Have you found yourself staring at the wall, wandering through the park at night or drawing up countless formations with and without Falcao still at Atlético, just waiting for the new season to begin?
So have we.
Have you started following baseball or, God forbid, the Tour de France?
Don’t despair, you can now start counting the days as a new season of thrilling and nerve-wrecking Spanish football is upon us. On Thursday the RFEF announced the 2012/13 schedule for the Liga BBVA!
Atlético Madrid will get their new La Liga season underway in Valencia against Levante.
Diego Simeone’s men will surely want to improve on their last two visits to Levante’s Estadi Ciutat de València, where we have lost by a score of 2-0 on both occasions, last season’s trip – when we gave up a goal within the first minute – looking a little something like this.
Week 2 sees a repeat of the Europa League final, as Atlético host Athletic at the Vicente Calderón.
Although the schedule has been announced, the exact dates and times are yet to be set.
Atlético is likely to play the third match of the campaign on a Monday, as we play the UEFA Super Cup game against Chelsea the Friday prior.
This year La Liga kicks off early. Often the league commenced during the European Super Cup weekend, but this year the RFEF has scheduled the first round of games on the 18th and 19th of August.
There’s good news for all Spanish clubs that participate in European competition, as no midweek matches have been scheduled. That should give Atleti players some more rest in between games as we avoid a congested schedule.
The big games for Los Rojiblancos have been scheduled in December, when we play away games against Real Madrid (2nd) and FC Barcelona (16th).
The return round of La Liga is an exact mirror copy of the first, meaning we host Real on the 28th of April and Barcelona on 12 May. The final game of the season is away at Real Zaragoza.
You can find the full Atlético Madrid fixtures list for the 2012-2013 season here.