Athletico Madrid is one of Spain’s biggest clubs. In recent years under manager Diego Simeone, Athletico Madrid tv listings have become unmissable. Whether it's on an Athletico Madrid live stream or you are actually watching Athletico Madrid on TV, their recent champions league and domestic success has been a joy to watch. Football on tv has certainly benefited from the Spanish underdog's presence in recent years. Never miss a match by following all the latest games' updates right here!
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Despite being dwarfed in size by Real Madrid and Barcelona in both budget and support the club have always held their own and often punch above their weight in both La Liga and the Champions League. The club was founded in 1903 by 3 students and was originally supposed to be a youth academy for the Basque club, Athletico Bilbao. Athletico have built their success on toughness and togetherness, in the 70s they made the champions league final and garnered the nickname "the animals" due to their toughness. This has continued under Simone and has led to them winning the Europa League twice, La Liga, and Copa del Rey under his tenure.
Colours and Crest
The Athletico Madrid Logo was designed in 1917 and pictures a bear standing on its hind legs, leaning against a Madroño tree. The logo has changed over the years to have fewer stripes and a different shape but the traditional blue, red and white colours remain. When Athletico Madrid is on TV you will recognize their classic strip of red and white jerseys with blue shorts.
Real Madrid versus Atletico Madrid
El Derbi Madrileño or the Madrid derby as it's known, is one of the most famous derbies in the world of football. In recent years, the derby has become even more intense due to Atletico’s ascendency to the top table of European football, the two even met in the champions league final in 2014, which was the first time two teams from the same city contested the prestigious tournament's finale. The teams have met 222 times with Real winning 110 and Athletico 56, with 56 draws also.
Stats and Records and Key Players
Athletico Madrid have been runners up in the Champions League on 3 occasions and two of those they lost to their cross-town rivals Real Madrid. They are Spain's 3rd most successful club behind Real Madrid and Barcelona. Adelardo holds the club's official appearance record with 551 appearances from 1959 to 1976, while Adrián Escudero has the record for most goals in La Liga with 150. Diego Costa is the club's most expensive signing at €65 million and at €60 million, Radamel Falcao is the club's biggest sale.
Atlético have won La Liga on 10 occasions, including a league and cup double in 1996; the Copa del Rey on 10 occasions; two Supercopas de España and one Copa Eva Duarte. In Europe, they won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1962. Athletico Madrid have been very successful in Europe this decade winning the Europa League in 2010, 2012 and 2018, and won the UEFA Super Cup in 2010, 2012 and 2018.