 minutes without celebrating a goal – the last long scoring drought until this season.

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