“¡Hala Madrid!” Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is one of three founding members of La Liga, the Spanish Football League. Since its inception in 1929, they have never been relegated from the top division (along with Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona). The club holds many long-standing rivalries, most notably El Clásico with Barcelona and El Derbi with Atlético Madrid.
Real Madrid’s anthem — “¡Hala Madrid!” — can usually be heard every match day, reverberating throughout the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. It is used as a rallying cry for fans, a sign-off on Social Media, and it’s even the name of Real Madrid’s Club Magazine! But where does the phrase, and the anthem, come from?