1998–99 Atlético Madrid season

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Atlético Madrid
1998–99 season
President Spain Jesús Gil
Manager Italy Arrigo Sacchi (until 14 February)
Spain Carlos Sánchez Aguiar (from 15 February to 23 March)
Serbia and Montenegro Radomir Antić
La Liga 13th
Copa del Rey Runners-up
UEFA Cup Semi-final

Season summary[edit]

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 squad[edit]

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

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
17 Argentina DF Cristian Díaz (on loan to Málaga)

Results[edit]

Copa del Rey[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

First round[edit]

Atlético Madrid won 3–0 on aggregate.

Second round[edit]

Atlético Madrid won 5–2 on aggregate.

Third round[edit]

Atlético Madrid won 5–3 on aggregate.

Quarter-finals[edit]

Atlético Madrid won 4–2 on aggregate.

Semi-finals[edit]

Parma won 5–2 on aggregate.

References[edit]