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    Atletico Madrid Info + History

    Post by Admin on Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:56 pm

    The Club
    Full Name
    Club Atlético de Madrid



    Nickname(s)
    Indios - Indians
    Los Colchoneros - the mattress makers
    Los Rojiblancos - the red and whites
    Los de La Rivera del Manzanares - those of the river Manzanares

    Founded
    1903

    Stadia
    Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain

    President
    Enrique Cerezo Torres

    General Manager
    Miguel Ángel Gil Marín

    Head Coach
    Javier Aguirre

    Historic Players
    Hugo
    Sanchez, Abelardo, Garate, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Kiko Narvaez, Luis
    Aragones, Luis Pereira, Manolo, Rivilla, Bernd Schuster, Fernando
    Torres, Ufarte, Christian Vieri, Jose Luis Perez Caminero, Diego Simeone

    Rival Clubs
    Real Madrid, Barcelona

    Address
    Paseo Virgen del Puerto 67 Estadio Vicente Calderon, Puerta 4 ES - 28005 MADRID

    E-mail comunicación@clubatleticodemadrid.com
    Telephone +34 913 664 707
    Fax +34 913 653 847

    Official Website
    http://www.clubatleticodemadrid.com/

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    Stadium & Facilities Information

    Current Stadium Vicente Calderón (formerly Estadio Manzanares)
    Capacity 54.851
    Inauguration 1966
    Pitch Dimensions 105m x 70m
    Other Facilities Ciudad Deportiva de Majadahonda (Sports Academy)
    Address po Virgen del Puerto, 67 - 28005, Madrid, Spain




    The
    Vicente Calderón Stadium (Spanish: Estadio Vicente Calderón) in Madrid,
    Spain, is located in the heart of Madrid by the banks of the River
    Manzanares. The stadium was originally called Estadio Manzanares, but was later changed to Vicente Calderón after the famous Atlético club president.

    The
    Vicente Calderón Stadium regularly holds international matches of the
    Spanish national team. It has a capacity of 54,851 and was given the
    UEFA 5 star stadium rating in 2003.




    The
    club train ay Majadahonda Training Complex (Ciudad Deportivo de
    Majadahonda). The training ground is situated 20km on the outskirts of
    Madrid. The centre has many training pitches, both grass and
    artificial, and a gym. The facilities are also used by Atletico's youth
    teams. Further information:

    • 2 Grass Pitches
    • 2 Artificial Pitches
    • Ministadium


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    The Playing Kit

    ------------------------
    Home Colours Red & White Stripes------------------------Away Colours Yellow & Blue Stripes


    Atlético
    currently wears its famous red-and-white stripes at home, while wearing
    blue-and-white on the road. The kit has been made by Nike for about 6
    years, as Nike wants to provide competition against Real, who have a
    deal with Adidas. The current shirt sponsor is Kia Motors. Previously,
    the club was sponsored by Columbia Pictures, who would change the shirt
    sponsor's logo (and occasionally the shirt itself, as they did with the
    away shirt when Spider-Man 2 was in cinemas) to a current film that
    Columbia had released. Because shirts would have to be introduced and
    removed from shops at a very fast pace to keep up with film releases,
    Nike decided to not include a sponsor's logo on replica shirts made
    from 2002 to 2005.

    Previous shirt makers:

    • 1985-1998 Puma
    • 1998-2001 Reebok
    Previous shirt sponsors:

    • 1989-1990 Mita
    • 1991-1993 Antena 3
    • 1994-1996 SEAT/Marbella
    • 1996-1997 Bandai/Tamagotchi
    • 1997-1999 SEAT/Marbella
    • 1999-2000 no sponsor
    • 2000-2003 Idea
    • 2003-2005
      Columbia Pictures (Movies advertised on the shirt included: S.W.A.T.,
      Big Fish, Hellboy, Spanglish, Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse and
      Spider-Man 2)
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    The Honours List

    Trophies
    Spanish Primera División 9
    1939-40, 1940-41, 1949-50, 1950-51, 1965-66, 1969-70, 1972-73, 1976-77, 1995-96

    Copa del Rey 9
    1960, 1961, 1965, 1972, 1976, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1996

    Intercontinental Cup 1
    1974

    European Cup Winners' Cup 1
    1962

    Spanish Segunda División 1
    2001-02

    Supercopa de España 1
    1985

    Campeonato del Centro 4
    1920-21, 1924-25, 1927-28, 1939-40


    Roll of Honour
    9 Participations in UEFA Champions League
    18 Participations in UEFA Cup
    68 seasons in La Liga
    6 seasons in Segunda División
    1 Participation in Intertoto Cup
    9 Participations in Cup Winners Cup



    Intercontinental Cup 1974 - Match Summary



    With
    the 1974 European Champions Bayern Munich refusing to participate in
    the Intercontinental Cup, alleging fixture congestion, it fell to
    Atletico Madrid , as runners-up, to fly the flag for the Old Continent
    against the reigning South America Champions Independiente de
    Avellaneda. With their Liga campaign already in full swing, the
    red-and-white party travelled to Buenos Aires for the first leg. In a
    lacklustre affair, the Spaniards set their stall out to defend and the
    Argentines were only able to convert one chance. A single goal from
    Balbuena put the tie on a knife-edge ahead of the return match.

    On
    12 April 1975 , the Vicente Calderon stadium was awash with colour, and
    a wall of noise enveloped the ground right from the first whistle.
    Irureta levelled the tie in the first half with a superb header, with
    Ayala’s goal five minutes from time capping a bravura display from the
    home side and sending the 50,000 fans into raptures.

    Key player
    In
    the all-important return match, one player’s performance would earn him
    legendary status among a generation of Atletico fans. Team captain
    Adelardo grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and bossed the
    centre of the park, launching wave after wave of attack. It was he who
    instigated the moves that lead to both goals, and he who received the
    loudest cheer from delirious Atletico fans when he hoisted the trophy
    aloft.

    “The Intercontinental is a very prestigious competition
    in South America . The atmosphere when we went to Buenos Aires was
    incredible. The Independiente fans never stopped cheering their team
    on. We managed to get a decent result, and in the return game we were
    able to turn the tie around. It was my job to mark Independiente’s
    danger man, Bochini, who was thought to be one of the best players in
    the world at the time,” recalls Adelardo. He did his job well,
    preventing the Argentine star from getting a sniff at goal.

    Coach
    Coaching
    Atletico de Madrid in that thrilling final was none other than
    Madrid-born Luis Aragones. The previous season he had been the team’s
    centre-forward, only hanging up his boots a mere five months before the
    historic Intercontinental Cup tie. "I’ll still be just one of the lads
    but the players will need to understand my new responsibilities," he
    said as he took over the coaching duties from his mentor Juan Carlos
    Lorenzo.

    As a player, Aragones had been the epitome of
    commitment and was able to instil this fighting spirit into his new
    charges. He was one of the best Spanish players of the 60s and 70s,
    turning out for eight different teams, although he played his best
    football in the red and white of Atletico. His medal collection
    includes one La Liga title, four Spanish Cups and one Supercup, as well
    the Pichichi award for top goalscorer in the Spanish league in the
    1969/70 season which he shared with Amancio and Garate.

    Nicknamed
    “The wise man of Hortaleza” because of the neighbourhood he grew up in
    and his vast experience, he has coached 9 Spanish first division clubs
    since 1975. These include FC Barcelona, Valencia CF, Real Betis and, of
    course, Atletico. He is one of the most highly-rated and distinguished
    coaches in Spain and is currently head coach of the Spanish national
    team.
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    The History of Club Atlético de Madrid

    Athletic Club de Madrid

    The
    club was originally founded on April 26th 1903 as Athletic Club de
    Madrid by three Basque students living in Madrid. The founders saw the
    new club as a branch of Athletic Bilbao. In 1904 they were joined by
    dissident members of Madrid FC. They began playing in blue and white,
    as did Athletic Bilbao, but by 1911 they were playing in their current
    colours. The reason the club changed colours is not known for certain.
    However one theory is that red and white striped tops were the cheapest
    stripes to make because the same combination was used to make bed
    mattresses. The left over cloth was easily converted into football
    shirts. Although both Athletic Bilbao and Athletic Madrid started out
    with blue and white stripes, the discovery of a cheaper option probably
    persuaded them to change. The Madrid club did it first and they became
    known as los colchoneros - the mattress makers.

    In 1921 Athletic
    Madrid became independent of Athletic Bilbao and by 1923, the club
    built its first stadium, the Metropolitano. During the 1920s Athletic
    won the Campeonato del Centro three times and in 1921 and 1926 they
    were Copa del Rey runners-up. Based on this record, they were invited
    to join the Primera División of the inaugural La Liga in 1928. During
    their debut La Liga season the club were managed by Fred Pentland.
    However in 1930 they were relegated to the Segunda División. They
    briefly returned to the Primera División in 1934, again with Pentland
    in charge. The club were relegated again in 1936 after Josep Samitier
    took over in mid-season from Pentland. However the Spanish Civil War
    gave the club a reprieve and both La Liga and Athletics relegation were
    postponed.


    The Metropolitano


    Athletic Aviacion de Madrid

    By
    1939, when La Liga had resumed, Athletic had merged with Aviacion
    Nacional of Zaragoza to become Athletic Aviacion de Madrid. Aviacion
    Nacional had been founded in 1939 by members of the Spanish Air Force.
    They had been promised a place in the Primera División for the 1939-40
    season, only to be denied by the RFEF. As a compromise this club merged
    with Athletic, whose squad had lost eight players in the Spanish Civil
    War. The team were awarded a place in the 1939-40 Primera División only
    as a replacement for Real Oviedo whose ground had been damaged during
    the war. With Ricardo Zamora as manager, the club subsequently won
    their first La Liga in 1940 and then retained the title in 1941.

    In
    1941 a decree issued by Franco banned teams from using foreign names
    and the club became Atlético Aviacion de Madrid. In 1947 the club
    decided to drop the military association from its name and settled on
    its current name Club Atlético de Madrid. The same year saw Atlético
    beat Real Madrid 5-0 at the Metropolitano, to date their biggest win
    over their rivals.


    The Golden Age

    Under
    Helenio Herrera and with the help of Larbi Benbarek, Atlético won La
    Liga again in 1950 and 1951. With the departure of Herrera in 1953, the
    club began to slip behind Real Madrid and CF Barcelona and for the
    remainder of the 1950s they where left to battle it out with Atlético
    Bilbao for the title of third team in Spain.

    However during the
    1960s and 1970s, Atlético Madrid seriously challenged CF Barcelona for
    the position of second team. The 1957/58 season saw Fernando Daucik
    take charge of Atlético and he led them to second place in La Liga.
    This resulted in Atlético qualifying for the 1958/59 seasons European
    Cup since the winners, Real Madrid where the reigning European
    champions. Inspired by Brazilian centre-forward Vavá and Enrique
    Collar, Atlético reached the semi-finals after beating Drumcondra, CSKA
    Sofia and FC Schalke 04. In the semi-finals they met Real Madrid. Real
    won the first leg 2-1 at the Bernabéu while Atlético won 1-0 at the
    Metropolitano. If away goals had counted double Atlético would have
    progressed to the final. However the tie went to a replay and Real won
    2-1 in Zaragoza.

    Atlético, however, gained their revenge when,
    led by former Real coach José Villalonga, they defeated Real in two
    successive Copa del Generalísimo finals in 1960 and 1961. In 1962 they
    won the European Cup Winners Cup beating Fiorentina 3-0 after a replay.
    In 1963 they reached the final of the same competition again, this time
    losing 5-1 to Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. Enrique Collar, who continued to
    be an influential player during this era, was now joined by the likes
    of midfielder Miguel Jones and midfield playmaker Adelardo.

    In
    1968 Atlético changed his Metropolitano Stadium for an state of the art
    venue, Estadio del Manzanares, later renamed to Estadio Vicente
    Calderón, after the best ever Chairman Atlético had.


    President Vicente Calderón in Stadium Vincente Calderón


    Unfortunately
    for Atlético fans their best years coincided with a great Real Madrid
    team. Between 1961 and 1980, Real Madrid dominated La Liga with the
    club winning the competition 14 times. During this era only Atlético
    offered Real any serious challenge, winning La Liga titles in 1966,
    1970, 1973 and 1977. They were also runners-up in 1961, 1963 and 1965
    and won the Copa del Generalísimo again in 1965, 1972 and 1976. In
    1965, when they finished as La Liga runners-up to Real after an intense
    battle for the title, Atlético became the first team to beat Real at
    the Bernabéu in eight years.


    European Cup Finalists

    Significant
    players from this era included the now veteren Adelardo and regular
    goalscorers Luis Aragonés, Javier Irureta and José Eulogio Gárate. The
    latter won the Pichichi three times in 1969, 1970 and 1971. In the
    1970s Atlético also recruited several Argentine employees, signing
    Ruben Ayala, Panadero Diaz and Ramon Heredia, as well as coach Juan
    Carlos Lorenzo. Lorenzo believed in discipline, caution and disrupting
    the opponents’ game. Although controversial, his methods proved
    successful and after winning La Liga in 1973, the club reached the
    European Cup final in 1974. On the way to the final Atlético knocked
    out Galatasaray, Dinamo Bucharest, Red Star Belgrade and Celtic. In the
    away leg of the semi-final against Celtic, Atlético had Ayala, Diaz and
    substitute Quique all sent off during a hard fought encounter. Despite
    this they still managed a 0-0 draw and then won the return leg 2-0 with
    goals from Gárate and Adelardo. However the final at the Heysel Stadium
    proved to be a heartbreaker for Atlético. Against a Bayern Munich team
    that included Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, Paul Breitner, Uli Hoeness
    and Gerd Müller, Atlético played above themselves. Despite missing
    Ayala, Diaz and Quique through suspension, they went ahead in
    extra-time with only seven minutes left. Aragonés scored with a superb,
    curling free-kick that looked like the winner. However in the last
    minute of the game Bayern defender Georg Schwarzenbeck equalised with a
    stunning 25 yarder that left the Atlético goalkeeper Miguel Reina
    motionless. In a replay, back in the Heysel, two days later Bayern won
    4-0.


    The Aragonés Years

    Shortly after the
    defeat in the European Cup, Atlético appointed their veteran player
    Luis Aragonés as coach. Aragonés subsequently served as coach on four
    separate occasions (1974-80, 1982-87, 1991-93 and 2002-03). His first
    success came quickly. Bayern Munich had declined to participate in the
    Intercontinental Cup and as runners-up, Atlético were invited instead.
    Their opponents were Independiente of Argentina and, after losing the
    away leg 1-0, they won the return leg 2-0 with goals from Javier
    Irureta and Ruben Ayala. Aragonés subsequently led the club to further
    successes in the Copa del Rey in 1976 and La Liga in 1977.

    During
    his second spell in charge, Aragonés led the club to second in La Liga
    and a Copa del Rey in 1985. He received considerable help from Hugo
    Sánchez who scored 19 La Liga goals and won the Pichichi. Sánchez also
    scored twice in the Copa final as Atlético beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1.
    However Sánchez only remained at the club one season before he move
    across the city to Real Madrid. Despite the loss of Sánchez, Aragonés
    went on to lead the club to success in the Supercopa de España in 1985
    and then guided them to the European Cup Winners Cup final in 1986.
    However Atlético lost their third successive European final, this time
    3-0 to Dynamo Kiev.


    The Jesús Gil Years

    In
    1987 Jesús Gil became club president. Atlético had not won La Liga for
    ten years and were desperate for success. Gil spent heavily, bringing
    in a number of expensive signings, most notably Paulo Futre. However
    the title proved elusive and Gil developed a reputation for his
    ruthlessness. He hired and fired a number of managers, including César
    Luis Menotti, Ron Atkinson, Javier Clemente and a returning Luis
    Aragonés, in pursuit of success. In 1996 Radomir Antic, with a squad
    including José Luis Caminero, Diego Simeone, Milinko Pantic, Juan
    Manuel López and Kiko, finally delivered. Atlético won a La Liga/Copa
    del Rey double. However this success produced no change in the Gil
    strategy and although Antic survived three consecutive seasons in
    charge he was replaced in 1998 by Arrigo Sacchi. Antic returned briefly
    in 1999 only to be replaced by Claudio Ranieri. The spending also
    continued with Christian Vieri and Juninho arriving in the late 1990s.
    The 1999/00 season proved disastrous for Atlético. Ranieri was sacked
    with the club heading towards relegation and the return of Antic for a
    third time failed to prevent the inevitable. Despite reaching the Copa
    del Rey final, Atlético were relegated.


    New Life Under Cerezo

    Atlético
    spent two seasons in the Segunda División, narrowly missing out on
    promotion in 2001 before winning the Segunda División championship in
    2002. In May 2003, at the culmination of a torrid season back in the
    Primera, Gil resigned as Atletico's president after 16 years at the
    helm, and died following a stroke in 2004. His position was taken by
    Enrique Cerezo. Since promotion, the Club has never been close to his
    usual records, and history has repeated itself for the last four years
    with high early season expectation, but below-par on pitch performances.

    After
    the 2005/06 campaign, Atletico finished 10th and were without a
    manager. Former Mexico World Cup Manager Javier Aguirre was handed the
    job and he eventually began a revolution at the club. Aguirre soon
    puled off the signing of the summer as 18 year-old Argentine playmaker
    Sergio "Kun" Aguero was bought from Independienete for €23,000,000.
    This signalled something of a fresh start for the promising,
    underachieving Atleti squad, and with much promise within the side and
    manager of great repute, who would bet against them being there or
    thereabouts come the end of the season?
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    Re: Atletico Madrid Info + History

    Post by abdu on Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:58 am

    thx for the topic about this club really nice history

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