Club Atlético de Madrid, commonly referred to as Atletico de Madrid, is a Spanish football club based in Madrid. The club was formed on the 26th April 1903. It plays its home matches at the Metropolitano Stadium, the venue of the 2019 Champions league final. Atletico go by a few nicknames, “Los Colchoneros”, “Los Robjiblancos” and “Los Indios”. If you want to keep things short their abbreviation is simply “ATM”. The Metropolitano Stadium is a sizable stadium with a capacity of 68,456. This makes it the 3rd largest in La Liga. The current head coach is Diego Simeone and the Club’s President is Enrique Cerezo.
Atletico Madrid: Honors
They are the 3rd most successful club in Spain. In their trophy room you’ll find 10 La Liga titles and 3 Europa league titles. Also 10 Copa del Reys and 4 Super Cups. Despite 3 Europa league titles, Atletico have been unlucky in the European spotlight, competing in 3 Champions League finals. Yet still waiting for that Champions league trophy to go to the other half of Madrid.
La Liga – Winners (10): 1939–40, 1940–41, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1965–66, 1969–70, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1995–96, 2013–14. Runners-up (10): 1943–44, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1973–74, 1984–85, 1990–91, 2017–18, 2018–19
Segunda División – Winners (1): 2001–02. Runners-up (2): 1932–33, 1933-34
Copa del Rey – Winners (10): 1959–60, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1971–72, 1975–76, 1984–85, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1995–96, 2012–13. Runners-up (9): 1920–21, 1925–26, 1955–56, 1963–64, 1974–75, 1986–87, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2009–10
Supercopa de España – Winners (2): 1985, 2014. Runners-up (5): 1991, 1992, 1996, 2013, 2019–20
Copa de los Campeones de España (Predecessor to the Supercopa de España) – Winners (1): 1940-41
Copa Presidente FEF (Predecessor to the Supercopa de España) – Winners (1): 1947
Copa Eva Duarte (Predecessor to the Supercopa de España) – Winners (1): 1951. Runners-up (1): 1950
European Cup / UEFA Champions League – Runners-up (3): 1973–74, 2013–14, 2015–16
European Cup Winners’ Cup – Runners-up (2): 1962–63, 1985–86
UEFA Europa League – Winners (3): 2009–10, 2011–12, 2017–18
UEFA Super Cup – Winners (3): 2010, 2012, 2018
Intercontinental Cup – Winners (1): 1974
UEFA Intertoto Cup – Group Winners (1): 2007.Runners-up (1): 2004
Atletico have had many top players play for them over the years. The most notable of recent times has to be Fernando Torres. The Spaniard came up through Atletico’s youth ranks. He then went on to make 214 appearances and score 82 goals for the first team before leaving for Liverpool in 2007. Torres then returned to Atletico in 2015. He made a further 107 appearances and scored another 27 goals. Torres is Atleticos 2nd all time top scorer, behind Barcelona‘s Antoine Griezmann .
Atletico Madrid: Present Team
Recent times have been both successful and frustrating for Atletico fans. In the 1999/2000 season the team, against all odds, were relegated. Atletico then spent 2 seasons languishing in the Segunda division before winning it in 2001/2002. The most successful season of recent times has to be 2013/2014, as Atletico won La Liga for the first time in 18 years. They also made it to the Champions League final. However Atletico also suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat to neighbors Real Madrid, thus crushing the hopes of Atletico fans. Atletico made the Champions League final again in 2015/2016. But it was the same outcome against the same team. Atleitco lost 5-3 on penalties to Real Madrid after cancelling each other out with a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.
The 2018/2019 season saw Atletico finish 2nd in La Liga. The team reached the last 16 of the Copa del Rey. But then suffered defeat in the last 16 of the Champions League. Though they were victorious in the UEFA Super cup. The top goalscorer for the season was Antoine Griezmann with 15 goals in La Liga. The total spent on transfers was 88 million Euros. Their total income from transfers was 12.6 million Euros.
With a total of 27 games played, Atletico Madrid are having a pretty poor season. They’re presently sitting 6th place with 45 points. However that being said Atletico are only 2 points off third place. Atletico were knocked out of the Copa del Rey in the round 32. But Madrid are in the quarterfinals of the Champions League after an emphatic victory over European Champions, Liverpool. Atletico were runners up in the Supercopa de Espana. Their spending on transfers was a mind boggling 260 million Euros. With their income from sales being 237.5 million Euros.
Atletico Madrid: Playing Style
Atletico are well known for their defensive style of football. However, that being said, it certainly works for them. The proof being that Atletico have conceded the second least number of goals in La Liga. Never the less, they also have the 3rd cleanest sheet with just 11 goals conceded. Atletico enjoy slightly less possession of the ball, with an average of 48% of the match period. The true cost of this defensive style may be a lack of goals. Atletico only have an average of 1.1 goals per game, ranking them 12th in La Liga. Playing clinically may be an issue for Madrid as they have the second most lost chances with 45 missed set-ups. Ateltico are not afraid to play aggressively. They like to get stuck-in with an average of 10.3 tackles per game, ranking them first in La Liga.
Thomas Partey has been a target for many clubs for a few seasons now. The midfielder has an average match rating of 7.16 and a market value of 50 million Euros. Partey likes to take players on, with an 87% dribbles succeeded rate. The Ghainian has 988 accurate passes in 24 appearances for Atletico this season.
Keiran Trippier might turn out to be a steal for 25 Million. The Englishman has been a key part of Atleticos defensive success this season. At 29 years of age we might have already seen the best of Trippier as he’s unlikely to improve.
The final key player we’re going to mention is Koke. This one-club man has been a pivotal part of this Atletico team since 2009. This right midfielder has made 452 appearances for Atleticos first team, scoring 42 goals.
Official club name: Club Atlético de Madrid S.A.D.
Address: Paseo Virgen del Puerto 67
28005 Madrid (Residents: 3.266.126). Spain
Tel: +34 91 3664707
Fax: +34 91 3669811
Founded: Apr 26, 1903
Members: 128.249 (Score: Jan 1, 2019)
Name of stadium: Wanda Metropolitano
Total capacity: 68.456
Seats: 68.456. Built: 2017
UEFA stadium category: 5*
Formerly: Estadio de la Comunidad de Madrid (bis 2017)
Under-soil heating: No
Running track: No
Surface: Natural grass