Atlético de Madrid is a team whose story is full of passion, redemption and damn good football! Referred to by fans as Atleti, the “underdog” team has risen in the ranks to become one of the best teams in the world and a strong opponent for Spain’s other mega-teams, Real and Barcelona. Known as the team of the people, Atlético has always stirred passion in their fans, who usually greatly oppose the massive and wealthy team, Real Madrid. One could almost say that Atleti fans are very “anti-establishment” and view their team as true, genuine, and a representative of the average people of Madrid!
Atlético de Madrid started from very humble beginnings, as a youth club for fans of Atletic Bilbao. The team slowly grew into a bigger club, attracting people who strongly opposed the bigger, institutional Real Madrid football club. The team did not have much money, and created their headquarters in a working class neighbourhood and were known to use cheap, recycled materials for their jerseys which gave the team the nickname “Los Colchoneros“. Over time, support for the team grew and they worked their way up. Now, they have won La Liga and the Copa del Rey 10 times, the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup. They have some of the best players in the league and are the 3rd most successful football team in Spain!
The Vicente Calderón Stadium
In Spring 0f 2017 the team played their final game in the historic Vicente Calderón Stadium. This world famous stadium – known for its incredible atmosphere and elite quality – was the home of the team since 1966. Actually, Calderón was the first Spanish stadium to ever receive a 5 star qualification from the UEFA! Just like its rival – Santiago Bernabeu – Calderón had its own museum, which will remain open until the new stadium is complete! Here you can take a guided tour and explore the Atleti-zone! For information on ticket purchases to see the game play in this world renowned stadium, simply head over to their official website!
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The Wanda Metropolitano
The brand new stadium for Atletico Madrid is anticipated to be the next top class stadium of football! Located outside of the city centre, near the metro Estadio Olímpico, The Wanda Metropolitano is estimated to fit 68,000 spectators or more, with a open space concept and world class VIP area for their top fans! The organisation says the stadium won’t be finished until summer 2017, but it doesn’t look like it will be ready until later that winter, and the Atleti museum will remain in Calderon until Wanda is completely ready to receive guests! To keep up on the stadium’s progress, click here!
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