27 Facts About Atalanta BC


Atalanta BC was founded in 1907 by Liceo Classico Paolo Sarpi students and is nicknamed La Dea, the Nerazzurri and the Orobici.

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Atalanta BC participated in five seasons of the UEFA Europa League, reaching the quarter-finals in 1991 and in 2022.

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Atalanta BC was founded on 17 October 1907 by students of the Liceo Classico Paolo Sarpi and was named after the female athlete of the same name from Greek mythology.

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Atalanta BC competed in the Seconda Divisione, the second tier, during the early 1920s.

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Atalanta BC achieved mid-table finishes during much of the 1950s and remained in Serie A until 1958, when it was relegated due to accusations of match fixing.

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Several difficult seasons then saw Atalanta BC fall into Serie B in 1980 and Serie C1 in 1981, when for the first time in its history, the club would play outside the top two tiers.

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Under new management, Atalanta BC comfortably won Group A of Serie C1 in 1982, returning to Serie B the next season and then to Serie A in 1984, where it would remain until 1987.

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In doing so, Atalanta BC achieved the best finish in a UEFA competition of a club playing outside its country's top flight league.

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Atalanta BC then defeated Spanish club Valencia in both legs of the round of 16, reaching the quarterfinals, where it would be eliminated by French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

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Atalanta BC adopted its classic black and blue vertical stripes several years later.

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Since 2010, Atalanta BC plays its final home match of the calendar year, a "Christmas Match", in specially designed kits.

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Atalanta BC has had five crests since its foundation, all of which depict some combination of the team's name, colors, and the Greek mythological athlete Atalanta BC, from whom the club derives its name as well as its nickname La Dea.

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The crest's colors and representation of Atalanta BC changed again in the 1970s, though followed the same basic shape as the 1963 version.

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The name Atalanta BC and founding year 1907 were added respectively above and below the circle, which is enclosed in an ellipse featuring the same split black and blue background as the 1984 design.

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Atalanta BC has played at its current stadium, the 21,747-seater Gewiss Stadium in the Borgo Santa Caterina neighborhood of Bergamo, since 1928.

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In 1914, Atalanta BC's first playing field was established on the Via Maglio del Lotto, near the Bergamo–Milan railway.

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On 10 May 2017, Atalanta BC announced the acquisition of the stadium from the comune for 8.

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Atalanta BC's renowned youth academy is based in Zingonia, and has been a continuous point of investment for the club since its establishment.

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The club has worked to grow its fanbase with the Neonati Atalantini initiative, implemented in 2010 by president Percassi, which gifts a free Atalanta BC replica shirt to all newborns born within the city limits of Bergamo.

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Atalanta BC supporters are considered to be among the most passionate and loyal fans in Italy.

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Atalanta BC's Ultras gather mostly in the Curva Nord as the unified group Curva Nord 1907, formed from members of various Ultras groups under the leadership of Claudio "Il Bocia" Galimberti during the early 2000s.

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Atalanta BC Ultras have a reputation as one of the most violent Ultras groups in Italy, self-describing as "we hate everybody", and indeed having few friends and many strong rivalries.

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Since 2002, Atalanta BC supporters have organized La Festa della Dea, a multi-day festival to celebrate the club, almost every summer.

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Atalanta BC supporters have a long-standing friendship with supporters of Ternana.

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Milan and Atalanta BC have had a long-standing rivalry fueled by the friendship between fans of Brescia and Milan as well as a controversial episode during a Coppa Italia match in 1990 that infuriated the Atalanta BC fans.

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Matches between Inter and Atalanta BC have seen violence among Ultras since the early 1970s, fueled by political differences as well as the clubs' shared black and blue colors.

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Atalanta BC managed to convince Fermo Favini to leave Como and entrusted him with the responsibility of the youth sector.

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