Why everything you know about the Madrid derby might be wrong

History was made in Lisbon in May 2014, when Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid contested the first-ever derby in a Champions League or European Cup final. Diego Simeone's Atleti, freshly crowned champions of la Liga for the first time since 1996, had never won Europe's top continental competition; Carlo Ancelotti's Real, having won the Copa del Rey, were chasing la Decima – an unprecedented 10th European Cup. They landed it.

History is written by the victors, so the saying goes, but not every widely-accepted story is seeded by the aristocracy. The thumbnail sketch for Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid, perhaps exacerbated by Simeone's relatively underpaid but apparently indefatigable players finishing above Ancelotti's expensively-assembled new Galacticos last season, is that of the honest working-class outfit facing the club favoured by the elite, dating back to the distasteful backing of dictator Franco.

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