Atlético de Madrid: A New Story Unfolds


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The Metropolitan stadium is reopening its doors after setting a record in the last league match against Rayo. Atlético has won 28 consecutive victories against its fans, but the stadium has a lot of history since September 16, 2017. It will be the second time that it hosts a semi-final, the first in a national competition. The old Metropolitano was Atlético’s springboard towards the Cup finals held in 1960, 1961 and 1965, and those lost in 1956 and 1964. The Vicente Calderón would be the stage where Atlético would live its big nights.

The KO tournament has led the red and whites in up to 12 semifinals, winning the title in 1972, 1976, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1996 and 2013, and being runners-up in 1975, 1987, 1999, 2000 and 2010. There were also European semi-finals for history, such as those that led to three Champions League finals in 1974 (Celtic), 2014 (Chelsea) and 2016 (Bayern) or those of the Europa League in 2010 (Liverpool) and 2012 (Valencia). The Super Cups won against Barcelona and Real Madrid in the 1985 and 2014 Super Cups, respectively, or the Intercontinental Cup placed in the showcases in 1975 after beating Independiente de Avellaneda. Even semi-finals that ended in defeat would contribute to the Calderón remaining eternally in the memory of the red-and-white fans.

The first season at the Metropolitano would lead to an unusual elimination in the group stage of the highest continental competition. Simeone’s troops would end up managing to embrace success and the new home would have its first big night: the 2018 Europa League semi-final, later won in Lyon. After an agonizing draw at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg, Atlético had to finish the job in front of their fans. On May 3, 2018, the magic of the Calderón would move to the San Blas neighborhood for the first time. With Diego Costa taking advantage of an assist from Griezmann, Atlético would knock down an entire Arsenal to retire Arsene Wenger, in a match in which Oblak, Savic, Giménez, Saúl, Koke and Correa would also do their part to the epic.

The Metropolitano would also experience other great gala atmospheres: in the Champions League round of 16 against Juventus in 2019 and against Liverpool in 2020, in the quarterfinals against City in 2022, and in the derby three weeks ago that has led to a new chapter in history. The objective in the first days after moving to the new home was to fill the Metropolitan with memories, a purpose that remains valid today.

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