NICKNAME – Los Colchoneros (The Mattress Makers), Los Indios (The Indians), Los Rojiblancos (The Red and Whites)
FOUNDED – 1903
LOCATED IN – Madrid, Community of Madrid
STADIUM – Wanda Metropolitano
CAPACITY – 68,456
PROMOTED – 2002
BEST LA LIGA FINISH – Winners (10 times)
BEST COPA DEL REY RUN – Winners (10 times)
BEST EC/CL FINISH – Runners Up (3 times)
BEST UC/EL FINISH – Winners (3 times)
BEST CWC FINISH – Winners (1961/1962)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Luis Aragones (172)
2019/2020 FINISH – 3rd
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT ATLETICO MADRID
1. Atletico was founded by Basque students as a junior branch of Athletic Bilbao.
2. They are called the “Mattress Makers” because their red and white stripe design was used on mattress ticking.
3. Their greatest rivalry is with Real Madrid, whose fans controversially referred to them as “Los Indios” (the Indians) after they signed many Latin American players in the 1970s. Atletico fans chose to embrace their new nickname.
4. Whereas Real draw their fanbase from the elite, Atletico are traditionally a working class side.
5. Having said that, the King of Spain is their honorary president, and various Hollywood celebrities support them.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT CENTRAL/SOUTH MADRID
1. Atletico have very recently moved from the Vicente Calderon, located in a quiet area just south of the city centre, to the Wanda Metropolitano in the east.
2. Atocha Station, close by the old stadium, was partially designed by Gustave Eiffel. It was the site of a terrorist attack in 2004.
3. The “Golden Triangle” of art museums lies just to the east of the city centre, comprising the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza.
4. The Parque del Buen Retiro, the main area of greenery in the centre, is right next to the museums.
5. The Royal Palace, the official residence of the monarchy, is located a few hundred metres west of the Plaza Mayor.
OTHER SPANISH CLUBS
Alaves, Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Cadiz, Celta Vigo, Eibar, Elche, Espanyol, Getafe, Granada, Huesca, Leganes, Levante, Mallorca, Osasuna, Real Betis, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Real Valladolid, Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal