Founded In
Ciserano, Italy


About Atalanta

Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio was founded in 1907 as a result of divisions within another team, FC Bergamo. Despite this, the new team did not receive official recognition from the FIGC until 1914. The club's name derives from Atalanta, a goddess according to Greek mythology. The team's biggest rivals are nearby Brescia.

In 1929, the club entered the Italian league and was able to reach Serie A for the first time in 1937. After a subsequent relegation and promotion, the club spent 19 consecutive years in the top flight, including a best ever finish of 5th place in 1947-48. During the 1980s, the club briefly fell as far as Serie C1, but has since bounced between Serie A and Serie B.

Atalanta's only piece of major silverware, the Coppa Italia, was won in 1963. Since that time, the club has occasionally challenged for European honours. In 1988, Atalanta reached the semi finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, despite playing in Serie B at the time. To date, this remains the best performance in a top UEFA competition by a club playing in their country's second tier. Furthermore, during the 1990-91 season, the club made it to the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup, eventually losing out to Internazionale.

Over the years, Atalanta have developed a reputation for producing players who would go on to achieve bigger success at other clubs. These players include such recognisables names as Filippo Inzaghi, Christian Vieri, Alessio Tacchinardi, Cristiano Doni and Paolo Montero. From 1986–1987, Trevor Francis played for the club, although without great success.

At present, Atalanta play their home matches at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, which has a capacity of 26,638. The ground is expected to undergo renovations at some point in the near future in order to bring it up to the standards of other Serie A stadia.