Vicente Calderón Stadium

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Estadio Vicente Calderón
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Full nameEstadio Vicente Calderón
Former namesEstadio Manzanares
(1966–71)
LocationArganzuela, Madrid, Spain
Coordinates40°24′6.19″N 3°43′14.18″W / 40.4017194°N 3.7206056°W / 40.4017194; -3.7206056Coordinates: 40°24′6.19″N 3°43′14.18″W / 40.4017194°N 3.7206056°W / 40.4017194; -3.7206056
Capacity54,907[1]
Field size105 m × 70 m (115 yd × 77 yd)
Construction
Broke ground3 August 1959
Opened2 October 1966
Renovated1972, 1982
Closed2017
Demolished2018 (To Be Demolished)
ArchitectJavier Barroso
Miguel Ángel García Lomas
Tenants
Atlético Madrid (1966–2017)

The Vicente Calderón Stadium (Spanish: Estadio Vicente Calderón [esˈtaðjo βiˈθente kaldeˈɾon]) was the home stadium of Atlético Madrid since its completion in 1966 to 2017, with a current seating capacity of 54,907 and located on the banks of the Manzanares, in the Arganzuela district of Madrid, Spain. The stadium was originally called the Estadio Manzanares, but this was later changed to the Vicente Calderón Stadium, in honour of their long-term President Vicente Calderón.[2]

History[edit]

North external view of the stadium.
South external view of the stadium.
Northwest internal view of the stadium.
South end stand view of the stadium.

To finance the new stadium, Atlético Madrid had to make a debt issue in 1958 in the form of mortgage bonds that were underwritten mostly by club shareholders and members.[citation needed] On 17 March 1961, Javier Barroso bought land for the construction of a new stadium, to replace the Estadio Metropolitano de Madrid. In the same year, work began on the new stadium.[citation needed] The ground opened in 1966, and was named the Estadio del Manzanares until 1972.[3]

A notable and rather spectacular feature of the Vicente Calderón is that the M-30 dual carriageway, running from the South Node Toledo Bridge, passes below one of the main stands.

Departure of Atlético[edit]

On 30 July 2007, Atlético Madrid, Mahou brewery and Ayuntamiento de Madrid signed an agreement to reclassify the land that is currently occupied by the Vicente Calderón stadium and the Mahou brewery, agreeing that Atlético would move within three years to the Estadio Olímpico de Madrid, better known as Estadio La Peineta (officially Wanda Metropolitano), which was to be renovated in preparation for Atlético's tenancy. After reconstruction, La Peineta holds 67,000 spectators and features fully covered stands. The Vicente Calderón Stadium is soon to be demolished, and a park will be built in its place, which is to be named the 'Park Atlético Madrid'. Atlético then moved to La Peineta in the 2017-18 season.

The decision to demolish the stadium was not well received by some of the Atlético fans who were against the relocation of the club, as they considered it to be a bad move if money was not being used to improve the club itself. The protests were led by the Save the Calderon Group and the Atlético Supporters Club: Asociación Señales de Humo.[citation needed]

Access[edit]

The Estadio Vicente Calderón is located on the banks of the Manzanares.[4]

In addition, the stadium can be accessed via the Madrid Metro. The closest stations are: Pirámides Station and Marqués de Vadillo Station, both of which are on Line 5 of the Madrid Metro.[5]

Copa del Rey finals[edit]

The stadium hosted the final of the Copa del Rey (also previously known as the Copa del Generalísimo) on 14 occasions:
1973 * 1974 * 1975 * 1977 * 1979 * 1981 * 1986 * 1989 * 1994 * 2005 * 2008 * 2012 * 2016 * 2017.

International matches[edit]

Spain national team matches[edit]

Vicente Calderón hosted eleven international matches of the Spanish national team.

Data Opponent Score Competition
23 May 1972  Uruguay 2–0 Friendly match
24 April 1975  West Germany 1–1 UEFA Euro 1976 qualifying
26 October 1977  Romania 2–0 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification
18 February 1981  France 1–0 Friendly match
20 September 1995  Argentina 2–1 Friendly match
30 April 2003  Ecuador 4–0 Friendly match
7 September 2005  Serbia and Montenegro 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 November 2005  Slovakia 5–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification play-off
14 November 2009  Argentina 2–1 Friendly match
16 October 2012  France 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 March 2014  Italy 1–0 Friendly match

1982 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The stadium hosted the group D three matches. Group D was one of four groups of national teams competing in the second stage of the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

Austria 0–1 France
Report Genghini Goal 39'
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Attendance: 37,000
Austria 2–2 Northern Ireland
Pezzey Goal 50'
Hintermaier Goal 68'
Report Hamilton Goal 27'75'
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Attendance: 20,000
France 4–1 Northern Ireland
Giresse Goal 33'80'
Rocheteau Goal 46'68'
Report Armstrong Goal 75'
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Attendance: 37,000
Panoramic view of the stadium

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vicente Calderón".
  2. ^ "Vicente Calderón Stadium". AtléticodeMadrid. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Estadio Vicente Calderón". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Estadio Vicente Calderón". Time Out. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.terra.es/deportes/articulo/html/dpo67455.htm terra.es

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