Real Madrid named as European Club of the Year

Real Madrid named as European Club of the Year

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

The European Club Association (ECA) has named Real Madrid as the European Club of the year, thanks to their success in the Champions League and Copa del Rey last season.

The ECA award recognise the outstanding work football clubs do on the field and off the field, and Los Blancos were also recognised for the work carried out by the Real Madrid Foundation.

On the field, the team enjoyed great success. After a 12-year wait, the team won their 10th European Cup, defeating city rivals Atletico de Madrid 4-1 in extra-time.

In April, Carlo Ancelotti also guided his team to success in the Copa del Rey, seeing off Barcelona in a thrilling final in Valencia, where Gareth Bale scored an outstanding solo goal.

The ECA also honoured Los Blancos for the work it has community work it has carried out around Madrid, and in particular one of the more run down areas called El Gallinero.

Real’s vice-president, Pedro Lopez, and the club’s director of institutional relations, Emilio Butragueño, picked up the awards at the ceremony in Geneva.

Scottish champions Celtic picked up the award for Best Achievement: Marketing for their efforts in installing stadium-wide wifi, while Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg picked up the Best Sporting Progress award.