Koke keeps 73-year-old Atletico Madrid fan’s flower tradition alive amid Spain’s stadium ban: Margarita Luengo has positioned a bouquet of flowers at a nook flag earlier than each Atletico dwelling sport since 1996 however was unable to go to Saturday’s match because of Spain’s stadium ban on followers.

Koke keeps 73-year-old Atletico Madrid fan’s flower tradition alive amid Spain’s stadium ban

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  • Margarita Luengo first positioned a bouquet of flowers on the nook flag of Atletico’s dwelling sport vs Bilbao in 1996
  • Margarita Luengo, 73, travels 150 kilometres to every dwelling sport to maintain up the custom for Atletico Madrid
  • Koke ensured the custom was preserved as he positioned the flowers at Luengo’s chosen nook of the pitch

Atletico Madrid captain Koke known as up one of many membership’s most celebrated followers earlier than Saturday’s match in opposition to Actual Valladolid to proceed her lengthy custom of laying flowers on the pitch earlier than every dwelling sport — and the act proved an excellent luck appeal.

Margarita Luengo, 73, has positioned a bouquet of flowers at a nook flag earlier than each dwelling sport since 1996 however was unable to go to Saturday’s match because of Spain’s ban on followers getting into stadiums to stop additional unfold of the novel coronavirus.

However Koke ensured the custom was preserved, talking to Luengo by way of video name forward of the La Liga fixture as he positioned the flowers at her chosen nook of the pitch on the Wanda Metropolitano, going through the aim as she requested.

“I’ll go away them right here and let’s hope they create us luck and we win and rating a aim from a nook,” mentioned the midfielder to Luengo in a video the membership printed on their official web site.

Koke’s phrases rang true and he took the nook from which Vitolo headed in the one aim of the sport within the 81st minute to offer Atletico a victory which took them as much as third within the standings.

Luengo first positioned a bouquet of flowers on the nook flag of Atletico’s outdated stadium the Vicente Calderon earlier than a 1996 match with Athletic Bilbao to point out her admiration for Serbian midfielder Milinko Pantic and his expertise for taking set items.

“I positioned 4 flowers for him by the nook flag and when individuals requested me why I mentioned they would be the 4 targets we’ll rating,” she recalled in a 2017 interview with Cadena Ser.

Atletico received 4-1 with two assists and a aim from Pantic, so Luengo, who travels 150 kilometres to every dwelling sport, saved up the custom even after Pantic left and continued to take action when the membership departed the Calderon for the Metropolitano in 2017.

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