It’s mentioned that Soccer in Spain comes a really shut second behind Catholicism because the nationwide faith. If that is true then it may be mentioned that, in Madrid, Atletico Madrid come a really shut second behind Actual Madrid because the capital metropolis´s favorite sporting attraction.
While the historical past of Actual Madrid is one in all European championships and home domination that of their cross metropolis neighbours Atletico Madrid is one in all “practically males” and barren trophy cupboards. Such has grow to be the commonality of spectacular capitulations from profitable positions that the membership and the followers are referred to as, “los suffrodores,” the victims!
If Atletico are that poor on the soccer area (and there’s no proof on the contrary) what drives 55,000 individuals to show up week in, week out, on the visitors congested metropolis centre Vincente Calderon stadium?
The matchday expertise!
Take the social gathering environment of the Rio carnival and the fervour of a political rally and you continue to haven’t arrived on the depth generated on Atletico Madrid matchdays. From the religious Atletico supporters, referred to as “Ultras” and who populate the southern finish of the stadium, there comes a 3 hour assault on the senses. The one temporary respite from the barrage of noise being when the groups change ends at half time.
Soccer matches in “la liga”, The league, sometimes begin at 1700 on a Sunday afternoon (that is often modified to fulfill TV calls for) nonetheless the matchday expertise begins far earlier at round 1300. Within the quite a few small bars across the floor and even as much as 3km´s away the Atletico devoted are making ready to take pleasure in one in all Spains different nice traditions: Lunch!
As in the remainder of Spain, Lunch is a two hour marathon of 5 or 6 completely different Spanish dishes accompanied by and washed down with copious quantities of beer or wine throughout which gamers of a bygone period are remembered, crew choice criticised and video games replayed within the minds of these current. Quickly the Salt, Pepper and Sauce bottles are rearranged as a specific purpose or motion is re-enacted to shouts, screams and arguments of these straining their reminiscences of thirty years previous.
With the relaxed affair of lunch over by 1500, and however the vocal chords being sufficiently lubricated, the group begins to maneuver in direction of the road social gathering constructing within the neighbourhood instantly surrounding the Vicente Calderon.
Thoroughfares are closed off by the police because the streets quickly fill with a sea of singing crimson and white punctuated solely by the sound of drums and horns. This occurs each Atletico Madrid matchday and each matchday the employees of the numerous small bars lining these roads attempt valiently and fail to serve refreshments to the crowds on their doorstep.
“Atleti! Atleti! Atleti!” Is the uninteresting roar that turns into extra distinct as you strategy the stadium itself. Having arrived a great thirty minutes earlier than the match is because of begin the “Ultras” are beginning to whip up the remainder of the group in order that as kick-off approaches the sound of singing, chanting, drums and trumpets has blurred into one indistinguishable noise. 5 minutes earlier than kick off and because the groups are strolling out onto the hallowed turf the PA system crackles into life and fifty-five thousand voices sing as one the “Atletico Hymn.” Ought to the gamers have wanted reminding how essential the sport is the flowers positioned along with the nook flag in remembrance of these gamers who died within the Spanish civil warfare actually brings issues into focus.
What follows the referees brief blast on the whistle to begin the sport is 90 minutes of steady vocal encouragement of those that have been the crimson and white stripes. Nicely virtually steady as this can be interuppted for the singing of a few alternative songs questioning the origin or the virtues of the referee, the opposition or the opposite crew from up the street (Actual Madrid).
Nearly as a aid the ultimate whistle blows, because the referee brings proceedings on the sector to a halt, nonetheless for the Atletico Madrid followers this indicators a mad rush to the closest bars and eating places to analyize the times efficiency and to quench these parched throats!
With an environment like this and an enterance value of lower than twenty euros it’s straightforward to see why these 55,000 hardy souls are prepared to endure a stadium, that’s solely 1 / 4 coated, to see their crew flounder in rain in the course of December.