Atletico Madrid ushered in a new era on Friday, showing off a brand new crest in an event held at the Vicente Calderon stadium. In conjunction with the crest unveiling, Atletico brass revealed the name for their almost-completed new stadium, dubbed the Wanda Metropolitano. Here's a look at both the new badge and renderings of Atletico's future home.
Atletico's new crest is the 12th of their history, which dates back to 1903. It retains the key elements of the last iteration of the crest, including the nod to the city of Madrid's coat of arms — albeit with the bear facing the opposite direction. The iconic red and white vertical stripes, seven stars and shield shape all remain, too. Changes include a rounded top to the shield as well eliminating the non-red white and blue color elements. This crest is strictly Los Colchoneros colors.
"I like the badge because it’s true to our history," Atletico captain Gabi said, via the team website. "Being the first ones to wear it continues to make us be a part of this team’s great history." Gabi and the rest of the Atletico squad will sport the badge in the 2017/18 season.
Club president Enrique Cerezo was on hand to reveal the name of Atletico's new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano. The name is derived from Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group, which owns a large stake in Atletico. The Metropolitano moniker harkens back to the club's first major stadium, the Estadio Metropolitano de Madrid. Below are renderings of the Wanda Metropolitano, via Atletico Madrid.