Valerón played for Atleti for two seasons

Ex-Atlético Juan Carlos Valerón announces retirement

Spain and ex-Atleti player Juan Carlos ‘El Flaco’ (The Thin One) Valerón has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season aged 41.

Here at AtleticoFans.com we want to commemorate a stunning career dedicated to hard work and dedications to the clubs he has graced.

The original Archer - a look at 'Kiko'

Kiko – The Magician from Cádiz

It was the 25th of May, 1996. Atlético were playing against Albacete during the last match of Liga 1995/96. They had already won the Copa del Rey a month before, and a victory against Albacete would mean the first ever ‘Double’ for Atlético.

Diego Simeone had scored an early goal and the match was under control, but there was still a real risk of losing the league. Then, Molina saves a corner kick from Albacete, and launches the ball forward. Kiko controls a bouncing ball with his knee before slotting it into the back of the net, making it 2-0.

Garate during his farewell to Atlético

José Eulogio Gárate – The Engineer of the Box

It’s May 2014. Thousands of Atlético fans patiently wait in the queue to get their tickets for the Champions League final that Atlético was about to play in Lisbon.

Suddenly a rumour spreads like wildfire. José Eulogio Gárate, living legend of the Atlético Madrid team that played another European final in 1974, is waiting in line to get tickets.