President Santos proudly welcomes Atlético

"Atlético's visit is a source of pride for Colombia," said Santos at presidential palace

atletico visit narino presidential palace on wednesday to meet colombian president juan manuel santos

Atlético with Colombian President Santos

Hours before Wednesday’s friendly between Atlético and Millonarios kicked off in Bogotá, a Rojiblanco contingent composed of natives Radamel Falcao and Luis Amaranto Perea, Atleti coach Diego Simeone, captain Antonio López, club president Enrique Cerezo and general director Miguel Ángel Gil Marín were welcomed to the Casa de Nariño presidential palace by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

The Head of State told the story of how he experienced the Europa League final victory last Thursday.

“I was in China for a visit during the final in Bucharest and I still remember how excited I got when I heard Falcao’s two goals narrated in Chinese,” he said.

“For Colombia it’s a source of pride to have Atlético Madrid here. Every time Perea prevents a goal from scoring or Falcao scores, we feel prouder of being Colombian.

“Argentines have Messi and we have Falcao.”

Perea and Antonio López then presented President Santos with gifts, including an Atleti jersey signed by the entire squad, as did Cerezo, and our men themselves were each given a small token to commemorate the visit.

Finally, los Colchoneros, the President, and representatives of Millonarios posed for pictures with a group of children from an Atlético Madrid foundation based in the Department of Casanere in Colombia.

  • Rob

    You’re doing a great job reporting on Atleti’s trip, Martin! I enjoy reading the stories and viewing the photos!

  • palc

    ” Every time Perea prevents a goal…. ”


    Nah just kidding 😉

    Nice coverage on Atleti’s trip Martin!

  • shay

    If that’s the case, their head of state didn’t feel like a proud Colombian for a long time now (until Falcao arrived)…

  • Javi Lozoya
  • Urban

    Yo columbians! Stop taking pictures and give us some moniez!

  • solari

    thank you so much for reporting everything… 🙂

  • Martin Rosenow

    Thanks everyone!

    Unfortunately my Atleti Colombia adventure comes to an end on Saturday as I’ll be flying back home.

    It was an incredible experience and I’m glad you all enjoyed what I was able to share with you.

  • Javi Lozoya

    So I guess we’re facing Chelsea and Torres in the Uefa Supercup. I hope Atleti wins it.

  • 7th

    chelese and atletico pretty much had the same season. so parallel to each other. loool

    started with new coach, and ends with new coaches, both of them had a glory in europe while they were medicore in league.

    both of them didnt qualify to CL. lool

    so now,

    Atletico vs Torres.

    congratz to chelesa.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Chelsea didn’t deserve in my opinion but that’s football.

  • Javi Lozoya

    And yes they qualified to CL since they won it now.

  • ali_

    i think they deserved it. but not for that match. i dont really like chelsea, but imo terry, lampard, drogba, chech and ofc torres deserved to win a CL after all.

  • Yes I thought bayern were the better team but thats football unpredictable. Any way This season Atletico will qualify for the Champions League under the experience OF EL CHOLO.

    Aupa Atleti, Grande El Cholo. By The way Very good coverage on Atletico’s Trip Martin. U should get an award for it. Maybe we and Derek could work something out ;).