Atlético Madrid will play Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League (Europe's top soccer league) Final, a match that features just so much goddamn Madrid.
The Madrid squads earned their spots in the Final with victories in the semis this week. Despite losing to Bayern Munich 2-1 on Tuesday, Atlético advanced via aggregate score
because they beat Bayern 1-0 last week. If you're saying to yourself, "hey, that adds up to 2-2 tie," congrats, you can count to two! Atlético moves on thanks to the "away goals rule
" tiebreaker, which is exactly what is sounds like. The other Madrid, Real, earned its spot by taking down Manchester City 1-0
last night (1-0 aggregate).
What does history have to say about this Final matchup? Nothing good for Atlético. They've been to the Champions League Final twice, losing both times, while Real has won the most titles of any team (10). What's more, one of Atlético's Final losses came at the hands of city rival Real, a 4-1, extra-time heart-breaker
, just two years ago.
Brothers from the same municipal mother, it's clear that Real is the golden boy while Atlético is the red-headed stepchild. Will the soulless-ginger Atlético finally get some Champions League love this time around? We'll find out when the two teams square off in the Final on May 28th in Milan, Italy.