Real Madrid and Atlético ready for Milan final

16 May

For the second time in three years, the UEFA Champions League final will be a distinctly local affair as Real Madrid CF take on city rivals Club Atlético de Madrid in Milan.


Two years ago the teams met in Lisbon – the first final fixture involving clubs from the same city in European Cup history. Atlético led 1-0 deep into added time, only for Madrid to equalise and go on to win 4-1 after extra time, thereby lifting their tenth European Cup – ‘La Décima’.

• This is the sixth one-country UEFA Champions League final with Madrid having won two of the previous five – against Valencia CF in 2000 (3-0) and Atlético in 2014.

Final pedigree
• This is Madrid’s 14th European Cup final. The full list is:
1955/56: Real Madrid CF 4-3 Stade de Reims (Parc des Princes, Paris)
1956/57: Real Madrid CF 2-0 AC Fiorentina (Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid)
1957/58: Real Madrid CF 3-2 AC Milan (Heysel Stadium, Brussels)
1958/59: Real Madrid CF 2-0 Stade de Reims (Neckarstadion, Stuttgart)
1959/60: Real Madrid CF 7-3 Eintracht Frankfurt (Hampden Park, Glasgow)
1961/62: SL Benfica 5-3 Real Madrid CF (Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam)
1963/64: FC Internazionale Milano 3-1 Real Madrid CF (Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna)
1965/66: Real Madrid CF 2-1 FK Partizan (Heysel Stadium, Brussels)
1980/81: Liverpool FC 1-0 Real Madrid CF (Parc des Princes, Paris)
1997/98: Juventus 0-1 Real Madrid CF (Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam)
1999/00: Real Madrid CF 3-0 Valencia CF (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)
2001/02: Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-2 Real Madrid CF (Hampden Park, Glasgow)
2013/14: Real Madrid CF 4-1 Club Atlético de Madrid (aet) (Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon)

Highlights: See how Real Madrid won La Décima

• Aside from 2014, Atlético’s sole other European Cup final came at the Heysel Stadium, against FC Bayern München in 1973/74. Luis Aragonés’s 114th-minute free-kick gave them a 1-0 lead, but Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck equalised in the last minute and Bayern prevailed 4-0 in the replay at the same venue two days later.

• Should they triumph in Milan, Atlético would become the 23rd club to lift the European Cup and the first new name since Chelsea FC’s 2012 triumph in Munich.

• This is Madrid’s 27th UEFA final. In addition to their 13 European Cup appearances, they were UEFA Cup winners in 1985 and 1986 and European Cup Winners’ Cup runners-up in 1971 and 1983. They lifted the UEFA Super Cup in 2002 and 2014 having lost in 1998 and 2000, and won the European/South American Cup in 1960, 1998 and 2002, losing in 1966 and 2000.

• Atlético won the UEFA Europa League in 2010 and 2012 and lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1962, losing in the final of the same competition in 1963 and 1986. They claimed the UEFA Super Cup in 2010 and 2012.

Previous meetings
• This is the teams’ fourth European Cup tie. Their first international fixtures came in the 1958/59 European Cup semi-finals. Madrid won the home first leg 2-1, Héctor Rial’s goal (15) and a Ferenc Puskás penalty (33) overturning Chuzo’s 13th-minute opener. Atlético prevailed in the return thanks to Enrique Collar’s 43rd-minute effort.

• That meant a replay six days later, played in Zaragoza, where Alfredo di Stéfano’s early goal was swiftly cancelled out by Collar. Puskás struck the decisive blow three minutes before half-time to take Madrid into a fourth successive final.

• The teams at La Romareda on 13 May 1959 were:
Madrid: Domínguez, Miche, Santamaría, Lesmes, Ruiz, Zárraga, Mateos, Kopa, Di Stéfano, Puskás, Gento.
Atlético: Pazos, Rivilla, Callejo, Mendiondo, Chuzo, Calleja, Miguel, Agustín, Vavá, Peiró, Collar.

Milan legends on San Siro

• It was 55 years until their next meeting, in Lisbon on 24 May 2014. Diego Godín’s header (36) gave newly-crowned Spanish champions Atlético the lead, and it looked as if that would be enough for Diego Simeone’s side to claim their first European Cup – only for Sergio Ramos to level at the last (90+3). Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid ran away with it in extra time thanks to goals from Gareth Bale (110), Marcelo (118) and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty (120).

• The lineups at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica were:
Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Fábio Coentrão (Marcelo 59), Khedira (Isco 59), Modrić, Di María, Bale, Benzema (Morata 79), Ronaldo.
Atlético: Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe Luís (Alderweireld 83), Tiago, Koke, Gabi, Raúl García (Sosa 66), Villa, Diego Costa (Adrián López 9).

• Pepe and Álvaro Arbeloa were unused substitutes for Madrid.

• That result made Ancelotti only the second coach to win three European Cups following his successes with AC Milan in 2003 and 2007; Liverpool FC’s Bob Paisley (1977, 1978, 1981) is the only other manager to achieve the feat. Ancelotti was the fifth coach to win the competition with two different clubs.

• Madrid also came out on top against Atlético in the 2014/15 quarter-finals. After a goalless first game at the Vicente Calderón, Madrid’s Javier Hernández headed the only goal of the tie in the 88th minute at the Santiago Bernabéu, the visitors having been reduced to ten men by Arda Turan’s 76th-minute red card.

• The teams at the Vicente Calderón on 14 April 2015 were:
Atlético: Oblak, Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Siqueira, Mario Suárez, Koke (F Torres 83), Gabi, Arda Turan, Griezmann (Raúl García 77), Mandžukić.
Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal (Arbeloa 85), Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modrić, James, Bale, Benzema (Isco 85), Ronaldo.  

• At the Santiago Bernabéu on 22 April 2015, the lineups were:
Real Madrid: Casillas, Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Fábio Coentrão (Arbeloa 90+1), Cavajal, Kroos, Isco (Illarramendi 90+3), James, Hernández (Jesé 90+2), Ronaldo.
Atlético: Oblak, Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Jesús Gámez, Tiago (Giménez 86), Koke, Saúl Ñíguez (Gabi 46), Griezmann (Raúl García 65), Arda Turan, Mandžukić.

• The sides have met in 202 league, Spanish Cup and Spanish Super Cup games, with 102 Madrid wins, 51 for Atlético and 49 draws. Atlético, however, are unbeaten in eight domestic games against their local rivals since losing the 2014 UEFA Champions League final, recording five wins and three draws.

• In this season’s Liga fixtures, Atlético drew 1-1 at home to Madrid on 4 October 2015 with Karim Benzema’s early goal (9) cancelled out by Luciano Vietto (83). At the Santiago Bernabéu, on 27 February, Atlético’s Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal after 52 minutes – Zidane’s first defeat as Madrid coach.

See how Real Madrid reached the final

• The teams have contested five Copa del Rey finals, Atlético winning four. Most recent was the 2013 showpiece at the Santiago Bernabéu when the Rojiblancos won 2-1, Miranda’s extra-time goal sealing victory after Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener was cancelled out by Diego Costa. Ronaldo and Atlético captain Gabi were sent off as Atlético ended a run of ten successive defeats against their neighbours in all competitions. Atlético were also triumphant in the 1960, 1961 and 1992 finals, Madrid winning on penalties in 1975.

Match background

Real Madrid

• Zinédine Zidane, who scored Madrid’s winner in the 2002 final, could become the seventh man to win the European Cup as both player and coach, following in the footsteps of Miguel Muñoz (Real Madrid 1956, 1957; Real Madrid 1960, 1966); Giovanni Trapattoni (AC Milan 1963, 1969; Juventus 1985); Johan Cruyff (AFC Ajax 1971, 1972; FC Barcelona 1992); Carlo Ancelotti (Milan 1989, 1990; AC Milan 2003, 2007, Real Madrid 2014); Frank Rijkaard (Milan 1989, 1990, Ajax 1995; Barcelona 2006); Josep Guardiola (Barcelona 1992; Barcelona 2009, 2011).

• Following his goals in the 2008 and 2014 finals for Manchester United FC and Madrid respectively, Ronaldo could become the first player to score in three UEFA Champions League finals. He is one of four players to have scored in two finals, along with Raúl González (2000, 2002), Samuel Eto’o (2006, 2009) and Lionel Messi (2009, 2011).

• Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in this season’s UEFA Champions League, one short of his own record for a European Cup campaign, set in 2013/14.

• A winner with FC Bayern München in 2013, Toni Kroos could become the 13th player to lift the trophy with two clubs.

• Madrid’s record in Europe against Spanish clubs is W10 D5 L3. They are unbeaten in their last five such matches, since a 2-0 home loss against Barcelona in the 2010/11 semi-final first leg.

• In addition to Madrid’s 2014 win against Atlético, they also won the UEFA Super Cup the same year with victory against another Liga side, defeating Sevilla FC 2-0 in Cardiff thanks to two Ronaldo goals.

• Their record this season is W9 D2 L1 F27 A5. Their sole defeat came at VfL Wolfsburg in the quarter-final first leg.

• Madrid’s shoot-out record in European competition is W1 L2:
5-6 v FK Crvena zvezda, 1974/75 European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals
3-1 v Juventus, 1986/87 European Cup second round
1-3 v FC Bayern München, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League semi-finals

See how Atlético reached the final

Atlético
• Atlético have won seven and lost only three of their 13 other European games against Spanish sides, including ousting FC Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate in this season’s quarter-finals. They also beat Barça in the 2013/14 last eight, winning 2-1 over two legs.

• Atlético have also won European finals against fellow Liga clubs. They overcame Athletic Club 3-0 in the 2012 UEFA Europa League showpiece in Bucharest, Diego scoring their late third after Radamel Falcao’s first-half double. However, they lost on penalties to Villarreal CF in a 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup final after each team had won their home leg 2-0.

• Since that first-leg loss against Villarreal in 2004, Atlético’s record in 13 European matches against compatriot teams is W6 D4 L3, the defeats coming against Real Madrid (twice) and in the first leg of this season’s quarter-final with Barcelona.

• Atlético have lost three times in this season’s competition, winning six and drawing three. They have not won away from the Vicente Calderón in the knockout stages, drawing 0-0 at PSV Eindhoven in the round of 16 before losing 2-1 at both Barcelona and Bayern München.

• Simeone could become only the third non-European coach to win the European Cup – the first two were also Argentinian, namely Luis Carniglia (Madrid 1958, 1959) and Helenio Herrera (FC Internazionale Milano 1964, 1965).

• Following the win against PSV in the last 16, Atlético’s shoot-out record in UEFA competition is now W2 L3:
8-7 v PSV Eindhoven, 2015/16 UEFA Champions League round of 16
3-2 v Leverkusen, 2014/15 UEFA Champions League round of 16
1-3 v Villarreal, 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup final
1-3 v ACF Fiorentina, 1989/90 UEFA Cup first round
6-7 v Derby County FC, 1974/75 UEFA Cup second round

Coach and player links
• Zidane and Simeone crossed paths as players eight times during their careers when Zidane played for Juventus and Simeone represented  Internazionale Milano and SS Lazio. Simeone’s record is W4 D2 L2, the Argentinian scoring the only goal in Lazio’s 1-0 Serie A win at Juve on 1 April 2000 and also getting the winner in Lazio’s 2-1 second-leg success in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals the same season.

• Simeone’s record against Madrid in all competitions as a player for Sevilla, Atlético and Lazio was W1 D2 L8. He scored once, in Atlético’s 4-2 defeat on 5 November 1994.

• The Argentinian enjoys a much better record as a coach, having lost only one of his last 10 meetings with Madrid. Overall it is W7 D5 L7.

Watch Zidane’s ‘once in a lifetime’ volley from 2002

• Zidane never lost to Atlético during his playing days with Madrid, winning six and drawing two of their eight meetings.

• Juanfran came through Madrid’s academy, making six appearances for the first team in 2003/04 and 2004/05.

• Isco, Nacho, Dani Carvajal and Koke were part of Spain’s victorious 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squad.

• International team-mates:
Marcelo, Danilo, Casemiro and Filipe Luís (Brazil);
Ronaldo, Pepe and Tiago (Portugal);
Raphaël Varane, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann (France);
Juanfran, Koke and Isco, Carvajal, Ramos, Casilla (Spain);
Saúl Ñíguez, Óliver Torres and Borja Mayoral (Spain U-21).

• Former club-mates:
Karim Benzema and Tiago (Olympique Lyonnais, 2005–2007);
Óliver Torres, Casemiro and Danilo (FC Porto (2014–15)
James Rodríguez and Yannick Carrasco (AS Monaco, 2013–14);
Álvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres (Liverpool, 2007–09).

• Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in 24 appearances against Atlético, hitting a hat-trick in a 4-1 Liga triumph on 11 April 2012 but being sent off after scoring in Madrid’s 2-1 Copa del Rey final loss in 2012/13.

• Ramos has twice been dismissed against Atlético – in a 1-1 Liga draw on 1 October 2006 and during Madrid’s 3-2 top-flight victory in November 2009.

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