Atlético de Madrid – Madrid’s ‘other’ football team

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Atlético de Madrid is one of the 2 teams from Madrid that play in the ‘Primera’, the other being Real Madrid. This year marks the centenary of this great club and a number of events have been organised over the course of it. The team was founded in 1903 and plays out of the famous Vicente Calderón stadium, which is situated on the banks of the Manzanares river.

So far this season they have had a good run, the last 4 games have resulted in victory and they are only 4 points off the teams that will qualify for the champions league. The club has around 45,000 ticket holders, many of whom were very loyal to the club during the 2 years that they spent in the 1st division. The club finally returned to the Primera this year, in time for their centenary. It goes without saying that probably the biggest games of the season for them are when they play Real Madrid.

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In bars and cafés across Madrid you will often see that allegiance is split between these 2 clubs. Real Madrid are thought of as the big-spending prima donnas, whilst Atlético are seen as the working man’s team. When Atlético win their supporters congregate around the fountain in the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo , whereas Real Madrid’s supporters head for the Cibeles fountain ‘just up the road’ in the Plaza de Cibeles.

Fixture list for this season
Up until Christmas
After Christmas

Atlético’s online shop
Tienda Rojiblanco

Getting to the Calderón stadium
Metro: Estación de Pirámides and Marqués de Vadillo (Línea 5)
Buses: Lines 17, 18, 23, 34, 35, 36, 50, 116, 118 y 119

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