Real Madrid: 6 Matches That Define The Club (Video)

Faris AlmajedFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2011

Real Madrid: 6 Matches That Define The Club (Video)

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    Throughout the illustrious history of Real Madrid, there have been moments of sheer class and brilliance that have come to symbolize its status as one of the world's most successful clubs.

    Awarded the FIFA Club of the Century award in 2000, Madrid have seen some of the world's top talent amongst their ranks.

    With Jose Mourinho's troops in full stride this season, they will be looking to recapture some of glory that saw Madrid rise to the top of Europe's elite.   

    So today, let us look back at six matches that define the dynasty that is Real Madrid.

    With hundreds of classic moments to choose from, this was no easy task, so the choices were narrowed down to fixtures from the modern era from the 1990s onwards. 

Real Madrid 5 - 0 Barcelona: La Liga 1994-1995

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    Almost a year to the day after Barcelona thrashed Madrid 5-0 In the Camp Nou via a Romario hat-trick the season before, Madridistas would have their revenge.

    It was a South American of their own that did the damage, as the Chilean Ivan Zamorano bagged a thunderous three goals. 

    Madrid had made their statement and went on to win the Liga that year, with Barce finishing in a distant fourth place. 

Real Madrid 1 - 0 Juventus: Champions League Final 1997-1998

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    It had been 32 years since Los Blancos had tasted European glory, and the wait was finally over in 1998.

    Madrid faced a talented Marcello Lippi led Juventus side, with the likes of Zinadine Zidane, Edgar Davids, Filippo Inzaghi and Del Piero on the pitch. 

    The deadlock was broken after 67 minutes, with Yugoslavian Predag Mijatovic netting a cool finish following a deflected Roberto Carlos strike on goal. 

    With that strike, Madrid were back on top of the world and lifted their seventh European title. 

    Skip to minute 9:50 to see the goal. 

Real Madrid 3 - 0 Valencia : Champions League Final 1999-2000

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    It was the first time in Champions League history that two teams from the same country had met in the final and Madrid dominated their Spanish counterparts. 

    Los Blancos took the lead early through a Fernando Morientes header and never looked back. 

    Steve McManaman then rifled home an impressive volley, which can be seen here at minute 4:45

    Raul then finished them off after Madrid broke free following a Valencia corner.

    He sprinted from his own half, powered into the Valencia box, scooped the ball around Canizares and slotted home the coolest of finishes. 

    It was Madrid's second European title in three seasons, as the Merengues stamped their position as Europe's most dominant club. 

Real Madrid 2 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen Champions League Final 2001-2002

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    Coming into this match as favorites, Madrid knew that nothing short of clinching their ninth title would be acceptable and they did it in style

    The Merengues grabbed an early lead on the eighth minute through a fine strike by Raul.

    The Spaniard blew past Lucio to latch onto a through pass and swept the ball under the helpless Leverkusen keeper.

    Lucio made amends, however, and on the 13th minute, he brought Leverkusen level, converting a header off of a set piece. 

    Then Zidane stole the show with a display of pure genius.

    The skill required to strike a ball that cleanly on its way down is out of this world, and for many, it was the best goal the French legend ever scored. 

    Real Madrid had another European title for their collection, and Zidane is still hailed has a hero for his outrageous wonder-goal. 

Real Madrid 3: 4 Manchester United : Champions League Quarterfinals 2002-2003

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    An epic roller coaster ride of a match, Real Madrid and Manchester United slugged it out over two Legs in the Champions League quarterfinals of the 2002-2003 season. 

    After beating United 3-1 fairly comfortably in the first leg, the second match was to be classic back and forth goal fest. 

    A Ronaldo hat-trick, a David Beckham free kick, an own goal; this game seemed to have it all. 

    It was a wonderful display of attacking football from both sides, and United deservedly won on the night but lost the fixture. 

    It was an impressive Real Madrid side, and they narrowly missed out on the final that year after a heartbreaking loss to Juventus in the semifinals. 

    Madrid won the Liga that year in what was the last trophy of the Galactico Era.  

    David Beckham would become the next Galactico the following year, as Madrid entered a trophy drought lasting three seasons. 

Real Madrid 3 - 1 Mallorca : La Liga 2006-2007

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    Coming into the final match of the 2006-2007 La Liga campaign, Madrid and Barcelona were level on points. 

    Real Madrid simply had to defeat Mallorca at home to lift their first trophy in three seasons, ending a Ronaldinho inspired Barcelona's streak of dominance in Spain. 

    However, 16 minutes in, Mallorca had caught Madrid on the break took the lead.

    Barcelona were destroying Gimnastic in their fixture, forcing Madrid to respond, and with the likes Tom Cruise, Raphael Nadal and Posh Spice in the stands, Los Blancos rose to the occasion.  

    Jose Antonio Reyes opened the scoring for the whites to send the Santiago Bernabeu into a frenzy. 

    A powerful header from Mahamadou Diarra and another fine strike from Reyes sealed the fate for the Merengues as they lifted their 30th Liga title. 

    The season ended with Barcelona and Madrid level on points, with Madrid Champions through a better head-to-head record. 

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