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Atlético's Vicente Calderón, going, going, almost gone

The Vicente Calderón Stadium on the banks of the Manzanares river was home to Atlético Madrid from 1966 to 2017.

Vicente Calderon

Originally inaugurated in 1966, demolition work on Atlético Madrid's old home finally commenced in June of this year with just one stand of the iconic old ground now remaining.

Vicente Calderon (Sept. 25, 2019)
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Vicente Calderon (Sept. 25, 2019)D.Nelson

Atleti deemed the old stadium incompatible with their vision and direction for the club who have now become a major force in European football, regularly gracing both Champions League and Europa League finals alike. The club eventually moved to the San Blas Wanda Metropolitano ground in September 2017.

Vicente Calderon Champions League
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Vicente Calderon Champions League@PaulReidy67

Despite the new modern arena, there are many who hark back to the days of the Calderón with the stadium bearing witness to some of the club's major successes over the past with the pinnacle coming in the 1996/97 season with the club winning the Cup and Spanish domestic league title, the "doblete".


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