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Real Madrid biggest losses in history

Football giants are always on top of the news, especially when it comes to a big win or even a thrashing defeat. Real Madrid is one of these clubs with no doubt. So today we are going to take a look at Real Madrid worst defeats in history.

One of the most popular professional Spanish teams and one with a base in Madrid is Real Madrid.

The team played its first competitive game on May 13, 1902, when it advanced to the semifinals of the Campeonato de Copa de S.M. Alfonso XIII. The team was founded in 1902 under the name Madrid Football 'Club.

The Whites presently hold the record for both the most

La Liga

titles (35), as well as the most UEFA Champions League championships (14).

Given these details, it is safe to assume that the Spanish giants are among the best football clubs in the world. Despite this, they have seen their share of ups and downs during the course of their history, just like any other side.

Time to go back through the history and check out

Real Madrid’s biggest defeats ever


Real Madrid worst defeats in history

Here are the biggest losses of Real Madrid history.

Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid

As the first match on our list of the

biggest losses of Real Madrid history

, we have to go back to the 2010-11 La Liga were the league’s two old rivals went against each other in a very disappointing match for the Madridistas.

There is no doubt that this was one of the most embarrassing performances in the club’s history.

The two teams went against each other in November 2010, under the supervision of two of the best coaches in the world, Guardiola and Mourinho, at Camp Nou.

The Whites

arrived in Catalonia following seven straight league victories and that’s why no one could imagine the team losing so badly!

This loss was the worst defeat of Mourinho’s career in management with no doubt!

Xavi opened the scoring, with Pedro, David Villa, and Jefferson making it 5-0 for the home side. It also has to be mentioned that David Villa scored two times during the match.

Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 Real Madrid

To talk about the next on our list of

Real Madrid biggest defeats ever

, let’s go back a bit further. The 1992/93 UEFA Cup brought Real Madrid another loss not to be forgotten.

In that year, Los Blancos traveled to Paris for the second leg of their quarter-final tie, but unfortunately, the 4-1 defeat to

the Parisians

, sent them out of the competition.

George Weah opened the White’s net in the 33rd minute of the match with the assist of Valdo. David Ginola scored the Parisians' second goal in the 81st minute, while Valdo himself scored the 3rd one, three minutes to the end of the match. He was the star of the match with no doubt, as he helped Antoine Kombouaré to score the last goal of the match in the 93rd minute!

On the other side of the field, Iván Zamorano scored the only goal for Real Madrid in the first minute of the extra time.

Bayern Munich 4-1 Real Madrid

Real Madrid 4-1 defeat against

Bayern Munich

is the next unforgettable loss on our list of Real Madrid biggest losses in history.

Back in 1999, the two teams went against each other in Group C of the 1999-2000 Champions League, where the Vikings lost the match 4-1 to their hosts.

As for the goal scorers, you need to know that Mehmet Scholl opened the net for the Bavarians in the 4th minute of the match. Giovane Elber scored the second goal and Alexander Zickler netted the 3rd and 4th.

On the other side of the pitch Iván Helguera scored the only goal for the Whites in the 69th minute of the match with the assist of Guti.

Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona

Real Madrid’s 2-6 defeat against Barcelona is the next on our list of Real Madrid biggest losses in history.

On 2 May 2009, the two old rivals went against each other in another El Clasico, where Real Madrid was defeated with a 2-6 result.

Higuain and Ramos scored the goals for Los Blancos, while on the other side, Thierry Henry and

Lionel Messi

scored a brace each, with Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique also opened the gate each once for their team.

Real Madrid 1-4 Ajax

Next on our list of Real Madrid biggest losses in history, we have the team’s loss against


in March 2019, remembered as the worst European loss at home in Real Madrid's long history. 

Though Los Blancos had their chances throughout the match, they lost the match to Ajax, letting them go home with a historic 4-1 win. 

Hakim Ziyech, David Neres, Dusan Tadic, and Lasse Schone, where the players to score for Ajax, while Marco Asensio netted the only goal for the hosts!

Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s defeat against


is the next on our list of

Real Madrid biggest losses in history


The two teams went against each other in the round of 16 of the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League.

The loss was one of the worst, humiliating ones for the Vikings, being remembered as one of Real Madrid worst losses of all time.

When the team traveled to Anfield in March 2009, along with their coach, Juande Ramos, they were in the hope of overturning the 1-0 defeat they had suffered from on home soil in the last sixteen first leg. But things didn’t go well and not only they did not win, but also experienced one of Real Madrid heaviest defeats in history.

Fernando Torres and Steven Gerard, and Dossena were the ones to score for Liverpool during the match, with Gerard netting twice.

Benfica 5-1 Real Madrid

As the next defeat on our list of Real Madrid biggest losses in history, we want to go back to 1965.

Back in that year, Real Madrid went against SL Benfica in the quarterfinal’s 1st leg of the EUROPEAN CHAMPION CLUBS' CUP.

As the result of the match, the Whites experienced one of the most surprising, unbelievable defeats in the club’s history.

José Augusto, Eusébio, António Simões, and Mário Coluna are in Benfica’s scoresheet, while Amancio scored the only goal for Real Madrid in the 58th minute of the match.

It also has to be mentioned that Real Madrid and Benfica won the first seven editions of the European Champions Cup ever played and interestingly, the two back in that time giants, went against each other in the 1964/65 campaign.

Hamburg 5-1 Real Madrid

The 1979–80 European Cup, is remembered for the Vikings with one of

Real Madrid biggest losses in history


After winning the first leg of the semi-final fixture 2-0 against their rivals, the Whites traveled to Germany for the second leg, hoping to reach the finals. 



spoiled their dream, by scoring four goals during the first half and one more in the final minute of the match.

Kaltz and Hrubesch each scored twice during the first half for the hosts, while

Memering scored another in the 90th minute of the match. On the other side also, Cunningham scored once during the first half.

Bayern Munich 9-1 Real Madrid

Back in August 1980, Real Madrid experienced one of their worst defeats in history!

Regarded as one of

Real Madrid highest defeats ever

, the Whites went home after a devastating 9-1 loss against the Bavarians during the pre-season. 

The two giants went against each other on 5th August, just 10 days before the beginning of their new season.

The Vikings began the match, having Miguel Angel, Vicente del Bosque, and Juanito as injuries.

The Germans finished the first half of the match with a 7-0 result, adding two more goals during the second half, and finally winning the match 9-1.

Alcorcon 4-0 Real Madrid

Next on our list of Real Madrid biggest losses in history, goes back to the 2009-10 Copa del Rey, where the team was beaten by Alcorcon 4-0! Odd! Huh?!

Though Los Blancos suffered many humiliating defeats during that year, they really did not expect to lose to a lower league side.

Borja Pérez scored two goals for his team, while Álvaro Arbeloa and Ernesto Gómez each scored once to help Alcoron win the match.

The defeat was so surprising that became a lead sports story throughout Europe, being the title page in British, French, and Italian publications. It is also interesting to know that Alcorconazo is the name given by fans and by the Spanish sports press to the match.

Real Madrid 0-5 Milan

During the 1988–89 European Cup Real Madrid added another big defeat to its list of

Real Madrid worst losses of all time


The team was beaten 0-5 against


in the 2nd leg of the Semi-finals during the 1988–89 European Cup Real.

The Vikings went on the pitch under the supervision of their coach, Leo Beenhakker, with the hope of winning the match. But instead, they lost the match and missed the opportunity of winning the European Cup.

Milan opened the Whites’ net three times during the first half, with the help of Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Rijkaard, and Ruud Gullit. The goals were assisted by Ruud Gullit, Mauro Tassotti, and Roberto Donadoni.

During the second half, Milan added two more goals, as Roberto Donadoni and Marco van Basten 2 more times for their team. Mauro Tassotti and Ruud Gullit were the two players to assist during the second 45 minutes of the match.

Real Madrid 0-5 1. FC Kaiserslautern

Next on our list of the

Real Madrid heaviest defeats in history

, is the team’s 0-5 loss against Kaiserslautern, back in the 1981–82 UEFA Cup.

The team and their coach, Vujadin Boškov, went under a lot of pressure during the match as three players received red cards during the match. Isidoro San José, Laurie Cunningham, and Francisco Pineda were the three players who were forced to leave the pitch and so Real was forced to continue the match with only eight players after the 65th minute of the match.

No wonder why they lost the match! Huh?!

Despite the worsening situation for Real Madrid, on the other side of the pitch, things were going perfectly, with Friedhelm Funkel scoring the first two goals for Kaiserslautern, and  Hannes Bongartz, Norbert Eilenfeldt, and Rainer Geye scoring the next three goals for their team.

Valencia 6-0 Real Madrid

Back on June 9th, 1999, Real Madrid was surprisingly defeated against


with a 6-0 result in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal, at Mestalla. This was Valencia’s biggest ever victory over the Spanish giants.

Having the record of Cup defeat, Valencia opened the Vikings gate six times during the match, with four goals in the first half and two more during the second half.

Claudio López, Alain Roche, Goran Vlaovic, and Alain Roche scored the four, first half goals, while Miguel Ángel Angulo and Gaizka Mendieta scored during the second half.

Real Madrid 0-6 Athletic Bilbao

Close to the end of our article on Real Madrid highest defeats ever, we have the team’s disappointing loss against Athletic Bilbao, which is also known as the team’s record for home defeat.

The two teams went against each other during the 1930–31 La Liga, and came off the pitch with a 0-6 loss for the hosts! Awkward! Huh?

Gorostiza, Chirri, Iraragorri , Bata ,Iraragorri, and Lafuente where the Bilbao stars to open Los Blancos net, while no one could score for the Whites!

Espanyol 8-1 Real Madrid

Remembered as Real Madrid biggest loss in history, here we have the team’s 8-1 defeat against Espanyol, back in La Liga 1929–30. The match was held on March 4, 1930, as gameweek 14 in the Primera Division and was over with a suffering 8-1 loss for the Vikings. The result has also set the record for the Whites League and away defeat.

Gallart, Solé, Padrón, Bosch, Ventolrà, andÁlamo were the Espanyol players to score for their team, while Rubio on the other side, scored once for Real.

That was our list of Real Madrid biggest defeats ever. Did you like our article? What other

Real Madrid biggest loss in history

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