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Atlético Madrid's stadium finally demolished: The last days of the Vicente Calderón

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Demolition work on the Vicente Calderón began in March 2020 in four phases, starting on the interior of the stadium with the removal of seating, electrics and offices. Pictured here in March 2020, just before a state of emergency was declared in Spain due

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Atlético sold the land on which the Vicente Calderón stood in 2007. In 2011, the nearby Mahou brewery on Paseo Imperial was knocked down. Housing will be built on both plots as part of the River Park project.

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In November 2019 the M-30 motorway, which used to run underneath the Tribuna, was diverted with the new route passing in front of the main stand. The last section to be demolished will be converted into a small park next to the Manzanares.

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Once the stadium had closed for good, Atleti gave season ticket holders the chance to collect their old plastic seats as a free souvenir - around 22,000 fans took up the offer and reclaimed their old seat to take home.

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Of all of the bars which once occupied Paseo de los Melancolicos - El Doblete, El Chiscon, Off Side, Bar Resines, only one remains and is up for let. The owner of El Parador counts how many beams remain on the stadium shell, "1, 2, 3, 4, 5... it's going s

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Diego Simeone admitted that if he could only pick one memory of the Vicente Calderón, it would be the day he scored a glanced header against Albacete on the final day of the 1995/6 season when Atleti won the double.

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Finding the net that day were Fernando Torres (2) and for the visitors, Iñaki Williams. The last player to score at the Vicente Calderón, in an official match however was Ángel Correa who made it 3-1 on 86 minutes.

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The World All Star XI, featuring players including Ronaldinho, Zico, Seedorf, Mendieta and Dudek, ran out 5-4 winners on the day. The last player to score at the Vicente Calderón, in a friendly - not official competition, was Juan Carlos Pedraza.

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