Atlético Madrid hail from the capital of Spain, the city that also hosts Real Madrid and the two clubs share a heated rivalry. Despite being in Real’s and Barcelona’s shadow for much of the 20th century, ATM have managed to appear in two Champions League Finals, win the Europa League and famously clinch the La Liga title in 2014. We take a look at the Top 10 Wins of Atlético Madrid.
10. Real Madrid CF 3 – 6 Atlético Madrid, 1949-50 La Liga
Atlético had a golden era in the 50s in Spain, thanks to consecutive league titles under the prolific Helenio Herrera.
One of the most critical games on their calendar was squaring up against Real at the Bernabeu and when that day came, ATM played like kings to pump 6 past a hapless Real. The victory went a long way in ensuring they took a sizable lead in the title race.
9. Real Madrid CF 1 – 3 Atlético Madrid, 1959-60 Copa del Rey Final
Atlético won consecutive leagues and consecutive Cups in the 1960 and 1961 seasons. Atleti thrashed Real in the final of the 1959-60 edition to lift the Copa del Rey at the home of Real Madrid, Santiago Bernabeu.
This was a Real team comprising of the likes of Alfredo di Stefano and Puskas. Atlético were unfazed by the financial might of their neighbors and scored three en route to lifting the Copa.
8. Real Madrid CF 2 – 3 Atlético Madrid, 1960-61 Copa del Rey Final
The 1960-61 brought a repeat of the Final a year earlier as Madrid giants Atlético and Real faced off at the Bernabeu. This was a scope at redemption for the star-studded Real team.
However, Atlético held firm, scored three in a repeat of the previous year and and conceded just two to win in regulation time. The win was a statement for the Red and Whites of Madrid that the Rojiblancos could match up to the level of the Los Blancos.
7. Real Madrid CF 1 – 2 Atlético Madrid, 2012-13 Copa del Rey Final
A classic encounter a year from the famous Champions League final between the Madrid giants, ATM pulled off a stunner against Real as they rallied to score a late goal through defender Miranda in the 99th minute to win 2-1 on the day.
Earlier Cristiano Ronaldo had opened the scoring for Real and Diego Costa had equalised with a stunning solo goal.
6. Atlético Madrid 3 – 0 Fiorentina, 1962 Cup Winners’ Cup Final
Atlético had their own share of European glory when the club went on to be victors in the Cup Winners’ Cup Final against Italian side Fiorentina.
The victory placed Atlético on the same platform as their more successful Spanish counterparts Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Atlético had built a team from scratch, mostly with home grown talent and them going on to win in Europe was the stuff of dreams.
5. Real Madrid CF 2 – 4 Atlético Madrid, 2012-13 UEFA Super Cup
Atlético had satisfied themselves with the UEFA Europa League in the earlier season, and they faced Champions League victors Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.
The Rojiblancos made merry even after falling behind on the day thanks to a Ramos penalty as they rallied back with goals from Costa and Correa to win 4-2 on the night. Diego Costa as always was on fire as his first goal was pure class.
4. Marseille 0 – 2 Atlético Madrid, 2018 UEFA Europa League Final
This was a hard fought competition as the likes of Arsenal, Marseille and Napoli were all involved in the Europa League. Atlético made their way past a gritty Arsenal side in the semi-finals and faced a high-flying Marseille side in the Final.
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The match turned out to be extremely one-sided for Diego Simeone’s team as ATM held the ball, dictated possession and their French counterparts were no match to classic Atleti play.
3. FC Bacelona vs Atlético Madrid, 1996 Copa del Rey Final
1996 was the year of the double. Atlético had the best team in decades with the likes of current coach Diego Simeone, Toni, Pjanić, Kiko and Caminero donning the red and white stripes.
They had already clinched the La Liga title thanks to a consistent display throughout the season and were looking to take their first double home as they squared of against Barcelona in the Final of the Copa del Rey at Zaragoza. A Miralem Pjanić goal in extra time made sure they achieved the historic moment that had eluded them for so long.
2. Fulham 0 -2 Atlético Madrid, 2010 Europa League Final
Roy Hodgeson’s Fulham made their way to the Final of the Europa League. They faced Atlético who had a certain Diego Forlan in their ranks.
The Uruguayan had lit the La Liga on fire and scored a brace in the Final of the Europa League to make sure he went into the World Cup with a trophy. This was a crucial victory in Atlético Madrid’s history as the club re-established themselves among Europe’s elite.
1. Inter Milan 0 -2 Atlético Madrid, 2010 UEFA Super Cup
Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan were given a shocker by UEFA Europa League winners Atlético Madrid as the Spanish team dominated a game for 90 minutes and won 2-0 on the night. Goals from Reyes and Aguero made sure David de Gea’s brilliant efforts in front of goal didn’t go to waste.
The talismanic team of Atlético were sold off to different teams in Europe with de Gea going to Manchester United, Aguero going to City before they could put together a great team again and challenge for titles under Diego Simeone.