1998–99 Atlético Madrid season

The 1998–1999 campaign was the 93rd season in Atlético Madrid's history and their 64th season in La Liga, the top division of Spanish football.

Atlético Madrid
1998–99 season
PresidentSpain Jesús Gil
Head coachItaly Arrigo Sacchi (until 14 February)
Spain Carlos Sánchez Aguiar (from 15 February to 23 March)
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radomir Antić
La Liga13th
Copa del ReyRunners-up
UEFA CupSemi-final

Season summaryEdit

Arrigo Sacchi was sacked in February with Atlético in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals but also mired in the bottom half of the table. B-team manager Carlos Sánchez Aguiar took charge for the next month, guiding Atlético to the UEFA Cup semi-finals, before handing the reins to Radomir Antić. Antić had guided the club to the title three years previously, but ultimately the high point of his second spell in charge would be reaching the Copa del Rey final, only to be thrashed 3-0 by Valencia. The league form under Antić continued to be mediocre and Atlético were also knocked out of the UEFA Cup in the semi-finals for the second season running, by eventual champions Parma. Although Atlético qualified for the UEFA Cup due to their domestic cup run, this season would prove to be the beginning of the end for Atlético's status as one of Spain's top clubs for most of the next decade; it would be five more years until Atlético recorded their next top-half finish, and another three before their return to European competition.

First-team squadEdit

Squad at end of season[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ESP José Molina
2 DF   ARG José Chamot
3 DF   ESP Toni
4 DF   YUG Zoran Njegus
5 DF   ESP Juanma López
6 DF   ESP Santi
7 MF   YUG Vladimir Jugović
8 MF   ITA Giorgio Venturin
9 MF   ARG Santiago Solari
10 MF   BRA Juninho
11 MF   ESP Jordi Lardín
12 MF   RSA Quinton Fortune
13 GK   ESP Pedro Luis Jaro
14 FW   ESP José Mari
15 DF   ESP Carlos Aguilera
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   ESP Juan Carlos Valerón
17 FW   URU Juan González (on loan from Real Oviedo)
18 MF   ESP Roberto
19 FW   ESP Kiko
20 DF   ESP Delfí Geli
21 DF   ITA Stefano Torrisi
22 MF   ARG Óscar Mena
23 DF   ITA Michele Serena
24 MF   CZE Radek Bejbl
25 FW   URU Fernando Correa
27 DF   ESP Ramón
28 MF   ESP Rubén Baraja
29 FW   ESP Luis Tevenet
30 DF   ESP Gaspar
31 FW   ESP Loren

Left club during seasonEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF   ARG Cristian Díaz (on loan to Málaga)

CompetitionsEdit

La LigaEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
11 Betis 38 14 7 17 47 58 −11 49
12 Valladolid 38 13 9 16 35 44 −9 48
13 Atlético Madrid 38 12 10 16 54 50 +4 46 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[a]
14 Oviedo 38 11 12 15 41 57 −16 45
15 Racing Santander 38 10 12 16 41 53 −12 42
Source: LFP
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since Valencia, winners of 1998–99 Copa del Rey, was qualified for the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League, losing cup finalists Atlético Madrid earned a spot in the first round of the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup.

MatchesEdit

Copa del ReyEdit

Eightfinals

Quarterfinals

Semifinals

FinalEdit

26 June 1999 Atlético Madrid 0–3 Valencia Sevilla
21:30 CEST Copa del Rey 1999 López   22', 81'
Mendieta   33'
Stadium: La Cartuja
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Manuel Díaz Vega

UEFA CupEdit

First roundEdit

15 September 1998 Atlético Madrid   2–0   Obilić Madrid
21:30 (CET) Juninho   15'
José Mari   53'
Report Stadium: Vicente Calderón Stadium
Attendance: 20,000
Referee:  Edgar Steinborn
29 September 1998 Obilić   0–1   Atlético Madrid Belgrade
20:30 (CET) Report Kiko   55' Stadium: Partizan Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
Referee:  Jan Wegereef

Atlético Madrid won 3–0 on aggregate.

Second roundEdit

20 October 1998 CSKA Sofia   2–4   Atlético Madrid Sofia
19:15 (CET) Genchev   53'
Naydenov   88'
Report Torrisi   41'
Kiko   43', 87'
Roberto   75'
Stadium: Balgarska Armia Stadium
Attendance: 22,000
Referee:  Georg Dardenne
3 November 1998 Atlético Madrid   1–0   CSKA Sofia Madrid
21:30 (CET) Juninho   45' (pen.) Report Stadium: Vicente Calderón
Attendance: 28,000
Referee:  Luc Huyghe

Atlético Madrid won 5–2 on aggregate.

Third roundEdit

24 November 1998 Real Sociedad   2–1   Atlético Madrid San Sebastián
19:45 (CET) Kovačević   45'
Roberto   85' (o.g.)
Report Juninho   3' Stadium: Anoeta
Attendance: 24,431
Referee:  Graham Poll
8 December 1998 Atlético Madrid   4–1 (a.e.t.)   Real Sociedad Madrid
21:30 (CET) Jugović   16', 45' (pen.)
Santi   96'
José Mari   98'
Report Gracia   51' Stadium: Vicente Calderón Stadium
Attendance: 37,000
Referee:  Vítor Melo Pereira

Atlético Madrid won 5–3 on aggregate.

Quarter-finalsEdit

2 March 1999 Atlético Madrid   2–1   Roma Madrid
21:30 (CET) José Mari   13'
Roberto   46'
Report Di Biagio   75' Stadium: Vicente Calderón Stadium
Attendance: 40,000
Referee:  Alain Sars
16 March 1999 Roma   1–2   Atlético Madrid Roma
21:30 (CET) Delvecchio   32' Report Aguilera   58'
Roberto   89'
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
Attendance: 64,485
Referee:  Mario van der Ende

Atlético Madrid won 4–2 on aggregate.

Semi-finalsEdit

6 April 1999 Atlético Madrid   1–3   Parma Madrid
21:30 (CET) Juninho   21' (pen.) Report Chiesa   13', 40'
Crespo   62'
Stadium: Vicente Calderón Stadium
Attendance: 57,000
Referee:  Nikolai Levnikov
20 April 1999 Parma   2–1   Atlético Madrid Parma
21:30 (CET) Balbo   35'
Chiesa   83'
Report Roberto   63' Stadium: Stadio Ennio Tardini
Attendance: 9,872
Referee:  Paul Durkin

Parma won 5–2 on aggregate.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FootballSquads - Atlético Madrid - 1998/99".