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Founded in 1903, under the name of Athletic Club de Madrid, Atlético de Madrid is one of the biggest Spanish football clubs 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 Madrid and Barcelona. Known as the team of the people, Atlético de Madrid 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!

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The Team: Atlético de Madrid

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Atlético de Madrid started from very humble beginnings, as a youth club for fans of Athletic 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 11 times, the Copa del Rey 10 times, the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup and keep fighting to finally win for the first time the Champions League. Through the years, a lot of amazing players defended the Atlético de Madrid jersey. Luis Aragonés, Gárate, Hugo Sánchez, Fernando Torres, Sergio Agüero, Diego Forlán, Radamel Falcao, Diego Godín, Gabi, Antoine Griezmann and nowadays Luis Suarez, João Felix, Koke to name only those ones. Diego Simeone‘s appointment as head coach in 2011 saw the club return to its former paths of glory without really big stars, but with the idea of collectivism.

The Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano

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The brand new stadium for Atlético de Madrid is located outside of the city centre. Wanda Metropolitano fits about 68,000 spectators or more, with an open space concept and world class VIP area for their top fans! It’s first game was hosted in September of 2017 and welcomed the largest crowd to ever watch the team play at their own stadium! To learn more about the stadium, click here!

The Tour: Territorio Atleti

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In 2020, Atlético de Madrid inaugurated their new museum inside the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium: Territorio Atleti! It covers an area of 1.400 square meters where you will be able to learn everything about the Club: History, Values and Passion. In the museum you can not only contemplate the club’s trophies but also review in a fun and interactive way the centennial history of the club, from its foundation in 1903 to the present day.

Your friendly neighbourhood travel guide,

– Leah

3 Comments. Leave new

  • Hi, could i possibly purchase a ticket for at.madrid and juventus at the stadium a day or 2 before the game? Or on the day itself?

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    • Heung Min Son
      23/12/2020 01:53

      Probably Not

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    • Hi Nicole! No this would not be possible. The tickets can be available a few days in advance online however for the box office I believe you would have to buy then on the day of.

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