Atlético Madrid

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Club Atlético de Madrid, S.A.D., commonly known as Atlético Madrid, is a Spanish football club based in Madrid who play in La Liga.[2] Atlético have won both La Liga and the Copa del Rey on nine occasions, including a double in 1996; in Europe, they won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1962, were European Cup runners-up in 1974,[3] won the Intercontinental Cup in 1975, and won the Europa League in 2010, where Los Colchoneros ended their 48-year wait for continental honors,[4] defeating Fulham 2–1 in the final, which was held at the Hamburg Arena in Hamburg.[5]

Los Colchoneros play their home games at Vicente Calderón,[6] which currently holds up to 54,851 spectators. In 2012, Atleti are due to move to their new home of Estadio La Peineta, which will have a capacity of 73,000.

Atleti's home kit is red and white vertical striped shirts, with blue shorts, accompanied by blue and red socks, this combination has been used since 1911. Nike are the kit manufacturers, the main shirt sponsor is KIA, rear shirt sponsorship is covered by Kyocera, and the current short sponsor is PAF.

During their history, the club have been known by a number of nicknames, including Los Colchoneros (The Mattress Makers) in English, due to their first team stripes being the same colors as old-fashioned mattresses. During the 1970s, they became known as Los Indios, allegedly due to the club signing several South American players after the restrictions on signing foreign players was lifted. However, there are a number of counter theories which claim they were so named because their stadium is "camped" on the river bank, or because Los Indios were the traditional enemy of Los Blancos (The Whites), which is the nickname of the club's city rivals Real Madrid.[7]


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