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Atalanta B.C. is a professional football club from Bergamo, a town in the Italian province of Lombardy. Commonly referred to simply as Atalanta, this football club was founded in 1907 by some Swiss students. The club’s home ground is a relatively small stadium of 21,000 seats called Gewiss Stadium, also known as Stadio di Bergamo.
The club’s most prominent nickname is La Dea but they are also called the Orobici or even the Nerazzurri. While they have been playing in the top-flight of the Italian football for many seasons, they’ve never won the title. However, they did win the Coppa Italia in 1963 and played in the Cup’s finals on three more occasions. Atalanta also got to the semi-final of the Cup Winners' Cup in 1988.
Atalanta is a perennial member of Serie A since their promotion in 2011 and they’ve been playing perhaps the best football in their history in the past few years. The team finished third in 2018-2019 season, earning their first ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League. Even more surprisingly, they’ve managed to reach the quarter-final before losing to PSG after leading for most of the match. All of this was achieved under the guidance of their current manager Gian Piero Gasperini.
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Alejandro Darío Gómez from Metalist Kharkiv for £4m in 2014
Next to Gasperini, perhaps the most important role in Atalanta’s rise in the past few years played Papu Gómez, as everybody calls him. The Argentinian offensive midfielder arrived at Atalanta for just £4 million but he became an absolute fan favourite and the team’s captain. He has already played more than 200 games for Atalanta in Serie A and he is still as important to the team as he was when he first arrived.
Luis Muriel from Sevilla for £18m in 2019
The most expensive transfer in Atalanta’s history is, at least for now, proving to be a fantastic one. The Colombian striker has already scored 22 league goals for Atalanta in less than 40 matches, which is a pretty good return on the investment so far.
Duván Zapata from Sampdoria for £22m in 2020
Another Colombian forward who plays for Atalanta, Zapata arrived at the club in 2018 on a 2-year loan for a fee of around £12 million. When the loan ended in 2020, Atalanta paid another £10 million to make the move permanent after Zapata scored 29 Serie A goals in just 46 matches.
Timothy Castagne from K.R.C. Gent for £5.8m in 2017
The right-back came to Atalanta from Gent in 2017 and quickly carved a spot for himself in the starting lineup at the club. After three successful years at Gewiss Stadium, he was sold to Leicester City for a fee of around £22 million.
Josip Iličić from Fiorentina for £5m in 2017
Josip Iličić was already a well-known name in Italy before joining Atalanta, with a respectable career in Serie A. He played for Palermo and Fiorentina for seven years but the Slovenian winger he was at the top of his game in the past three years with Atalanta.