Real Madrid – Atletico de Madrid
This blog will dive into the rivalry between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. This derby is also known as the El Derbi Madrileño
Some of the topics that we will touch upon are:
- History of the rivalry
- Memorable matches
- Head to Head record
History of the rivalry
The rivalry between the two clubs started at the beginning of the 20th century. Madrid Foot-Ball Club, founded in 1902, was the most powerful club in the Spanish capital. Madrid FC signed most of the best players from other clubs, which made them defunct.
After the war, Atletico Madrid enjoyed more success and closed the historical gap between the two clubs until the regime preference shifted towards Real Madrid in the 1950s. Los Blancos were preferred as they had won more European Cups and thus coined the best ambassadors for Spain. Thus, Atletico Madrid fans regularly chanted Real that they are the government’s team and the country’s shame.
In the 1970s, Atletico Madrid again took the lead as the most successful Spanish club of the decade. This prompted the Real Madrid fanbase to look down on Atletico Madrid, calling them and their supporters Indians. It is also worth mentioning that Real Madrid was not keen on signing non-caucasian players.
Another aspect of the rivalry is that Atlético de Madrid never won a Champions League title as the times they reached the Final, they faced off Real Madrid, and they lost the Final to their bitter rivals.
Atletico Madrid 7-3 Real Madrid 2021 Intercontinental Cup Final
Match Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NesBoIZ028s
A bizarre game of football that entertained one of the largest crowds for the Madrid derby, this game was the first to be played outside the La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Champions League between the two sides. Real Madrid fans were in store for one of the worst first-half performances; in the game’s opening seconds, Diego Costa’s shot was deflected and crept in at the far post. New signing at the time, Joao Felix added another when he tapped home a lovely cut back from the left back; Angel Correa added the third with an instinctive finish with his back towards the goal. Real Madrid lost possession of the ball outside their box, and Diego Costa pounced to make it four. Just before the halftime whistle, Diego Costa completed his first-half hattrick when he tucked away a penalty. That is how the first half ended: Atletico Madrid leading a Madrid derby by five goals to nil at halftime.
The second half saw some harsh challenges from both sides, as one comes to expect when these teams meet. Diego Costa added another as he delicately chipped Keylor Navas for the sixth. The Whites got one back when Eden Hazard blitzed through the left wing, and the cross shot hit Nacho Fernandez on the leg for 6-1. More and more challenges flew in, prompting a huge bust-up between most players and the coaches got involved. When play resumed, substitute Victor Perez peeled off from the left wing and, with a low-driven shot, beat Navas once again. Karim Benzema scored a penalty to make it 7-2, and Javi Hernandez tapped in the tenth goal of the game through a very dangerous cross.
This victory is one of the sweetest for Atletico as they humiliated Real Madrid on the European stage.
2014 UEFA Champions League Final Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid AET
Match Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPrrVlH92Cs
A heartbreaking night for Atletico de Madrid in the biggest club competition in the sport. After a promising start from the Los Blancos, it was first blood to Atletico Madrid, who benefitted from a lapse in judgment for Iker Casillas, who came out of his position but halfway through, he stopped and got caught in no man’s land as Diego Godin’s header looped and got the red and whites in front in Lisbon. Most of the remainder of the match was characterised by half chances and brutal tackles flying in from both sides as the time ticked on. All the hard work from Diego Simeone’s side came undone when Sergio Ramos met a corner in the 93rd minute of the game to equalise for Real Madrid.
The game went to extra time, and the City of Madrid was looking on with anticipation of what would come. Atletico de Madrid suffered a huge blow emotionally and struggled to keep going in extra time, and Real Madrid took full advantage of that. In the second half of extra time, Atletico Madrid collapsed, and a deflected shot fell kindly to Gareth Bale, who from close range nodded his side in front for the first time in the tie. There was no celebration from Carlo Ancellotti, but when Marcelo was allowed to drive into the box unchallenged and shot a low shot that went under Thibaut Courtois, the Italian showed great emotion after a long season.
In La Liga, Both teams have faced each other 170 times, Real Madrid winning 90, Atletico de Madrid winning 40 and draws totalling up to 40.
In total Real Madrid won the La Liga 35 times, the Copa del Rey 19 times and the Supercopa de Espana 12 times. On the other hand, Atletico de Madrid won La Liga ten times, as many Copa del Reys and two Supercopas de Espana.
Atletico Madrid dropped down from La Liga on two occasions, once in the 1929-30 and another time in the 1999-20 season.
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