Case | HBS Case Collection | December 2007 (Revised October 2008)

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol in 2007: Beyond the Galácticos

by Anita Elberse and John A. Quelch


On June 17, 2007, Real Madrid sealed its first Spanish league championship under new president Ramon Calderon, ending an unprecedented title drought. Real Madrid had seen a significant growth in revenues and now was the world's biggest soccer club and among the largest and most profitable sports franchises globally. Although Calderon signed several new stars in his first year, he also rejuvenated the team by acquiring the promising youngsters, thereby moving away from what had been dubbed the "Galacticos Strategy" introduced by former president Florentino Perez. Would the move away form this strategy bring continued successes on the field? And how would it impact real Madrid's business performance?

Keywords: Talent and Talent Management; Risk Management; Brands and Branding; Marketing Strategy; Sports; Sports Industry;


Elberse, Anita, and John A. Quelch. "Real Madrid Club de Fútbol in 2007: Beyond the Galácticos." Harvard Business School Case 508-060, December 2007. (Revised October 2008.)