ATLETICO MADRID

  • 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...
  • Atletico must avoid another weak start, warns Juanfran January 13, 2015

    Atletico Madrid must avoid another poor first-half showing if they are to protect their 2-0 lead over Real Madrid in the King's Cup on Thursday and advance to the quarter-finals, according to fullback Juanfran. Atletico go into the last 16, second leg at Real's Bernabeu stadium following Sunday's 3-1 La Liga...
  • Suarez, Messi score as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 in La Liga January 12, 2015

    Lionel Messi scored one goal and set up two more for Neymar and Luis Suarez as Barcelona beat defending champion Atletico Madrid 3-1 on Sunday, rejuvenating their Spanish league title bid amid a chaotic week for the Catalan club. Stifled by Atletico in six winless meetings last season, Messi shredded its...
  • In-form Atletico Madrid seek to pile pressure on Barcelona January 10, 2015

    Barcelona: In-form Atletico Madrid will aim to pile pressure on a Barcelona side reeling from a rift between coach Luis Enrique and star player Lionel Messi in a crunch La Liga clash on Sunday. It was an all-or-nothing match last time, the two sides met at the Camp Nou in the...
  • Torres returns as Atletico beat Real Madrid 2-0 in Copa del Rey January 8, 2015

    Fernando Torres made a winning return to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday as the Spanish league champions secured an impressive 2-0 victory over city rival Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey. Midfielder Raul Garcia converted a 57th minute penalty in the first leg match of the Copa's last 16, before Jose...
  • Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid meet in Copa del Rey January 6, 2015

    Spain: Fernando Torres could make his Atletico Madrid return seven years after last wearing the red and white-striped shirt when the defending league champions host Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. The first leg of the last 16 brings together the winners of the last two cups. Madrid...
  • Fernando Torres in line for Atletico return in Madrid derby January 5, 2015

    Atletico Madrid's prodigal son Fernando Torres could make his return in a heated derby with Real Madrid on Wednesday in the last 16 of the King's Cup if he looks sharp in training, coach Diego Simeone has said. The former Atletico captain, who played 244 games for his home-town club where...
  • Fernando Torres unveiled in return to Atletico Madrid January 4, 2015

    Madrid: Fernando Torres said on Sunday that he had returned to Atletico Madrid to rekindle his competitive spirit with his boyhood club. Torres was presented to tens of thousands of fans at the packed Vicente Calderon Stadium while waiting for his loan from AC Milan to become official when the Italian...
  • Griezmann scores twice in Atletico Madrid's win over Levante January 3, 2015

    Barcelona: Antoine Griezmann headed two goals for Atletico Madrid in a 3-1 victory over Levante to keep them on the shoulders of the La Liga leaders on Saturday.6 The in-form Frenchman headed in a deflected Guilherme Siqueira cross after 17 minutes against a Levante side that was struggling to cope with...
  • Diego Simeone says Raul Jimenez not leaving Atletico Madrid January 3, 2015

    Madrid: Mexican striker Raul Jimenez will not be loaned out by Atletico Madrid this winter even after the arrival of Fernando Torres from AC Milan, manager Diego Simeone has said. Asked about the possibility that Jimenez could be sent on loan to another team in the winter window, Simeone said on...
  • Fernando Torres is not a saviour for Atletico Madrid: Diego Simeone January 3, 2015

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has warned that the return of Fernando Torres to the Spanish football club is not a quick fix to any problem they may be facing. It was confirmed at the start of the week that Torres would be returning on loan until the end of...
  • La Liga kicks off after Christmas break January 2, 2015

    Madrid: The La Liga football returns to action this weekend following the Christmas break with several sides hoping the fortnight's inactivity could change their fortunes, while others hoping a weekend off would have done nothing to interrupt their form. The standout game of the weekend sees league leaders Real Madrid travel...
  • Fernando Torres to return to Atletico Madrid on loan December 29, 2014

    Madrid: Spain forward Fernando Torres has agreed to return to Atletico Madrid on loan from AC Milan until the end of the 2015-16 season, seven and a half years after leaving his boyhood club, the La Liga champions said on Monday. Torres, 30, has been struggling for goals since joining Chelsea...
  • Atletico Madrid close to sealing Fernando Torres deal December 28, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid are close to sealing a deal for Spain forward Fernando Torres to return to his boyhood club, assistant coach German Burgos said on Saturday. Later in the day, Torres' parent club Chelsea announced that the player's loan switch to AC Milan would become permanent next month but Spanish...
  • Fernando Torres poised to re-join Atletico Madrid December 25, 2014

    London: Fernando Torres is poised to re-join boyhood club Atletico Madrid after they outlined a deal with AC Milan that should see Alessio Cerci go in the opposite direction. Torres is on a two-year loan from Chelsea but has failed to impress and Atletico are convinced they can rekindle the player...
  • Atletico Madrid set up Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid December 19, 2014

    Atletico Madrid set up a crosstown Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid despite drawing 2-2 with third-division Hospitalet on Thursday, advancing 5-2 on aggregate. Athletic Bilbao, Malaga and Elche also won to complete the last 16. Striker Mario Mandzukic slotted in Atletico's opener in the 19th minute and headed in a...
  • La Liga: Villarreal end Atletico's home unbeaten run December 15, 2014

    Barcelona: Villarreal ended Atletico Madrid's streak of 27 straight home games without a loss in the Spanish league after striker Luciano Vietto scored late to grab a 1-0 win on Sunday. Vietto received a pass and used a quick change of foot to shed Diego Godin before firing the winner past...
  • Simeone urges fans to keep calm before 'high risk' Cup game December 2, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has called for an end to football-related violence as his team prepare to play their first game since the death on Sunday of a Deportivo La Coruna fan near the Atletico stadium. The 43-year-old supporter had to be pulled out of the Manzanares river following...
  • Spain soccer fan clash leaves 1 dead, 11 injured December 1, 2014

    Madrid: One man died and 11 others suffered minor injuries after a fight broke out outside Atletico Madrid's soccer stadium between its fans and those of visiting team Deportivo La Coruna, officials said Sunday. Madrid's Clinico San Carlos hospital said a man died of injuries sustained in the clash between rival...
  • La Liga: Atletico Madrid up to second after home win over Deportivo November 30, 2014

    Atletico Madrid climbed above Barcelona into second in La Liga when Saul Niguez and Arda Turan fired the champions to a 2-0 win at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. The match at the Calderon was overshadowed by a street battle between dozens of rival fans a few hours before...
  • Arsenal reach 15th straight Champions League knockout round November 27, 2014

    Arsenal reached the knockout stage of the Champions League for the 15th straight season with a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, and Liverpool put itself in position to advance if it wins at home over Basel next month. Yaya Sanogo ended his 15-month wait to score for Arsenal...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice in Real Madrid's 4-0 win at Eibar November 23, 2014

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the 19th and 20th time in the Spanish league this season after setting up Real Madrid's opening goal in a 4-0 win Saturday at Eibar to stay top of the table. Ronaldo has scored in all 11 league matches he has played in this campaign and...
  • Champions League: Atletico Madrid sink Malmo thanks to Koke, Raul Garcia November 5, 2014

    Atletico Madrid's Koke and Raul Garcia secured a 2-0 victory at Malmo for the Group A leaders in their Champions League clash on Tuesday after the Swedes spurned several excellent chances. Having soaked up considerable pressure, Koke broke the deadlock for last season's runners-up on the half-hour, sweeping Juanfran's low cross...
  • La Liga: Five teams jostle at top of tight Spanish league November 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Luis Suarez will make his Camp Nou debut in official competition on Saturday. The Barcelona striker played in a home friendly to start the season while serving out a four-month biting ban. That ended in time for Suarez to set up Neymar's goal in Barcelona's loss at Real Madrid last...