Atlético to compete in U-20 Copa Libertadores

Red and whites invited to youth version of South American tournament

Copa Libertadores trophy

Atleti youngsters chase continental glory
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No, you haven’t been mistaken, Atlético Madrid have been confirmed as one of the 16 participants in the Under-20 version of the Copa Libertadores in Peru later this month.

The Rojiblancos were invited as a special guest of the tournament following the unprecedented success of our cantera this year, and can add another trophy to the six already won so far with up to six games against the likes of Boca Juniors, River Plate and Corinthians.

Matches will be taking place between June 15 – July 1.

C-team manager Alfredo Santaelena will take charge of the team, and he named his 20-man squad earlier today. Players from Atlético B, C, Juvenil DH, Madrileño DH and Juvenil LN were all called-up, as well as three trialists; Jesús, Gregorio and Lucas.

With participants having to be born after 1991, options from the reserve side were limited, even more so considering Pedro Martín has been rested ahead of the start of pre-season training, and Saúl Ñíguez is unavailable due to national team involvement.

However, playmaker Omar, who ended the season in great form, attackers KaderIván and N’Doye, and the highly impressive Brazilian left-back Elbis Sousa will all take part.

Sadly, none of our Juvenil A side will be available to Alfredo as they are still battling to win the Copa del Rey, so we won’t see the likes of Oliver, Manquillo or Ian, who’s brother Javi González from Atleti C will play in goal. 

Two of their new signings for next season, Asamoah and Luis Milla, the latter the son of the Spain U-21 manager, have been chosen though, and will pull on the red and white shirt for the first time in Peru.

Alfredo is set to move up to Atleti B in place of the departing Milinko Pantic from July, but that hasn’t stopped him bringing along 7 of the C-team players he managed this year, including joint top scorers Josito and Doménech.

Also, one player from our recent Under-17 World Champions will travel, towering 17 year-old centre-back Alberto Villapalos from our Juvenil Liga Nacional side.

Most will be aware of the Copa Libertadores at the senior level, South America’s most prestigious competition and equivalent of the Champions League, although the youth version only began last year. Atleti are the first European side to take part, and will look to follow on from Peruvian side Universitario who are the sole winners so far.

In our group we will face River Plate (ARG), Corinthians (BRA) and Junior (COL), with the first game against the team from Buenos Aires set for Sunday the 17th. A full schedule can be found here.

Atlético squad:
Goalkeepers: Javi González, Jesús
Defenders: Kader, Elbis, Gregorio, Chema, Aitor Ruano, Villapalos
Midfielders: Abián, Iván Sánchez, Omar, Kity, Doménech, Stephane, Asamoah, Luis Milla
Forwards: N’Doye, Josito, Borrueco, Lucas


  • So its Under-20. Hmm bets luck to the young canteranos. But i wanna see the big boys play(in the first team)

    @Javi Lozoya

    Is this true bout Yilmaz NEARLY negotiatng with Lazio?

  • By the way are we getting any money from it if we win or even if we just participate? Because it would help pay the money to porto.

  • Dircil

    i dont expect we get much from this tournament, probably 2 or 3 mil if we win the tournament

  • Andres

    lol, 2 or 3 mil, don’t be ridiculous…

  • Javi Lozoya

    Well, the article says negotiations between Burak and Lazio are advanced, but it’s just a rumor, nothing official just yet.

  • Javi Lozoya

    This is gonna be a great chance to see how the Atleti cantera performs against South American superpowers. I’m hopeful we can win it.

  • Javi Lozoya

    You guys know about Simeone’s son Giovanni right?, guess what?, Atleti might face him!, that’ll be awesome, I’ve heard great things from him but never had the chance to see him play except for a few videos, there will be plenty of other young talents, hope Atleti’s scouts sign some of them.

  • Javi Lozoya

    We got our own Elbis, how cool is that?!!!

  • Javi Lozoya

    More on Burak Yilmaz, Corrierre dello Sport which is one of Italy’s most important sports newspapers, says he is very close to sign Lazio, but like I said before it’s not official just yet, here’s the note obviously in Italian, http://www.corrieredellosport.it/calcio/euro_2012/2012/06/07-244455/Lazio%2C+quasi+fatta+per+Burak+Ylmaz

  • shay

    Am I the only one here that dosen’t want Diego Costa back?
    I can’t remember anything good from him.

    I think Salvio is great as 3rd striker. If not him- maybe someone like Chamah or somthing

  • ali_

    wtf is going with those spams?

  • Javi Lozoya

    The Euro is about to begin. I’m with Poland. Hope they win.

  • Javi

    what do you mean. Hope they win the euros or the match?

  • Javi Lozoya

    Yea I meant the match, but I hope they advance as far as they can.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Stupid Spanish ref, I’m supporting Poland but he fucked it up for the Greek with that stupid red card. It wasn’t even a foul man, that’s not fair. Poland was playing better but Greece was trying hard, a Greek player got injured and now the ref screws it up. I don’t even know that ref but he is doing an awful job. What a dud.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Great goal by Lewandowski by the way. Anybody saw the opening ceremony?. It was awesome. I liked it very much. It was just amazing. Great job by Poland and all the Uefa staff. At least Platini did something good for once.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Obraniak did awesome on the goal. We need to get that guy!. nah, just kidding, I wish but there’s no money, what a bummer.

  • Javi Lozoya

    The second half is about to start, I don’t feel like watching it because the ref fucked it up. But it’s not Poland’s fault. Dumb ass referee, seriously.

  • polan

    Javi Lozoya, you talk too much

  • Javi Lozoya

    Tytooooooooooooooooooooooooon!!!. We should sign him!, not just because he saved a PK but he is pretty darn good. He would be cheap I believe, and if we sign him we don’t have to worry about Courtois leaving us in the future.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Yea, I talk too much, so what?

  • Javi Lozoya

    Anybody saw the whole match?. It was very exciting!. Although the ref fucked it up. The sending off of a Greek player motivated Greece to over perform, tie the score and almost win the match. Poland played good in the first half but in the second half they played awful. I guess it’s a fair result, dang it, I wished for Poland to win, but they retrieved back after the goal and that was it. I still hope they advance to the next round.

  • Andres

    Javi, you don’t have any friends to talk to? I’d say this is way offtopic…

  • Javi Lozoya

    Yeah I do, but they don’t love football the way I do. Hell, they don’t even care about the Euro. Is that a problem or what?

  • Metro

    It was pretty exciting match indeed with the referee being the clown, as you mentioned. Regarding to Tyton, then I don’t want us to sign a new goalkeeper – we are more than well covered in that area. Asenjo deserves a chance (he did really well in Colombia and still young), Joel is reliable and David Gil will be coming up soon. If we are to sign a goalkeeper it should be someone old and very experienced so we would have a decent back-up. We have got other departments we need to spend on.

  • Javi Lozoya

    The problem is if Courtois resigns for next season Asenjo won’t have a chance. Neither Joel. And David Gil is very promising indeed but still has a long way to before becoming Atleti’s number 1.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Russia trashes Czech Republic, Dzagoev MVP, supposedly he will be a free agent on December of this year

  • Jorge

    A little closer to topic…Has anyone heard any news regarding the possibility of an Atleti friendly in Miami?

  • Javi Lozoya

    Should we sign him?, He is young and talented but I guess we won’t

  • Nico9

    Javi, do you have a Twitter account? You can use it to express all your own opinions on the universe there.

    We come here to read about Atlético. This isn’t your own personal blog.

  • Dircil

    okay guys, things have gotten intense recently, better calm down, we are bros and there is no need to put an oral fight here. To Javi: I appreciate all your news and opinion, but could u please talk more about facts rather than your opinion. I’m really interested in all of the stuff related to transfer that u bring to this fan site and I hope that I can hear more about it in the future. Just to warn u Javi, dont get offense!

  • Javi Lozoya

    You jelly Nico?. The Euro is the air, everybody is talking about it at any blog, but I guess the passion just isn’t here. I remind you guys this isn’t yours es blog either, if you don’t what comment on just keep your comments to yourself. I ain’t dissing anybody. I’m trying to make conversation about the Euro but I guess you guys don’t care.

  • Javi Lozoya
  • Javi Lozoya

    And then there comes the Olympics. C’mon guys. Relax and watch the Euro.

  • polan

    Exectly!! Relax and watch the EURO. Stop blogging here. And please stop saying you’re the only one that cares about football, it’s annoying

  • Javi Lozoya

    What do you even care?. You’re just a troll.

  • shay

    god.. what an idiot..