Like in every football league, usually two to three clubs come to our mind when we speak about a certain league. When it comes to Spanish football, people always think about Barcelona and Real Madrid first, but there are other high-quality clubs involved in La Primera and some top players are scoring goals and making assists for other teams as well. For instance, we have Athletico Madrid. This club is a club full of tradition and interesting stories, but they also have a trophy room that contains a lot of silverware and various trophies. They are the third most successful club in Spain, which is a big accomplishment if you exclude the untouchable Real and Barca. Still, it is worth mentioning, especially because a lot of people don’t know the success of this club.
– The History Of The Club
Athletico Madrid was founded all the way back in 1903, and with 109 years of existence, it is no wonder that they have so many trophies and awards. To be precise, Los Colchoneros, which translates as The Mattress Makers, have won La Liga 10 times, 8 times Copa del Rey, and they have some European success as well. When you summarize everything, it is not worthless at all. Nonetheless, they somehow stayed in the Real Madrid’s shadow all the time. In 1962, Athletico won the European Cup, in 1978 they were the champions of the International Cup, and they also managed to win the Europa League in 2010 and 2012. Also, in 2010 they added the European Super Cup to their already notable collection.
Even though the club has always been foreshadowed by Real in their hometown, Athletico managed to challenge the big brother on several occasions. At their Vicente Calderon, Los Rojiblancos, which is another one of their nicknames which translates The Red and Whites, are a tough opponent for any side, and this especially noticeable in the recent years. The current head coach, Diego Simeone, has created a powerful squad and the games that Athletico plays at their Calderon are always full of passion and aggressive play. We can say that they play almost like their big brother, Real Madrid.
– Good Player Selection
Ever since the days of Caminero, Kiko, Pantic, and Simeone himself, who took the double title in 1996, Athletico Madrid has been a club full of high-quality names and good young talents. The scouting team and the academy are working hard to find the next stars, and the names of Fernando Torres, Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero, Falcao, Diego Costa, are famous in the football world. These names were once a young talents of this club, and they are big stars at this moment. All of these players have made a name for themselves by starting in Athletico, and they later made big-money transfers to bigger clubs. Currently, players like Griezmann or Koke are the main stars of the team, and Athletico Madrid is hoping that they could challenge for the title this season.