In 1903 Atletico Madrid by three Basque students founded as a subsidiary of the Basque club Athletic Bilbao under the name Athletic Club de Madrid. In 1920 the club became independent.
They played in the south of the city Vallecas, until in 1923 the stadium from the subway company, Estadio Metropolitano, in the west of Madrid was hired. In the thirties Athletic went back and forth between La Liga and Segunda Division.
After the Spanish Civil War in which many athletic players had lost the club was in 1939 merged with Aviación Nacional of Zaragoza, the football of the Spanish Air Force for Athletic Aviación de Madrid.
Prompt Avación Athletic won in 1940 and 1941 the national title, and the name of Franco was forcibly changed to the Aviation Spaansere Atletico de Madrid.
In 1947 the club was disconnected from the Air Force and received its current name, Club Atlético de Madrid. Also under this name remained successful club with two national titles during the reign of the famous coach Helenio Herrera.
In 1958 the club played for the first European football as number 2 in the Spanish Primera Liga because Real Madrid both the title and won the European Cup.
It played its home matches Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as Real’s own stadium does not have an artificial plant. Only the semi-final against Real Madrid or in Metropolitan itself was finished.
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