- Title: Atletico say a last goodbye to the ramshackle yet charming Calderon
- Date: 28th May 2017
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 28, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF VICENTE CALDERON STADIUM WITH PEOPLE WALKING PAST VARIOUS OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE STADIUM WITH ATLETICO MADRID SHIRTS PARATROOPER WITH ATLETICO MADRID FLAG DESCENDING TO PITCH AIRPLANES PAINTING THREE LINES WITH THE SPANISH FLAG COLOURS FLYING ABOVE STADIUM ATLETICO MADRID STRIKER FERNANDO TORRES SHAKING HANDS WITH LEGENDS TEAM VARIOUS OF STARTING LINE-UPS POSING BEFORE MATCH AIRPLANES FLYING ABOVE STADIUM FANS WATCHING MATCH
- Embargoed: 11th June 2017 22:35
- Keywords: last match Vicente Calderon stadium Atletico Madrid
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IR5TMN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Fifty-one thousand supporters bid a final farewell to Atletico Madrid's beloved Vicente Calderon stadium on Sunday (May 28), repeatedly chanting the club's anthem while watching a "Legends" team lose a charity game 5-4 to a World XI featuring Ronaldinho.
Current players Fernando Torres, Gabi and Koke represented Atletico alongside past greats such as Diego Forlan. The Uruguayan striker said he keeps the best memories from the stadium and from the club.
Former soccer stars such as Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita and Argentinean Claudio Caniggia said it has been a great experience to participate on the Vicente Calderon's last match.
The game had a far larger attendance than the King's Cup final between Barcelona and Alaves the previous night and allowed fans to say a last goodbye to their club's home of 51 years before it is demolished.
The 10-times La Liga champions are leaving their ground named after a former club president in the south of the city at the start of next season for the 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium in the remote San Blas neighbourhood in the north-east of the capital.
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