Club Profile

Atlético Madrid

Atlético Madrid are, from the outside, the No. 3 team in Spain’s La Liga. Still, they are a big club with a rich history and new stadium in an amazing city.

LOCATION: Madrid, Spain


NICKNAMES: Colchoneros (Mattress Makers) – Its origin comes from the post-civil war era. Back then mattresses were covered with a material with red and white strips just like the team’s kit. They are also called Los Indios (The Indians), possibly due to the club’s signing of many players from South America.


The club was formed in 1903 by students in Madrid who saw the new club as a youth branch to their childhood team, Athletic Bilbao. In 1911, the club started to break away from Bilbao, and formed its own identity with its now famous kit. But Bilbao still used ‘loaned’ players from Madrid to find success. In 1921, Atlético Madrid became independent…


When you share a city with one of the biggest and most successful European clubs, how can they not be a rival? Historically, Real Madrid have been viewed as the establishment club, while Atlético Madrid have been less glamorous and played with more of a sense of rebellion. That rebellion comes from the days when Spain’s own government called Real…

Women's Team

Atlético Madrid originally had a women’s team for the first time in the late 1980s, but the team was disbanded in the early 1990s. The club was re-established in 2001, and officially became part of Atlético Madrid in 2005. Atlético Madrid Femenino currently play in Liga F, the top women’s league in Spain, and home games are at the…




Estadio Metropolitano, sponsored by a real estate company called Wanda, has been the home venue of Atlético Madrid since the 2017-18 season. The stadium currently has a capacity of 68,456 and originally opened in 1994. So, despite Atlético Madrid moving in for the 2017-18 season, it is not a new stadium, but was renovated for a cost of €240…

Going to a Game at Atlético Madrid

GETTING THERE: Directions are on the club’s website. PUBS & GRUB: Coming soon! AROUND TOWN: Madrid is a top international tourist destination. Located in the center of Spain, it is the capital and most-populated city in the country. Madrid is also the second-largest city in the European Union, only surpassed by Berlin. There are…

Atlético Madrid Tickets

The club sells tickets directly from their website. Groundhopper Soccer Guides also sells tickets and hospitality to Atlético Madrid home games at the Wanda Metropolitano. Learn more about the options we offer.


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