EXPLAINED: WHY REAL MADRID ARE CALLED 'LOS BLANCOS'
Have you ever wondered why Real Madrid, ‘The Kings of Europe’ are referred to as the ‘Los Blancos’? Do you know why?
Real Madrid are set to celebrate their 119th anniversary on the 6th and we at FootTheBall are here to explain to you why the iconic club is referred to as ‘Los Blancos’ by fans around the world.
Real Madrid are arguably one of the most famous football clubs in the world, a brand that is recognized globally.
The undisputed kings of Europe, Real Madrid were founded on March 6th 1902. Since the day it was founded the pristine white jersey has become synonymous with the club. The white jersey has been donned by them since the beginning.They had the title real or “royal” bestowed upon them by King Alfonso XIII in 1920, thus the crown is part of their emblem.
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) March 3, 2021
League Football was introduced in Madrid in 1920. During the ‘good old days’ to participate in a match players had to take off their regular clothes and were forced to play in their white undershirts and white shorts. Coloured bands were put on the shirts to differentiate between the two sets of players which was a hassle. Thus the idea was scrapped very early on. The Madrid club were the only ones who were allowed to play in an all white uniform and that’s where the term ‘Los Blancos’ comes from which literally means ‘The Whites’.
This gave rise to more nicknames referring to the all white kit that has now won 13 Champions Leagues and 34 La Ligas, nicknames such as ‘La Casa Blanca’ (The White House) and ‘Los Merengues’(The Meringues) . Such brilliant nicknames truly showcase the prestige, history , delight and of their beautiful white jerseys.
— SB (@Realmadridplace) June 12, 2014
We sure hope that the current and future crop of ‘Los Blancos’ can emulate legends like Alfredo Di Stefano, Zidane, Puscas , Ronaldo , Cristiano Ronaldo and many more who have donned the white jersey and gone on to become Legends of the game.