The red and white aftermath: ‘Campeones’ Edition

La Liga dream comes true for Atlético and the Rojiblanco faithul

Godín heads Atlético into the history books (REUTERS)

Godín heads Atlético into the history books (REUTERS)

Believe, for this is real.

Atlético Madrid are the crowned champions of Spain, having toppled super-powers Real Madrid and Barcelona over the course of a 38-game season.

With the mantra of “one match at a time”, Diego Simeone’s men have achieved the unimaginable.

But, Simeone is a liar.

“La Liga is boring,” the coach had said.

Well, we forgive you ‘Cholo’.

There was nothing boring about Diego Godín’s glorious, game-tying and title-winning header and the ensuing 40-minute countdown to the final whistle.

There was nothing boring about the last couple of weeks of thrill, suspense, agony, Willy Caballero fingertips, devastation and, finally, absolute euphoric elation.

We did it!

Our battle-hardened warriors have brought home ‘La Décima’, conquering the Camp Nou — both the pitch and the fans in attendance — on Saturday.

No other club had won the league at the Blaugrana stronghold besides the home team in 57 years since the ground opened.

The cheers of the Colchonero supporters in the away section were ultimately dwarfed by the roughly 100,000 Culés’ supremely classy chants of “Atleeeti, Atleeeti!”.

But, because of the quirkiness of La Liga — Spanish Football Federation president Ángel María Villar was apparently on a trip on Saturday and couldn’t make it to the game — Atleti won’t receive their trophy until the Spanish Super Cup at the start of next season.

No matter.

Atlético’s name has already been etched into the league history books, interrupting a nine-year reign between the two spoiled brats of the Primera División.

For the fifth straight season, the Vicente Calderón has added at least one trophy to its museum cabinets.

Six trophies in five seasons? You all are just a bunch of glory hunters, Neptuno included!

The Roman god of the sea, who calls Madrid home and was accompanied on the streets by a vast multitude of loyal subjects in red and white Saturday and Sunday night for the championship celebrations, is already demanding that his followers return from Lisbon next weekend with more silverware.

So, a por el Doblete hombres!

This is a reward for all the hard work, sacrifice and love for colours that cannot be bought. This is just the beginning. The best is yet to come.” -Gabi, during the Neptuno festivities on Sunday

Post-game notes and quotes:

Simeone never had a doubt

“Today will be one of the most important days in the history of the club,” Atleti boss Diego Simeone said after his squad fought back to the 1-1 draw against Barça on Saturday. Per his request, he was joined by his entire coaching staff during the post-game press conference.

“I never thought for a moment the team would not do it. They always have a response. The bigger the challenge is, the more determined they are to achieve it.

“To become champions against Barcelona is a great feeling.”

‘Cholo’, who became the third man after Marcel Domingo and Luis Aragonés to win La Liga as an Atleti player and coach, continued: “We were calm at half time as the team had started well, although the injuries to Diego and Arda were a problem.

“From there though, we continued to be competitive and fight for each ball which is what I asked for. We looked comfortable.”

Simeone then offered some emotional words about the late Rojiblanco idol Aragonés, who passed away in February at the age of 75.

“I have been thinking of Luis and I am sure that he was out there helping us defend in the area in the second half.”

On Sunday, before the Rojiblanco masses at Neptuno, the Argentine tactician and masterful motivational speaker added:

It’s not only a league, men, it’s not only a league, women, the message these guys offer you is much more important: that with belief and hard work, there is possibility.

Godín forever immortalised

The proverbial law of sports that “defence wins championships” is very fitting for Atleti, and not just because for the second consecutive season the club have conceded the fewest league goals (26 in 2013-14).

The prominent goal scorers of our last two trophy-deciding clashes have been the pillars of our formidable back line.

After Miranda headed us to glory in last year’s Copa del Rey final at the Santiago Bernabéu, it was Diego Godín’s turn to do so on the anniversary of that memorable moment.

The Uruguayan, who earned hardware on his very first official appearance with Atlético shortly after arriving for the 2010-11 campaign (the UEFA Super Cup against Inter Milan), scored the most important goal of his career in the 49th minute.

It was the 28-year-old’s seventh strike of the season (fourth in La Liga), his highest output in a single term since becoming a professional.

Atleti have not lost in any of the 12 matches Godín has scored in (11 wins, 1 draw).

“This is Atlético Madrid’s league,” the World Cup bound defender told Canal Plus afterward.

“We have fought all year long. We have made an impressive effort, withstanding two teams like Real Madrid and Barça for 38 fixtures and we have gotten the fruit of our labour.

“We earned this league title.”

Arda and Costa at the half: “Guys, win the league for us”

Los Rojiblancos overcame the major adversity that was Diego Costa and Arda’s injuries before 25 minutes had even elapsed.

Adrián replaced Costa in the 16th minute and Raúl García came on for the Turkish wonder in the 23rd.

Our two fallen soldiers were spotted crying on the bench, but they gathered themselves by the break and reportedly told their team-mates at the half to “go out and win this league for us”.

Costa’s availability for the Champions League final on Saturday is in serious jeopardy. Multiple sources in the Spanish media claim the Spain international will not make it back in time to face off against Real Madrid in Lisbon, though the player has not ruled himself out yet.

Arda, on the other hand, will apparently be good to go–his knock being called a hip contusion.

Messi’s worst nightmare Courtois wins back-to-back Zamoras

May 17th is a day of fond memories for Thibaut Courtois, who secured his second Zamora Trophy in as many seasons on Saturday, having conceded a measly 24 goals in 37 league starts.

In 2011, at the age of 19, he won the Belgian league title on that day. In 2013, at 21, he won the Copa del Rey. In 2014, at 22, La Liga.

“This is very sweet,” Courtois said.

“It’s very nice. Last week, very few people believed that we could tie here against a Barça that were in search of the title, but it was incredible.

“To win the league with Atleti is very difficult. No one could have imagined before this season that Atleti could have done something like this.”

Will Thibaut be suiting up for Atleti for the last time on Saturday?

Well, according to Atlético owner Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, “Not even Courtois himself knows if he will be playing here next season”.

“The decision was postponed until the end of the season, but Thibaut, the coach and us [the directors] want him to stay,” Gil Marín told Spanish radio station COPE Sunday.

“He has received a call from Mourinho, right before our game against Barcelona, but the player is mature enough to know what he has to do and he doesn’t want to go to a club where he would have to compete against a god like Cech at Chelsea.”

Gil Marín denies rumours of a deal with Chelsea for Costa

“For Costa to leave, we have to sign and we haven’t signed or negotiated anything with anyone,” Gil Marín said.

“We have offered him a new contract. If he wants to stay, the financial aspect will be resolved for sure. In the many conversations I have had with Chelsea, they have never mentioned his name to us. In normal conditions, Costa will stay with us.”

The much-maligned (and routine subject of the vicious scorn of supporters) Atleti CEO continued: “Diego Costa, Koke, Juanfran and David Villa have all rejected better offers to play for Atleti. Koke is our franchise player. We want him to stay here for many years.”

But, can we believe the guy?

“This year, it’s not necessary for us to sell,” he said.

“Our books are balanced. We’ve had a large amount of additional income. For sure, there will be a player that will leave, but we’ll try to reinforce his position. The goal is to not sell any of our important players and to patch up the holes left by those that leave.”

I hadn’t savoured it before. It’s been incredible. I already want to repeat it. We have fought against Real Madrid and Barça all year, against their players, their squads and their history. This is an Atlético for the ages. We have a great team with a lot of heart and soul. We feel the colours of this shirt. We feel the same thing the fans do.” – Juanfran.

Other notes:

  • Atleti became the first team to score 100 goals against Barça at the Camp Nou. Which Colchonero has scored the most goals against Barcelona at their home? Luis Aragonés. Still don’t think the Atleti legend had a hand in this title?
  • This league trophy was Atlético’s 29th title in their history (10 La Ligas, 10 Copa del Reys, 1 Supercopa de España, 1 Copa President, 1 Eva Duarte, 1 Recopa, 2 Europa Leagues, 2 UEFA Super Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup).
  • Simeone is the first Atleti coach to win La Liga, Copa del Rey and a European title, Mister Chip reported.
  • Courtois-Juanfran-Miranda-Godín-Filipe: The Great Wall of Cholo. By far the league’s best defence, only allowing 26 goals in 38 games. That’s the lowest total we’ve conceded since the 1970-71 season, according to Info Atleti.
  • Gabi earned his 13th assist of the season (7th in La Liga) with his successful corner kick to Godín. Our beloved ‘Capi’ had 5 in 2011-12 and 4 in 2012-13.
  • Unless Diego Costa miraculously recovers from his hamstring injury to score in Lisbon, he will end the season on 36 official goals (27 in La Liga), matching Falcao’s best production in a single season.
  • Fenerbahçe have officially announced that they are in talks with representatives of Diego Ribas for the possible transfer of the player.
  • These players would even fight a front line battle with a plastic spoon.” – ‘Mono’ Burgos

  • Farzad From IRan

    yeaaaaaaaaaaaaa,this our atletico!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

  • Urban

    Cebolla -> Correa
    TC -> Navas
    Ribas -> Oliver
    Villa -> Baptistao
    Tiago (if he goes) -> Saul of Guilavogui (would prefer the former, but only if we can sell Josh for good money – if not we can give him a chance and send Saul for another year on loan)

    Sosa if he comes for free.

    I guess DC is staying, so no need to replace him.

    And if there is a good oppportunity bring one extra world class offensive signing.

    Rakitic would be a dream come true but im afraid he is no longer within our reach. Maybe this Firmino guy?

  • Ratchet

    I would still like us to get Diego Ribas as well.

  • Silchas

    i thougt that guilavogui belongs 100% to the doyen group so if we sell him we get nothing.

  • Silchas

    ruben perez belongs also to doyen group according to their website

  • Urban

    @Ratchet – me too, i think if he spent a proper “pretemporada” with us he could be back to his best. However, I can imagine we dont want to meet his salary demands, in particular if Villa is to stay.

  • Dircil

    Emre Can is also good! Unluckily, Liverpool has already made a bid for him now!

  • jeronamo

    @Diricil that racist prick was already at Atleti and he isn’t what we need

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  • Kris

    “It’s not only a league, men, it’s not only a league, women, the message these guys offer you is much more important: that with belief and hard work, there is possibility.“

    Simeone. I don’t know how to thank you. You are my greatest inspiration in life. I posted a few months back here that I have never been happier in life after I started living the ‘Cholo way’ and damn man, you keep on inspiring me more and more everyday. I am more calm and collected during hard times and I can tell you now that, I have learned to deal with shit like a man now. Finally realizing how big of balls my mama has given me. Gracias Cholo. #greatestinspirationinlife. Strive for more. Aupa Atleti!

  • Adnan Khan

    @Jeronamo, the one who was at atleti was emre belozoglu. Emre Can is another one. He plays for bayer leverkusen.

  • jeronamo

    Lol oh my bad my bad

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Defense wins championships indeed

    Aguirre’s Atleti scored 3 more goals in 2008-09 than Simeone’s did this season
    (80 for Aguirre’s and 77 for Simeone’s) and they only finished 4th with just 67 pts

    In that season, Forlan won both the Pichichi and the golden boot in a league that had Raul, Messi, Villa (the real one), Eto’o & Henry
    and I believe we played more beautiful football back then with our 4 attacking players: Maxi, Simao, Kun & Forlan

    But our defense was a disaster, we conceded 57 goals, the same number of goals conceded by Recreativo who finished 20th (and last) that season

    I hate to criticize Perea, because one day he was a great defender (remember when Barca wanted him and offered us an amount of money + a young small kid called Iniesta) and also because I know how much Maritn loves him, but in his last days with Atleti, we were like playing with 10 players when he was on the pitch

    and in front of that crabby back-4 line, we had a clown in the central midfield called Paulo Assunção

    now we have the best defense in the world, the fantastic 4 + Gabi & Tiago/Mario
    individually, maybe they are not the best, but as a group they are the great wall of China
    That’s why I think selling any one of them is a suicide

  • Ali

    Btw I don’t think we are after emre can!
    We are chasing dani parejo.

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  • Valinia

    “These players would even fight a front line battle with a plastic spoon.” cant agree more!

  • Chewie

    @Ahmad you should really consider starting a regular column here. Call it “Numbers speak with Dr. Ahmad” or something like that and publish twice a week. I’d read it for sure.

    @Kris same thing. I sometimes find myself thinking about the Cholo way and how he’d handle things and try to stick to partido a partido in the form of day by day and hour by hour. His philosophy is simple yet profound, and some phrases like “we know when and how to suffer” often pop up in my mind and I think them through only to find how great the man is in his humility and dedication.

    I see no point in guessing who’s coming or leaving. It’s not about who we’d like to see in the squad, it’s about who Simeone needs and who we can get. As long as Cholo handpicks them himself, I don’t care who comes.

  • piserakos

    Ahmad i totally agree with you… I didn’t really knew the statistics but i knew that team great, Perea was awfull and with Assunsao (and Garcia) were the players i all time wondered why they play at Atleti… I was talking with a Greek friend before 2-3 months about that matter…. Anyway agree with Chewie that we should make a column here where you would talk 🙂
    About Emre Can… I read the comment that he’ve played at Atleti and i started searched that all time… Thank god i realised after that you were talking for Emre Belozoglu (or how we write it)
    The future is bright! Vamos! (Saturday we will lift another trophy)
    Oh.. Martin! Fantastic aftermatch for one more time! See you next season (i saw you at the AS)

  • anshary

    Agreed with Chewie. You should make a column here,Ahmad. I would definitely read it. I wouldn’t contribute much though. 😛

  • Lubo

    Although you like to write a lot, in general I can agree with you on most of your really long comments.
    But let me tell you something..
    Back then, at times of Aguirre or Quique, it was a bad team effort in defending. We didn’t have weak defenders – all of them were cornerstones of their respective national teams. We had Pablo, Turbo, Alvaro (who was also selected for national), Antonio Lopez, Pernia (another La Roja’s left back, but I really hated him), Heitinga, Seitaridis (who was a star player in a marvellous defensive system on the EURO 2004), I also remember players who convinced even less. All of them had good and of course worse moments too.
    But we really had one world-class player in his position, and that was Paulo Assuncao. He might have been the best tackling defender in Southern Europe.
    Assuncao along with Raul Garcia won us the first EL in 2010, not Forlan, not Aguero, nor Simao or Reyes.
    After Maxi left, we had wingers who hardly put a their feet in a tackle (now we have “winger” Koke and Arda, just for the comparison), we had one awesome tackling midfielder – Assuncao (and young Nacho) and we had Raul Garcia, who when put in a defensive role.. Well, we all know how that went (except for the EL 2010). I might agree, that Assuncao’s passing skills were almost non-existent, but that wasn’t his role. That should have been a role of RG and Jurado back then.
    We had great defenders, but we couldn’t defend, because we weren’t a team. And we had coaches who put individual in front of collective efforts and depended on their favorite players way too much.

  • Kulan

    If Atleti can keep the team intact over the summer there is practically no need for reinforcements since we have really interesting young players for back-up within the club on almost every position. The only position that I really hope we spend some money on is a really good, young left-back, who can step in if Felipe is absent. Felipe is not getting any younger either so within just a few years (probably, but you never now with Felipe 🙂 he sadly will have to be replaced. A dream-signing would be Moreno, but that is never going to happen..

  • paulo

    Lubo: Thanks for writing that, I agree with every word. Haven’t been able to comment for awhile (no pc, reading on xbox, commenting hard with a xbox -controller), but this one had to be cleared out. Without Simeone things would probably be the same as back then, maybe even worse…
    Remember to celebrate every day, people! We are riding the biggest wave now! There are no words to describe the feelings we are entitled to as atleti aficionados! To hope, wait, sing, cheer, chant, suffer, cry and then hope again for 18 long years. It is the ultimate fulfillment of a dream and it just keeps on going…
    Gracias a todos!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Thank you very much guys, it was a big honor knowing you and sharing opinions and views with you the whole season

    I wouldn’t mind to write a regular column if the website is going to pay me 😉

    Seriously though, some of us had arguments and sometimes “fights” with some others,
    for me, I’m really sorry for everyone I said something bad for him
    and I forgive the 2 or 3 people who insulted me just out of nowhere
    (if they were really Atleti fans and not Real or Barca fans trolling us)

    and I really wish to see our Indian friend Farhan again
    he didn’t appear since some you attacked him for being a Villa fan not Atleti fan, and he actually is, but let’s all forget about that

    I think I speak in the name of all of us when I say I would love to see many other people contributing more often
    there are some people here who write great reviews, but we only see them once or twice every couple of months, I don’t want to name anyone because I’m afraid to forget others, but Paulo is definitely one of them .. welcome back my friend

    And maybe if they wrote in regular basis I would have written shorter comments 🙂

    again, thank you very much

  • Atletico9

    I don’t think Costa will be ready for the final? 🙁 14 minutes in the last two weeks is not positive.
    Do you think he had played his last game?

  • piserakos

    @ahmad… You had arguments with some people here? For who are you talking about? 😛
    It’s was your fault! I told you from the 1st day we were going to win La Liga! You didn’t believed me 😛
    But suddendly you changed! I really think that we are talking with someone else! Hehehe! I’m kidding mate! Hope to find more time and write more often comments here, as i uses to do!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    @Lubo :
    first, let may say when I wrote “our crabby back-4” I wanted to add “except Antonio Lopez” but I forgot
    He was our canterano, our captain, our heart and soul .. he was our Gabi
    I would never put him in the same category with the others

    and I agree with you about that we had “some” good defenders, but we had a bad team effort, and that what I meant when I said about our current defenders : individually, maybe they are not the best, but as a group they are great

    as Paulo said, without Simeone things would be the same as back then
    It is all for Simeone, and I actually gave an example few days ago not about Atleti before Simeone, but about Valencia when they had a great team but they convinced themselves that they can only finish 3rd, and they considered it a championship, and it was the start of the term :
    “The Champions of The Other League” (el campeón de la otra Liga)
    That was because they didn’t have someone like Simeone who has the faith, the determination and the fighting spirit

    I agree with you Lubo that some of our former defenders with Aguirre & Quique were good defenders and they played for big clubs and big national teams
    But I massively disagree with you about calling Assuncao a “world-class” central midfielder,

    let me talk a little about Assuncao because I really have special feelings for him,
    a world-class player doesn’t cause all these goals against his team
    a world-class CM doesn’t score only one goal with Atleti in 4 seasons and only 3 goals in all his career (and his goal with Atleti vs Gijón was an accident)

    I will never forget our game against Recreativo in Copa del Rey 2010,
    we lost the first leg 3-0, and in second leg we scored 3 goals in the 1st half, then we scored the 4th in the 2nd half
    then, Assuncao had the ball in our box and was under pressure from 2 Recreativo players, and instead of getting the ball out for a corner or a throw-in, he decided to dribble both of them, one of them stole the ball from him and scored in De Gea

    I remember that goal very well, it was in the side of the frente group, and many of them gave Assuncao the finger .. I did too
    His teammates were killing themselves to comeback from a 3-0 defeat and they did and scored 4 goals and he does that !

    Recreativo’s goal was in min. 71 .. in min. 73, Assuncao made a stupid foul and got his 2nd yellow in the game and was sent off

    Luckily, as that Atleti had some idiots, they also had some heroes, one of them was Simao who scored the 5th goal (the winner) in the last minutes of the game from a brilliant free-kick

    That was not Assuncao’s only disastrous game, he had too many of them, but because of its circumstances, this is the one I will never forget

    maybe many Atleti fans consider Assuncao a good player or even a great player
    but for me, he was a clown

    The day Assuncao left us was one of my best days as an Atleti fan
    and guess who was the coach who let him go ?!
    who else than Simeone .. who was really a world-class CM

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    @Piserakos :
    you really did .. you was very sure from day 1 that we will win La Liga
    you really deserve a prize for that

    who would thought that this kid will be wiser than all of us, and some of us are over 30 or over 40

    but I’m not so surprised, after all, he is a Greek !

  • AaX

    REMEMBER what ‘TEAM’ this Group of Players and Managers has and still is Achieving is UN-REPLICATABLE ! (If there’s such a word).

    WHY ?
    Because it’s a currently Worldwide Record Breaking Historic ‘Movement’ with and in TOTAL Unison with it’s Fan.(remeber the Sea of Red and White in Madrid). It’s a Collective team Identification and Aspiration which is true and genuinely inspired and motivated.

    Special Moments ONLY Unique to a team like Atletico de Madrid.

    So this and that player before or in the future weren’t that relevant as how they are Relevant as the Atleti Now as would also how our previous player good or bad will happily agree too. PEACE

  • AaX

    REMEMBER what ‘TEAM’ this Group of Players and Managers has and still is Achieving is UN-REPLICATABLE ! (If there’s such a word).

    WHY ?
    Because it’s a currently Worldwide Record Breaking Historic ‘Movement’ with and in TOTAL Unison with it’s Fan.(remember the Sea of Red and White in Madrid). It’s a Collective team Identification and Aspiration which is true and genuinely inspirationally motivated.

    Special Moments ONLY Unique to a team like Club Atletico de Madrid.

    So to me, this and that player before or in the future weren’t that relevant as how Important and Relevant the ‘Team Atleti’ is now as would also what our previous players good or bad probably would happily agree with.




  • Jelle

    If you haven’t seen it, here! This is one of your best 15 minutes in your life.

  • Ali

    Btw what’s update on costas and ardas injury?

  • piserakos

    @ahmad… I was sure not just from the day one! I was sure from the day Cholo came… I started to write here at this time an i was sure that with Cholo we will win La Liga and CL at a short of time, i was sure… I also beted at the start of the season tha Atleti will win La Liga and CL (if we will win CL i would be rich)…. Anyway, Ahmad I really agree with many things with you espatially the last seasons 😉 (By the way i was the only Greek who was that sure that this was our year)… Damn i remember my self last March talking with someone and betting 50 euros that next season we will win la liga, he was laughing and told me “Falcao will leave.” I answered him “I wish he will! We would be better if he leave.” He watched me and told me “You are crazy!” I answer him “I would be 50 euros” and he told me “OK!” I would go tomorrow to ask for my money 😛
    Also about Assunsao… A world class DM? I would jump from my balcony and i will suicide! WHAT??? That guy was a clown! I was CELEBRATING when we decided to let him go! Even when we had Cholo at the few games he played he all time was did mistakes… At everygame he played he was offering goals to our opponents, this guy was the worst player who weared our shirt for me! I think somewhere at this forum i voted for him! Antonio Lopez was great player, ok he wasn’t Felipe but was a great player!

  • piserakos

    Oh… Also i’m not that young! I’m 20! And i’m Atleti from the season we relegated at segunda, well to tell the truth i’m all my life! From the day i was born and i first heard about this team i was allways supported us. This ‘rojiblanco’ team was my passion and my love 🙂 Te quiero Atleti, contigo hasta la muerte

  • Ali

    According to Mundo deportivo!!
    Costa had flown to Serbia to have speedy recovery. Sounds good.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    It’s not mentioned in Mundo Deportivo’s report, but I think he will try that “Horse Placenta Treatment”, the one that doctor Mariana Kovacevic is famous for (if she really is a doctor)

    I have to say that I don’t like speed recoveries, and also don’t like unproven remedies
    Yes, that treatment has worked out for some players like Van Persie and Kompany, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe yet

    Here is a report on TIME magazine and another one on BBC about Kovacevic’s Horse Placenta Treatment :

  • epoy

    How come Doyen owns the rights to Ruben Perez.when he was a canterano? Maybe he was just managed by Doyen thus he was in Doyen’s site.

  • Farzad From IRan

    I hope to not release our superstars like:Filipe,Godin,Koke and Arda!!!! Specially renewal with Diego Simoene untill 2019!!! It may happen !!!!!!!!!! If god wants

  • Farzad From IRan

    please tell a link to download atletico cermony film please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jeronamo

    Assuncao was a clown tho… He was the first transfer that i had ever celebrated

  • piserakos

    @ahmad… I read it at AS and it had details…
    About Ruben Perez i think we sold a part of his right before 2-3 years

  • Adnan Khan

    Angel Correa is close to becoming atletico madrids first signing according to
    San lorenzos presidente is going to travel to madrid to negotiate. Let’s hope they agree
    It will be a good signing, he is a player for the future 🙂

  • Amr Misin MUKADAFFI

    Anyone with some updates about the injury of Arda and Diego Costa ? Are they going to make the final ?

  • Atletico9

    When will the upcoming la liga start and the matchprogram be finished?
    And we have to play super cup again next year (maybe X 2) 😀

  • layibiyi

    My Atletico brethren, I haven’t had time to come over and congratulate you guys. Congrats!

    There couldn’t have been a more deserving winner. You guys sure do like doing it the hard way. Wish you all the luck in the world for the champions league final. Go get your double!!

  • Ringo S. T. Gambo remember me

    Apparently both Arda and Costa trained with the team today 😀

  • x

    Who will win the most important cup of Europe.I hope atletico will win the champions league and arda will play.Anyway it was a very great season for atletico but next year la liga will be more challenging I think.

  • starvs

    About to board my flight to Madrid (and then Lisbon from there), let’s fucking get this!

  • kris

    Starvs, you don’t know how happy I am for you man. Safe journey and hope you get to witness Atleti lifting their first Champions League trophy at Estadio da Luz. Hope you have a blast and enjoy bruv!

  • Ali

    Congratulation to saul niguez!
    He won rayo vallecano player of the year award..

  • Gechi

    Wow what a week.
    I am pretty confindent we’ll bag the CL trophy as well. Gaynaldo & co are not clutch players (unlike Zidane)… they have proven it over the last years. So, if things go wrong for them (which i pray it will happen) it will be all the way down from there. We’ll have to frustrate them, defend like madmen and eat them alive on the counter and set pieces. We’ve proven we can do this with ANY TEAM. What would it be so special about those white shirted arogants than we can’t contain ?
    My biggest concern is that Costa will push himself to the limit and for sure he’ll want to play even if he’s not nearly 100%. Simeone has a big decision to make. Because if he gambles it wrong and costa has to be taken out we will play yet again with only 2 substitutions.
    Anyway, let’s not forget, all the pressure is on them and we can feast from this.
    AUPA ATLETI! Let’s do one for the history !

  • Amr Misir MUKADAFFI

    Guys the refferee is Bjorn Kuipers, a dutch Ref.. He is known as a Barca fan. And he blows the wistle for almost anything.. So we can’t play hard. He also gives yellow cards fast.

  • Ringo S. T. Gambo remember me

    As far as I know Kuipers is pretty okay for an eredivisie referee
    Even though, while being a person living in the Netherlands, I tend to not watch eredivisie at all.
    I wouldn’t worry too much about him, though

    ¡Aupa Atleti!
    Lets show the world this game is our game
    And by our I mean atletis, I just watch 😀