In football and all sports it is very typical for teams or their fans to have a nickname. Often we use these nicknames a lot but we don’t know where they come from. The most well-known nicknames in Spanish football are ‘culés’, for Barcelona and their fans, ‘merengues’, for Real Madrid, and ‘colchoneros’, for Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid, one of the most successful Spanish Football teams, are also known as the ‘rojiblanco’ (red and white) team and as the ‘colchonero’ team (mattress team). The nickname ‘colchonero’ is undoubtedly one of the most curious and funny names in Spanish football.

The history of the name ‘colchonero’ goes back to the post-Spanish Civil War period. At that time, the fabric of mattresses was white and red stripes, like Atletico Madrid’s kit, so their rivals started to use the term ‘colchoneros’ when talking about the club.

Nowadays this name is totally ingrained in the club: ‘colchonero’ is an identifying mark of Atlético. Moreover, the nickname ‘colchonero’ is commonly used in sports journalism, as well as ‘rojiblancos’ or ‘indios’. ‘Colchoneros’ is, definitely, something that all Atletico fans are proud of.


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