Full Name: Club Atlético de Madrid S.A.D
From: Madrid, Spain
Nicknames: Atletico, Los Colchoneros (the mattress makers), Rojiblancos (red and whites)
Club colours: Red and white stripes, blue shorts
Ground: Vicente Calderon, Madrid (capacity 55,000 approx)
Last Season: Fourth in La Liga
Manager: Abel Resino
No first-team goalkeepers listed.
Juanito, Tomas Ujfalusi, Luis Amaranto Perea, Pablo Ibanez, Antonio Lopez, Mariano Pernia, John Heitinga.
Jose Manuel Jurado, Diego da Silva, Maxi Rodriguez, Marcos Assuncao, Jose Antonio Reyes, Simao Sabrosa, Juan Valera, Camacho, Cleber Santana, Raul Garcia, Luis Garcia.
Sergio Leonel Aguero, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Diego Forlan.
|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