About Atletico Madrid
Club Atletico de Madrid, or Atleti for short, was founded on 26 April 1903. The club is the third most successful in Spanish football history, behind Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The club’s colours are red, white and blue. Traditionally, the home kit features a red and white vertical-striped shirt with blue shorts.
Atletico’s biggest rivals are their Madrid neighbours, Real Madrid. The Madrid derby is said to be a symbol of the cultural differences between the two sets of supporters.
Atleti’s stadium is the Vicente Calderon, renamed after the club’s famous president. The stadium has a capacity of 54,907 spectators. Aletico are due to move to their new stadium, Estadio Olimpico de Madrid, in mid-2016. The newly-renovated stadium is set to have a capacity of 70,000 spectators.
Aletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, most recently in the 2013-14 season. Atletico clinched the title on the final day of the season by avoiding defeat at title rivals Barcelona. That same season, Atletico finished runners-up in the Champions League.
The club has also won 10 Copa del Rey titles, two Spanish Super Cups, two Europa League trophies and two UEFA Super Cups.
Diego Simeone has been the club’s manager since 2011 and has won five major honours in that time. Other notable managers of the club include Quique Flores and Luis Aragones, who managed the club on four occasions.
Aragones is also the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, with 173 goals. Adelardo is the player with the most appearances, playing 551 times for the club.
In recent history, Atletico Madrid have had an astounding array of quality strikers. When one has been sold, the club has found a way to replace them with someone equally, if not more, talented. Fernando Torres, Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao, David Villa and Mario Mandzukic have all played for the club in recent times.
Other notable players to have played for the club include Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Christian Vieri and Arda Turan.