Three players called up to Spanish national team

Del Bosque sends invitation to Koke, Mario, and Villa

Griezmann drew another blank on Saturday night

For years, Atlético Madrid fans witnessed how the Spanish national team experienced its glory years, winning cup after cup, and becoming the first country ever to win three major tournaments consecutively, without a Rojiblanco player present.

Some fans might have even started to wonder whether former Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque was ignoring the red and white club altogether.

But Juanfran’s inclusion in the European Championship winning side of 2012 was the first sign of change to come. As Spanish clubs, forced by growing debts and decreasing power in the international transfer market, take more and more to signing domestic players and youth products, Atlético, too, has developed a core of Spanish players representing the team.

Atleti’s success under Diego Simeone has not gone unnoticed, as Vicente del Bosque called up no less than three Colchoneros for Spain’s upcoming matches, a World Cup qualifier against Finland on the 6th of September and a friendly against Chile four days later.

The players representing Atlético in La Roja are Koke, Mario, and Spain’s all-time top scorer David Villa.

Clearly Mario and Koke’s inclusions are evidence that the hard work of everyone in Atlético’s youth academy at the Cerro del Espino is paying off.

The club is always well represented in all categories of Spain’s national team setups, and it seems there are more potential future internationals in our ranks, as Óliver Torres and Saúl Ñíguez have been called up to Spain U21 for two European Championship qualifying games.

Elsewhere, Atlético have another trio called up. Diego Godín, Cristian Rodríguez, and the young José María Giménez received a call from Óscar Tabárez to play for Uruguay. Giménez is yet to make his debut for Atlético, but has a growing reputation in his home country after his impressive performances in the U20 World Cup. He stands to make his debut for Uruguay if he’s given minutes in their games against Peru and Colombia.

Arda Turan and goalkeepers Bounou and Thibaut Courtois will also join their respective national teams.

Do you think any Atlético players have a chance of representing Spain at the World Cup in Brazil next summer?


  • I think, if there’s no big injury problem, David Villa is a certain addition to Spain’s squad, no matter how well he performs this season.
    Koke and Mario need to be consistent with their play to stay in the team, I do think Koke has a good chance to stay on the list.
    Juanfran has a chance to get a new chance as the second right back.
    You’ll never know how much Oliver and Saul (and Manquillo) will surprise us this season, but their chances to go to Brazil aren’t very high as of yet, but after that…

  • ali_

    somebody please explain that how arbeola is the first choice RB for spain. anyways congrats for the guys, especially for mario & jorge

  • Silchas

    Carvalja and Montoya are to inexperienced
    and Juanfran ist out after his failure against France.

  • ali_

    oh come on, how many times did arbeola something stupid… he is the weakest spot in spain NT.

  • Silchas

    im not del bosque, who was a former youth trainer of Real. So there is your answer. Also is Arbeloa the only defensive man who get rarely in trouble for losing the ball in a attack because he dont particapete in such. Juanfran is to offensive.

  • ali_

    u dont need to be sarcastic, its doesnt suit you.
    arbeola imo lost a lot of ball, even if he is not that offensive minded. he is slow, and barely has some skills. i will never ever understand that.

  • kris

    LOL Arbeloa is too bad and slow.. Even Azpi is better than him.. Juanfran is times better than Arbeloa IMO, he has improved so much after his last call up..

  • Gert

    You forgot Alderweireld, he got called up as well 😉