Main Photo by Eduardo Rodríguez
NICKNAME – Los Colchoneros (The Mattress Makers), Los Índios (The Indians), Los Rojiblancos (The Red and Whites)
FOUNDED – 1903
LOCATED IN – Madrid, Community of Madrid
STADIUM – Civitas Metropolitano
BY METRO – On Line 7 (Orange). Change required from city centre.
CAPACITY – 68,456
PROMOTED – 2002
BEST LA LIGA FINISH – Winners (11 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 Aragonés (172)
2022/2023 FINISH – 3rd
FIVE FACTS ABOUT ATLÉTICO MADRID
1. Atlético 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 Índios” (the Indians) after they signed many Latin American players in the 1970s. Atlético fans chose to embrace their new nickname.
4. Whereas Real draw their fanbase from the elite, Atlético 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 MADRID´S HISTORY
1. The first record of Madrid, then known as “Mayrit”, dates back to a ninth century Muslim fortification.
2. Christians conquered it in the 11th century before it became the de facto capital of Spain in 1561.
3. An audacious scam at the beginning of the 17th century saw the capital move briefly to Valladolid then back to Madrid, with the only winner being the Duke of Lerma and his shifty property investments.
4. 18th century monarch Charles III, who likened the role of a king to that of a mayor, was responsible for many of Madrid’s best-known buildings.
5. Madrid’s “Barrio de las Letras”, where Don Quijote was first published, was a key location in Spain´s literary “Golden Age”.
OTHER SPANISH CLUBS
Alavés, Almería, Athletic, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Betis, Cádiz, Celta Vigo, Éibar, Elche, Espanyol, Getafe, Girona, Granada, Huesca, Las Palmas, Leganés, Levante, Mallorca, Osasuna, Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Sevilla, Valencia, Valladolid, Villarreal