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Atletico de Madrid
Atletico de Madrid is a football club worthy of high praises so let’s see what hides behind this athletic name. This club is based in Madrid just like its greatest rival, Real Madrid. The competition between them is so legendary that it even has its own name: El Derbi madrileño. Even though Atletico hasn’t managed to win a match against their rivals since 1999, supporters are there to cheer them up knowing with certainty that the winning strikes will return on the Vicente Calderón Stadium.
Due to the red and white stripes as home colors, Atletico de Madrid is frequently referred to as the The Indians. Each football club has its own golden age and Athletic Madrid is no exception from the rule. It lasted between 1947 and 1965. It all started with La Liga successive wins in 1950 and 1951 then it came the second place in La Liga during the 57–58 season.
Another great result will take place during the 58–59 season when Atletico de Madrid reached the semifinals of the European Cup only to be stopped from their road towards the final by Real Madrid. But in 1960 and 1961 it was time for Athletic to defeat Real in the finals for Copa del Rey. One year later, it was time for yet another wonderful vivid victory against Fiorentina, which brought the European Cup Winners' Cup. This trophy was a strong reason for having a joyful time since it was the only important European title missing from Atletico de Madrid’s gallery.
After this period known as the golden age, the only notable successes were registered in 1966, 1970, 1973 and 1977 when La Liga belonged to this football club and in 1965, 1972 and 1976 when Atletico won the Copa del Rey. However, these winnings are not the most striking fact. The really impressive thing is that at that time Atletico de Madrid was the only football club that managed to make Real Madrid pray for victories.
Contemporary European winnings started under Falco, the first important one and the first title after winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in ‘63 happened during the 2009–10 season, UEFA Europa League trophy, which will be won again in 2012 against rival Athletic Bilbao. Also in 2010, after a 2–0 victory against Internazionale Milano Atletico won its first UEFA Super Cup. Two years later this trophy will go again to Atletico de Madrid after defeating an English team this time, Chelsea.
After such impressive comebacks many years later since the golden age, we should remind supporters and readers about the greatest players: Hugo Sánchez, while playing for Atletico Madrid, won the Pichichi trophy for being the greatest scorer from La Liga, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was a great overall player and even though it had only 34 appearances he gave all and played with passion while playing for Atletico, and we should finally mention Fernando Torres not for his loyalty since he left Atletico de Madrid after one year of playing in 2007 but for being one of the greatest Spanish talents.
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