Atletico Madrid Are One Of The Leading Clubs In Spain And Is The Second Most Prominent Club In The City Of Madrid That Plays In La Liga. Throughout The Clubs History They Have Acquired Multiple Nicknames With One Example Being Los Colchoneros Which Means “The Mattress Makers.” The Reasoning Behind This Is Because Of The First Team Stripes Having Similar Colors As Old Fashioned Mattresses. After Having To Leave Their Ground They’ll Move To Their New Home Wanda Metropolitano Which Has A Capacity Of Over 73 Thousand. The Current King Of Spain (Felipe VI) Has Been The Honorary President Of Atletico Madrid Since 2003!

Early Years!

Atletico Madrid Was Founded On 26 April 1903 By 3 Basque Students Living In Madrid And Was Originally Intended To Be A Youth Branch Club Until 1921 When It Departed From It’s Parent Club Athletic Bilbao. Atletico Madrids Kit Has Been Similar To Athletic Bilbao Ever Since It’s Inception Since Both Clubs Started Out With Their Original Blue And White Rather Than The Red And White Ones We Have All Come To Know. Bilbao Eventually Moved From That To The Current Red And White Kits With Atletico Madrid Following Soon Afterwards. Although There’s No Real Legitimate Reason Why The Kits Were Changed Some Of The Theories Include The Cheapness Of Red And White Kits Since They Were The Same Style As Mattress And The Unused Cloth Was Easily Converted Into Kits And The Purchase Of Southampton Kits Rather Than Usual Blackburn Rover Kits They Wore. All Of This Led To Their Nickname “Los Rojiblancos”

Atletico Madrid’s First President Enrique Allende

In The Early Years Of The Club They Were Joined By Dissident Members Of Rivals Real Madrid. Before The Inaugural La Liga In 1928 They Were Runners Up In 2 Copa Del Rey Finals Which Saw Them Face Their Parent Club Athletic Bilbao. Before La Liga They Were Also Able To Win The Campeonatio Del Centro 3 Times. Fred Pentland Managed Atletico Madrid Throughout Their Very First 2 Seasons In La Liga But Couldn’t Stop Them From Being Relegated To The Segunda División. In 1934 They Had A Brief Return To La Liga But Were Relegated Once Again In 1936 After Josep Samitier Took Over The Club Mid Season. They Were Given Another Chance Once The Spanish Civil War Broke Out Because La Liga And Atleticos Relegation Were Postponed.

Ricardo Zamora

Once La Liga Had Resumed In 1939 Atletico Madrid Had Been Kept In As A Replacement Of Real Oviedo. During This Time They Also Merged With Aviacion Nacional Of Zaragoza Who Were A Team Formed By The Spanish Air Force. The Club Had Been Promised A Spot In La Liga But Were Ultimately Denied It By The RFEF Which Led To The Merge With Atletico Madrid. With Ricardo Zamora’s Genius The Club Won Their Very First La Liga Title And Retained In It In 1941! That Same Year Saw Their Name Change To Atletico Aviacion De Madrid After A Decree Was Issued In 1941 By Francisco Franco Which Banned Teams From Using Foreign Names But After 6 Years The World Witnessed Another Name Change With The Military Part Dropped To Become Simply Club Atletico De Madrid.

Atletico Madrid (1951)

“Golden” Era Atletico Madrid Were Able To Gain Another 2 League Titles In 1950 And 1951 Under Helenio Herrera And Larbi Benbarek But Once Herrera Departed In 1953 They Began To Slip Behind Real Madrid & Barcelona And Were Left In A Fight For The 3rd Place Spot Against Their Former Parent Club For The Majority Of The 50s. As The Future Looked Dim For Atletico Madrid They Were Able To Break Away From Their 3rd Place Image During The 1960s And 70s When They Began To Seriously Challenge Barcelona For The Second Place Spot. Altetico Were Capable Of Defeating Real Madrid In 2 Copa Del Rey Finals In 1960 And 1961 Under Former Real Madrid Coach Jose Villalonga And Continued Their Dominance By Winning The European Cup Winners Cup In 1962 Which Was A Cup That Their Madrid Rivals Never Won.

Although These Were Fruitful Times For The Club It Didn’t Stop Their Rivals From Dominating The League By Winning It 14 Times From 1961 To 1980 With Atletico Madrid Being The Only Club Showing Any Real Competition Against Them By Winning The League In 1966, 1970, 1973, And 1977. When Atletico Finished Runners Up In 1965 They Became The Very First Team To Beat Real Madrid At Bernabéu In Eight Years! Away From Their League Success They Kept Assuring Copa Del Rey Titles To Their Name By Winning It On 3 Separate Occasions In 1965, 1972, And 1976. During The 70s Atletico Madrid’s Coach Had Controversial Tactics Such As Discipline And Caution But The Successful Results Showed When They Were Able To Win The 1973 League Title. The Clubs Significant Players During This Time Consisted Of Adelardo, Luis Aragones, And Jose Eulogio Garate (Just To Name A Few) Some Of Which Were Able To Win The Pichichi Three Times In 1969, 1970 And 1971.


Later Years And Downfall

In 1974 Atletico Madrid Appointed Club Veteran Luis Aragonés As Coach Where He Was Able To Bring The Club To More Success By Leading Them To The 1977 League Title And A Copa Del Rey Victory In 1976! When The 80s Came Around He Had Helped Atletico Madrid Win The Supercopa De España In 1985 And Led Them To The European Cup Winner’s Cup Final In 1986 But Couldn’t Help Stop An Ultimate 3-0 Lost To Dynamo Kyiv. During His Time As Coach He Had Major Help From Mexican Legend Hugo Sanchez Who Was Able To Score 19 League Goals And Gain Himself A Pichichi During His Time With The Club Until Departing For Real Madrid.

Politician And Businessman Jesus Gil Became The Clubs President In 1987

And Ran The Club Until His Resignation In May Of 2003. By Then It Had Been 10 Years Since Atlético Had Won La Liga And Many Fans Were Hoping For Him To Restore Hope In The Club! Gil Immediately Caused A Number Of Expensive Signings In A Way To “Refresh” The Club But All Of That Only Gave Atletico Madrid Two Consecutive Copa Del Rey Trophies In 1991 And 1992. In Those Years The Closest The Club Came To A League Title Was In The 1990-91 Season Where They Finished Runners Up Behind Barcelona. Gil Then Developed A Mixed Reputation Since He hired And Fired Tons Of High Profile Head Coaches including Cesar Luis Menotti, Ron Atkinson, Javier Clemente, Tomislav Ivac, Francisco Maturana, And Alfio Basile All In An Effort Of League Success.

During The 90s The World Was Witnessing The Bumpy Road Atletico Madrid Were On When They Barely Escaped Relegation In The 1994-95 Season Due To A Draw In Their Last Game. This Prompted A Manager Change With Atletico Madrid Winning Their Very First League Title In 19 Years Under Radomir Antić! That Same Year They Were Also Able To Gain Themselves Another Copa Del Rey Trophy. The Following Season Saw Atletico Madrid Participate In Their Very First Champions League Until Their Elimination In The Quarter Final Against Ajax. Antic Was Able To Stay 3 Seasons With The Club Until He Was Replaced With Arrigo Sacchi In 1998 But He Only Remained Manager For Less Than 7 Months Until Antic Stepped Back In As Manager. The 1999–2000 Season Was Nothing But Disastrous For Atlético. With The Removal Of The Clubs President And His Board Led To The Players Performing Poorly And The Club Was Doomed. Claudio Ranieri And Randimor Antic Weren’t Able To Save The Club And Despite Them Reaching The Copa Del Rey Final…Atletico Madrid Were Relegated.

Eventual Comeback

Atletico Madrid Spent The Next 2 Seasons In The Segunda División By Missing Out On Promotion In 2001 But Ultimately Returned Back To La Liga In 2002 Under Former Manager Luis Aragonés In His Fourth And Final Spell As Manager Where He Managed Them In Their First Season Back To La Liga And Gave Fernando Torres His La Liga Debut! In 2006 The Club Brought In International Stars Such As Diego Forlan And Sergio Agüero But Couldn’t Stop Torres From Leaving For Liverpool The Following Year. All Of This Seemed To Help Them In Their Best Season In A Decade Which Saw Them Reach The Quarter Finals Of The Copa Del Rey And Fourth Place In La Liga Which Qualified Them For The Champions League For The First Time Since 1996!     Atletico Had Further Success In The 2008-09 Season When They Once Again Placed Fourth In The La Liga And Qualified For The Champions League Once Again. Major Help Was Given From Striker Diego Forlán Who Won The Pichichi And The European Golden Boot After Scoring 32 goals For Atlético Madrid That Season! David De Gea Was Brought To The Senior Team From The Youth Ranks For The Upcoming Champions League. Despite Offers For Their Star Players Such As Agüero and Forlán They Were Planning On Keeping A Strong Attacking Base In Order To Have High Hopes For Next Season! The Current Manager At The Time Abel Resino Wasn’t Able To Give Atletico Madrid A Promising Start During The 2009-10 Season And Was Replaced With Quique Sanchez Flores For The Remainder Of The Season.

Quique Sánchez Flores Wasn’t Able To Stop Atletico Madrids Stump In La Liga With Them Finsihing 9th In The League. In The Champions League They Finished 3rd In Their Group And Entered The Europa League And Went On To Win It By Defeating Liverpool In The Semi Finals And Defeating Fulham In The Final. This Was Significant For The Club Since It Was The First Time Atletico Had Won A European Title Since It’s 1961 European Cup Winners Cup Victory. Once They Won The Europa League They Qualified For The European Super Cup Against Inter Milan Where They Won 2-0! Atletico Were Also Able To Make It To The Copa Del Rey Final Against Sevilla Which Saw Them Lose 2-0.

Atletico Had A Slow 2010-11 Season Which Saw Them Finish 7th In The League And Being Eliminated In The Quarter Finals Of The Copa Del Rey. Atletico’s New Ex Sevilla Manager Gregorio Manzano Was Able To Secure Atletico Madrid And Spot In The Europa League Final. Under Diego Simeone Atletico Were Able To Win Their Second Europa League Where They Defeated Athletico Bilbao And They Once Again Qualified For The 2012 Super Cup Against Chelsea In A 4-1 Win! In 2013 Atlético Beat Real Madrid In The Copa Del Rey Final Which Ended A 14 Year Winless Streak In The Madrid Derby And In 2014 They Were Able To Win Their First La Liga Title In Over A Decade And Became The First Winners That Weren’t Barcelona Or Real Madrid Since The 2003-04 Season! Atletico Madrid Faced City Rivals Real Madrid In 2 Champions League Finals But Unfortunately Lost In Both Matches.

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