The presidents of Atlético Madrid’s European fan clubs have formed an alliance named the Federación Europea de Peñas Atleticas.
Their aim is to unite all fans from abroad and to form one strong voice. Their first act was releasing an official statement regarding the status of our beloved club, named “La paciencia tiene un límite” (Patience has a limit).
The press release was published in AS today (in Spanish). Here is the translation of the statement:
“Patience has a limit.
Love for Atletico has no borders. These colours and this badge welcome all countries and nationalities, and because of that it’s amazing to hear the stories from our members about how they became Atletico fans…
Yes, it’s obvious that in spite of the cultural differences, or the fact that some members don’t even speak Spanish, there is a much stronger special feeling and the colours that bind us together go far beyond those differences. We have been able to create fan clubs in most major European countries, and all that due to the fact that members do not mind offering up spare time to help the Atletico-feeling grow, as Atletico is our true passion.
Having said that, we reached a point where we need to say “Stop”, and we start wondering if so much effort and dedication was really worth it.
Atletico is a great club – sorry – Atletico was a great club. A club that was always competing to win everything ( and in many occasions we managed to do that), a club that valued its supporters and that would never even think about selling its main stars or its heritage. Unfortunately things have changed, and not for the best.
Now our beloved club is not a club anymore, it’s a public limited company. There are no “socios” anymore, but we have shareholders instead. Well, the show is run by two of them actually, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín and Enrique Cerezo ( main shareholder and president ), who have no clue of what Atletico de Madrid means, it seems. Now qualification to the Europa League as seventh in the league is sold as a success, it seems that to be able to sign for our club you need to sign with a certain sport’s agent, and instead of signing new good players after winning two European trophies, it is preferred to slowly sell all players that allowed us that success. It is not surprising to see that Aguero can’t wait to leave this club.
We are writing this statement to show you that the patience of these great supporters has a limit, and that we are not willing to be the laughing stock of anybody. First of all it was Torres, then the stadium, shortly it will be Aguero, and after that other great players like De Gea, Forlan or Reyes will follow… And what is the club doing in the meantime? Absolutely nothing at all. If supporters do not complain about it, why bother?
We know that this statement probably won’t mean anything to the ones ruling the Club, but we hope that you realize that it has been written by people that love Atleti, and have dedicated a big effort to help the name and brand of Atletico grow in Europe… Please do not allow all our effort to be for nothing. Let’s all work together to create an Atletico team of which we can all be proud. Able to compete with anybody, and to attract the main players. After all, we all want Atletico’s success, don’t we?
Statement written on behalf of the following fan clubs:
Peñas Atléticas from England, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, France, Netherlands y Luxembourg.
Like the Federación Europea de Peñas Atleticas, AtléticoFans.com wants to bring fans from outside Spain together. This is why we offer our full support.