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Atlético de Madrid

Facts & Figures

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  • Country of origin: Spain
  • Founded in: 1903
  • Stadium: Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
  • Team Nickname: Los Colchoneros (The Mattress Makers), Los Rojiblancos (The Red and Whites), or Los Indios (The Indians)
  • Official Atlético Madrid Team Web Site (in English - also available in Spanish, of course)
  • Best Continental Championship Performance: Runners-Up (1974, 2014, 2016)
  • Best National League Performance: Winners 10 times
  • Best National Cup Competition Performance: Winners 10 times

Ideas for an Atlético Madrid Themed Party

A tapas party is one ideal way to watch an Atlético de Madrid game; as long as you can prepare the food in advance, otherwise you'll end up missing most of the match!
Just prepare a selection of different tapas, and serve up fresh platefuls at intervals throughout the game. Any that need last minute preparation or cooking can be served at the start of the game, just after half time, or after the final whistle.

If you prefer a "proper" meal, we have a few suggestions below for dishes from the Madrid region.

As for colour schemes, the famous Atlético Madrid red and white striped shirts must provide some inspiration. It is believed that the team's nickname (The Mattress Makers) originates from the fact that red and white striped material used to be used for making mattresses in Spain.

Atlético Madrid Party Decorations

  • Decorate yourself and your room with Atlético Madrid shirts, flags and scarves. There are a few options on the right of this page or you could try:
  • If you're serving food, search for red and white table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our General Party Decorations Page
  • In addition to the above ideas, anything else you can find in red and white - particularly stripes - will help create the right atmosphere

Food for an Atlético Madrid Party

Madrid, as Spain's capital city, has attracted visitors from all over the country and further afield, and as a result its cuisine has become something of a "melting pot" of all those different influences. Despite being a long way from the coast, fish and seafood are extremely popular. One of the most popular local dishes is Cocido Madrileño, a rich stew of chickpeas, vegetables and various meats. Snails and garlic (either together or separately) also feature prominently in the local cooking tradition.

In common with the rest of Spain, Tapas are a popular way to eat. For those not familiar with them, tapas are more a way of eating than necessarily a specific recipe or recipes. The idea is to order small portions of many different dishes as you order your drinks over the course of the evening - each time you order a round of drinks, order another tapas or two. To our way of thinking, if they can be prepared in advance, is there a better way to combine food, drink and a good footy game on the TV?! We think not! There are so many recipes and ideas for tapas - or Pintxos as they are known in the Basque region - that we may end up having a whole page dedicated to them. For now, we'll add a few here as a start....

Tapas Recipes

Other Recipes

Drink for an Atlético Madrid Party

In common with the rest of Spain, wine is drunk in Madrid with most meals. The region produces both red and white, but is probably best known for its red tempranillo. The Mahou San Miguel Brewing Group - responsible for production of those two brands of beer - is based in Madrid, and its beers are both popular throughout Spain and further afield.

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