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Team Spotlight: Real Madrid Castilla and its unusual beginnings

Many teams will create their own reserve or ‘B’ teams to help produce youth players, but not Real Madrid Castilla.

Instead, they inherited it from Agrupación Deportiva Plus Ultra, originally using them as a feeder club for their young talent.

Yet, many Los Blancos legends went through their doors, whether it was on the pitch or in the dugout, and they eventually made it official to take on the famous Real Madrid name.

 Amateur feeder club

AD Plus Ultra were an amateur team in Madrid, formed in 1930, playing in the fourth tier, the Tercera Division.

It became a feeder club for Los Blancos, giving them first option on upcoming players in return for financial aid.

After reaching the Segunda Division, they became the club’s official reserve team in 1952, but AD Plus Ultra still had their issues with money and ended up folding 20 years later.

In their place, Castilla CF was formed and began life in the fourth tier, under the watchful eye of Real Madrid.

Copa and European journey

It was under this name that gave them much success, as the famous La Quinta del Buitre – made up of Emilio Butragueño, Manolo Sanchis, Martín Vazquéz, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza – were born and guided the youth side to the Copa del Rey final, only to be beaten by their parent club 6-1.

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Due to Real Madrid’s victory in the league, Castilla were awarded a place in Europe’s second competition at the time, the Cup Winners’ Cup, where they met English outfit West Ham United in the first round.

A 3-1 win at Santiago Bernabeu was in vain as they were beaten in the second leg after extra-time by a Hammers team that included the likes of Frank Lampard Sr and Trevor Brooking.

With Spanish B teams no longer able to compete in the Copa del Rey, they will remain the only of its kind to reach the final of the country’s domestic cup competition and play in Europe.

Local legends in 2000s

In 1991, The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) ruled that reserve teams had to included the names of its parent clubs, leading to Castilla changing to Real Madrid Deportiva, before becoming Real Madrid B.

Under this pseudonym, the club produced future legends Raul, Guti and Iker Casillas, with the latter winning two European Championships and the World Cup with Spain, while also lifting the Champions League on three occasions.

AD Plus Ultra foundations

In 2005, they became Real Madrid Castilla, which has remained their name ever since. With young players still thriving and pushing into the first-team, Los Blancos have a lot to thank their reservie side for, but it would have been nothing with AD Plus Ultra.

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Despite going out of business, they laid the foundations for a side that would give some of the most famous of names in Spanish football a platform to become successful and legends.

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