Atletico Madrid : The 3rd giant of Spanish football
Spain came up in the world as the best footballing country in the last two decades. The main forces of football are Barcelona and Real Madrid. With only two popular clubs no league would prosper. Any league needs much more teams so that the game becomes more and more engaging. Except EPl only Laliga could feature in such a league. The third best team can be found in Madrid. Yes I am speaking about Atletico Madrid. Atletico Madrid is such a team which is too good to play for Europa League but not good enough for Champions League. The club was established by a group of students in Madrid and founders saw the new club as a youth branch of their childhood team, Athletic Bilbao.
The club managed to win the Laliga for ten times. But we can tell that the club had a rebirth around 2009 . They bought a number of good players around the globe in the past few years but the performance on the field was not upto the mark. In the 2009-10 season they finished 9th in La Liga . Quite a Bad performance but they managed to win the Europa League in that year beating Liverpool in the semi final and Fulham in the final. It is told that Quique Sánchez Flores brought fortune to the club. Almost after fifty years they won a European title. But the next year did not go well as they finished 7th in La Liga and kicked out of Copa Del Rey final Sevilla. So the club removed Flores and welcomed Simione. Simeone led Atlético to their second Europa League win in the three years since its creation, as they beat Athletic Bilbao 3–0 in the final on 9 May 2012 in Bucharest with Radamel Falcao – twice – and Diego being the scorers. Being the champion they qualified for Uefa Super cup and there they beat the Champions League champion Chelsea by 4-1. Radamel Falcao made a hattrick in the first half. They also won the Copa Del Rey defeating the mighty Real Madrid in Derby.
They won the La Liga in 2004 breaking the ten years run of winning the league either by Barca or Real. They won the league after 18 years. One week later they faced Real in the Champions League final but could not win although the performance of the team was unforgettable. IN 2016 they again faced Real in Cl final but could not win again. In 2018 they won the Europa league tile for the 3rd time in nine years. This decade was really great for every colchoneros.
The club had made a number of players in the last decade like Morata, Diego Costa, Koke , Turan, Griezman, Diego Godin, Sergio Aguero and many others.They always had an eye for bringing great players and nurturing great talents. They recently signed the Portuguese youth star Joao Felix in their team. With Simione being manager they are ready to bring great victories for the club.