Atléticos around the world: Mario debuts, Falcao rests

Summary of Atleti's internationals' results and a special message from an old friend

Mario Suarez debuts for the Spain national team

Mario debuted with Spain on Wednesday

Atlético’s eight first team internationals will be returning from midweek national team duties for the club’s upcoming clash in Vallecas against Rayo on Sunday.

The major headline in Rojiblanco land this FIFA round was that midfielder and Atleti academy product Mario Suárez made his debut with the Spanish national team’s senior side, after having played for the youth version of La Selección as a youngster on several occasions.

Mario took part in the final 20 minutes of La Roja‘s 3-1 win over Uruguay in Qatar.

There, he faced off against Atlético teammates Diego Godín and Cristian ‘Cebolla’ Rodríguez.

Centre-back Godín had a day to forget as he was partially to blame for Spain’s first two goals, while Cebolla bagged a goal against the reigning European and World champions.

Diego played the full 90 minutes while Rodríguez was taken off after 69.

Meanwhile, Arda took part in all 90 minutes of Turkey’s 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic.

Brazil internationals Miranda and Filipe Luís also suffered defeat, losing 2-1 to England at Wembley.

Filipe was brought on with 20 minutes to spare, while Miranda got to play the final 10 minutes.

Thibaut Courtois was on the bench for Belgium’s 2-1 triumph over Slovakia, with Torino goalkeeper Jean-François Gillet getting the nod in his stead.

There was some good news for the Atleti faithful concerned about Falcao making the over 14,000 km round-trip trek from Madrid-to-Miami-and-back after just recently returning from injury.

While ‘El Tigre’ was expected to appear in the fold for Colombia’s friendly versus Guatemala at Sun Life Stadium, he did not play a single minute of the Cafeteros‘ 4-1 thrashing of the Central American outfit.

He was spotted by our cameras warming up on the sidelines during the game, and was seen celebrating national side teammate and Deportivo midfielder Abel Aguilar’s goal, Colombia’s third of the game.

The roughly 15,000 fans in attendance at the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins — the vast majority of which were wearing the bright yellow Colombia shirt — frequently chanted Falcao’s name hoping to get a glimpse of their idol in action.

In the end, it seems the Atleti striker was only used as bait to sell tickets. That, or perhaps Rojiblanco boss Diego Simeone gave countryman and Colombia head coach José Pekerman a call, requesting (or ordering) Pekerman not to utilise our star.

We were also able to catch up with our good old friend Luis Amaranto Perea, who, after captaining his national team to a 4-1 victory, told us that he “will always be a Colchonero”.

  • Andres (Lolaya)

    Great job! Great to see you guys haven’t forgotten about Perea! I also saw that he scored a goal and found out about the one nullified against Real madrid…. Atletico would’ve won that game… :/

    Nice to see Falcao on sidelines even though he didn’t play. I was also thinking that Simeone called his “good fellow friend/countryman” Pekerman to ask that Falcao not play.

  • Shlomgar
  • Alex21

    I would cry if Forlán came back to Madrid. He was my idol through high school and i wish i could see him play nowadays..such a class act and team player.

  • super3athens

    mine too alex…

  • Dircil

    Happy lunar new year from Vietnam. I hope that our team will foster strongly in the upcoming year and Falcao will stay with us for a couple of years. Atletico For the Win :))

  • Chalet


    Forlán is doing fine at the moment for Internacional PoA.

    Last Wednesday he only played the last 20 minutes for La Celeste against España – and then returned immediately to Brasil, where the ‘Gauchão’ tournament has just started.

    Forlán scored a brace last night for Internacional and has now 3 goals in 2 games.

    A couple of days ago in Qatar Forlán said in an interview
    that he misses Atléti a lot, that he is happy how great Simeone and the players are doing at the moment – and that he is still maintaining his house in Las Rozas…

  • DJ_ZA

    I’m with you there @Shlomgar

    @Chalet, can’t believe I missed that. On Forlan’s FB page it said the match was Sunday! Darn! Well, at least he posted links …

  • DJ_ZA

    Martin, not sure I liked Colombia for having dragged Falcao to Miami. I’d be a bit upset if I was a fan at the stadium. But the Atleti side of me is thankful he got to rest.

    … Nice Freudian slip there too : Gool (get out of love) & Perea. hahaha, as if that’d ever happen to Martin!

  • DJ_ZA

    …oh, 1 last thing, why try to lay blame on Godin for the 1st goal?! That was just a shocker by Muslera!

  • Chalet

    @ Shlomgar:

    The friendly against España was a little nightmare for La Celeste – but that hug between Forlán and Mario Suárez was so lovely to watch! Very touching!

    I must apologize – I always seem to mix up different time zones…..
    Forlán´s last game for Internacional was on Saturday, February 9th.
    Local kick-off time was 19.30 h – which also means 19.30 h for Montevideo, but 22.30 h for Madrid…

  • DJ_ZA

    @Chalet Despite the score, it was a better performance by La Celeste compared to their last few WC qualifiers.

  • Chalet

    I totally agree with you, DJ_ZA!