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With striker Diego Forlan continuing to be the subject of transfer speculation following his spectacular season, inspiring Madrid to the EUFA Europa League crown and Uruguay to the World Cup semi-finals winning the Golden Boot on the way, the fans of Atlectico Madrid may fear that the progress made last year could be undone. Playmaker Jose Manuel Jurado looks set for a move to Bundesliga club Schalke but the possible loss of Forlan would leave the club light on strikers, Sergio Aquero being the main strike partner for Forlan.
However, coach Quique Sanchez Flores is determined to push on from their European success and make further inroads on what was a disappointing 9th place finish in La Liga. The 2-0 victory over UEFA Champions League winners Inter Milan in the UEFA Super Cup saw both Aguero and former Arsenal man Jose Antonio Reyes score. As Simao announces his international retirement, the ability of Atletico to compete with the likes of local rivals Real will very much depend on the commitment of the players who remain and have come in. Uruguyan defender Diego Godin has arrived from Villarreal and will likely partner Tomas Ujfalusi at the back.
Yet the ultimate success or failure of Atletico’s season may rest on their ability to retain the services of one player – Forlan – whose abject failure to shine at Manchester United now seems a long, long time ago.
A Brief History
Atletico has won nine La Liga and Copa del Rey titles along with one European Cup Winners Cup and an Intercontinental Cup. Atletico have also been the runners-up in the European Cup (Champions League) once in 1974. All this since their inception in 1904 with the intention of it being a branch of Athletic Bilbao. The club continued to be associated with Bilbao for nearly two decades before it began to function as an independent club in 1921. Atletico had a fairly successful start as an independent club, winning the Campeonato del Centro three times and finishing runners-up in the Copa del Rey twice in 1921 and 1926.
Following the successes in the Copa del Rey competition, which was the only nationwide competition at that time, Atletico was invited to join the Primera Liga in its inaugural season in 1928. However the cub could not convert the success in the cup competition into the league and were relegated to the second division in 1930. Though the club managed to get promoted to the first division in 1934, it was once again relegated in 1936.
After the Spanish Civil War, the club was merged with Aviación Nacional and was known as Athletic Aviación de Madrid. In 1939, Atletico was awarded a place in the first division since Real Oviedo's stadium was devastated in the air bombings.
The completion of the Spanish Civil War saw some of the best years for the club as it won its first live La Liga title in 1940 and successfully defended it the next season. In 1947, the club reverted to its old name and was known as Club Atlético de Madrid.
The club spent the rest of the 1940s in the top half of the league, finishing third four times in 1942, 1945, 1947 and 1948. Atletico started the 1950s with back-to-back titles in 1950 and 1951, before a steady decline set in that saw it struggle to compete against the two heavy weights of Spanish football, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
For the next fifteen seasons, inconsistent form saw Atletico finish as high as 2nd position to as low as 9th position. The club had a brief period of success when it won two successive Copa del Reys in 1960 and 1961. It also tasted success on the European front when it defeated Fiorentina 3-0 in the final of the European Cup Winners Cup in 1962.
The 1960s and 1970s were the best years for the club as it proved to be a worthy opponent of its great city rivals Real Madrid, winning the La Liga four times in 1966, 1970, 1973 and 1977 and coming in second place in 1961, 1963 and 1965. Atletico also won the Copa del Rey in 1965, 1972 and 1976. However it was a period of dominance of Real Madrid as the club won 14 La Liga titles between 1960 and 1980.
In 1974 Atletico had its best run in the European Cup competition, reaching the final by defeating Galatasaray, Dinamo Bucharest, Red Star Belgrade and Celtic. However the club was unable to match against the heavy weights of Bayern Munich and though it managed to draw the first leg, it lost 4-0 in the return leg in the Heysel.
That season Atletico appointed former player Luis Aragones as the new manager and Aragonés provided the first silverware for his club that same year by winning the Intercontinental Cup against Independiente. He also won the Copa del Rey in 1976 and followed it up with a 8th La Liga title in 1977.
In total Aragonés was the manager of the club on four different occasions, fro 1974-80, 1982-87, 1991-93 and 2002-03. His second stint at the club proved successful too, as the club finished runners-up in the league and won the Copa del Rey in 1985. Aragonés also led the club to its third European Cup Winners Cup final in 1986 but lost out to Dynamo Kiev.
The election of Jesús Gil as the club president in 1987 saw a desperate attempt to regain the La Liga title. Gil spent a lot of money in bolstering his squad but was unable to win the league title. Gil spent the next 8 years hiring and firing managers who were unable to provide him with the title. Success finally arrived in 1996 when the team managed by Radomir Antic won the league title for the first time in nearly 20 years. Antic also won the Copa del Rey that season, completing a rare double for the club.
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