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Santiago Bernabeu: Back to the future

Updated 1200 GMT (2000 HKT) October 26, 2018
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How Real Madrid's new stadium is set to look. Realmadrid.com
A pedestrian circuit on the ground level of the stadium will give a pictorial and factual history of Real Madrid. Realmadrid.com
State-of-the-art technology will allow the stadium's exterior to replay the greatest moments in the illustrious history of the 13-time European champions. Realmadrid.com
German architect Volkwin Marg says one of the greatest challenges is to build such a stadium and complex within tight urban confines. Realmadrid.com
The metallic structure will encase a retail area, in addition to restaurants, a hotel, a club museum and of course the stadium itself. Realmadrid.com
Architectural firm Gerkan, Marg and Partners says the metallic skin will allow a changing perception of the arena by pedestrians 'depending on their position and movement.' Realmadrid.com
On 27 October 1944, legendary Real figure Santiago Bernabeu broke the ground on what is now the stadium that bears his name (reportedly against his wishes). In the 35 years of Bernabeu's presidency prior to his death in 1978, Real won 16 La Liga titles and 6 European Cups. Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The Spanish football team bear their manager, Jose Villalonga, aloft to celebrate their victory in the 1964 European Nations Cup, when they beat the Soviet Union 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images/file
The Santiago Bernabeu Cup was named in 1979 after the Madrid president following his death. Central Press/Getty Images
Pictured during the 1980s, the Santiago Bernabeu stadium reached a peak capacity of just over 120,000 in the 1950s -- although its record attendance, in 1956, was 129,690 for a European Cup semifinal against AC Milan. AFP/Getty Images)
Formidable security was in place ahead of the 1982 World Cup final at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Central Press/Getty Images
The match was won by Italy, which beat West Germany 3-1 in the only World Cup final the Bernabeu has ever hosted. Steve Powell/ALLSPORT
The Bernabeu has hosted four European Cup/Champions League finals. The most recent occasion was in 2010, when Diego Milito's brace helped Italians Inter defeat Bayern Munich 2-0. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
Inter fans ahead of the final. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images
The view from the inside. Denis Doyle/Getty Images
How the Bernabeu looks today... GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
...and how it will look in the future, with its retractable roof closed. City of Madrid
Architect Volkwin Marg's company -- Gerkan, Marg and Partners -- designed stadiums for the last three World Cups and also worked on Warsaw's refurbished stadium for the Euro 2012 finals. GMP is working on the Bernabeu alongside Spanish company L35 Ribas. Timmo Schreiber