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  • Atletico coach Diego Simeone extends contract till 2020 5 days ago

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has agreed to extend his contract with the Spanish champions by three years to 2020. The deal, announced on the Twitter feed of the champions, was widely expected although there was plenty of speculation a wealthy rival could try to lure Simeone away from the...
  • Atletico Madrid beat Getafe 2-0, stay in touch with top 3 in La Liga March 21, 2015

    Barcelona: Midfielder Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion set up two goals to help Atletico Madrid ease to a 2-0 win over crosstown rival Getafe and keep in touch with the top three teams in the Spanish league on Saturday. Atletico overwhelmed the visitors from the start at their Vicente Calderon Stadium with the...
  • Third-placed Valencia surge four points clear of Atletico Madrid March 21, 2015

    Resurgent Valencia turned up the heat on Atletico Madrid in the battle for third place in La Liga when Andre Gomes scored and then set up Paco Alcacer for their second goal in a 4-0 stroll at struggling Elche on Friday. Valencia leapfrogged Atletico into third last weekend with their fifth...
  • Atletico Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 on penalties to reach Champions League quarters March 18, 2015

    Fernando Torres scored the decisive spot-kick as Atletico Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 in a penalty shootout on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The match finished 1-1 on aggregate after extra time, with the home side avenging its 1-0 defeat in Germany in the first leg...
  • Champions League: Atletico struggling for goals before Leverkusen clash March 17, 2015

    Atletico Madrid will need to put an end to a recent goal drought if they are to have any chance of overturning a 1-0 deficit in Tuesday's Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Bayer Leverkusen. Atletico, last season's beaten finalists, have only scored once in their last four...
  • La Liga: Atletico Madrid's title defense hit by 0-0 draw at Espanyol March 14, 2015

    Atletico Madrid's dwindling hopes to defend the Spanish league title took another blow after a 0-0 draw at Espanyol on Saturday. Atletico dominated the match until defender Miranda earned a direct red card for smashing his arm into Abraham Gonzalez's head in first-half injury time. Espanyol controlled possession the rest of the...
  • Resurgent Valencia well placed to secure Europe return March 9, 2015

    Madrid: After failing to qualify for Europe last season, Valencia are heading into the final weeks of the La Liga campaign in a strong position to secure a lucrative berth in continental competition for next term. The recent takeover of the club by Singapore billionaire Peter Lim appears to have breathed...
  • Leverkusen edge Atletico 1-0 in first leg of last-16 Champions League tie February 26, 2015

    Leverkusen: Hakan Calhanoglu's second-half strike gave Bayer Leverkusen a 1-0 home win over 10-man Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, leaving it all to play for in the second leg. Karim Bellarabi set up Calhanoglu in the 57th minute. It looked like the Germany midfielder wasted...
  • La Liga will be decided on final day, predicts Ancelotti February 23, 2015

    Real Madrid may have extended their lead over second-placed Barcelona at the top of La Liga to four points on Sunday but coach Carlo Ancelotti still expects the title to be decided on the final day of the campaign. Real took full advantage of Barca's 1-0 defeat at home to Malaga...
  • La Liga: Barcelona look to pile pressure on Real Madrid by beating Malaga February 21, 2015

    Luis Suarez's stunning goal last weekend was outshone by the exploits of hat-trick man Lionel Messi but the bicycle kick strike could be just what the Uruguay forward needed after a stuttering start in Spain. Messi netted a record-equalling 23rd La Liga treble in the 5-0 victory at home to Levante...
  • Atletico Madrid even stronger than last season: Juanfran February 14, 2015

    After they sold top scorer Diego Costa and fullback Felipe Luis to Chelsea, some predicted Atletico Madrid would struggle to repeat their achievements in 2013-14 when they won La Liga and reached the Champions League final. The high-profile departures also included goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who returned to parent club Chelsea after...
  • La Liga: Atletico thrash Real 4-0 in Madrid derby February 7, 2015

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid thrashed crosstown rival Real Madrid 4-0 in a dominant derby performance on Saturday that threw open the Spanish league title race. The defending champion set the tone from the start as Tiago Cardoso and substitute Saul Niguez scored early before Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic sealed Atletico's most...
  • Diego Simeone rejects claims of violent play ahead of Madrid derby February 7, 2015

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has said his side won't change its way of play despite accusations of at times being excessively violent in its style of football. Speaking to the press Friday ahead of the sixth Madrid derby of the season against Real Madrid, Simeone was asked about the...
  • La Liga: Ronaldo returns to lead injury-hit Real at Madrid derby February 7, 2015

    Barcelona: Real Madrid will hope Cristiano Ronaldo's return from suspension will be enough to overcome a spate of injuries when they visit Atletico Madrid on Saturday in another rematch of last season's Champions League final. James Rodriguez joined Madrid's list of injured players when he broke a bone in his right...
  • Atletico's aerial strength a worry for derby: Carlo Ancelotti February 6, 2015

    Barcelona: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits that Atletico Madrid's aerial strength against his side's inexperienced defence is cause for concern ahead of Saturday's La Liga derby. Real's regular centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Pepe are injured while left-back Marcelo is also suspended for the game, when victory for leaders Real would...
  • Losing Madrid derby wouldn't end La Liga hopes: Diego Godin February 5, 2015

    Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin said that losing Saturday's 'derby' against Real Madrid would not entail his team giving up in the race to win the coveted Spanish La Liga championship. At a press conference Wednesday, the Uruguayan defender explained: "We aspire to win and gain some points off Real, reducing...
  • Diego Simeone proud of Atletico Madrid's rebellious streak January 29, 2015

    London: Atletico Madrid went too far in a bid to unsettle Barcelona in their King's Cup defeat on Wednesday but coach Diego Simeone was proud of his team's rebellious streak. Simeone's side ended with nine players and could have had others sent off as they adopted an overly physical approach in...
  • Copa Del Rey: Neymar double sends Barca into semi-finals January 29, 2015

    Neymar struck twice as Barcelona came from behind to seal a 3-2 victory over nine-man Atletico Madrid and reach the King's Cup semi-finals 4-2 on aggregate on Wednesday. Fernando Torres put Atletico ahead inside the first minute with a precise strike from the edge of the area but Barca have clicked...
  • Copa del Rey quarters look finely balanced for return legs January 28, 2015

    Atletico Madrid have to overturn a one-goal deficit at home against FC Barcelona Wednesday night as both sides look to book their places in the semi-finals of the Spanish King's Cup. With Real Madrid apparently unstoppable in the La Liga, the Cup perhaps offers the best chance for domestic honours for...
  • Koke commits future to Atletico Madrid January 28, 2015

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke says he is reluctant to leave the Spanish football club despite lucrative offers from abroad. English clubs Manchester United and Arsenal are believed to be interested in the playmaker. But the Spanish international, approaching his 200th club appearance ahead of his 23rd birthday, said he wants...
  • Torres' return to Atletico Madrid good for him and Spain: Del Bosque January 24, 2015

    Madrid: Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has expressed his delight at the return of striker Fernando Torres to La Liga holders Atletico Madrid and has predicted that it will be good "for him" and also for the national football team as it will be easier to keep track of the...
  • Atletico Madrid made it difficult for Barcelona: Andres Iniesta January 22, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona midfield maestro Andres Iniesta says he is satisfied with a 1-0 Copa del Rey win over Atletico Madrid as Diego Simeone's men made it hard for them to play their game at the Camp Nou. Lionel Messi's late strike, a follow-up to his own missed penalty, gave the Catalans...
  • Copa Del Rey: Messi strikes to give Barcelona edge over Atletico January 22, 2015

    Barcelona seized control of their King's Cup quarter-final tie against Atletico Madrid when Lionel Messi followed up his saved penalty to score and secure a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. Barca dominated possession against the La Liga champions but Atletico defended stoutly and held the record Cup...
  • Fernando Torres finds different Atletico Madrid beast on return January 19, 2015

    Madrid: When Fernando Torres left Atletico Madrid for Liverpool in 2007, the idea of the Spanish capital's second club being favourites to beat record winners Barcelona in a two-legged King's Cup tie would have been unthinkable. Now that the 30-year-old Spain forward is back in his boyhood team on loan, he...
  • Barcelona looking to improve away form on Coruna trip January 17, 2015

    Barcelona: If Barcelona are to overhaul leaders Real Madrid and wrest the La Liga title back from Atletico Madrid for a fifth Spanish top-flight triumph in seven years they will have to improve their form away from home. Barca have won eight out of nine games at their Nou Camp stadium,...
  • Fernando Torres back with a double bang against Real Madrid January 16, 2015

    Fernando Torres stole the show with a dramatic double as Atletico Madrid secured a battling 2-2 draw at Real Madrid on Thursday that dumped the holders out of the King's Cup 4-2 on aggregate. Back at his boyhood club after seven years of mixed fortunes in England and Italy, Torres stunned...
  • I'm not from another planet: Cristiano Ronaldo January 16, 2015

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo apologised to Real Madrid fans after his miraculous powers deserted him as the holders were knocked out of the King's Cup by city rivals Atletico Madrid on Thursday. Ronaldo showed off the third FIFA Ballon d'Or award he won this week to fans at the Bernabeu before kickoff...
  • Carlo Ancelotti wants 'positive aggression' for Atletico clash January 14, 2015

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti wants what he termed "positive aggression" from his players in Thursday's King's Cup clash at home to Atletico Madrid, when the holders will seek to overturn a 2-0 deficit from last week's last 16, first leg. Atletico have had the upper hand over their city...
  • Atletico Madrid must not relax against Real Madrid: Diego Simeone January 14, 2015

    Madrid: Reigning La Liga champion Atletico Madrid's coach Diego Simeone has told his players to be humble as they prepare for their vital Kings Cup second leg tie against crosstown rivals Real Madrid on Thursday. Goals from Raul Garcia and Jose Gimenez last week gave Atletico a 2-0 win over their...
  • Copa Del Rey: Atletico poised to eliminate Cup holders Real January 14, 2015

    Atletico Madrid have the perfect chance to lift morale after Sunday's La Liga defeat at Barcelona when they play their King's Cup last 16, second leg at bitter local rivals Real Madrid on Thursday. Atletico have a 2-0 advantage over the holders from last week's first leg at the Calderon and...