Atletico Madrid

Full Name: Club Atlético de Madrid S.A.D

From: Madrid, Spain

Nicknames: Atletico, Los Colchoneros (the mattress makers), Rojiblancos (red and whites)

Kit - Atletico Madrid

Club colours: Red and white stripes, blue shorts

Ground: Vicente Calderon, Madrid (capacity 55,000 approx)

Last Season: Fourth in La Liga

Abel Resino

Manager: Abel Resino

Squad:
Goalkeepers

No first-team goalkeepers listed.

Defenders
Juanito, Tomas Ujfalusi, Luis Amaranto Perea, Pablo Ibanez, Antonio Lopez, Mariano Pernia, John Heitinga.

Midfielders
Jose Manuel Jurado, Diego da Silva, Maxi Rodriguez, Marcos Assuncao, Jose Antonio Reyes, Simao Sabrosa, Juan Valera, Camacho, Cleber Santana, Raul Garcia, Luis Garcia.

Strikers
Sergio Leonel Aguero, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Diego Forlan.

Website: www.clubatleticodemadrid.com

EUROPEAN HONOURS
Intercontinental Cup 1974
Uefa Cup Winners' Cup 1962
Uefa Intertoto Cup 2007

10 FACTS ON ATLETICO MADRID

  • Atletico have won both La Liga and the Copa Del Ray on nine occasions, including a double in 1996.
  • They have a fierce rivalry with Real Madrid, who are traditionally known as the team of the establishment while Atletico are characterized by a ‘sentimiento de rebeldia’ (a sense of rebellion). Matches between the pair are called El Derbi Madrileno.
  • The nickname ‘mattress makers’ comes from their first-team stripes being the same colour as old-fashioned mattresses
  • The club was founded on October 9, 1939, however a previous club called Athletic Club de Madrid, was founded by three Basque students living in Madrid in 1903.
  • This club went to England to buy their kit in 1911. Their blue shorts came from Blackburn Rovers while their red and white striped shirts came from Sunderland.
  • Eight members of the squad were killed during the Spanish Civil War
  • Athletic Club merged with Spanish Air Force team Aviacion Nacional in 1939 and adopted the name Club Atletico de Madrid in 1947.
  • In 1953, Atletico were thrashed 5-1 by Tottenham in the Cup Winners’ Cup Final.
  • Ron Atkinson was the Atletico manager in 1988-89
  • In 1992, controversial club president Jesus Gil closed down Atletico’s youth academy, which at the time featured Raul. With no club, the striker moved across town to Real Madrid to become their all-time leading goalscorer.

Vicente Calderon - Atletico Madrid

Vicente Calderon - Atletico Madrid

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