25th July 2018, my birthday and what a way to celebrate it! If you're a "Game of Thrones" fan, you'll know about the "Red Wedding"; well this was my "White Birthday".
The Real Madrid Experience came to Australia, Melbourne especifically. So I flew down for a couple of days and was surrounded by White. I approached the security
guard outside prior to opening and asked his if I could take pictures; the answer was "no". But he took one look at me, went inside and told them he had a massive Real
Madrid nut outside; so not only was I allowed to take pictures, I was allowed to walk up close the European/Champion League Cups (eventhough there was a sign prohibiting it).
And I got the royal treatment!
I had started the day by having breakfast at a nearby Spanish restaurant; my choice, of course, hot chocolate and churros. After the exhibition, I found my way to a Spanish
tapas restaurant and had a great lunch with all my favourite tapas and a copious amount of Mahou beer.
A little anecdote: I got down to Melbourne the day before and went to check the route to the exhibition; it was cloudy but it looked like the rain may hold off. Well,
it didn't; half way there, it started to rain, but not just a few drops, it was torrential. By the time I got back to the hotel I was totally soaked to the bone eventhough I
had my Real Madrid wet weather jacket. It was quite a sight as I walked through the hotel lobby dripping wet.
Please Note: Just click on any of the slides below to see the full picture.
View of UEFA Champions Leagues trophies
Another view of UEFA Champions Leagues trophies
The FIFA Club of the 20th Century Trophy; with Ballon d'Ors, Golden Boots & Golden Gloves, won by Real Madrid Player, in the background
Player shirts, season 2017-18
The first European Cup 1955-56
The second European Cup 1956-57
The third European Cup 1957-58
The fourth European Cup 1958-59
The fifth European Cup 1959-60
The sixth European Cup 1965-66
The seventh European Cup 1997-98
The Eighth European Cup 1999-2000
The ninth European Cup 2001-02
The tenth European Cup 2013-14
The eleventh European Cup 2015-16
The twelveth European Cup 2016-17
The thirteenth European Cup 2017-18
The first Spanish Cup & original shirt with 2nd badge
Original shirt with the 3rd badge
Exchange pennant from match against Torino FC in Nov. 1924; 1920s football boots & ball
The Spanish Liga Trophy 1931-32
Pictures & articles of the opening of the new Chamartin Stadium, president (Bernabeu) & board
The World Club Trophy, and other mementos, 1960
Various picture & poster, including Alfredo DiStefano's tribute match
The Spanish Cup 1979-80; the match was played against Castilla, the Real Madrid B side!
The Santiago Bernabeu Trophy 1980, UEFA Cup 1984-85 and Super Ballon d'Or awarded to DiStefano 1989 (the only one ever awarded)
Posters from Hugo Sanchez & Emilio Butragueño's tribute matches; player registration cards for Hierro, Roberto Carlos, Raúl & Mijatovic; FIFA Order of Merit Medal 1994
The European Super Cup 2002; Zidane's & Beckham's shirts; Raúl's & Beckham's boots
FIFA Club World Cup 2017; Ramos', Marcelo's & Rolando's boots; Casimiro's shirt