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DIARIO AS

Half a century of AS: memorable front covers, in pictures

Atleti legend Luis Aragones (1930-2014) adorns the front cover on February 2, 2014 as the "Colchonero" world mourns his passing.

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Real Madrid icon Allfredo di Stéfano passed away on July 7, 2014 and is possibly the most loved player in the club's history. The "Saeta rubia" was pivotal in the club's 5 European Cup haul in the 50's

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Raul Gonzalez Blanco calls time on his career as he decides to hang up his boots with NASL outfit New York Cosmos. October 2015

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AS interviewed Sir Bobby Charlton in April 1968 ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final against Manchester United. Correspondent Miguel Vidal presented Charlton with the shirt which Ramón Grosso had worn in the quarter final against Sparta Prague. "After Manchester United, my favourite team is Real Madrid", Sir Bobby confessed.

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The Montreal Olympics made the headlines on this July day in 1976.

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Tension between Real Madrid and Barça adorned this cover from December 1980

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Real Madrid's Emilio Butragueño on the cover from July 1980 with the summer transfer market speculation in full swing.

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All not well at Atleti as two board members resign and Jesus Gil claiming it "was a good day". Cover from November 27, 1987

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Hiugo Sanchez delights the Santiago Bernabeu crowd with a spectacular overhead strike against Logroñes in 1988. Cover date April 11 (88)

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Barcelona's Hristo Soicjkov received his marching orders for a stamp on the match official during the Spanish Super Cup in 1990 with "Los Blancos" securing a 0-1 win. Cover date - December 6 1990

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Predrag Spasic claims he doesn't know who signed him at Real Madrid (1990)

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July 1992 and Chilean striker Iván Zamorano signs for Real Madrid.

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Diego Maradona speaks to AS in December 1982 during his brief spell as a Sevilla player

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Danish legend Michael Laudrup signs for Real Madrid in June 1994

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September 11 1998 as Javier Clemente stands down as Spanish national team coach

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Real Madrid's Pirri reveals the secrets ahead of the 2000/2001 campaign at the end of August 2000

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April 2002 and Real Madrid see off Barcelona at Camp Nou (0-2) in the Champions League semi final

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Madrid see off Bayern Munich at the Bernabéu 2-0 on their way to the club's 9th European Cup triumph

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Raúl scores in the Champions League return leg against Barcelona to put Madrid into the final, to take place in Glasgow on the day of the city's patron saint 'San Isidro' (2002)

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September 2002 and Barcelona crash out of the Copa del Rey falling 3-2 to 2B outfit Novelda

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"O Rei" - The King - Ronaldo Nazário scores a brace on his Real Madrid debut against Alavés in October 2002. The Brazilian scored within a minute of coming on for Javier Portillo in the 5-2 win.

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Luis Figo's return to Camp Nou with Real Madrid didn't go down too well with the home fans, one launching the severed head of a suckling pig at the player while he was taking a corner. November 2002.

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Ronaldo, showing off his Flamenco skills ahead of the rescheduled Betis game - his second game for Madrid in October 2002. Ronaldo predicted a 0-2 win and he would be one of the scorers. It ended 1-1 with Raúl cancelling out Capi's opener.

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The famous 'White album' cover. Seamless photoshopping on display with Real Madrid mop tops Michael Owen, David Beckham and Jonathan Woodgate strumming along to José Antonio 'Ringo' Camacho's solid backbeat. August 2004.

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September 2004 and Camacho's patience is being tested to the limited after a 1-0 defeat to Espanyol in Week 3 and mounting injury problems. It was Camacho's last game in charge.

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There was only one 'Superior being' at the Bernabéu during the November 2005 Clásico - Barcelona's Ronaldinho was on target twice in the 0-3 win.

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Samuel Eto'o raised a few eyebrows with his excplosive comments after an event in Vilafranca del Penedés in February 2007. "I'm the one who is taking all the flak in a war which isn't mine".

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AS united the two men who scored the winning goals in both of their European Championship triumphs - Fernando Torres and Marcelino, in October 2008. "Marcelino's goal was more difficult to score than mine" admitted Torres, "His winner was worth the Ballon d'Or" the veteran replied.

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Our very own Superman. Rafa Nadal becomes the first Spaniard to win the Australia Open. In other news, Julian Faubert will be unvieled by Real Madrid: "I've come here to win silverware" the winger said.

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Barcelona's 2-6 dismantling of Real Madrid in front of their own supporters in May 2009 was one of the bitterest pills Madrid have had to swallow in recent years.

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The infamous 'Alcorconazo' - Madrid's 4-0 drubbing to city neighbours AD Alcorcón in the opening round of the Copa del Rey was a black night in the club's recent history.

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Iker Casillas makes his 100th cap for Spain against Argentina, November 2009.

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Guti's backheel assist for Bezema against Depor was on the front cover of AS in January 2010.

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Xavi speaks to AS in June 2010 and assures that Spain can win World Cup South Africa with their passing game, and he was proved right.

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"I'm a football coach, not Harry Potter" - Mourinho confirms job description after goalless draw against Mallorca. January 2010

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"Why?" one of José Mourinho's famous catchphrases from his time in Madrid. Barça knocked Madrid out of the Champions League semi-final in April 2011, Pepe saw red and Messi bagged a brace.

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"Why? For Messi" The July 2011 front cover of AS shows Messi scoring one of the two goals he scored in the Spanish Supercup return leg against Real Madrid. August 2011.

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"It's time to give Iker Casillas the Ballon d'Or" - Pelé puts his case forward for the Real Madrid goalkeeper. July 2012.

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"I want to leave my mark here at Real Madrid" says Cristiano Ronaldo, the front cover star with an exclusive interview from February 2013.

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