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Atlético Madrid

Knowledge Identifier: &Atletico_Madrid


Atletico Madrid

Spanish football club based in Madrid who play in La Liga add

Category: Football

Founded in 1939.

Countries: Spain (25%), United Kingdom (12%), France (8%)

Main connections: La Liga, UEFA Champions League, Thibaut Courtois

Linked to: Copa del Rey, Nike, Inc., AFC Ajax, UEFA




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Aviación Nacional had been founded in 1939 by members of the Spanish Air Force add something


By 1939, when La Liga had resumed, Athletic had merged with "Aviación Nacional" of Zaragoza to become "Athletic Aviación de Madrid" add something


The most influential and charismatic player of these years was the captain Germán Gómez, who was signed from Racing de Santander in 1939 add something


In 1947, the club decided to drop the military association from its name and settled on its current name of "Club Atlético de Madrid" add something


They were associated with the military airforce , until the regime's preferences moved towards Real Madrid in the 1950s add something


Helenio Herrera - Herrera moved to Spain, where he spent the next six years with Real Valladolid, Atlético Madrid, where he won the championship in 1950 and 1951, CD Málaga, Deportivo de La Coruña and Sevilla FC, before entering a two-year tenure with Lisbon side CF Os Belenenses


With the departure of Herrera in 1953, the club began to slip behind Real Madrid and FC Barcelona and for the remainder of the 1950s they were left to battle it out with Athletic Bilbao for the title of third team in Spain add something


Alfred Pfaff - In 1954, Atletico Madrid offered him 180,000 D-Mark but his wife Edith was against a move to Spain


Juan Carlos Lorenzo - His next clubs would be now-defunct French F.C. Nancy, and Atlético Madrid, &Rayo_Vallecano, and RCD Mallorca, where in 1958 he was coach and player


Adelardo holds the club's official appearance record, wearing the Madrid shirt in 551 matches from 1959 to 1976 add something


However during the 1960s and 1970s, Atlético Madrid seriously challenged Barcelona for the position of second team add something


Between 1961 and 1980, Real Madrid dominated La Liga with the club winning the competition 14 times add something


Tiny Wharton - He oversaw 24 international club fixtures, including the 1962 Cup Winners Cup Final between Atlético Madrid and Fiorentina at Hampden Park


Can Bartu - He is the first ever Turkish footballer, who played a final game in Europe with Fiorentina against Atlético Madrid in 1962


Danny Blanchflower - In 1962, he again captained the Spurs team to victory in the FA Cup , only narrowly missing out on a second double when they finished a close third in the league behind Ipswich Town and Burnley, and in 1963 he captained his side to victory over Atlético Madrid in the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, making Spurs the first English team to win a European trophy


John White (footballer born 1937) - Spurs had come unstuck against Benfica in the 1962 European Cup semi-final but the next season White was part of the successful campaign that saw Tottenham become the first English winners of a European trophy when they defeated Atlético Madrid by five goals to one in Rotterdam to lift the European Cup Winners Cup, with White scoring one of the five goals himself


Feyenoord - In 1963, De Kuip hosted their first European final between Tottenham Hotspur and Atlético Madrid


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 add something


The Metropolitano was used until 1966, when they moved to the new Estadio Vicente Calderón add something


The latter won the "Pichichi" three times in 1969, 1970 and 1971 add something


During the 1970s, they became known as "Los Indios", allegedly due to the club signing several South American players after the restrictions on signing foreign players was lifted add something


In the 1970s Atlético recruited several Argentine employees, signing Rubén Ayala, Panadero Díaz and Ramón "Cacho" Heredia as well as coach Juan Carlos Lorenzo add something


Thomas Mavros - He made his debut in continental competitions on 16 September 1971 against Atlético Madrid


Although controversial, his methods proved successful and after winning La Liga in 1973, the club reached the 1974 !European_Cup (UEFA_Champions_League) Final add something


Juan Carlos Lorenzo - In 1973 Lorenzo went to Atlético Madrid, who went on to win the league title and lose the 1974 !European_Cup (UEFA_Champions_League) final to Bayern Munich


Udo Lattek - The highlight of this time was the win of the !European_Champions_Cup (UEFA_Champions_League) in 1974 in the finals against Atlético Madrid - the first triumph for a German team in this tournament


Aragonés subsequently served as coach on four separate occasions, from 1974 to 1980, from 1982 to 1987 once again 1991 till 1993 and finally from 2002 to 2003 add something


Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck - On 15 May 1974, Schwarzenbeck scored the equalising goal in the !European_Cup (UEFA_Champions_League) final match against Atlético Madrid in the last minute of extra time with a long-range effort


Hugo Sanchez - After five successful seasons in Mexico, with 99 goals to his name, Sánchez drew the attention of several Spanish sides, and signed with Atlético Madrid in 1981


Donato Gama da Silva - Born in Rio de Janeiro, Donato began his 20-year professional career with America Football Club in his hometown, switching to neighbours Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama in 1984, and playing there for the following four years, after which he joined Spain's Atlético Madrid, as one of the first signings of elusive chairman Jesús Gil


Real Valladolid - In 1984, Valladolid won the Spanish League Cup , over Atlético Madrid


Despite the loss of Sánchez, Aragonés went on to lead the club to success in the Supercopa de España in 1985 and guided them to the !European_Cup (UEFA_Champions_League) Winners' Cup final in 1986 add something


During his second spell in charge, Aragonés led the club to a runners-up finish in La Liga and a winner's medal in the Copa del Rey, both in 1985 add something


In 1987, controversial politician and businessman Jesús Gil became club president, running the club until his resignation in May 2003 add something


Jesus Gil - In 1987, Gil was elected president at football side Atlético Madrid , where he initiated a volatile relationship with fans, reporters, players and head coaches


Real Sociedad - On 27 June 1987, Real Sociedad won their only Copa del Rey title, beating Atlético Madrid 4-2 on penalties after drawing 2-2


Luis Islas - He went to Atlético Madrid in 1988 but did not play a game and was loanded to CD Logroñés


Bernd Schuster - Bernd Schuster signed with Atlético Madrid in autumn 1990 and helped improve the performance of Atletico's traditional games based on backpasses


All the spending, however, only brought in two consecutive Copa del Rey trophies in 1991 and 1992 as the league title proved elusive add something


Jesus Gil - He served as Mayor of Marbella between 1991 and 2002, and presided for a 16-year tenure as president of the Spanish football club Atlético Madrid


Gil closed down Atlético's youth academy in 1992, a move that would prove significant due to 15-year-old academy member Raúl who as a result went across town to achieve worldwide fame at rivals Real Madrid add something


The narrow escape prompted yet another head coaching change along with a wholesale squad clearance during the summer 1995 transfer window that saw many players being shown the door add something


Francisco Maturana - He had later a brief stint as coach of Atlético Madrid and in 1995 he was hired as the trainer of Ecuador National Football Team


With expectations and ambitions raised, most notable summer transfer singings were striker Juan Esnáider from Real Madrid and Radek Bejbl who was coming off a great showing at Euro 1996 add something


Steve Walsh (footballer) - His last ever European appearance was a 2-1 UEFA Cup defeat to Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón stadium in 1997


Clarence Seedorf - While playing for Real Madrid, Seedorf scored a notable long-range goal against Atlético Madrid in 1997


Arrigo Sacchi - In 1998 after his second spell with the Rossoneri, Sacchi took charge of Atlético Madrid but could only guide los Colchoneros to a disappointing 13th place in the league in his only season at the Vicente Calderón Stadium


Baltasar Garzon - About 1999 he investigated Jesús Gil, the former mayor of Marbella and owner of Atlético Madrid, on grounds of corruption


Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - Hasselbaink was bought by Spanish club Atlético Madrid for £10 million in summer 1999


Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - He was sold on to Spanish club Atlético Madrid for £10 million in 1999, and reached the final of the Copa del Rey with Atlético despite the club suffering relegation from La Liga


Quinton Fortune - Manchester United purchased him from Atlético Madrid on 1 August 1999


In December 1999, Gil and his board got suspended pending investigation into the misuse of club funds and government-appointed administrator José Manuel Rubí began running Atlético's day to day operations add something


Atlético spent two seasons in the Segunda División, narrowly missing out on promotion in 2001 before winning the Segunda División championship in 2002 add something


Daniel da Cruz Carvalho - In January 2001, after a brief spell with S.L. Benfica, Dani signed for Atlético Madrid, in the Spanish second division, teaming up with compatriot Hugo Leal


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 add something


Fernando Navarro - Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Navarro came through the ranks of giants FC Barcelona, was on the verge of replacing longtime left back Sergi Barjuán who had left for Atlético Madrid in 2002, until a serious knee injury finished off his chances with hometown club


Jorge Larena - In the 2002 summer, Larena signed for Atlético Madrid, being regularly played by the "Colchoneros" over the course of three seasons, but rarely as a starter


Leo Franco - Franco was signed by Atlético Madrid in 2004, being first-choice from the beginning


Salva Sevilla - In the 2004 summer Sevilla was loaned to Atlético Madrid, but only appeared for its B and C-teams


PAS Giannina F.C. - The most famous player to have donned the blue and white PAS jersey in recent years is defender Giourkas Seitaridis, who later played for Panathinaikos, FC Porto, &Dynamo_Moscow (FC_Dynamo_Moscow), and Atlético Madrid as well as the triumphant Euro 2004 Greece squad


Joel Robles - Born in Getafe, Madrid, Joel was a youth product of Getafe, joining neighbouring Atlético Madrid in 2005 to finish his development


Mateja Kezman - Ke?man left Chelsea for Atlético Madrid of Spain's Primera División on 29 June 2005 for £5,3m, the same price as he had joined Chelsea


In 2006, Fernando Torres was joined by Portuguese internationals Costinha and Maniche and by Argentine striker Sergio Agüero add something


Diego Costa - He began his career with &Braga (S.C._Braga) in Portugal, and was signed by Atlético Madrid in 2007


Lucas Hernandez - Lucas joined Atlético Madrid's youth setup in 2007, aged 11


Marcelo Sosa - After another loan, at Club Atlético River Plate, in January 2007, Sosa was allowed to join hometown's Club Nacional de Football on another free transfer, despite still having a six-month contract left with Atlético Madrid


Torres shocked the club in June 2007 when he stated his desire to play for Liverpool add something


Diego Forlan - Forlán was linked with a transfer jointly with Juan Román Riquelme to Atlético Madrid in exchange for Luis Perea plus cash in June 2007


In July 2007, the Atlético board reached an agreement with the City of Madrid to sell the land where their stadium is and move the club to the Olympic Stadium, owned by the city add something


Raphael Wicky - Wicky started his career with FC Sion, and went on to represent &Werder_Bremen (SV_Werder_Bremen), Atlético Madrid, and Hamburger SV, returning to Sion in July 2007, after losing first-choice status with Hamburger


He left Atlético and joined the English side on 4 July 2007 for £26,5 million add something


Thiago Motta - In late August 2007 Motta signed a one-year contract with Atlético Madrid, for an undisclosed fee


Pedro Obiang - He left Atlético Madrid in 2008 at age 16, the minimum age that international transfer within the European Union is allowed


Joel Robles - Joel started his professional career at Atlético Madrid, initially in the C team in 2008, before progressing into the B team a year later


Christian Abbiati - He was once again loaned out by Milan for the third time in three seasons, this time to Spanish club Atlético Madrid until June 2008


Florent Sinama Pongolle - Sinama Pongolle joined Atlético de Madrid on 3 July 2008, for a fee believed to be in the region of £8 million


Tristan Bowen - Bowen has played for the United States U-18 and U-20 national teams, including three games in November 2008, during which he played friendly games against Spanish La Liga teams Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Rayo Vallecano


Ibrahima Balde - In December 2008, Ibrahima continued his football formation as he joined Atlético Madrid, being initially relocated with its B-side


John Heitinga - After a one-year spell at Atlético Madrid in Spain, he signed for Everton in 2009


David de Gea - Born in Madrid, he started his career aged 10 with Atlético Madrid and rose through the academy system at the club before making his senior debut in 2009


On 3 February 2009, Javier Aguirre was dismissed from his post as manager after a terrible start to 2009, going without a win in six games add something


Atlético will be allowed to play in Vicente Calderón stadium until 2010 add something


Mark Schwarzer - He played an important role in Fulham reaching the Europa League Final in 2010, but Schwarzer lost his second European final with a narrow defeat to Atlético Madrid of Spain


Zlatan Ibrahimovic - His first goal of 2010 came on 14 February against Atlético Madrid


Giorgi Tsimakuridze - Previously play for TOT-CAT as midfielder in Thailand and appeared in Thai premier league all-stars team to played with Atlético Madrid in 2010


Tiago Mendes - On 8 January 2010, Tiago joined Atlético Madrid on loan until the end of the season


Rafael Benitez - On 27 August 2010 in Monaco, Inter lost to Atlético Madrid in the 2010 UEFA Super Cup


Lionel Messi - On 19 September 2010, Messi suffered an ankle injury due to an ill-advised tackle by Atlético Madrid defender Tomá? Ujfalu?i in the 92nd minute of their Round 3 match at the Vicente Calderón Stadium


Thomas Partey - He signed a contract with Atlético Madrid in 2011, and was subsequently moved to the reserves a year later


Alex Ferguson - With Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes all retiring in 2011, Ferguson spent big by signing defender Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers and winger Ashley Young from Aston Villa for around £17 million each, and goalkeeper David de Gea from Atlético Madrid for around £19 million


Ruben Baraja - In June 2011 Baraja returned to former team Atlético Madrid, as part of newly appointed manager Gregorio Manzano's coaching staff


Adrian Lopez Alvarez - Adrián joined Atlético Madrid on 19 July 2011 as a free agent, signing a four-year deal


Tiago Mendes - On 20 July 2011, Tiago penned a two-year permanent contract with Atlético Madrid


Thibaut Courtois - On 26 July 2011, Courtois completed a season-long loan deal to Spanish La Liga club Atlético Madrid


Radamel Falcao - On 18 August 2011, &Porto (F.C._Porto) announced they had agreed a fee with Atlético Madrid for the transfer of Falcao


Luis Amaranto Perea - On 29 September 2011, following a Europa League appearance against Stade Rennais FC, Perea became the foreign player with most official appearances for Atlético Madrid with 289, surpassing Argentine Jorge Griffa


Angel Di Maria - On 27 November 2011, Di María played 60 minutes in a league game against city rivals Atlético Madrid, in which he scored a goal for Real Madrid


Manzano himself was replaced with Diego Simeone in December 2011 after a poor run of form in La Liga add something


Diego Simeone - On 23 December 2011, Simeone was unveiled as the new Atlético Madrid coach, succeeding Gregorio Manzano


Atlético de Madrid had recently struggled with big issues in the derby, carrying a fourteen year winless streak into the 2012 - 2013 season add something


The 2012 - 2013 season was one of Atlético's finest in recent seasons, as they managed to finish on a high, with 3 trophies in a little over a year add something


Thibaut Courtois - On 15 January 2012, Courtois held talks with Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas, regarding spending another year on loan at Atlético Madrid


Yassine Bounou - On 14 June 2012 he moved to La Liga's giants Atlético Madrid, being initially assigned to the reserves in Segunda División B


Thibaut Courtois - On 4 July 2012, Chelsea confirmed that Courtois' loan had been extended for a further 12 months, after they had reached an agreement with Atlético Madrid


Giourkas Seitaridis - He has last played in 2013 for Greek Superleague side Panathinaikos, having played previously at &PAS_Giannina (PAS_Giannina_F.C.), &Porto (F.C._Porto), &Dynamo_Moscow (FC_Dynamo_Moscow) and Atlético Madrid


Neymar - On 21 August, he scored his first competitive goal for the club in the first leg of the 2013 Supercopa de España against Atlético Madrid


Emiliano Insua - On 25 January 2013, Atlético Madrid announced that they have reached an agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Insúa


Thibaut Courtois - On 10 March 2013, Courtois set a new Atlético Madrid record of 820 minutes without conceding a goal at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, in a 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad


On 16 May 2013, Atlético beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the Copa Del Rey final, in a tense match where both teams finished with 10 men add something


However, the tide turned on May 17, 2013 when Atletico Madrid beat their city rivals 2-1 in Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to take home the Copa del Rey trophy, and continued on September 29, 2013 when they won a 1-0 victory, again in Estadio Santiago Bernabeu add something


Radamel Falcao - On 31 May 2013, AS Monaco FC announced that they had reached an agreement with Atlético Madrid for a transfer


Radamel Falcao - On 31 May 2013, Atlético Madrid general manager Miguel Ángel Gil Marín announced that the club will not stand in the way if Falcao decides to leave in the upcoming summer transfer window


Martin Demichelis - On 11 July 2013, Demichelis signed for Atlético Madrid on a one-year contract, after his link with Málaga expired


Daniel Aranzubia - In August 2013, Aranzubia signed for Atlético Madrid as a backup to Thibaut Courtois


Thibaut Courtois - On 31 August 2013, Courtois competed against parent club Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final in Monaco which ended in a 4-1 victory for Atlético Madrid


By defeating AC Milan, FC Barcelona and Chelsea in the knock-out rounds, Atlético will play their first Champions League final since 1974, in Lisbon's Estádio da Luz against city rivals Real Madrid add something


Jan Oblak - In 2014, he joined Atlético Madrid


Diego Ribas da Cunha - On 31 January 2014, Diego moved back from Wolfsburg to Atlético Madrid


Lionel Messi - In April 2014, Messi faced criticism after falling below his usual extraordinary performance levels for Barcelona, notably in the !Champions_League (UEFA_Champions_League) quarter-final defeat to Atletico Madrid and the 2-1 loss to rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final


Loukas Vyntra - On May 4, 2014 couple of days after Atlético Madrid succeeded to reach the UEFA Champions League final, Levante took advantage of a clearly worn down Atlético side and pulled off an impressive 2-0 victory over the league leaders


Bjorn Kuipers - On 7 May 2014, he was appointed to referee the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid


Bjorn Kuipers - Kuipers was selected to officiate in the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e &Benfica (S.L._Benfica) in Lisbon on 24 May 2014


Angel Di Maria - On 24 May 2014, in 2014 UEFA !Champions_League (UEFA_Champions_League) Final, an amazing zig-zag dribble past 3 players resulted in a shot which was desperatly saved by Thibaut Courtois, but teammate Gareth Bale was there to head the rebound into the net in the 110th minute, giving Real Madrid a 2–1 lead over city rivals Atlético Madrid in an eventual 4–1 win


Jan Oblak - On 16 July 2014, Atlético Madrid announced they had reached an agreement with &Benfica (S.L._Benfica) for the transfer of Oblak, pending a medical examination


Atlético Madrid admits its sponsorship deal with Azerbaijan has a political dimension, saying the intention is to "promote the image of Azerbaijan" In August 2014 the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights wrote to Atlético, calling on it to end the sponsorship by and promotion of Azerbaijan because of Azerbaijan's human rights record, calling it "one of the most repressive countries in the world" add something


Cristian Ansaldi - On 1 August 2014, he went on loan from Zenit St Petersburg to Atlético Madrid for the upcoming La Liga season


Josuha Guilavogui - On 8 August 2014 VfL Wolfsburg signed Guilavogui on a two-year loan deal from Atlético Madrid with an option of a permanent transfer included in the deal


Javier Aquino - He made his league debut against Atletico Madrid on August 25, 2014 and played all 90' minutes of the match which ended in a scoreless tie


Alessio Cerci - On 1 September 2014 Cerci signed a three-year deal with La Liga powerhouse Atlético Madrid, for an undisclosed fee


Lionel Messi - He missed training ahead of a match against Atlético Madrid to attend the birth of his second son, Benjamín, on 11 September 2015 in Barcelona


Jason Denayer - Denayer played his first game for Galatasaray on 15 September 2015, in a UEFA Champions League tie against Atlético Madrid


Zhang Chengdong - He made his league debut on 30 December 2015 in a 2-0 loss against Atlético Madrid, becoming the first Chinese footballer to play in La Liga


However, the new stadium will change hands in 2016 and be owned by the club add something


In 2016, Atlético are due to move to their new home of Estadio La Peineta, which will have a capacity of 70,000 add something


Mark Clattenburg - UEFA Champions League - Clattenburg has been selected as the referee of the 2016 UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid in Milan on 28 May.


Augusto Fernandez - On 1 January 2016, Fernández joined Atlético Madrid on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, mainly as a cover to injured Tiago


Pep Guardiola - On 3 May 2016, Guardiola's &Bayern_Munich (FC_Bayern_Munich) lost to Atlético Madrid in the champions league semi-finals stage, thereby ending Guardiola's final chance of winning a Champions League Title with the Bavarian club


Fernando Torres - On 21 June 2016, Torres extended his contract to one year with Atlético Madrid


Fernando Torres - On 5 July 2016, Torres extended his contract to a permanent contract for one year with Atlético Madrid


Swansea City A.F.C. - The most expensive player bought was Borja Bastón, who joined from Atlético Madrid in August 2016 for a fee of £15 million


In November 2016, CEO Miguel Ángel Gil Marín won the fc business European CEO of the Year at the Football Business awards 2016 add something


In 2017, Atlético are due to move to their new home of Wanda Metropolitano, which will have a capacity of 73,729 add something


Dimitris Siovas - On 4 February 2017, he made as a starter his debut with the club in a 2-0 away loss against Atletico Madrid


In 2018, they won their third !Europa_League (UEFA_Europa_League) Championship by beating Marseille 3-0 in the final match add something