Atlético Madrid

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Atlético Madrid
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Surname Club Atlético de Madrid SAD
Seat Madrid , Spain
founding April 26, 1903
Colours Red White
Shareholders 52%: Miguel Ángel Gil Marín
20%: Enrique Cerezo
20%: Wanda Madrid Investment
0 5%: Gil Marín family
03%: Small shareholders
president Enrique Cerezo
First team
Head coach Diego Simeone
Venue Wanda Metropolitano
Places 68,000
league Primera División
2019/20 3rd place

The Club Atlético de Madrid , known in German-speaking countries as Atlético Madrid , is an association founded on April 26, 1903 sports club from the Spanish capital Madrid , in particular through its football department was known. The first men's football team, which played its home games at the Estadio Vicente Calderón until September 2017 and has since played at the Wanda Metropolitano , is currently playing in the Primera División , the top Spanish division.

The club colors are red and white so players and fans in Spain are known as Los Rojiblancos . In addition, the team plays at home games in red and white striped shirts and dark blue shorts. The club is nicknamed Los Colchoneros , which translates as “mattress maker”. This nickname came about because the best-selling mattress in Spain at the time had red and white stripes and displayed the club's colors.

Like most Spanish first division clubs, Atlético Madrid is a "Sports AG" (Sociedad Anónima Deportiva - SAD). The company's shareholders are 52 percent Miguel Ángel Gil Marín , each 20 percent Enrique Cerezo and the company Wanda Madrid Investment of the Chinese entrepreneur Wang Jianlin , five percent are the Gil Marín family. The remaining three percent are held by small shareholders. Thus the family around the late former President Jesús Gil is the main shareholder. Gil was president of the association for years because he and his family owned the majority of the shares and he could not be voted out. He only resigned from his post at the age of 70 and passed the business on to his friend and well-known film entrepreneur Enrique Cerezo, who is still president to this day.

The Rojiblancos' greatest rival is Real Madrid and the derby between the two clubs is known as the Derbi madrileño .


1903–1909: “Club Atlético de Madrid” is founded and split from “Athletic Club (Athletic de Bilbao)”

Atlético de Madrid (known in Germany as “Atlético Madrid” or “Athletic Madrid”) originally emerged in 1903 from the Athletic de Bilbao (official name “Athletic Club”). In the beginning, the young Madrilenians were good friends with the players from Bilbao and together they formed a team that also consisted of people from Bilbao and Madrid . Although there was no official competition yet, the combined team became champions of their region and was considered a strong team by the public.

On April 8, 1903, the players from Bilbao played a game in the Copa del Rey without considering a Madrilenian. They won the cup and were in turn the best team in Spain. The people and players from Madrid were very angry that they had not been taken into account and set out to found their own club. On April 26, 1903, the split occurred and the new association "Athletic Club de Madrid" was founded. The membership fee was initially two and a half pesetas. At the same time, an agreement was reached with the Athletic Club from Bilbao that the two clubs should not compete for the time being.

The first board consisted of Enrique Allende (President), Juan Zabala (Vice-President), Eduardo Acha (Secretary), Enrique Goiri (Treasurer) and Javier Pena (Vice-Secretary). The team's outfit was a two-tone jersey in blue and white, which was vertically separated in the middle, while the team from Bilbao wore a completely black or blue shirt at the time.

The first game was played by the Athletic Club de Madrid on May 2, 1903 behind the "mud walls" of "El Retiro", near Vallecas (the district where Rayo Vallecano is now at home). The team had to share the place with other teams from Madrid.

In 1904, the “Club Atlético de Madrid” and “Athletic de Bilbao” faced each other in a friendly for the first time. No result was established as Madrid was still considered part of the Athletic Club de Bilbao. On February 28, 1905, two games were played against each other: first the respective reserve teams, then the first teams. The result was 1: 1 in each case. Madrid's first team at the time included the following players: Valls; Bisbal, Berrahondo; Normand, Lizarraga, Yarza II; Parages, Bisbal II, Plats, Revuelta and Yarza.

On December 2, 1903, there were even three games against each other, which ended as follows:

  • Athletic - Madrid: 1-0
  • Madrid - Athletic: 2-0
  • Athletic - Madrid: 5-0

An important date is February 20, 1907, because on this day the Club Atlético de Madrid was considered completely independent from the Athletic Club de Bilbao. The Spanish Association officially confirmed this process. The entire board was exchanged and consisted from now on of Ricardo de la Gronda (President), Ramón de Arencibia (Vice-President), Abdon de Alaiza (Secretary), Pío García Novoa (Vice-Secretary), Tomas Murga (Treasurer), Hermenegildo García (Accountant ). Bilbao's status of independence meant that the clubs no longer had a good relationship with each other and each could go their own way.

1910–1919: Change of jersey colors in 1911, new stadium “Estadio de O'Donnell” 1913 and first step towards professionalism in 1919

In 1911, just before Athletic Bilbao took the step, Madrid changed the shirt colors: from blue and white to red and white, vertical stripes and blue shorts. Juan Elorduy, director of the club and also a player, voted for the stripes at the time; ironically, these colors were later adopted by Athletic Bilbao as well. On December 22nd there was the first game in the new colors for a trophy donated by Manuel Rodríguez Arzuaga. The presidency changed again on November 29, 1912, when Julian Ruete Vinuesa took over the presidency. His enormous commitment and the good work in the club management let the club grow steadily and ensured that even a new stadium could be built.

The first game in the new " Estadio de O'Donnell " was played on February 9, 1913. The playing field was at the intersection of O'Donnell Street / Ibiza Street and on the side of Narváez and Lope de Rueda streets. It was even the first fenced playing field in Spain and offered space for a total of 10,000 visitors, a luxury at that time. In addition to the soccer field, there were two tennis courts and one each for hockey and baseball.

In 1913 and 1914, Athletic de Madrid had a good team that achieved many triumphs. In two games against Sevilla 19 goals were scored and Sporting Lisbon defeated 3-1; Real Madrid lost most of the direct duels at the time.

Important actors of this era were Beguiristain, Iturbe, Belaunde, Buylla, Villaverde, Muguruza. Nevertheless, the team had bad luck in the annual championship in 1916. Athletic Madrid faced Real Madrid (with players such as Goicoechea, Iureta, Santiago Bernabéu , and Montenegro) and lost 3-2, also because of the dubious decisions of the referee, as was then recorded. Some Athletic fans even tried to attack the referee.

The differences between Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid were already quite pronounced back then, even though it was mostly a "fair" rivalry of a sporting nature. An example of this was the loan business of the player Luis Belaunde, who moved from Athletic to Real before the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

In 1917 Atlético de Madrid did not go as well, with many games against Real and Athletic Bilbao being lost. A year later, it was mainly thanks to the outstanding Manuel Gomar, who made a decisive contribution to the victory over Real in 1918. Athletic de Bilbao could also be defeated in a friendly match and Atlético de Madrid were again one of the best teams in the country.

The first step towards increasing professionalism in Spanish football was taken in 1919 when Atlético signed the English football coach Pentland, who managed to form a large number of players in the B-team and later successfully integrate the players into the first team.

1920–1929: New stadium “Estadio del Metropolitano” 1923 and debut in the Spanish football league in 1926/27

In 1920 a Spanish soccer team won the Olympic silver medal; Atlético's Pancho Belauste was an integral part of the team. Another English coach, Hayes, took over the first team and got a respected employee in the background with the legendary player at the time.

In 1922 the most important goal was to take part in the regional championship , which the team succeeded in doing. On May 13, 1923, the new stadium "Metropolitan" (" Estadio del" Metropolitano " ) was inaugurated with a friendly against Real Sociedad (2-1 win).

In 1924 a new match was launched: "Copa del Madrid". The game between Atlético and Real Madrid was lost 6-2, Real Madrid also won the regional championship that year.

In the following year, Athletic triumphed in the regional championship and thanks to this success the team was able to take part in the Copa del Rey, where they faced FC Barcelona in the semifinals. In Barcelona the team lost 3-2, at home Atlético got the upper hand 2-1. However, FC Barcelona won the playoff to determine the finalist in Zaragoza .

The 1925/26 season ended Atlético in second place in the regional championship. Since the Spanish association increased the number of participants for the Copa del Rey, Athletic was allowed to compete again. After FC Cartagena and Betis Sevilla were defeated, it came in the semifinals to the duel against Celta de Vigo . Again, Madrid prevailed 3-2 and were in the final for the first time.

On May 16, 1926, Athletic faced FC Barcelona in Valencia with the following team: Javier Barroso; Pololo, Alfonso Olaso; Marin, Tuduri, Burdiel; De Miguel, Triana, Palacios, Cosme and Luis Olaso. After goals from Palacios and Cosme, they were already 2-0 in the lead before FC Barcelona could equalize to 2-2. Eight minutes before the end of the game, Palacios took the lead again, but the goal was denied by the referee as Luis Olaso should have already crossed the goal line with the ball. In stoppage time Paulino scored the goal to make it 3-2 for FC Barcelona.

Before the 1926/27 season, the Spanish clubs came together to think about establishing a football league based on the English model. The Spanish association had three leagues with nine clubs each in mind, which should be classified according to geographic criteria. This agreement was made in writing on November 23, 1928. The first division consisted of ten teams: the six winners of the "Copa España", the three finalists (one of them was Athletic) and the winner of a playoff.

This first division was represented by Athletic Bilbao, FC Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Arenas Club de Getxo , Real Unión Irún , Real Sociedad San Sebastián , Espanyol Barcelona , Athletic Madrid, CE Europa and Racing Santander , while in the second division of Valencia CF , Celta Vigo , Deportivo La Coruña , Sevilla FC , Real Oviedo , Sporting Gijón , Iberia, Deportivo Alavés , Betis Sevilla and Racing Club de Madrid all started.

Athletic went into this first league season with the following team: Martínez, Messeger, Hucha, Urcelay; A. Moriones, Alfonso Olaso; Zulueta, Lafuente, Santos, Ordonez, Arteaga, Arcadio; Lecube, Marin, Palacios, Cosme, Luis Olaso, Arete Illera, Vazquez, De Miguel, Gonzalez, Mazarrosa, Zabala and Conde. On February 10, 1929, the start of this new league took place and Athletic Madrid won the first game - in Bilbao - 3-2. In the end there was a 6th place in the league. At the end of the following season 1929/30 was due to the last place in the final table of relegation to the Segunda Division.

1930–1939: Civil War 1936, merger to "Athletic Aviación Club" 1939 and first championship title

Athletic's first season in the Segunda ended tied with Sevilla in second place; three points behind Valencia , which rose with it.

The expectations before the 1931/32 season were very high, as Arteche was a top player for 20,000 pesetas (an enormous sum at the time). Nevertheless, the team could not meet expectations and as a consequence the president resigned on November 30, 1931.

Before the 1932/33 season, the new president appointed Antonio de Miguel as the new coach. His job was to lead the team to first place and thus to promotion to the Primera Division. Although the team played a good lap overall, they missed the target and Oviedo rose by three points.

The following season Sevilla won the title, while Athletic was again only 2nd, three points behind the leaders. But since the Spanish federation decided on July 16, 1934 to increase the first division to twelve clubs, Athletic rose and celebrated the comeback in the Primera División.

The first year after returning to the top division ended with 7th place in the table.

Before the game year 1935/36 Athletic denied a strenuous preparation with test matches in Argentina and Brazil and was in the season in the meantime on the 12th place in the table.

In 1936 the Spanish Civil War began . As a consequence, no official football matches could be played until 1939. Shortly before the game year 1939 was to begin, Athletic found that the financial means were insufficient to provide a team for the game. The players could not be paid out and everything pointed to an automatic relegation from the first division. In this situation, one heard in the club environment of a team of soldiers from the Air Force, who were a good team, but did not get the approval of the Spanish association to play in the first division. After some talks and negotiation rounds, an agreement was reached in 1939 to merge the two teams of Athletic and Aviacion , which then operated as the Athletic Aviación Club .

The first season after the civil war had to start Athletic Madrid in the second division, as the last regular championship round ended only in 11th place. Since Oviedo could not compete due to problems with their field, they asked for exemption from the association for one season. The now vacated starting place should be awarded to the winner of the decider Athletic Aviación against Osasuna . On November 26th it came to this match in Valencia , which Athletic Aviación won 3-1.

In the following first division season, Athletic Aviación won - for the first time in the club's history - the championship title with one point ahead of Sevilla .

1940–1949: Name changes to "Club Atlético de Madrid" 1946, transfer policy and national title decisions

A season later, 1940/41, Athletic won the title again. In addition, striker Pruden Sánchez got the top scorer cannon. Due to the ban on foreign name components, Athletic changed the club name in January 1941 to "Club Atlético de Aviación". Manuel Gallego became the new club chairman.

In the coming season, Pruden Sánchez was no longer available to the club as Atlético did not make him a new contract offer. He went to UD Salamanca and left a void that the other attackers could not fill. As a result, Atlético finished the season in third place.

For the 1942/43 season, Atlético strengthened itself with two players from Hércules Alicante : Adrover and José Luis Riera, who made a name for himself as a stocky defender. Nevertheless, only an eighth place jumped out in the league. In terms of infrastructure, the season brought the renovation of the stadium, in which a new lawn was laid and an athletics track was installed.

After some newcomers had found their way to Atlético for the 1943/44 season, success returned and the club finished second behind champions Valencia . In the following season Atlético was third. Another setback brought the season 1945/46 with it, in which the team only reached 7th place in the table.

In 1946 Juan Touzón became the new club president. On December 14 of the same year, the Spanish Air Force Ministry requested that the association give up the use of the name “Aviación”. The club management thanked the Air Force for the years of cooperation and unanimously decided to rename the club to “Club Atlético de Madrid”. The name change came into effect on January 14, 1947 and also brought with it a new club crest reminiscent of the original one from 1917. In the league, however, another third place jumped out in the final bill. In 1947 Cesáreo Galíndez became President of Atlético.

The 1947/48 season was accompanied by high expectations, as Atlético set a new transfer record (450,000 pesetas) with the purchase of Vidal. The team mostly lived up to expectations and came in third behind Celta Vigo and FC Barcelona .

Before the kick-off for the 1948 season, Atlético strengthened themselves with Marcel Domingo , who was considered the best French goalkeeper at the time. The "black pearl" Larbi Ben Barek , a talented Moroccan, also came. Many defeats in key games prevented a better performance, and Antonio Vidal had to end his career. A somewhat disappointing fourth place was at the end of the season.

Before the following season there was another turning point - in addition to a few player acquisitions, Helenio Herrera also hired a new coach who was given the clear task of “winning the title”. The highlight of this season was the spectacular 6: 6 against Athletic de Bilbao. Thanks to Herrera's work (also called "Magic H.") and a Larbi Ben Barek in top form, the overall convincing team won the title.

1950–1959: Various decisions in national competitions

On April 15, 1950, then President Cesáreo Galindez Sanchez bought the “Estadio del Metropolitano” for 11.8 million pesetas (about 70 million euros).

Again the title was defended in the 1950/51 season, which was the result of a team playing like unleashed. In addition, the “Martini Rossi” trophy was won, which was played between the team with the most hits and the fewest hits.

Atlético subsequently let some players go and failed to provide equivalent substitutes. The goalkeeper position was not properly filled or underestimated. Although the goalkeepers were constantly injured and consequently could never use their true performance potential, they did not buy new goalkeepers. This was probably one of the reasons for the somewhat disappointing 4th place at the end of the season.

In the following season, many injuries to high performers prevented a better performance than 7th place. In the following two seasons no performance improvements could be booked; In the end, it was only enough for 9th or 8th place.

In 1954 Atlético began to gradually improve the comfort of the stadium. The first section was completed on September 19th.

After Atlético was only 5th for two seasons in a row, one of the measures to bring the team back up was the transfer of the Hungarian player Peter, who joined the team before the 1957/58 season. As a result, Atlético found their way back on the road to success and finished second behind Real Madrid, three points behind.

The last years of the 1950s were marked by the effort to build a "star team". The transfer of the exceptional Brazilian player Edval Izidio Neto , known as "Vavá", was proof of the great ambitions . He was a striker of the Brazilian national team that won the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

Due to the fact that Real Madrid won both the European and the national cup, Atlético was also allowed to play second on the European stage. The first match against Irish champions Drumcondra FC was won 8-0.

Before the start of the 1959/60 season, Atlético strengthened with new players in order to make the team more balanced across the board and to equip it for new tasks. Nevertheless, the team finished the season only in 5th place. On June 26, Atlético faced long-term rivals Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey and prevailed 3-1.

1960–1969: First European Cup victory in 1962 and various domestic titles

The following season, Atlético finished in second place behind Real Madrid. The Copa del Rey final was also played between the two teams; Atlético won 3-2.

The 1961/62 game year Atlético finished in third place, but won the European Cup Winners' Cup. After successful games against Sedan , Leicester , Bremen and Motor Jena , they faced Fiorentina in the final. The Glasgow final ended 1-1; Atlético won the playoff in Stuttgart - and thus the first European Cup in the club's history - 3-0.

The year after this triumph, Atlético finished the season 1962/63 in second place. In the Cup Winner's Cup, where the defending champion was automatically entitled to start, the club reached the final. This took place on May 15, 1963 against Tottenham Hotspur in Rotterdam ; the English triumphed 5-1.

During the 1963/64 season there was a change at the top of the club, Vicente Calderón Perez-Cavada was Atlético's new president. Also this year Luis Aragonés appeared in the team for the first time. The season ended in 7th place.

On January 6, 1965 Atlético celebrated the farewell to Alberto Callejo , who had played for the club for 15 years and had also been a Spanish international.

When Atlético faced Juventus Turin in the semi-finals of the trade fair cup , the two games ended with a 3-1 win and a 1-3 defeat. Because of this, there was a play-off that took place in Turin and was lost by Atlético 2-0. After finishing second this season, the club won the Copa del Rey with a 2-0 win over Zaragoza .

In the 1965/66 season Atlético failed in the quarter-finals of the Cup Winner's Cup at Borussia Dortmund . In the league, Atlético won the title.

Atlético missed the goal of "defending their title" in the next season. In the 1967/68 season Atlético sold the star striker Mendoza to FC Barcelona, ​​which drew major protests from the fan base. At the end there was a 6th place, as in the 1968/69 season.

For the 1969/70 season, the former goalkeeper Marcel Domingo was hired as the new coach , who immediately won the league title.

1970–1979: The stadium was renamed “Estadio Vicente Calderón”, the 1974 European Cup final and the 1975 World Cup

In the 1970/71 season was finished in third place, in the European Cup of national champions Atlético was eliminated in the semi-finals against Ajax Amsterdam .

On July 14, 1971, the decision was made to rename the stadium in Estadio Vicente Calderón . The official inauguration took place on May 23, 1972 with an international match between Spain and Uruguay .

The following season 1971/72 ended with fourth place in the league and victory in the Copa del Rey . The final took place on July 8th against Valencia , goalscorers in the 2-1 win were Salcedo and Garate .

The seventh championship in the club's history was won in the 1972/73 season. In the following European Cup season, the club moved into the final against FC Bayern Munich . Since no goal was scored in the first 90 minutes, extra time followed, which ended in a draw five minutes later after a free kick by Luis Aragonés in the 114th minute and Bayern equalized with a long-range shot by Georg Schwarzenbeck . Bayern won the replay two days later 4-0. The league also ended in second place.

1974/75 Atlético did not reach the desired level and ended the season in 6th place. Once again the final was reached in the Copa del Rey, in which local rivals Real Madrid prevailed. Nevertheless, a title was won with the World Cup in 1974 because Bayern Munich decided not to participate.

After all, it was enough for third place in 1975/76, at the same time the Copa del Rey was won again (against Saragossa in the final). In the 1977 European Cup Winners' Cup , the path led to the semi-finals, where they failed at Hamburger SV . In the same year, however, it worked again with the title, the eighth in the club's history.

In the quarter-finals of the National Champion Cup 1977/78, Club Brugge prevailed 4-3 . The season ended Madrid in 6th place and failed to qualify for the European Cup. In contrast, the third place in the following season led to qualification for the UEFA Cup.

In the 1979/80 season, the team was eliminated in the first round of the UEFA Cup and only reached 13th place in the championship.

1980–1989: 1986 European Cup final and the beginning of the Jesús Gil era in 1987

Before the 1980/81 season there were some changes in the team due to the previous poor placements. As a result, a third place in the league jumped out. Once again qualified for the UEFA Cup . But again it was over in the first round, Madrid were eliminated by Boavista's Portuguese . Eighth place in the league could not convince either.

Atlético was knocked out again in the first round of the UEFA Cup . The Dutch representative FC Groningen proved better than the favored Madrilenians in two games. In the league, after all, with fourth place, the renewed qualification for the European Cup was ensured. 1984/85 also did not jump out of the first round of the UEFA Cup. Still, it was a good season, as the Copa del Rey was won and they ended up on a good 2nd place in the championship.

Atlético had more success in the European Cup Winners Cup . The final was reached and on May 2nd Dynamo Kiev was waiting in Lyon . The men of coaching legend Valerij Lobanowskyj were superior to the Rojiblancos and brought the title to today's Ukrainian capital (then USSR ) with a 3-0 . The stress in the European Cup did not leave its mark on everyday life in the league, more than a fifth place was not possible.

1987 marked a turning point for the entire club. First presidential idol Vicente Calderón died , after which Javier Castedo Alvarez briefly took over the chairmanship of the association. In the presidential elections on June 27, however, Jesús Gil prevailed, who ushered in a new era.

Gil's objective was to build an even stronger team, for which purpose the Brazilian attacker Baltazar was signed by league rivals Celta Vigo before the 1988/89 season . The success of this commitment was limited, however, again no title win could be celebrated at the Manzanares , although the team was not far from it.

1990–1999: league title, trophy, participation in the UEFA Champions League and bitter relegation

No title, but Atlético set a world record in the 1990/91 season. Goalkeeper Abel Resino stayed 1275 minutes without conceding a goal, beating the old record of Italian goalkeeper legend Dino Zoff . Resino's record still stands today . Meanwhile, Jesús Gil stuck to his policy of bringing top-class players to the Estadio Vicente Calderón . In addition to top players like Bernd Schuster , the Austrian Gerhard Rodax , who was awarded 35 goals in the 1989/90 season as the third best goalscorer in Europe, was surprisingly committed. The first successes showed in 1991 with winning the Copa del Rey, with a 1-0 victory over Mallorca , and winning the runner-up. Striker Manolo also won the Pichichi trophy as the league's top scorer with 27 goals.

The cup was defended in the following season 1991/92 by a 2-0 against Real Madrid .

In July 1992 the licensed players department was spun off, the addition "SAD" (Sociedad Anónima Deportiva) was added to the club name. The full name of the club was henceforth "Club Atlético de Madrid SAD". On September 17, 1992 , one of the greatest players in Atlético's history, Larbi Ben Barek , who had become known by the nickname “the black pearl”, died.

The seasons 1993/94 and 1994/95 remained without any outstanding events. 1995 Gil got the Serb Radomir Antić and restructured the team again. The team got off to a good start in the league with nine wins and two draws, held their lead and secured the championship ahead of FC Barcelona . Atlético won the Copa del Rey this season and thus made the double.

In the 1996/97 season Atlético played for the first time in the Champions League founded in 1992 . The first group stage was mastered with ease, in the quarterfinals the team was eliminated after a 1-1 defeat in the first leg and a 2-3 home defeat after extra time against Ajax Amsterdam . The league finished in third place.

The signing of the Italian Arrigo Sacchi as coach soon turned out to be a mistake. The tactical fox, who was considered stubborn, didn't catch on with the team and was unpopular with fans and the environment. When qualification for the European Cup threatened to fail in the spring, Sacchi was sacked and Radomir Antić returned. But even he couldn't turn things around for the better, Atlético finished 13th in the league. Qualification for Europe was achieved through the Cup, where Atlético only failed in the final against Valencia . In the same season, the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup were reached again, which were lost to AC Parma .

Before the 1999/2000 season, Gil brought in Claudio Ranieri again, an Italian trainer. Despite players like Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink or Rubén Baraja , a bad season followed: early one slid into the relegation zone and coach Ranieri was without any apparent concept during this time. In addition, the praesidium was unable to act during the season, as Jesús Gil had been withdrawn from circulation for various offenses and was replaced by an administrator. These incidents overshadowed the sporting decline and always caused unrest in the team. At the beginning of March, Ranieri was released in 17th place. Again Radomir Antić was committed, who thus began his third term at Atlético. However, he did not win in eleven league games. In the UEFA Cup, there was a knockout in the round of 16. against the RC Lens . As an already established relegation, the final in the Copa del Rey was lost to Espanyol .

2000–2009: the resurgence, centenary and departure of Jesús Gil

In the 2000/01 season Atlético started the planned promotion in the Segunda División . Jesús Gil did not accept Radomir Antić's offer to work for free and installed Zambrano as a trainer. New players with a lot of experience came to make the promotion from the Segunda Division perfect, because all the big stars had left the club. The crash continued, only one of the first seven games was won. In October Atlético was on a relegation zone. The fall into the third division was, at this point in time, no longer excluded. Zambrano was fired and replaced by Marcos Alonso Peña . In the following transfer period new players came and with Fan-Idol Futre a sports director was installed who could turn things around for the better. Atlético started a winning streak and within a few weeks made the connection to the promotion places, which was no longer possible. Nevertheless, there was a change of coach, with Cantarero came the coach of the B team. None of the last seven games were lost under him, but it was not enough for promotion. Betis and Tenerife could no longer be intercepted, the decisive last game Tenerife won at Leganes .

A new attempt at the league return took place in the 2001/02 season. Top players Hugo Leal and top scorer Salva were sold, and Paulo Futre was able to bring on some experienced players. The new coach was once again Luis Aragonés , who became a great hope. Atlético started the season well, was at the top of the table on matchday 9 and never gave it up. The distance to the non-promotion places was continuously expanded, the promotion was as good as certain in March. A series of defeats (including 1: 5 in Elche ) aroused faint doubts that ultimately proved to be unfounded. At the end of April, the ascent was practically certain, and planning for the new season could be started early.

The 2002/03 season was all about the 100th birthday. Celebrations and campaigns spread over a year reached their climax on April 26, 2003, the day of the 100th birthday of the association. Before the season started, they mainly bought experienced players to give the team a first-class touch. From a sporting point of view, the objective remained modest after the promotion, the primary goal of not being involved in the relegation battle was consistently achieved. Unfortunately, turbulence in the board and the sports management clouded the mood. The negative climax of the dispute was the resignation of coach Luis Aragones. In addition, Enrique Cerezo formally took over the office of President. But he too had difficulties in uniting the various interest groups.

In the 2003/04 season, Gregorio Manzano , coming from Mallorca , was introduced as the new coach, in whose tow some new players were hired. However, the high expectations were not met, the team scared the fans away with unattractive defensive football. Even a few winning streaks, like in the late autumn of 2003, only improved the mood marginally. After all ambitions to get into the European Cup had been lost in the spring , the board decided not to extend the contract with Gregorio Manzano. This very moderate season was overshadowed, u. a. with two bankruptcies in the derby against Real Madrid and from the death of Jesús Gil. The long-time president died of a brain tumor. Despite all the differences, there were moving farewell scenes for a man who undoubtedly loved his club. Even after the end of this era, there was no calm in the board. An opposition called "Alternativa Atlética" formed, which was willing to take over the majority of the shares - without success to this day.

In the 2004/05 season, Cesar Ferrando was again a new man, who initially had to prove himself in the UI Cup . The longed-for dream of the UEFA Cup fell apart when the penalty shoot-out against Villarreal was lost. In the league, they first established themselves among the top teams, initially even staying at the top of the table at times, but the good approaches did not last long. In the away games in particular, they scored far too few points. Associated with this was the relapse into the middle of the table, including growing criticism of the coach. Unlike in previous years, at least the defensive made a safe impression, but only a few highlights were set in the offensive area. A week-long course between hope and fear or Champions League and no man's land, put those responsible to a tough test and at the latest when the "must-win games" like Numancia or Osasuna went wrong, the trend finally showed below. As a result of the increasingly noticeable decline in form of the few real top performers, such as B. Torres or Perea , even the home games were lost, tipped the mood in the club into negative. When the last chance for a European exit was blocked in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, against CA Osasuna, the understandable frustration of the appendix discharged into whistling concerts and boos towards the players. The sad climax was the storming of the training area in Majadahonda by some ultra fans who even threatened some players with violence. The rumors of a possible sale of the Estadio Vicente Calderón also heated up the mood around the Manzanares . As a consequence of this round, which could best be described as "playing time of missed opportunities", the club split from coach Cesar Ferrando and a number of players.

For the 2005/06 season, the multiple “World Coach of the Year” signed Carlos Bianchi in Madrid, who, together with those responsible, had set himself the goal of bringing the club back to the top within two years. Although a number of well-known players, u. a. Martin Petrow and Maxi Rodríguez , the ambitious project quickly went bankrupt. Bad luck with injuries and goals against last minute quickly turned the good start of the season into the opposite, so that Atlético Madrid soon found themselves in the gray midfield. Although the presidium and the fans stood by the coach despite the unsatisfactory results, the problems between Bianchi and the team could soon no longer be overlooked. After a series of bankruptcies at the beginning of 2006, Bianchi was finally fired, which he took with a great lack of understanding. He was succeeded by the former coach of the B-team, José "Pepe" Murcia , who got along much better with the team, and after an impressive winning streak, u. a. was won at FC Barcelona in the Nou Camp, which made hope for a place in the European Cup glow again. But since the supposedly decisive games ended in bankruptcies in the same way as in previous years, only the tenth place jumped out in the final accounts. As a result, the end of Pepe Murcia was sealed, and half a dozen players had to start looking for a new challenge.

For the 2006/07 season Atlético Madrid presented the Mexican Javier Aguirre as head coach, who had led the provincial club CA Osasuna up to the CL qualification in the preseason. As usual, the Rojiblancos struck the transfer market. The Argentine Sergio Agüero from CA Independiente , who was praised as an exceptional talent, came for the record transfer fee of 23 million euros . With Costinha , Maniche and Seitaridis (all from Dynamo Moscow ) internationally experienced kickers were also signed. In addition, Mista (Valencia CF), a former Spanish national player, came from neighboring Real Madrid, the multiple youth national player Jurado . Entry into the Champions League was once again mentioned as the objective, but the strong competition and too many lost home games, including against relegated teams such as. B. Celta de Vigo , shaped one of the weakest back rounds in history, which ended with a disappointing 7th place, which was enough to get into the UI Cup. The future of some players and the coach was uncertain, but in the end, Aguirre was trusted for another season.

The 2007/08 season was marked by great difficulties in defense, while at the same time brilliant results of the storm duo Sergio Agüero and Diego Forlán , which made Fernando Torres , who had migrated to Liverpool, more than forgotten. In the end there were 66 goals to book, at the same time the team managed to score four or more goals in a total of six games. Far from this attractiveness, there was the usual ups and downs with glamorous victories, such as. B. against Barcelona and Seville, as well as classic bankruptcies against backbenchers of the league to be admired. Thanks to a final spurt that was hardly considered possible any more, as well as various mistakes by the competition, 4th place still jumped out in the end, which entitled to participate in the CL qualification and thus brought the club very close to the big football stage. In the UEFA Cup, however, they only moved up to the last 32 clubs, where they were ingloriously defeated by the Bolton Wanderers after two weak games.

The main focus for the 2008/09 season was on strengthening the defense, for which internationally experienced forces could be won with Tomáš Ujfaluši and Johnny Heitinga . In addition, Grégory Coupet was a powerful keeper who competed with Leo Franco for the regular place in the goal. Even before the national season started, Atlético set the first exclamation mark with a 4-0 win in the CL qualification over Schalke and thus returned to the top tier of football after twelve years. They performed more than bravely there, did not lose a game in the group stage and almost even beat Liverpool FC on Anfield. Only in the round of 16 did FC Porto put the stop sign with two draws due to the away goal rule. On the other hand, things went much worse in the league despite many more scoring games, so that coach Javier Aguirre was dismissed at the beginning of February and replaced by the former goalkeeper Abel Resino. This finally managed the turnaround, so that thanks to a final series of six wins in six games, the CL qualification succeeded again.

Since 2010: The first European Cup triumph after half a century and a surprising championship win

Deportivo La Coruña vs. Atlético Madrid.

Reinforced by U-21 international Sergio Asenjo and national defender Juanito , but otherwise largely unchanged, the 2009/10 season ran, in which Panathinaikos once again entered the CL group stage in qualifying. There Atlético were eliminated by Chelsea and Porto FC , but took third place ahead of APOEL Nicosia and continued to play in the UEFA Europa League . However, the league start was weaker than in all seasons since the resurgence, so that the club found itself permanently in the second half of the table. This was the reason why Abel Resino was replaced by Quique Sánchez Flores , who managed to at least make it into the final of the Copa del Rey. Atletico lost this, however, against Sevilla FC with 0-2. In the UEFA Europa League, they moved into the final with just two wins from eight games and eliminated FC Valencia and Liverpool , among others . In the final in Hamburg, the English representative FC Fulham was defeated 2-1 after extra time, with Diego Forlán securing the first European Cup triumph in 48 years as a double goal scorer. Thanks to goals from José Antonio Reyes and Sergio Agüero, they won the UEFA Super Cup against Champions League winners Inter Milan .

After the following season, which ended in seventh place in the table, Flores left the club and Gregorio Manzano was coached for the second time at Atlético. Manzano was fired in December 2011 due to a series of failures. This was preceded, among other things, the early elimination in the cup due to two defeats against third division Albacete . The new coach was the Argentinian Diego Simeone , former midfielder for the Rojiblancos. With Simeone, Atlético was able to win the UEFA Europa League again in 2012 by defeating Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the final. With a 4-1 win over Chelsea FC Atlético also won the UEFA Super Cup for the second time in the same year. After the team held midfield positions for almost the entire first half of the season due to fluctuating results, they managed to stabilize their performances in the second half of the season. Despite 12 defeats, it was enough for 5th place and thus qualification for the Europa League .

As the reigning title holder, Atletico returned to the UEFA Europa League in the 2012/13 season. In the group stage, you faced Viktoria Pilsen , Academica Coimbra and Hapoel Tel Aviv . After four wins from six games, they qualified for the third round in which the team failed at the Russian club Rubin Kazan . There was still reason to celebrate at the end of the season as the Rojiblancos won the Spanish Cup when they defeated Real Madrid 2-1 after extra time in the final. The league also finished on a strong 3rd place, which was equivalent to qualifying for the group stage of the Champions League in the coming season.

The 2013/14 season should be the most successful of the Simeone era so far. Atlético Madrid won the Spanish championship again for the first time since 1996 and also reached the Champions League final for the second time 40 years after their defeat in 1974. In a highly dramatic final game of the season, a 1-1 draw at FC Barcelona was enough to win the 10th championship. If they lost, the Catalans would have become champions. A week later, however, they lost the Champions League final against city rivals Real Madrid. Atlético took the lead in the final in Lisbon, but Real made it 1-1 in added time. In extra time Atlético conceded three more goals to the final result of 1: 4.

For the new season, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois , defender Filipe Luís and striker Diego Costa left a trio for Chelsea FC , the former on loan from the Londoners and the loan contract expiring. Adrián López and Óliver Torres went to FC Porto while José Ernesto Sosa , who was only on loan, returned to Metalist Kharkiv . The Brazilian Diego Ribas da Cunha , who was on loan to Atlético in the 2011/12 season and was signed during the winter break, also left the club on a free transfer. Sergio Asenjo was at Villarreal sold. Prominent newcomers were the Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak from Benfica Lisbon , Mario Mandžukić from Bayern Munich and the Frenchman Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad San Sebastián .

After 1-0 at home in the semi-final against FC Bayern Munich and 2-1 in the second leg in Munich, Atlético Madrid reached the final of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League , in which city rivals Real Madrid were again the opponent. After it had been 1-1 after 120 minutes, Atletico lost the game 3-5 on penalties.

The following year, the club faced Real Madrid for the fourth time in a row in the semi-finals of the Champions League. They lost the first leg 3-0 to a hat trick by Cristiano Ronaldo, but they were able to win the second leg 2-1, but this was not enough, which, like the three years before, they were promoted from the competition by their city rivals. In the league they reached third place and in the Spanish Cup they made it to the semi-finals, where they were finally defeated by FC Barcelona.

In the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League, Atletico Madrid missed the last 16 for the first time under Simeone, but made it to the UEFA Europa League by finishing third in the group. There they reached the final and won this competition for the second time with a 3-0 win against Olympique Marseille under Simeone. In the league they were for the first time under Diego Simeone as a coach of the Spanish runners-up. The 2018 UEFA Supercup also went to Atletico Madrid, beating Champions League winners and city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 after extra time.


In 2010, sales of 124.50 million euros were achieved, making Atletico 17th of all football clubs worldwide. The club benefits from the “decentralized” marketing system for television broadcasting rights in the Spanish league. In 2011, the club took 42 million euros and, together with FC Valencia (42 million euros), came third after FC Barcelona (183 million euros) and Real Madrid (142 million euros). In 2010 the association's total debt was 300 million euros. 155 to 200 million euros of this are tax liabilities. The club expects to have paid the last debts by the end of the 2016/2017 season.


International titles

National titles


Squad season 2019/20

Status: October 7, 2019

No. Nat. Surname birthday in the team since Contract until
01 SpaniardsSpaniards Antonio Adán May 13, 1987 2018 2020
13 SloveneSlovene Jan Oblak January 7, 1993 2014 2021
02 UruguayanUruguayan José María Giménez January 20, 1995 2013 2023
04th ColombiansColombians Santiago Arias January 13, 1992 2018 2023
12 BrazilianBrazilian Renan Lodi April 8, 1998 2019 2025
15th MontenegrinsMontenegrins Stefan Savic January 8, 1991 2015 2020
18th BrazilianBrazilian Felipe May 16, 1989 2019 2022
22nd SpaniardsSpaniards Mario Hermoso June 18, 1995 2019 2024
23 English peopleEnglish people Kieran Trippier September 19, 1990 2019 2022
24 CroatianCroatian Šime Vrsaljko January 10, 1992 2016 2022
05 GhanaiansGhanaians Thomas Partey June 13, 1993 2015 2023
06th SpaniardsSpaniards Koke (C)Captain of the crew January 8, 1992 2000 2024
08th SpaniardsSpaniards Saul November 21, 1994 2008 2026
11 FrenchmanFrenchman Thomas Lemar November 12, 1995 2018 2023
14th SpaniardsSpaniards Marcos Llorente January 30, 1995 2019 2024
16 MexicanMexican Héctor Herrera April 19, 1990 2019 2022
20th SpaniardsSpaniards Vitolo November 2nd 1989 2018 2022
32 SpaniardsSpaniards Rodrigo Riquelme B. April 2, 2000 2020
07th PortuguesePortuguese João Félix November 10, 1999 2019 2026
09 SpaniardsSpaniards Álvaro Morata October 23, 1992 2019 2020
10 ArgentiniansArgentinians Ángel Correa March 9, 1995 2015 2024
17th SerbSerb Ivan Šaponjić 2nd August 1997 2019 2022
19th SpaniardsSpaniards Diego Costa October 7, 1988 2017 2021
B. also in the B-team

Changes to the squad in the 2019/20 season

time player Transferring club
Summer break /
BrazilBrazil Felipe PortugalPortugal FC Porto
PortugalPortugal João Félix PortugalPortugal Benfica Lisbon
Mario Hermoso Espanyol Barcelona
MexicoMexico Héctor Herrera PortugalPortugal FC Porto
Marcos Llorente real Madrid
BrazilBrazil Renan Lodi BrazilBrazil Athletico Paranaense
SerbiaSerbia Ivan Šaponjić PortugalPortugalBenfica Lisbon ( B )
EnglandEngland Kieran Trippier EnglandEngland Tottenham Hotspur
CroatiaCroatia Šime Vrsaljko ItalyItaly Inter Milan (Loan)
time player Receiving club
Summer break /
BrazilBrazil Filipe Luís BrazilBrazil Flamengo Rio de Janeiro
UruguayUruguay Diego Godin ItalyItaly Inter Milan
FranceFrance Antoine Griezmann FC Barcelona
FranceFrance Lucas Hernández GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich
Juanfran BrazilBrazil Sao Paulo FC
ArgentinaArgentina Nehuén Pérez PortugalPortugal Famalicão FC (Loan)
Rodrigo EnglandEngland Manchester City
after the start of the season CroatiaCroatia Nikola Kalinić ItalyItaly AS Roma (loan)


Term of office Nat. Trainer
1939-1946 SpainSpain Ricardo Zamora
- - -
1965-1966 SpainSpain Domènec Balmanya
- - -
1971-1973 AustriaAustria Max Merkel
- - -
1978-1979 HungaryHungary Ferenc Szusza
1974-1980 SpainSpain Luis Aragonés
Term of office Nat. Trainer
- - -
1982-1987 SpainSpain Luis Aragonés
1987-1988 ArgentinaArgentina César Luis Menotti
- - -
1991-1993 SpainSpain Luis Aragonés
- - -
1995 ArgentinaArgentina Alfio Basile
1995-2000 SerbiaSerbia Radomir Antić -
Term of office Nat. Trainer
- -
2002-2003 SpainSpain Luis Aragonés
2003-2004 SpainSpain Gregorio Manzano
- - -
2006-2009 MexicoMexico Javier Aguirre
2009-2011 SpainSpain Quique Sánchez Flores
2011 SpainSpain Gregorio Manzano
Since 2011 ArgentinaArgentina Diego Simeone

Selected former players



midfield player


Top 10 after appearances and goals

(As of October 6, 2018; all competitive games and goals are given)

1 SpainSpain Adelardo Rodríguez 1959-1976 550
2 SpainSpain Tomás Reñones 1984-1996 483
3 SpainSpain Enrique Collar 1953-1969 468
4th SpainSpain Juan Carlos Aguilera 1988-1993
5 SpainSpain Isacio Calleja 1958-1972 421
" SpainSpain Juan Carlos Arteche 1978-1989 421
7th SpainSpain Gabi Fernández 2003-2007
8th SpainSpain Fernando Torres 2001–2007
9 SpainSpain Coke * since 2009 384
10 SpainSpain Luis Aragonés 1964-1974 368
* = still active for Atlético Madrid
1 SpainSpain Luis Aragonés 1964-1974 172
2 SpainSpain Adrian Escudero 1945-1958 169
3 SpainSpain Francisco Campos 1939-1948 154
4th SpainSpain José Eulogio Gárate 1966-1977 134
5 SpainSpain Fernando Torres 2001–2007
6th SpainSpain Joaquín Peiró 1955-1962 124
7th FranceFrance Antoine Griezmann 2014-2019 116
8th SpainSpain Julio Elícegui 1933-1940 114
9 SpainSpain Adelardo Rodríguez 1959-1976 112
10 SpainSpain Enrique Collar 1953-1970 105
* = still active for Atlético Madrid


Term of office No. president
1903 01. Enrique Allende
1903-1907 02. Eduardo de Acha
1907-1909 03. Ricardo de Gondra
1909-1912 04th Ramon de Cardenas
1912-1919 05. Julián Ruete
1919-1920 06th Álvaro de Aguilar
1920-1923 07th Julián Ruete
1923-1926 08th. Juan de Estefania
1926-1931 09. Luciano Urquijo
1931-1935 10. Rafael González
1935-1936 11. José L. del Valle
1936-1939 12. José María Fernández
1939 13. Francisco Vives
1939-1941 14th Luis Navarro
1941-1945 15th Manuel Gallego
Term of office No. president
1946-1947 16. Juan Touzón
1947-1952 17th Cesareo Galindez
1952-1955 18th Marqués de la Florida
1955 19th Juan Suevos
1955-1964 20th Javier Barroso
1964-1980 21st Vicente Calderón
1980 22nd Ricardo Irezábal
1980-1982 23. Alfonso Cabeza
1982 24. Antonio del Hoyo
1982 25th Agustín Cotorruelo
1982-1987 26th Vicente Calderón
1987 27. Francisco Castedo
1987-2003 28. Jesús Gil
Since 2003 29 Enrique Cerezo


From 1913 to 1923 Atlético played in the 10,000 seat Estadio de O'Donnell. From 1923 on, the home games were played in the Estadio del Metropolitano . From 1966 Atlético played in the Estadio del Manzanares, which was renamed Estadio Vicente Calderón in 1971 .

In the summer of 2017 Atlético Madrid moved to the converted Wanda Metropolitano .

Wanda Metropolitano interior view Panorama.jpg

Celebrity fans

Atlético Madrid B

Atlético Madrid women

See also

Web links

Commons : Atlético Madrid  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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