How 8 Clubs Fared in Their 1st Year at a New Home as Atletico Prepare to Open Wanda Metropolitano

Atletico Madrid prepare to play their first game at the brand new Wanda Metropolitano stadium this weekend as Malaga fill the role of visitors for a clash in La Liga. As the countdown to kickoff commences, here's a look at how eight other clubs around Europe have fared in their first season at a new stadium. Only competitive games have been counted for 'First Away Team to Win' in each entry. Debut Season: 2006/07 Arsenal bade farewell to Highbury in May 2006 as they prepared to move to their...

Arsenal - Emirates Stadium

Debut Season: 2006/07


Arsenal bade farewell to Highbury in May 2006 as they prepared to move to their almost double-the-size new home at the Ashburton Grove site - the Emirates Stadium.


The Gunners actually fared no better or worse in the league, finishing 4th in both their final season at their old home and their first at the new venue. They actually went further in the FA Cup and League Cup (they played a lot of away ties), but were knocked out of the Champions League at the Last 16 stage after going all the way to the final 12 months previously.


First Away Team to Win: West Ham (5th November 2006)

Manchester City - Etihad Stadium

Debut Season: 2003/04


Manchester City moved into what was then called the City of Manchester Stadium in the summer of 2003 ahead of their second season back in the Premier League after several years of relegations and promotions between the various tiers of the English league ladder.


City were actually slightly worse off, finishing seven places lower in their first year in their new home after sealing an impressive 9th place as Maine Road closed its doors. After an 8th place in 2004/05, it was only when the investment came in that City really kicked on.


First Away Team to Win: Arsenal (31st August 2003)

Bayern Munich - Allianz Arena

Debut Season: 2005/06


Having completed a domestic league and cup double as the curtain fell on the city's old Olympic Stadium, Bayern Munich retained both trophies as they set about settling in the brand new state-of-the-art Allianz Arena.


Around 12,000-13,000 more fans were able to watch each game at the bigger venue, but the club's Champions League journey ended one round sooner than it had done the year before.


First Away Team to Win: Hamburg (3rd March 2006)

Juventus - Allianz Stadium

Debut Season: 2011/12


The Juventus Stadium was built to replace the old Stadio delle Alpi, which had been opened in time to host games at the 1990 World Cup. Juventus initially shared city rivals Torino's Stadio Olimpico for two years, before announcing the construction of the new stadium in 2008.


The opening of the new stadium marked the start a dominant era for Juve, claiming a first Serie A title since returning from the Calciopoli scandal in season one - they didn't lose in their new home until the following campaign. The club has also won the scudetto every year since.


First Away Team to Win: Inter Milan (3rd November 2012)

West Ham United - London Stadium

Debut Season: 2016/17


West Ham were able to trade in their former home at Upton Park for London's Olympic Stadium, later renamed the London Stadium, in a deal that made huge financial sense.


Yet despite the favourable terms and costs, as well as the significantly increased capacity, the Hammers struggled in a new home that lacked atmosphere and character. As such, they slumped to an 11th place Premier League finish despite finishing 7th 12 months earlier.


First Away Team to Win: Astra Giurgiu (25th August 2016)

Leicester City - King Power Stadium

Debut Season: 2002/03


Similar to Sunderland, Leicester's move to a new place, then known as the Walkers Stadium, came after relegation from the Premier League as the doors were closed on their old home at Filbert Street in 2002.


Unlike Sunderland, Leicester did manage to achieve promotion at the first attempt as they played in the new stadium. It was met with swift a relegation in the second season, though. The Foxes didn't return to the top flight for 10 years, but were English champions in 12.


First Away Team to Win: Burnley (19th October 2002)

Sunderland - Stadium of Light

Debut Season: 1997/98


Sunderland's move from the old Roker Park to the Stadium of Light coincided with a fresh start in the second tier after relegation from the Premier League the previous season.The Black Cats were ultimately a penalty shootout away from an immediate return to the top flight.


Their second season at the Stadium of Light proved even better, as the team swept Division One under the guidance of Peter Reid, amassing an incredible 105 points in the process. That momentum then carried through to a 7th place Premier League finish in 1999/00.


First Away Team to Win: Norwich City (30th August 1997)

Southampton - St Mary's Stadium

Debut Season: 2001/02


There was actually very little difference in terms of league performance for Southampton after upgrading from The Dell to their current St Mary's home in 2001, dropping just a single place in the Premier League from 10th to 11th.


A year later, the Saints had pushed back into the top half of the table, registering an 8th place Premier League finish. They also reached the 2003 FA Cup final having played four out of the five games at home before neutral venues came into play at the semi-final stage.


First Away Team to Win: Liverpool (18th January 2003)

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