Only a few days away from one of the most important games in club history, Atlético de Madrid have announced a very special gesture. Luis Aragonés, ex-Atlético player and manager deceased this past February, will have his name included on the inside of the collar for the jerseys the players will wear during the big game in Lisbon.
According to an official statement posted today on their official website:
All the members of our first team knew for certain that they wanted the figure of Luis Aragonés to be with them in Lisbon. He was one of the biggest legends of our club who died recently, but who’s still alive in the hearts of the entire Atlético family, and who was the author of the goal we scored in the only European Cup final we’ve played so far, in 1974.
The initiative was celebrated by players, so the club took it to UEFA for final approval, and were recently given the heads up to wear this special modification to their jerseys. The club had also asked to be able to wear their traditional white and red Home Kit for the game:
This request was moved directly to the UEFA and its President Michel Platini, had the sensitivity to accept it, understanding the meaning for all the Atléticos of having Luis Aragonés present in our kit. In addition and exceptionally, the maximum European organization also accepted the Club’s request to play in Atlético’s red and white shirt at the Estadio Da Luz, despite being the visitors.
As the picture posted by the club shows, the name of Luis Aragonés will be included on the inside of the collar in gold. The same color will be used to brand the center of the jersey for the ocassion “Final Lisbon 2014 – May 24 – Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Real Madrid CF vs Club Atlético de Madrid”.