Atletico de Madrid is a famous football club known by many as Atleti or Atletico Madrid. It is a professional Spanish club based in Madrid. The matches are playing in a stadium that receives up to 68,000 spectators. Thanks to the many titles won, Atletico de Madrid is the third most successful club behind Barcelona and Real Madrid.
For example, in 1966, they were able to win a cup and a double league. Furthermore, they have won European Cup Winners, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, and Copa Eva Duarte. Since 1911 players have the blue jersey, red and blue socks, and white shirts. Ever since the club was founded, it has been known by many nicknames, for example, Los Indios.
During the 1970s, they were nicknamed Los Indios because several players from South America played for the club during that period. However, there is a second opinion. Others were convinced the club was nicknamed for being Los Blancos’ enemies, another name for Real Madrid. The club co-owned the Indian franchise known as Atletico de Kolkata for a while, but in 2017 due to several commitments, they decided to end their partnership with the club. Now when you learned more about Atletico it’s time to learn more about Soccer 10 and the best clubs in Spain and the rest of the world.
Atletico de Madrid history
The famous football club exists since the 26th of April 1903. It was founded by Basque students who wanted to set up a club where the greatest sports talents would compete. The first president was Don Enrique Allende. Players then wore white or black shorts and a blue and white shirt.
The founders thought the new club should be a branch of the Athletic Bilbao club they played against in the Copa del Rey final. By 1911, the teams from Madrid and Bilbao were playing in white and red stripes. Many believe the change was because red and white stripes were cheap to make.
In other words, the same combination was used to make the labels, while the unused parts could be used for football shirts. Hence the conclusion that the club was nicknamed Los Colchoneros. However, there is another explanation, namely that Madrid and Bilbao were buying blue and white jerseys from England.
For instance, former board member and player Juanito Elorduy has gone to England to buy jerseys for the Blackburn Rovers and Atletico squad. Since he couldn’t find any jersey for Blackburn he bought white and red T-shirts from Southampton. Afterward, the Spanish club opted for a red-white shirt and was nicknamed Los Rojiblancos. As Bilbao switched to black shorts, Atletico decided to keep the blue shorts.
Atletico Madrid old stadium
The first place they played was in a work area on the south side of town on Ronda de Vallecas. Thanks to the company that operated the communication system in Madrid, the club got new land. Furthermore, the new land was located near Ciudad Universitaria. Since 1921 Atletico de Madrid split from Bilbao and moved to a stadium that could accommodate up to 35,800 spectators. The new Metropolitano Stadium was in use until 1966 after which they moved to Vicente Calderon.
When the club moved to the new Metropolitano stadium, it was demolished and university buildings were built instead. Vicente Calderon was the main stadium to the famous club from 1966 to 2017. It was initially called Estadio Manzanares but was later named after the club’s longtime president. Construction of the new stadium began in 1959 but ended after financial problems arose.
The Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Mahou brewery and Atletico signed an agreement on 30 of July 2007 that Atletico would move to Wanda Metropolitano within three years. Vicente Calderon needed to be demolished to build the Atletico Madrid Park at the site. The club exited the former stadium space in 2016. Three years later, demolition work began.
However, the stadium was closed in 2004 after Madrid applied for the Olympics. After they failed to host the Olympics, new proposals followed. Finally, the football club has outlined plans to build a stadium on the site of La Peinet. From that moment on, the club becomes the owner of the space.
The new stadium replaced by Vicente Calderon in early 2017. Since the 9th of December 2016, the new name appears Wanda Metropolitano. Wanda is because of the sponsor, and Metropolitano because of the stadium where the games were played before Vicente Calderon was built.
Atletico de Madrid trophies
Atletico de Madrid managed to beat Campeonato del Centro three times in the 1920s, and a year later they won the Copa del Rey after beating Atletico Bilbao with one more victory in 1926. Thanks to their excellent results, they were invited to join the Primera Division in 1928. Initially, the club was run by Fred Pentland, but two years later they moved to the Segunda Division.
They returned to La Liga again, but only two years later in 1936 were ousted after Josep Samitier took over Pentland. It all got complicated after the Civil War when Real Oviedo couldn’t play because of the destroyed stadium. Finally, the departure to La Liga was postponed.
One of the most successful periods for the club is considered to be the period from 1965 to 1974. It was when players such as Jose Eulogio Garate, Javier Irureta and Luis Aragones stood out. They just won the Pichichi three times. It was 1969, 1970 and 1971. During the 1970s, several players from Argentina played for the club, with Juan Carlos Lorenzo as a coach. It was the coach who believed in discipline the most, and although many found his methods too controversial, finally his method proved successful.
After winning the La Liga in 1973, they made it to the European Cup finals. On the way to the finals, they were able to beat Dinamo Bucuresti and Galatasaray. After the first game that ended 0-0, they were able to win 2-0 thanks to goals from Adelardo and Garate. Unfortunately, in the final, they lost to Bayern Munich.
For Bayern played Gerd Müller, Uli Hoeneß, Paul Breitner, Sepp Maier, and Franz Beckenbauer. Despite not playing Quigue, Diaz, and Ayala they managed to get into overtime. Aragones managed to score, but in the last minute, Georg Schwarzenbeck equalized after scoring a goal from 25 yards. In the return game, Bayern managed to win 4-0.
Copa del Rey
Shortly after defeat, Luis Aragones became a coach. The club then hired him several more times. In other words, from 1974 to 1980, 1982 to 1987, 1991 to 1993 and finally worked as a trainer for only one year from 2002 to 2003. He had his first success after the club was able to beat the Independients, after which they won La Liga and Copa del Rey. After leading the club for the second time, Atletico won La Liga as well as at the Copa del Rey. It all happened in 1985.
The first of it all happened with a great assist from Hugo Sanchez who won Pichichi after scoring 19 goals. He also scored in the cup final when they beat Atletico Bilbao 2: 1. However, Sanchez left the club after a year but still had success at Supercopa de Espana. Finally, the club managed to reach the European Cup Winners final, but they lost to Dinamo Kyiv.
With the help of Larbi Benbarek and Helenio Herrera, they were able to win La Liga League two years in a row. After 1950 and 1951 the club started to lag behind Barcelona and Real Madrid. A title fight ensued against Atletico Bilbao. However, during the ’60s and ’70s, they managed to make Barcelona second. The beginning of 1957 was a success and at that time they won second place in La Liga. That’s why Atletico de Madrid qualified for the European Cup in the 1958 season.
In conclusion, thanks to players Enrique Collar and Vava, they managed to enter the semifinals after beating Schalke, CSKA, and Drumcondra. In the semifinals, they played against Real Madrid, who won the first game. Through the second game, they beat Atletico, but the final result in Zaragoza was 2: 1 for Real.
For the reason that, things began to change after they won the European Cup Winner’s Cup in 1962, beating Fiorentina 3-0. The following year they made it to the finals but lost to Tottenham Hotspur. After beating Real in 1965, 1972 and 1976, they became the first team to beat Real at the Bernabé in eight years.
La Liga 2009 Atletico de Madrid
Since Quique Sanchez Flores became a coach in 2009, there have been major changes at the club. Although still lagging in La Liga, they were able to finish third in the group stage of the UEFA League competition. After that, they managed to win the Europa League after beating Fulham and Liverpool. Diego Forlan managed to score two goals. For example, for the first time since winning the European Cup Winner’s, Atletico set a goal to win the European title.
Therefore, in 2010, they reached the finals of the Copa del Rey where they played against Sevilla and won the Europa League. After that, they qualified for the UEFA Super Cup by playing against the International. Atletico won by a score of 2-0. Finally, it was their first victory in a competition such as the Super Cup. Unfortunately, the 2010/2011 season was not good and the club dropped out of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.
As a result, manager Sanchez Flores was fired. In the final of the 9th of May 2012, they beat Bilbao 3-0. Furthermore, by winning against Chelsea, they qualified for the UEFA Super Cup 2012. The result was 4-1, which was one of their best matches. In the Copa del Rey fan club, they beat Real 2-1 in one of their most intense matches.
In the 2012/2013 season, the club had three trophies. Within a year, a draw was drawn against Barcelona, which made them win La Liga. It was the first time since 1996 that the title had not been won by Real or Barcelona. They won the third Europa League title in 2018 by beating Marseille 3-0. They also won the UEFA Super Cup after convincingly beating Real.
Wanda Metropolitano is one of the most famous stadiums that meet the highest standards of safety and comfort. The newest section of the stadium is the 16th of September. However, it’s time to find out a little more about the stadium’s past. At the end of 2016, the name of the stadium was announced and explained why the name Wanda.
The stadium is located in the northeast of Madrid near the Adolfo Suarez Bajaras Airport. It can accommodate up to 68,000 spectators with over 95% roofed. Atletico de Madrid decided to prioritize safety and comfort rather than increase capacity. For example, for spectators to enjoy as much as possible during the match, they decided to increase the distance between the rows and to allow adequate access for the disabled. The stadium spans 88,150 square meters and there is two-phase zones perimeter. One is at Fondo Norte and the other is at Fondo Sur.
There is a stage at Fondo Sur for various concerts. Although the Fan Zone is more dedicated to families. In other words, there are 19 non-smoking rooms in the Fan Zone. On the west facade is the Walk of Legends, in other words, an honor for all players who have played 100 or more matches for a famous club.
However, there is a red and white flag in the southwestern as a tribute to the fans. The flag is the largest in Spain with a diameter of 338 square meters. The roof is 46,500 square feet of polytetrafluoroethylene and fiberglass at a height of 57 meters. The structure is particularly interesting since it is not horizontal. For example, it has different heights, which gives it a wavy appearance, as well as Teflon membranes and strained wires.
The stadium has a 360º ribbon board and LED screens covering over 530 square feet. Furthermore, it has three video monitors and over 800 LG screens. Also, the main wall has a screen with an LED curtain of 24×6 meters. With the help of IPTV as well as digital signage, they offer as much content as Wi-Fi. Thanks to a partnership with Cellnex, all viewers will be able to use the 4G network.