Atletico Madrid History- All about the Club

Sun 21 March 2021 | 15:30

Astonishing players and memorable achievements are the two main reasons for a club to earn its place amongst the top ones in the world. As one of these well-known clubs, Atletico Madrid has a rich history which we will take a closer look at, in this article today.

The club has several English and Spanish titles, including Atletico de Madrid in English, Atlético, Atléti, or Atleti. The Spanish professional football club, Atlético de Madrid, S.A.D., was founded on 26 April 1903, which its 117-year-old life has earned it a rich history full of achievements. Having four Spanish nicknames, Los Colchoneros (The Mattress Makers in English), Los Rojiblancos (The Red and Whites), Los Indios (The Indians), and Ei Pupas (The Jinxed Ones), the club played in La Liga. Being based in Madrid, Atletico did its home games at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, a stadium with 68,456 people's capacity.

The league titles, which Atletico has gained, has made it the third successful club and put its name behind two other most successful and prominent Spanish clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Reviewing the clubs' achievements will reveal why the football world knows it as the third top Spanish football team. Their rich history is full of notable gains, including Supercopa de Espana, Copa Presidente FEF, and Copa Eva Duarte. However, these are only a few winning, which they earned during their long 117-year history, and we postpone talking about all other ones in a separate section regarding their honors. To know more about the 

history of Atletico Madrid

, stay tuned for more.

All You Need to Know about Atletico Madrid History

In the following part, we will review Atletico Madrid history from its foundation till now. A comprehensive look at all that has happened to it, from 

Atletico Madrid champions league history

 to its management and coaches' board, will lead you to know everything about it. 

Being one of the most significant Spanish football clubs, Atletico Madrid has shown the performance which Barcelona and Real Madrid, the two giants of football of Spain, have foreshadowed it as one of the tops and featured clubs.

Moreover, throughout Atletico Madrid history, the club has always been such a little brother to Real Madrid, which attempts to invert the order. Though the club has tried to get reputation by its performance, one another item has earned it remarkable fame, high incidence of sacked managers. Being founded in 1903, three Basque students based the club as Athletic Club Sucursal de Madrid. 

The club they had established was such a youth branch of Athletic Bilbao, the only team that had got the award of 1903 Copa del Rey Final in Madrid. One year later, and after joining dissident members of Real Madrid, they chose a kit in blue and white halved shirts, which later became Athletic Bilbo's color. However, by 1911, Madrid and Bilbao changed their jersey's color to red and white stripes, current jersey's colors.

Many believe the changes came from the cheapness of making red and white striped tops because they were suitable for making ticking for mattresses, and unused parts were proper for football shirts. In the allocated paragraph to the club's kit, we have presented more facts. 

After the end of the Spain Civil war, as the result of merging Athletic and a Zaragoza football club, they made a new one, Athletic Aviacion de Madrid. The newly merged club appeared successfully in the football world and won its first La Liga in 1940. Seven years later, by changing the club's name for the last time, it became famous as Atletico de Madrid, the title which the football world currently knows it.

After getting some fundamental facts about 

Atletico Madrid history

, we have prepared various paragraphs to cover all related info. Be with us till the end of the article to read more about one of three giants in Spain. 

Atletico Madrid Kit History

What Atletico Madrid players were as their home kit is red and white vertical striped shirts, blue shorts, and red and blue socks. Going through Atletico Madrid jersey history shows they have been using the mentioned kit since 1911. Various combinations of colors made caused several nicknames for the club, for instance, Los Colchoneros, which came from using the same colors as traditional mattresses.

In the 1970s, they became famous as Los Indios, which getting the nickname might be because of signing South American players or being camped on the river bank. In addition to the reasons, there is another one that implies an enmity relationship between Los Indios (The Indians) and Los Blancos (The Whites).

One another interesting fact about the club since 2003 is the presence of Felipe VI, king of Spain, as the honorary president of the club. As we talked about and based on 

Atletico Madrid jersey history

, Atletico started its appearances in competitions in blue and white. The colors were a symbol of Atletico Bilbao, which later became Atletico's parent club. However, the colors of both clubs later in 1911 changed to red-and-white stripes.

The reason for switching from blue and white to red and white, which turned as their traditional colors, is rooted in the cheap process of making. Since 2001, Nike, which has been one of the prominent hubs of sportswear in the football world, has made the club kit. Its support of Atletico kit was because of competing with Adidas, its long-term supporter of Real Madrid.

However, in the years between 2012 and 2014, Azerbaijan's government, starring the motto "Land of Fire," became the sponsorship of their jersey. Being under the support of Azerbaijan, the club got a large amount of satirizing. Also, Reporters Without Borders likened the shirt's vertical stripes to prison bars with the logo "Azerbaijan." Getting the feedback caused the club to admit the political dimension of its deal.

Though the club's goal from the contract was promoting the image of Azerbaijan, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights asked them to end it because of Azerbaijan's human rights record and be known as one of the most repressive countries in the world. 


Atletico Madrid kit history

, four companies supported its kit which three of them were amongst the famous ones of the world, Puma, Reebok, and Nike. Generally, there are currently three kits for the club, including the kid with home colors, away colors, and the third colors.

Home colors include a red-white striped shirt, blue shorts with red stripes behind, and red socks. The kit with away colors is a blue shirt and shorts, while there is a red stripe on both sides and blue-red socks. Their other cloth, which is their third one, is predominantly light blue, which the engraved logo on it, and details are in navy. 

Atletico Madrid Logo History

Being proclaimed as the independent club in April 1903, the club repeated the exact logo of Bilbao. The emblem looked like a rondel, a combination of concentric circles in blue and white. Also, the intertwined letters "A" and "C" at its center comes from the first letters of Atletico Madrid.

Following the changes that Atletico Bilbao made in its logo, Atletico Madrid kept it up. The design they chose for their badge was a striped red and white flag with an engraved a big "C" and a small "A," surrounding a brown ball.  After passing two models of signs as the club's logo, one for 1903-1911 and the other one from 1911-1917, finally, they acquired theirs in 1917, the coat of arms of Madrid's city besides a bear while it is stretching to a strawberry tree.

Being located in a small triangle in the top left corner, the bear is at the center of seven stars. The stars are a symbol of Madrid's seven border provinces, and the red and white stripes mean the shape of the club. Based on the club owners' decision about saving on the T-shirt, which led them to buy the cheapest cloth of mattresses, they became famous as "The Mattress."

The new Atletico emblem lasted for 22 years, and despite making a lot of changes in the form of the logo and redesigning it many times, the main structure remained the same. Based on 

Atletico Madrid badge history

, changing logos continued to the end of the Spanish Civil War. Having merged with the Spanish Air Force football club, Atletico Madrid caused to creat Athletic Aviacion de Madrid.

Since the Air Force participated in making the new sports organization, its logo design affected the new logo. Displaying two wings, representing the plane, and a crown as the royal power, the new design was a combination of red, gray, and gold. In 1941, when some changes happened to the Air Force logo, Atletico Madrid decided to place some elements from their previous version in the new form.

So, adding a bear and a strawberry tree between the wings made a new design, in which the blue triangle changed to red, and its bottom took on a pointed shape. In the next version, some small changes happened to the strawberry tree, which lost its sharp green color, and the crown in the logo got over the upper contour. 

In addition to these details, the sharp corners of the logo changed to a round form. From 1942 to 1948, the designers turned the triangle's color from red to blue, as it was in its original design. The 

Atletico Madrid logo history

 shows a significant change, which happened to the club logo in 1947 and presented a completely new one.

Having separated from the Spanish Air Force club, the club eliminated all related elements to them. By revising their original components, a rectangular shield with a sharp corner introduced their new logo. Afterward, three other changes happened in Atletico Madrid logo history, which finally led to the current one, an emblem similar to their earlier one.

Following moving to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, the designers developed a new sign based on their previous logo. The changes that happened in the logo include a top rounded form, while it was rectangular. Though designers kept the sharp bottom corner of the shield, they made another small change. The modified point refers to the bear and the tree's direction, which shifted from left to right. 

Atletico Madrid Honors


Atletico Madrid honors

 into three categories, domestic competitions, international rivalries, and awards, we have presented the club's achievements in its domestic matches in the first part. A long list of gains causes us to mention just some of the famous ones in domestic competitions, such as La Liga, Copa de Los Campeones de Espana, and Copa del Rey, which they won over at least five times in each one.


Atletico Madrid trophies

 have a rich history, including the Globe Soccer Special Award in 2014, the Globe Soccer Best Club of the Year in 2012 and 2018, and the IFFHS The World's Club Team of the Year in 2018.

In addition to these achievements, playing at the European stage since 1958-59 European Cup, Atletico Madrid has enrolled in the EUFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1961-62, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1963-64, the UEFA Cup in 1971-72, and the UEFA Super Cup in 2009-10. The rich 

Atletico Madrid trophies history

shows the club qualification for being among the top Spanish clubs. Though, in 1999-00 relegation it was not as qualified as taking part in European competitions for seven years. 

Atletico Madrid Mascots History

As we talked about the changes that happened to the Atletico Madrid's logo, they changed the club's mascot several times. Passing many amendations upgraded the design of their mascot to its currently contemporary look.

The changes during the 

Atletico Madrid mascot history

 and introduction of the club with a new badge came from the club's confirmation about its move to the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Having made a lot of modifications, the club came into effect as of 1 July.

"Make-over" has been a feature of the Atleti mascot, which the latest version of the cuddy Apache Indian is the mascot has introduced as the club's official mascot. According to the club's belief, proposing the new official logo had to become synchronized with the modernization Indi of the current club's mascot.

Atletico Madrid Stadiums

The 54990 seat Estadio Vicente Calderon, in southern Madrid, was the stadium in which Atletico Madrid played its home games there, till 2017. However, before it and until 1923, the club did its original plays at Ronda de Vallecas. After finishing the Estado Metropolitano de Madrid and before completing the Vicente Calderon, the club relocated to the former club.

As we mentioned above, Atletico Madrid history is full of club's moves among different stadiums, while since the renovation of the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, they have played there.

Being expanded from a 20,000 seat capacity to 68,000, Wanda Metropolitano Stadium became the host of Madrid's failed bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. In 2017, Metropolitano Stadium hosted the competition against 


, its first match after renewal, in which King Felipe VI attended. Going through 

Atletico Madrid stadiums

 cause us to divide the topic into two parts, training ground, and Pakistani academy.

The club has a training ground, located around 20 km west of Madrid and named Ciudad Deportiva Atletico Madrid in Majadahonda. Both the youth and the senior teams used the club-owned facilities for their trains. In addition to the training ground, which contains grass, artificial patches, and a gym, the club has also run a sports academy in Mjadahonda. Though, Ciudad Deportiva del Nuevo Cerro del Espino is not the only club's sports academy.

The Academy in Bucharest in Romania is another club's academy, considered its first Europe. In 2018, the club announced a new academy in Pakistan, that it was not only the club's first academy but the first European football academy in Pakistan. To conduct talents in Lahore, they launched there the "Football School Program," which later in 2020, Pakistan Football Federation declared the Football Federation League in 2020-21.

As the result of the Atletico Madrid effort, its club in Lahore became a professional Pakistani football club, which its debut against Hazar Coal ended in a 2-0 victory.

Atletico Madrid Rivalries History

Among Atletico Madrid history, the club and Real Madrid have been two clubs with dissimilar uniqueness and diverse outcomes. One of the differences which Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu is so proud of is rising on a wealthy Chairman neighborhood, Paseo de la Castellana, in northern Madrid.

Though, Atletico Madrid's former stadium was not in an area as prosperous as Real Madrid's, located 1.8 km away from the city center, in central-south of Madrid. As 

Atletico Madrid history

 reveals, one of the other differences between these two clubs was Real Madrid's consideration as an established club, versus

Atletico Madrid

, famous for a sense of rebellion.

Nonetheless, amongst the 

Atletico Madrid rivalries history

, there was a period in which Atletico was the preferred team of the government. Considering

Real Madrid

's European Cup trophies as a political capital, especially during Spain's international isolation, Fernando Maria de Castiella, Franco's foreign minister at the time, called Real Madrid the best embassy.

Despite Atletico Madrid's efforts and its significant struggles in the derby, it carried a 14-year streak while it could not record any winning into the 2012-13 season. Having passed the unsuccessful period as much as the club expected, they overcome their city rivals in a 2-1 victory in the 2013 Copa del Rey Final at the Santiago Bernabeu. Moreover, a heated rivalry between Barcelona, one of the "Classics" of Spanish football, and Atletico Madrid announces the news of raising competition between them. 

Leaving of

Antoine Griezman

, the French striker, from the Madrid club to the Catalan club, and

Luis Suarez

's exit from


to Atletico Madrid have intensified the rival situation between them.  

Atletico Madrid Managers History

The last part of the article of Atletico Madrid history is about its board of management and coaches. Having experienced many presidents during the 

Atletico Madrid managers history

, Atletico has been under 23 presidents managements.

The first club manager was Enrique Allende, who joined it in 1903, and the last one, who has started his management period since 2003, is Enrique Cerezo Torres. The current board of Atletico Madrid, rather than its president, is the club's chief executive officer, Miguel Angel Gil Marin.

Holding 56 percent of the club's stock, Gil Marin, Atletico Madrid's owner, is its former president's son. Atletico Madrid coach history includes many coaches, such as Helenio Herrera, Marcel Domingo, Jose Villalonga, and Max Merkel from 1939 till now.

As the first club's coach, Ricardo Zamora, tried a lot, and his efforts led Atletico Madrid to win the awards of La Liga and Supercopa de Espana. Throughout Atletico Madrid history, the club has gained various achievements under the training of different coaches, which in the following, we have introduced the most successful one.

Among the coaches whose effort led the club to achieve several honors, Luis Aragones's name on the list of coaches earned trophies, including Internation Cup, La Liga, 3 Copas del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, Segunda Division, and Iberian Cup.


Atletico Madrid coach history

 proves that Diego Simon, the club's coach since 2011, has been a prominent train because he has left a brilliant carer history. During his training period, the club has gained a wide range of awards, such as 2 UEFA Europa League, 2 UEFA Super Cup, La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Supercopa de Espana. 

Being among the three top Spanish clubs is one of the features that fans of the club have always been proud of during Atletico Madrid history. As mentioned in the article, the history of Atletico Madrid is full of events, which after passing many ups and downs, they could find their real position in the football world.

All we presented from Atletico Madrid champions league history to the changes in their logo or details of Atletico Madrid badge history were the facts we have gathered from authentic websites. Though we have tried to prepare a comprehensive article with accurate facts, if there is any part we have missed, let us know in the comment section below. 




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