Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio, commonly referred to as Atalanta, is a professional football club based in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy. The club plays in Serie A, earning a promotion from Serie B in 2010-11. Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio, commonly referred to as Atalanta, is a professional football club based in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy. The club plays in Serie A, earning a promotion from Serie B in 2010-11. Atalanta was founded in 1907 by students of Liceo Classico Paolo Sarpi and was named La Dea, the Nerazzurri and the Orobici.
The club played in a blue-and-black vertically striped shirt, black shorts, and black socks. Atalanta is still the best done by a non-first division club in a major UEFA competition. Atalanta also participated in four seasons of the UEFA Europa League, reaching the quarter-finals of the 1990-91 season. Atalanta has further qualified for the UEFA Champions League three times, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2019-20 season.
Atalanta has had five crests since its inception, all of which depict some combination of team name, colors, and the Greek mythological athlete Atalanta, from which the club got its name as well as its nickname La Dea. The first three crests of the club are the shields with the name Atalanta on the top, colored stripes on the left, and another symbolic representation on the right. The original crest dates back to 1907 and has original black and white club stripes along with a blue patch. In 1963, after the club won the Coppa Italia, the crest was redesigned to feature black and blue stripes alongside a running woman representing Atalanta. Atalanta’s crest colors and representation changed again in the 1970s, albeit following the same standard form as the 1963 version.
Atalanta has played at the current stadium, the 21,747-seater Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo’s Borgo Santa Caterina neighborhood, since 1928. Before it opened, Atalanta played at several other Bergamo grounds. Between its founding in 1907 and the recognition of the FIGC in 1914, the club had no dedicated playgrounds and only played friendly matches in public areas, the Piazza d’Armi and the Campo di Marte in Bergamo.
Atalanta Training Ground
Atalanta trained at the Centro Sportivo Bortolotti in Zingonia, a complex first built during the community boom of the 1960s, before being acquired for Atalanta by president Achille Bortolotti and inaugurated in 1977. The complex was used by the senior team. for training and some friends, and youth teams for training and home matches in youth competitions such as Campionato Primavera 1. Atalanta’s famous youth academy is also based in Zingonia and has been an ongoing investment point for the club since its inception.
According to a 2021 survey, Atalanta is the 10th most supported club in Italy, with an estimated 350,000 supporters. Although Atalanta supporters are more in Italy than fans of more title clubs, the club’s performances in recent years have garnered more support, especially among the younger generation; an increase of 43% has been reported since 2019. The club is also working to expand its fanbase with the Neonati Atalantini initiative, implemented in 2010 by president Percassi, which provides a free Atalanta replica shirt to all newborns within the confines of the town of Bergamo. By 2020, more than 36,000 shirts will be distributed; similar programs have recently been adopted by other Italian clubs as well.