Lisbon will stage its first European Cup final since 1967.
Sport Lisboa e Benfica stadium will stage the 2014 UEFA Champions League
final on Saturday 24 May.

©2014 Pedro Gaspar




Country: Spain | Founded: 1903

Club Atlético de Madrid, commonly known as Atlético de Madrid, or Atlético, is a Spanish football club based in Madrid that plays in La Liga. Atlético have won La Liga on nine occasions, including a league and cup double in 1996; the Copa del Rey on ten occasions; 1 Supercopa de España and 3 Copa Eva Duarte; in Europe, they won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1962, were European Cup runners-up in 1974, won the Europa League in 2010 and in 2012, and won the UEFA Super Cup in 2010 and 2012, as well as the 1974 Intercontinental Cup.

The club play their home games at the Vicente Calderón, which currently holds up to 54,960 spectators. In 2016, Atlético are due to move to their new home of Estadio La Peineta, which will have a capacity of 70,000. Atletico'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 sponsor is Azerbaijan. The club is the third most supported in Spain, behind Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. It is also one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of number of associates, with more than 65,000 season ticket holders. During their history, the club has been known by a number of nicknames, including Los Colchoneros, due to their first team stripes being the same colours 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 named so because their stadium is "camped" on the river bank, or because Los Indios (The Indians) were the traditional enemy of Los Blancos (The Whites), which is the nickname of the club's city rivals, Real Madrid.

Profile of a Champion

0 UEFA Champions League's
Diego Simeone

Club Atlético de Madrid were founded by a group of Madrid-based Basque students. The new side donned the same blue-and-white kit as their hometown Athletic Club Bilbao did, but were forbidden from playing in it so in 1911 they adopted red-and-white stripes. In 1923 they moved into the Estadio Metropolitano.

Los Rojiblancos were invited to join the inaugural Liga in 1928, finishing sixth. The post-Spanish Civil War economic downturn prompted an amalgamation with Zaragoza's Aviación Nacional, hence the 1939 inception of Athletic Aviación Club. Successive league titles arrived in 1940 and 1941 before the name Club Atlético de Madrid was assumed in 1947, before back-to-back Liga crowns in 1950 and 1951.

Defeated by Real Madrid CF in the European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-finals, Los Colchoneros took revenge with consecutive Copa del Rey final victories over their city rivals in 1960 and 1961. The latter booked Atlético a place in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, which they won by beating ACF Fiorentina in the final before missing out to Tottenham Hotspur FC in the following year's showpiece.

They returned to the European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1973, reaching the final only to lose the replay 4-0 to FC Bayern Münich after Luis Aragonés's extra-time opener had been cancelled out in the last minute two days earlier. With Bayern opting out of the following season's European/South American Cup, Atlético stepped in and defeated CA Independiente to become champions.

Further Copa del Rey triumphs followed (1976, 1985, 1991, 1992), as well as a 1986 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final loss to FC Dynamo Kyiv, but 1995/96 eclipsed it all as Radomir Antić's side completed a league and cup double. Just four years later, they were relegated. Aragonés guided them back to the top flight in 2002 and in 2010 their 48-year wait for contintal silverware was over as two Diego Forlán goals earned an extra-time victory against Fulham FC in the inaugural UEFA Europa League.

The arrival of Diego Simeone in December 2011 began a new era of success, with the Argentinian – a former Liga and cup double-winning midfielder with Atlético – guiding Los Colchoneros to UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Copa del Rey glory, as well as UEFA Champions League qualification in little over a year.

The team

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1 Daniel Aranzubia 2 Diego Godín 4 Mario Suárez 7 Adrián López
13 Thibaut Courtois 3 Filipe Luís 5 Tiago 9 David Villa
34 Álvaro Peral 12 Toby Alderweireld 6 Koke 20 Diego Costa
  17 Javi Manquillo 8 Raúl García 21 Léo Baptistão
  18 José María Giménez 10 Arda Turan  
      20 Juanfran 11 Cristian Rodríguez  
      22 Emiliano Insua 14 Gabi  
      23 Miranda 15 Josuha Guilavogui  
        24 José Sosa  
        26 Diego  

The Road so Far

  • Atlético de Madrid 3-1 Zenit

  • Porto 1-1 Atlético de Madrid

  • Áustria Viena 0-3 Atlético de Madrid

  • Atlético de Madrid 4-0 Áustria Viena

  • Zenit 1-1 Atlético de Madrid

  • Atlético de Madrid 2-0 Porto

  • Milan 0-1 Atlético de Madrid

  • Atlético de Madrid 4-1 Milan

  • Barcelona 1-1 Atlético de Madrid

  • Atlético de Madrid 1-0 Atlético de Madrid

  • Atlético de Madrid 0-0 Chelsea

  • Chelsea 1-3 Atlético de Madrid

Team statistics

Goals Scored

Atlético Madrid played a total of 12 games, scoring 25 goals with 9 wins, 3 draw and 0 defeat.

Goals Scored - 25
Average - 2.08
Penalties - 1
Headed Goals - 4
Inside Area - 21
Outside - 5


Atlético Madrid has a total of 98 shots on goal, in which 59.1% were within the area.

Attempts on Target - 98
Inside Area - 58
Outside Area - 39
Attempts off Target - 68
Inside Area - 31
Outside Area - 36


Atlético Madrid has a total of 46% of the ball possession, which amounts to an average of about 24 minutes of actual playing time.

Passes Attempted - 6285
Passes Completed - 4417
Crosses Attempted - 233
Crosses Completed - 66

Set Pieces

With players like Koke and Diego Costa, the set pieces of Atlético Madrid will always be a danger.

Corners - 59
Penalties - 1


For every foul committed Atlético Madrid suffers an average of 1.1 fouls.

Red Cards - 0
Yellow Cards - 27
Fouls Committed - 187
Fouls Suffered - 168

Key Player

Diego da Silva Costa began his professional career in Braga, Portugal. He was signed by Atlético Madrid in 2007, who loaned him back to Braga, and then to Celta and Albacete before selling him to Valladolid in 2009. He returned to Atlético the following season, and went on to become a key part of their attack. Internationally, Costa played twice with Brazil in 2013, but later declared his desire to represent Spain, having been granted Spanish citizenship in September 2013.

Nationality: Brazil
Height: 188cm
Weight: 85kg
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 19
Apperances -8 (571min.)
Goals -8
Assists -1
now that you know the team, and all the history,
without further ado, let's start this game!
shall we?

©2014 Pedro Gaspar


Country: Spain | Founded: 1902

Real Madrid C.F., also known simply as Real Madrid and familiarly as Real, is a professional football club based in Madrid. The first international cup they took part in was the Latin Cup in which they participated as champions of Spain. The competition lasted from 1949 to 1957 and Real Madrid won two out of eight editions. Since entering the European Cup, in 1955, the club has competed in every UEFA competition, excepting Intertoto Cup.

Real Madrid had the most success in the European Cup, winning the trophy for a record nine times. Real was the winner of the inaugural edition of the European Cup and the only club to win the trophy five times in a row. The club has also won the UEFA Cup twice, in 1985 and 1986, the Super Cup once, in 2002, and the Intercontinental Cup three times, in 1960, 1998 and 2002.

Profile of a Champion

9 UEFA Champions League's
Carlo Ancelotti

Following four consecutive Copa del Rey triumphs between 1905 and 1908, Madrid were given their royal title in 1920 and became one of the founding members of the Liga on its 1929 inception. A team including legendary goalkeeper Ricardo Zamora were champions in 1931/32 and 1932/33.

With the Chamartin Stadium in ruins following the Spanish Civil War, board member Santiago Bernabéu led construction of the venue that now bears his name, opening in 1947. The club then pulled the masterstroke of signing Alfredo di Stéfano, and with Francisco Gento and Miguel Muñoz, Madrid set about dominating European football.

Los Merengues won the first five instalments of the European Champion Clubs' Cup, and completed the quintet in memorable fashion in 1960. Spearheaded by Di Stéfano and Hungary's Ferénc Puskas, Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 in the Hampden Park final. Winger Gento went on to play in the European Cup victory of 1966, with new stars such as Amancio and Pirri.

The next classic Madrid side came in the 1980s with the 'Quinta del Buitre', The Vulture Squad, led by Emilio Butragueño, winning successive league titles between 1986 and 1990. The dominance of Johan Cruyff's FC Barcelona overshadowed Madrid in the early 1990s, but the emergence of Raúl González heralded a new beginning. Madrid won the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League, Predrag Mijatović scoring the only goal of the final against Juventus. A more convincing 3-0 victory against Valencia CF followed in the 1999/2000 showpiece.

The likes of Ronaldo, Luís Figo and Zinédine Zidane led Madrid to a ninth European Cup in 2001/02, the latter scoring a memorable winner to see off Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 in Glasgow. The combination of €94m, world-record signing Cristiano Ronaldo and coach José Mourinho raised the stakes again, with that duo spearheading Madrid's charge for the club's 32nd Spanish title in 2012.

The team

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1 Iker Casillas 2 Raphaël Varane 6 Sami Khedira 7 Cristiano Ronaldo
13 Jesús Fernández 3 Pepe 11 Gareth Bale 9 Karim Benzema
25 Diego López 4 Sergio Ramos 14 Xabi Alonso 20 Jesé Rodríguez
  5 Fábio Coentrão 16 Casemiro 21 Álvaro Morata
  12 Marcelo 19 Luka Modrić  
      15 Dani Carvajal 22 Ángel Di María  
      17 Álvaro Arbeloa 23 Isco  
      18 Nacho Fernández 24 Asier Illarramendi  
      32 Jorge Casado 33 Borja García  

The Road so Far

  • Galatasaray 1-6 Real Madrid

  • Real Madrid 4-0 FC Copenhague

  • Real Madrid 2-1 Juventus

  • Juventus 2-2 Real Madrid

  • Real Madrid 4-1 Galatasaray

  • FC Copenhague 0-2 Real Madrid

  • Schalke 04 1-6 Real Madrid

  • Real Madrid 3-1 Schalke 04

  • Real Madrid 3-0 Borussia Dortmund

  • Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Real Madrid

  • Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern de Munique

  • Bayern de Munique 0-4 Real Madrid

Team statistics

Goals Scored

Real Madrid played a total of 12 games, scoring 37 goals with 10 wins, one draw and one defeat.

Goals Scored - 37
Average - 3.08
Penalties - 1
Headed Goals - 4
Inside Area - 32
Outside - 5


Real Madrid has a total of 115 shots on goal, in which 65.22% were within the area.

Attempts on Target - 115
Inside Area - 75
Outside Area - 38
Attempts off Target - 72
Inside Area - 40
Outside Area - 32


Real Madrid has a total of 51% of the ball possession, which amounts to an average of about 30 minutes of actual playing time.

Passes Attempted - 7618
Passes Completed - 6023
Crosses Attempted - 114
Crosses Completed - 56

Set Pieces

With players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, the set pieces of Real Madrid will always be a danger.

Corners - 53
Penalties - 1


For every foul committed Real Madrid suffers an average of 1.27 fouls.

Red Cards - 1
Yellow Cards - 19
Fouls Committed - 107
Fouls Suffered - 136

Key Player

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Sporting after a successful trial and scored twice on his league debut; was whisked away to Old Trafford at 18 after impressing United players in a pre-season friendly to inaugurate Sporting's new stadium. Became the first player to score sixteen goals in a UEFA Champions League.

Nationality: Portugal
Height: 184cm
Weight: 78kg
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Champions League Winner: -2008
Champions League Leading Scorer: -2007/08, 2012/13
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: -2008, 2013
Apperances -10 (873min.)
Goals -16
Assists -4
now that you know the team, and all the history,
without further ado, let's start this game!
shall we?

©2014 Pedro Gaspar