Champions League Final: Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid

Luis, this one is for you!

This one's for all the marbles (AP)

This one's for all the marbles (AP)

14,619 days ago, Atlético Madrid faced Bayern Munich in the European Cup Final.

40 years have passed since Bayern scored that equaliser in the 120th minute, forcing a replay match.  

We all know what happened in the second game.

After visiting Neptune for the sixth time since Diego Forlán’s extra-time match-winner against Fulham in 2010 and receiving the god’s blessing, los Rojiblancos are ready to face off against rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League Final.

Yeah, you read that right–Champions League Final. Some of us still don’t know if we’re dreaming; if we are, please do not wake us up.

After dispatching Zenit, Porto, Austria Wien, AC Milan, Barcelona and Chelsea, Atleti have made it to the final.

Lisbon’s Estadio da Luz is set to host the biggest derbi madrileño of all time this Saturday at 20:45 CET.

After coming off injured very early into that glorious ‘final’ versus Barcelona, Diego Costa found himself in Serbia hoping for a miraculous recovery. 

The Atleti striker spent time with ‘miracle doctor’ Marijana Kovacevic, who treated his injury with horse placenta.

To the surprise of many, the unorthodox treatment apparently worked, as Costa returned to Madrid and was back in full training on Thursday.

And the ‘Beast’ wasn’t alone.

Midfielder Arda Turan, who also sustained a knock against the Culés, participated in Thursday’s practice session and will reportedly play in the final.

If Costa ends up not being fit to play, do not worry.

The spirit of Luis Aragonés will lead the front line. Atlético’s jerseys will all include the late former Colchonero forward and coach’s name inside the collar.

For our eternal rivals, Karim Benzema and Pepe are doubtful to feature, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale seemed to have recovered from their injuries.

But the always-important Xabi Alonso will not play due to suspension.

Our first clash against the Merengues this season ended in a second consecutive victory at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Heavy defeat over two legs of the Copa del Rey semi-finals followed, but our last match against Real Madrid — a cracker — ended in a 2-2 draw at the Vicente Calderón, with goals coming from Koke and Gabi.

Will the cantera repeat success this time around?

“We have no pressure to win, but what we do have is hope,” said Diego Godin, the man with that beautiful head.

Mario Suaréz is motivated by one thing only, the red and white jersey he proudly represents.

‘El Cholo’ expressed how this match is “the culmination of all the hard work the team has done in the past three years”.

Let’s hope that Gabi’s words during the Liga-title celebrations prove prophetic.

“The best is yet to come,” the Rojiblanco captain had said.

Atlético match selection:
Goalkeepers: Aranzubia, Courtois
Defenders: Godín, Filipe, Alderweireld, Manquillo, Giménez, Juanfran, Insua, Miranda
Midfielders: Mario, Tiago, Koke, Raúl García, Arda, Cebolla, Gabi, Diego, Sosa
Forwards: Adrián, Villa, Costa, Luis Aragonés


  • colcho

    Bring It…

  • jeronamo

    What more can be said? It feels like I’ve been waiting an eternity since the match against barca for this match to kick off. Whatever happens……. Starvs you lucky son of a gun, cheer our ass off for us who can’t be there

  • jeronamo

    Btw excellent artical and great touch adding Luis Aragonés to our front line

  • kris

    Me during tomorrow’s match until my team lifts their first ever Champions League trophy; te quiero Atleti lolololo, te quiero Atleti lolololo. Forza Atleti!

  • piserakos

    Vamos a ganar!!! Last pre-match of the year and the best of the year! This is our time guys!

  • Dircil

    Let’s beat the crap out of Real Madrid!!!! Real Passion 3-1 Real Madrid!!!!

  • kris

    So, Chelsea have made great business by selling David Luiz, a player they don’t need, for 49 million euros. If Costa goes for anything less than that, I will be so pissed.

  • kris

    I meant Chelsea have *done great business

  • Atleti10

    I’m heading over to Lisbon in the morning. This will be my first time seeing Atletico and no better way I guess. Feeling really positive about the match now. I hope Diego starts behind Villa tomorrow if Costa misses out.

    Enjoy the match everyone.

    VAMOS ATLETI!!

  • Jeronamo

    Congrats Atleti10!!! Share the experience with us if u can

  • Brad

    Aupa Atleti!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I was very nervous before Copa del Rey final last year, was even more nervous before Barca game in La Liga final, I couldn’t sleep or eat .. but now I feel nothing,

    I don’t think it’s because I’m relieved after wining La Liga, because the champions league is much more important, if not because we have never won it before then because we have to prevent Real from wining la decima, but I think it is confidence, it is faith in Simeone and his warriors

    Everyone was comparing us to Liverpool and Dortmund, as we are fighting with small budgets against the super powers, but we are different than both of them, we are stronger .. we have much bigger cojones,
    and they are really not that poor, they have much bigger budgets and much smaller debts than ours,
    but unlike Liverpool, we didn’t slip and have won our league which is harder than theirs, and I believe tomorrow night we will outdone BVB and win the CL after they couldn’t last season

    Atleti can not be compared with any other club .. Atleti is one of a kind

    Some numbers by Dr. Ahmad 😉 :

    Idiots who call themselves experts, sport analysts & journalists are suggesting that Real Madrid are the more experienced team,
    well, guess what, experience is not for the club, not for the name, the crest or the T-shirt .. experience is for the players
    and Real Madrid players have only 11 European Finals between them, or to be accurate, between only 5 of them, including 3 finals for the suspended Xabi Alonso (no elbows in our players backs tomorrow) and 4 for the GK Casillas
    the other 3 players are Ronaldo who played 2 finals with Man Utd, Pepe who played 1 with Porto & Arbeloa who played 1 with Liverpool (both probably won’t play tomorrow)

    On the other hand, Atleti players have 30 European Finals between them, divided between 14 players, and to be surprised, one of the most experienced players in Atleti, Tiago has never played a European Final, he is the only one in our squad who has won all 4 European titles in last 5 years, but he missed all 4 finals !

    So, maybe Real Madrid have 9 UCL titles and Atleti have none, but if anyone used his brain just a little he will realize that tomorrow, Atlei maybe not the stronger or more talented side, but they are for sure the more experienced one

    Football is not about history, it is about today,
    but if they insist to recall history, Real & Atleti have met before in 5 finals,
    Atleit lead 4-1

    The Manzanares River Ends in Lisbon

    Aupa Atleti

  • piserakos

    Agree with Ahmad… I didn’t bothered to find the statistics much (i knew you would do the job for me) but i couldn’t understand how they call Real more experienced team! No one of the players (except Casillas) was at their last CL final! We have a lot of players who have played EL and Supercup finals and Villa who has played at CL final!

  • Brad

    Ahmad, I am always impressed by your analysis!

  • Alfien

    Real Madrid has the best stars. But in football eleven against eleven wins and playing in Team. And that, in TEAM, Atleti is the best! the Vikings will find out who rules in the capital! How great is to be Atleti fan!

  • sajedeh

    what do i see? Luis Aragonés in forwards?? but he is dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brad

    He will be there in spirit and in the collar of each of the Atleti kits

  • Will

    If Ahmad is cool since last match I’m more than nervous.

    #AupaAtleti #GoAtleti

  • Amr Misir MUKADAFFI

    Guys even if we lose.. We still have the comp title… That is much more important than CL title 🙂 And besides, we will have every year acces to the CL so no worries 🙂

  • Ali

    Ahmed hossainy BOY GENIUS.

  • palestine-atletico

    We will WIN 3-0 😀
    I am SURE of that………….

  • slavamakovetsky

    Common Atletico. Russia and Abkhazia with you!!!! U must beat real. You are the strongest and the best!!

  • Valinia

    cant wait to the start of the game. cmon we can do it! vamos atleti!

  • kris

    Courtois
    Juanfran-Miranda-Godin-Filipe
    Raul Garcia-Gabi-Tiago-Koke
    Costa-Villa
    Luis Aragones

  • palestine-atletico

    Arda turan not on bench

  • Brad

    30 Minutes!

  • Jeronamo

    Ok nervousness now setting in

  • Kris

    Already starting to sweat and the game hasn’t even started yet!! Vamos Atleti!!!

  • Brad

    And we march out onto the field proud Rojiblancos. No warm ups needed here!

  • Brad

    Could anyone read what our tifo says? I couldn’t catch all of it.

  • Brad

    What the fuck…again??

  • Brad

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!
    Off the beautiful head of Diego Godin!

  • Kris

    GOALDIN!!!!!!!!! Vamos Atleti!!

  • Brad

    Apparently, when played together this season, the current Atleti back four and Thibault Courtois have yet to lose a match

  • Brad

    Of course the ref give 5 minutes of stoppage time…enough for Real to score…

  • Will

    Their money got this one. But I’m more than proud of this team. #AupaAtleti !!!!!!!

  • Ali

    Refree screwed the whole game!

  • kris

    2 minutes. It was just two minutes. But I can’t be prouder of my team. Unfortunate injuries and we still managed to get Real over to extra time. That’s a big feat. I can’t help but congratulate Real for their obsession even though, we know how they are going to be bragging about it for years to come. Great Simeon and Penaldo with a penalty of course. We’ll do it next year boys. Forza Atleti!

  • Brad

    Let’s just hope we don’t have to sell the whole team to pay the taxman and can find our way back here next year!

  • Will

    @ALI, we almost don’t see a referee giving only 2 minutes in the second half. They scored on 93 which is OK to me.

    We did everything we could without our 2 best players.

  • Will

    Sorry, it was for @KRIS. 🙂

  • Will

    We only need a better reserve squad. I don’t think Raul is the best replacement for Arda or Adrián for Diego Costa. We need reserves to rotate and save some gas to the decision matches. That’s only what I think we need.

  • Brad

    That’s where both Barca and Real Madrid clobbered us this year, some of their reserves were as good as our starters

  • Hmm

    This is football. And not always the team that deserves it wins. We were fingertips away from the ultimate glory, but all we can do is be proud of the players. Can’t say blame the ref, or not give real any credit. All the goals were legitimate, and they scored right before the 93rd (even if there were 5 mins), but it was just bad luck on our side with injuries. Trophy or not, this Atleti will be remembered in history.

  • kris

    I know Ali, I am not complaining about that at all. I am just so mad at the football gods right now because we know injustice happened here. 93rd minute, come on bruv. Ahhhhh..

    I done got over my ex in like three weeks but this is gonne take me months. I just can’t believe that Real, our biggest rivals got their biggest achievement against us. DAMN, damn, damn.

  • kris

    And totally Brad, Will, and Hmm. Some of their reserves were definitely more skillful than ours. I guess, money does buy happiness many times.

  • Brad

    I’d say depth more than happiness, but depth wins championships.

  • Chewie

    No miracles. The game was over as soon as Ramos placed his header past Courtois. Have you seen their faces? They were confused and sad, almost desperate. And during the overtime there was only one team.

    Absolutely deserved victory by Real. And sadly, at this point we don’t have the team to win Champions League. We need to have a more clear head next year and don’t start being too confident – we still have only 13-14 good players, 2-3 satisfactory players and a bunch of emergency subs.

    We played this game without 2 key players and we lost it without 3 – after Filipe’s injury we stood no chance, which again brings the question of the left back.

    Fortune is a dirty bitch – had we managed to survive another 2 minutes, we’d be champions a an hour ago. And now we fail 1-4, which is like a bad joke. It’s also like serving for the match in tennis and then losing in a tie-break.

    At this point I can think of only one quote that I can address to the team and the fans:
    “Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better”.
    After sharing his motto with journalists Stan Wawrinka won his first Grand Slam.

    Hopefully we win ours next year.

  • Valinia

    @will n we play w/o filipe in the extra time, who kept bale almost quiet for 80 min..
    devastated by the lose but the lads really made us proud. the score didnt reflect the real situation, we had been doing well throughout the whole match until marcelo scored. next year we will come back stronger! vamos atleti!

  • Ratchet

    4-1 was undserved, and the penalty was bullshit. Hey, at the start, who would have taken a league win and reaching the final of the UCL? I certainly would. If we can keep the team together for next year, we will always be in with a shout. Very proud to get this far. Cholo Simeone!!

  • TOMMYNESTOR7

    I AM SO PROUD OF THEM!!! WELL DONE GUYS, YOU ARE THE BEST FOR SURE!!!
    JUST LIKE OUR CAPTAIN SAID ” THIS IS JUST A BEGGINING” AND IT IS….
    HEADS UP…
    SEE YOU NEXT YEAR… ATLETI FOR LIFEEE…. AUPA…

  • Brad

    Chewie with the great quote. That one should go up there with “partido a partido” and “ganar, ganar y volver ganar”

  • TOMMYNESTOR7

    THANK U GUYS FOR THIS BEUTIFULL SEASON OF OUR LIVES..
    THANK U CHOLO…

  • Will

    Nice, @CHEWIE.

  • Brad

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory should not cause us to forget how far the team came this season and of course the bit of silverware…even though we won’t get it until Supercopa when we get the first chance for some revenge against los Blancos

  • kris

    I was asking for a league and cup win, and a semi-finals in the CL in the beginning but our players did much more than that. Really proud, but damn is it gonne be hard to get over it because it was Puta Madrid….. and it was 4-1, completely undeserved scoreline. I would have taken a defeat from any other team except Real.. Oh well.

    Thank you, Will. I am pretty sure Simeone has said something similar to his players by now. We’re going to be stronger next season and we are gonna go for the treble. Vamos! We should definitely have two very good players for each position next season so that we can rotate more and fatigue won’t be a problem. Forza Atleti!

  • AMR MISIR MUKADAFFI

    Guys in a previous post, before the match.. I wrote down that Bjorn Kuipers the dutch reff is a worthless reff.. Ther was NO injury NO stoppage time, nohting to give more then 2+ minutes additional, so how the F did he came with 5 minute’s, you cheesehead Kuipers, ur a disgrace !!!

  • AMR MISIR MUKADAFFI

    + Even Simeone said ‘ Why 5 minute’s reff, 3 minutes was max ‘

  • Ali

    @kris referee should give maximum 3 minutes of stoppage time they always support big teams in last year champion league final they only gave 2 mins of stoppage time to dortmund to find equalizer and after one year they give 5 mins stoppage time to real to find an equalizer so I think that’s very cruel against teams with lower budget.

  • epoy

    Gutted… 🙁
    We almost had it…
    But still

    Aupa Atleti!!!

  • Brad

    My girlfriend’s dad in Madrid sent me a picture after the match with the fourth official’s extra time sign photoshopped with “Until Madrid Scores”

  • Özgün

    I’m so pissed off. I know we didn’t expect to come this far and I’m still proud of the team, but it was close, too close..

    Reality is; We didn’t deserve to win this game. We didn’t play anything in the last 30 mins. We couldn’t manage to come forward or hold on to the ball. If you park the bus against Real it’s very likely to concede a goal. They don’t waste their time by playing tiki-taka nonsense like Barca, they tirelessly searched for a goal and found it.

    But my greatest disappointment is not about conceding on the final minute or the awful score. What really angered me is our lack of passion and commitment especially after the second goal. Who wants to explain Marcelo’s goal to me? Our players invited him to score by clearing his way! It’s like someone’s playing PES in a very low difficulty. We didn’t believed in ourselves after the second goal and completely dissolved. This is what i can’t accept easily..

  • Dircil

    we were 3 minutes away from the championship!!!!!! So close!!!! By the way, how much did our team make for qualifying to the final?

  • palestine-atletico

    Is there any one in the world hates sergio ramos more than me???? I doubt…. regarding ronaldo i get nausea once i see him playing.
    We deserved the title not the fuckers…. i have no problem to lose vs any team except real madrid.
    5 minutes extra time was the joke of the day

  • Adnan Khan

    The ref won the match today. Shitty referee and ronaldos diving haha.

  • Will

    @DIRCIL, according to the Wikipedia:

    Playoffs: €2,100,000
    Base fee for group stage: €8,600,000
    Group match victory: €1,000,000
    Group match draw: €500,000
    Round of 16: €3,500,000
    Quarter-finals: €3,900,000
    Semi-finals: €4,900,000
    Losing finalist: €6,500,000 <–
    Winning the Final: €10,500,000

  • Will

    So, we made 32.5 millions euros plus some TV rights.

    If we sell Diego Costa for the same amount we’ll have 65 millions to invest and pay the debts.

  • EC

    Proud of the team overall this season, I must say iam devastated to once again miss out on the CL by only a couple of minutes.
    Altho Real were the better team and we performed the best we could without probably our 2 best players. I still feel we should’ve won, after all we were 1-0 up 93 mins into the game. We should not be losing a goal from a corner of all things :(.

    It was soooo close to being the perfect season, but alas it was not too be.

    Hopefully we can perform well in the CL for many seasons to come

  • EC

    Also iam pissed that this is going to go down in the history books as 4-1 to Real Madrid. Rediculous how that was the final score

  • Atleti10

    I am heartbroken. The atmosphere was something I’ll always remember and the fans were simply incredible. The players looked distraught after the match but the fans really let them knew how proud they were.

    I thought we deserved it in 90 mins but I guess that’s life. Gabi was great again, I have to say I thought Sosa was awful and alderwield is not good enough yet.

    Finally I thought villa was great, he worked so hard from start to finish.

    Anyway we’ll be back again next year. Aupa Atleti!!

  • Ringo S. T. Gambo remember me

    Oh well

  • AaX

    Hi Guys,
    If earlier this season it is given to choose either between Winning the La Liga or winning the Champions League I would Clearly and Surely chose La Liga and Thank GOD we have made the Right Choice in Exceptionally WINNING IT !!
    To put the whole match into Its right perspective, We didn’t actually lose the game tonight, we actually just ran out the Players not Spirit. Starting again without Diego Costa and Arda Turan is really ASKING Too Much and when Raul Garcia made his way out and seeing Filipe Luis on the bench, the writing almost seems clearly on the wall. AND although we’ll take any kind of ways to winning, with the way or goal that we almost would tonight doesn’t seems right as something momentous or Title winning unlike against Barcelona .No there’s no actual curse here, just need to put BACK into the right perspective.
    On the POSITIVE side, We Have Given Our All BEST Players and Fans included this season and not to faulted on this like some other teams usually might do.

    THERE WILL BE BETTER WAYS OF WINNING OUR FIRST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TITLE!!, But The LORD Has decided not to give it to us this season more than deciding to give it to our opponent (I am bemused as to how they can be celebrating so proudly ), Because We Earlier Have Made this Choice based on our current level of resources. So Lets Just BE GRATEFUL and PROUD So of our Efforts and Achievement this year and to Learn and Aim of Our Improvements on the Next.

    THEN, Like it or Not the First TWO Cups on the Opening of next La Liga season should and would be OURS and Hopefully also at the Last. GOD WILLING, PEACE AUPA ATLETI !!!

  • Abdullah Karam

    Fukc the refere fuck him fuuuuuuck him. ,,
    Thank you CHOLO VERY VERY VERY MUCH What a MAN !! And thanks to all players you are so great .. Fuck the refere

  • AaX

    WINNING LA LIGA HAS MADE OUR SEASON ! WINNING UCL IS AN UNEXPECTANT AND A BONUS.

    THANK You Guys. THANK YOU LORD.

  • Jeronamo

    So I cried… I cried and I watched and as I cried I knew that no excuses and no complaints were going to change the result. We’ve done well this season as a whole but I’m so sorry we couldn’t win, I have a headache and I’m frustrated to no end. We lost… we lost and we can do is look forward but tonight all I can do is feel sad

  • epoy

    Got to say that im very proud of our fellow colchoneros in the stadium. Real already won and celebrating but all we can hear are Atleti chants. Real are about to lift their trophy but all we can hear are Atleti chants.

    Aupa Atleti!!!

  • Jose

    Btw did you guys see what Ronaldo did after Ramos scored? The whole team was cheering with ramos and ronaldo was just alone.

    And after ronaldo scored that meaningless penalty he celebrated like a f’king idiot with those gayass muscle flexes. Damn hes stupid

  • Dircil

    Guys, you shouldnt be disappointed. For me, winning the Liga and ending up in the final CL is a massive victory for such a club like us. Think about the money we get from TV share + CL prize.

  • Atleti10

    I am not sad about the defeat as such but simply the manner of it. We were two minutes away from a deserved victory which really upset me.

    I agree that making the final was a huge achievement in itself and I am very proud but I am still sad that we came so close.

  • Silchas

    I’m proud of the team. This was a game against all odds, two players injured, then when we can’t switch juafran gots an injury. A ref, who was at the beginnig good but at the end he was clearly pro Real. Every foul atletico commited gave a yellow card. Commited Real a similar foul, you could be glad if you hear a whistle.

    The Real-Fans in the Stadium were pathetic you could only hear them when real scored. Even 5min before the trophy lifting you could only hear Atleti-chants and that is what makes me proud and simeone of course. Always looks like he wants to play on the pitch.

    Aupa Atleti

  • epoy

    and f*ck you Varane you little twat. Our team especially Cholo doesnt deserved to be disrespected like what you did. Our team got to the finals because of hardwork and sheer determination. Your team got there because of the billion you spent. Varane’s attitude is that of a 12 year old kid who trashtalked a 7 year old kid after winning a game he almost lost at one point.

  • colcho

    Even gods lose sometimes.. Simeone’s still my hero.

    I’m gonna go day by day, match by match and TRUST CHOLO

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    If anybody forgot : that was the 5th season in a row Atleti win a trophy
    and this season’s trophy was the biggest of all : Spanish fucking La Liga
    so, there is no place for sadness or disappointment, unless you believe that it was a rare chance to win UCL

    I don’t want only one UCL, I want 2 and 3 and 4 and 5
    Barca who have 4 titles have won their first just recently, 1992, and their second was more recently, 2006

    We want more than one UCL title, and as AAX said : “there must be better ways to win our first” than wining it by an accidental goal,
    and as Cholo said : “This game dose not deserve a single tear”

    And I can see a silver lining in this :
    if losing 1 key player before the game and losing 2 during the game made us very vulnerable, I guess now if Gil Marin (worst thing in Atleti) was thinking of selling some of our stars he will change his mind
    he will think again before repeating his father’s mistakes, the mistakes that turned Atleti in just 4 years from a “doblete” champion to a “Segunda” team

    another thing :
    if we have won, maybe some players would have left, they would have thought “we won La Liga & UCL, we gave every thing to Atleti, now let’s leave to other clubs that can double or triple our salaries”
    maybe now they have unfinished business and they will want to stay to finish it

    Next season will be much harder than this, while we could lose Costa and Courtois, Real and Barca will get more great players, and we will see what’s Peter Lim’s plans for Valencia, and the Arabs & Russians will keep spending despite Financial Fair Play rules and despite their sanctions (PSG just bought a defender for 50 million)

    But there is hope .. there is always hope ..

    Simeone is staying, he was very clear, so I will stop following Monaco news to see if they have hired a new coach yet or not .. they will not have our Cholo

    And we already have our new signings, our loanees
    The brilliant Oliver, The player of the season with Rayo, Saul, The very promising Leo, the next Patrick Vieira, Guilavogui and the 5th GK on Zamora table this season ( 3rd if we didn’t count penalties & own goals, which are 7 ! ) Sergio Asenjo

    When our great Captain Gabi said in Neptuno “the better is yet to come” he didn’t mean just Lisbon final, he meant a lot and a lot of trophies
    We spent too many years in the shadows, and now we have a lot of catching up to do
    and we will do it

    If money was the only way for success, 75 % of human civilization would have not existed .. because it was made by the poors

  • piserakos

    We would be crazy if we were upset for this team! WE ARE PROUD for all this players, for Cholo, for the fans who after the defeat shouted so loud our himno! We love Atleti! We love to lose that way and this is our life! I’m more proud when i lose that way, than winning!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    And here is a good news :
    just few minutes ago, Atleti B beat Caudal again (3-0, 4-0 on agg.) and avoided relegation from Segunda B (third division)
    and accordingly, Atleti C have also avoided relegation from Tercera (4th division), as 2 teams of the same club can not play together is the same division, and if B team were relegated to Tercera, C team would have been relegated automatically to the lower division (don’t know what is it called) despite finishing in non-relegation position

    This is a big news, great talents like Oli, Manqui, Saul and others would be very hard to keep -or even to bring on from beginning- to a team that play at Tercera

    Now we must set and see what went wrong, because the goal for the B team was to promote to Segunda, not to avoid relegation, and on playoffs !!

  • piserakos

    Ahmad… I was waiting for this. I knew that we had won 0-1 and the game would finish before some minutes 🙂
    Great news.

  • Jeronamo

    That’s good news… I was only upset because of who we lost to and how we lost…As I said I am proud of atleti and I can now say on to the next one, which is next season but I’m excited to see the transfers as I always am and even more excited to see our loanees return.

  • Kabir

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Champions_League#Ranking

    If you look at the champions league history, we just need to win one champions league now in order to be the 13th most storied club in the competition. we will have 1 win and 2 runners-up. the best is yet to come.

  • Kabir

    remember that barca was runners up twice before they got their first. we will get that trophy, and it will be so sweet when we do. the team will get stronger with simeone at the helm. the truth is that the players ran out of gas, and the bench was not strong enough to keep up with real madrid’s attacks. we just need to keep getting bigger and bigger. 20 years ago, barca was barely anymore successful than atleti. now theyre arguably the 2nd or 3rd largest club in the world. we can also become even greater with time.

  • Farzad From IRan

    although we lost.but we are winner always because with this players getting Laliga cup is so wonderfull and in one year two final is so good for our team and I hope to have better players and keep on working with siemeone ……..He is so so so so so great coach….

  • Farzad From IRan

    simeone is my life and I love his style and behaviors beside match field If he leaves atletico again I will love atletico ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • AaX

    Just an After-Thought :
    After re-watching the critical moments of the game, I think the ‘cramping’ out of Filipe Luiz (hope it was legit) is the Vital Moment when our defensive Invulnerability has reached its expiration and begin to compromise which later then it was with Juanfran. The outcome would most likely be Contrary should he would still be on the pitch even after the illegal 5 minutes time were added which should just be 3 because of the need to appease the on watching real’s biggest benefactor the royalties of Spain. Argument that it was scored before the 3rd extra minutes is thoughtless and pointless. The team would have then reacted firmer with their left available energies if the real added time of 3 min or maybe 4 were actually displayed to protect the scoreline and see off the result.

    My conclusion is that It Is FACTUALLY NOT THE RE-OCCURING CASE OF the cursed ‘SLIP-UPS” for Sure But MOST PROBABLY That ONLY It Is NOT YET OUR DAY. PEACE

    @Ahmad – Always in anticipation for your Healing Words and Vital Facts.

  • Will

    If Cholo turns into a Atleti’s Alex Ferguson we’ll become easily a regular in, at minimum, CL semifinals. It will be outstanding.
    I would be only afraid of Argentina. They want him for right after the WC. And will probably push for him from time to time.

    Did you guys read news that we are tracking Soldado?

  • Chewie

    We need a big, physical forward. The only thing I know about Soldado is that he once kicked Falcao in the head.

  • Adnan Khan

    Soldado is slow, not so tall, weak dribling skills, not that strong and in bad form. He can’t do much alone and needs support alle the time.

    I think Ciro Immobile is a much better option. He is tall, strong and resembles costa. In form too.

  • Dircil

    OMG, no Soldado! I havent seen Ciro playing before but he seems to good on statistics!

  • starvs

    Wow, that was an amazing experience, but fuck, just so incredibly close.

    The atleti fan zone was a great time before the game with what must have been a few thousand fans, a DJ, bar, and overall just a good party.

    I was unfortunately on the edge of the Real section, But that didn’t stop me off course. Hope I annoyed a few fans by continuing to chant Atletiii long after the game had been decided.

    I was so livid when CR scored and celebrated like that. I hope he heard me yelling…but I wasn’t that close. I’d almost trade the Liga to see Courtois save that penalty…okay definitely not, not even I am that spiteful, but man, fuck him. That was just shameful, especially after the joke of the performance he had.

    Of course heartbreaking to be so close and not finish it, but if you take a step back, this was of course a dream season. Was there any preseason odds on an atleti Liga and CL double? Do they even publish odds for such ‘unthinkable’ feats? 1000-1? 5000-1? And we were about a hundred seconds away…

    Whenever Toby plays we don’t win, its uncanny really.

    The fact that we were even in it at the 93rd minute without 2/3 of our best offensive players (Costa, Arda, Koke) is impressive. We could have really used that extra sub…

    Villa (2014 version…), Raul Garcia, and Adrian quite frankly is a pathetic attacking trio to roll out in a CL final; thank God didn’t hurt us against Barca.

    This will all make the eventual CL win even that much sweeter.

    Most of all I feel so fortunate I very ignorantly picked Atleti to be my team years ago based off FIFA basically, and my like of the ‘smaller’ teams in large cities. What a great fanbase.

  • Ringo S. T. Gambo remember me

    Cant wait for Martins after final after season review article

    Derek, Nick, keep up the good work, it feels so recently how we were in the ini mini tiki taka Atlético section (with Sergio Lopez the one with all his sources) discussing 16 year old Koke amd the then promising Cedric, Borja, Keko, Pacheco, etc

    And our Pro Clubs team of course haha

    You guys deserve the attention this site has gotten 🙂

    ¡Aupa Atleti!

  • Martin Rosenow

    @Starvs So sorry man, but yeah, this will make our eventual win all the sweeter. I still feel so numb with a hint of death and sorrow and pain and mourning and tragedy.

  • palestine-atletico

    Soooooo today Tiago signed for chelsea and Diego ribas signed for galatasaray!!
    What do you think guys??

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    @AAX : Thank you sir, thank you all for reading my long comments, and for all your nice and supporting words
    at first, I was afraid that my long posts could bore you, but you kept reading them and most of you liked them .. it is a very big honor

    and about my “healing words” :

    They are not just pep talk or optimism, they are facts .. solid facts

    Atleti is a very big entity .. very big that it is not affected by the debts,
    the small budgets, the giant budgets of the opponents, the departures of some
    stars and not even by relegation to the lower division

    The strength of Atleti is in its name, in its history, in its red and white strips and in its fans
    Those things can not be bought by any amount of money ..
    and they can not be taken away from us .. NEVER

    I have seen the future of Atletico de Madrid in the eyes of our players and coaches
    I have seen it in every kiss from Godin to the crest, in every tear in Tiago’s & Filipe’s eyes at the Camp Nou, in every scream from Arda, in every applause from the fans to Adrian, in every blood drop from Costa after hitting the post to score a goal, in every long and warm hug between Gabi & Koke

    and although I don’t like that, but I also have seen it in every fight with the refs and the opponents, in Arda fight with the ref in the Super Cup at Camp Nou, in Mono fight with the ref against Real in Calderon, and in Cholo fight with the ref and with Varane in Lisbon
    Those fights show how much they care
    They are not like some others, they don’t fight each other for Ronaldo’s or Messi’s shirt like those 2 Leverkusen players who fought for Messi’s shirt 2 years ago and both have been punished by the club
    No .. we fight Messi & Ronaldo, we fight Barca & Real .. because We Are Atleti

    We are very blessed to have this group of great men, true warriors, not mercenaries

    We don’t have someone like Yaya Toure, who earns 17 million per year after taxes at Man City, and who was made a vice-Captain there, but yet he is so upset and wants to leave because they forgot his birthday and didn’t bring him a cake and didn’t sing “Happy Birthday” for him

    We don’t have someone like Messi, who after just one day of signing a 20 million/ year contract, he didn’t play what worth a nickel against us

    Juanfran said after Lisbon game :
    “We are all convinced that we will reach another UCL final”
    so they are staying, or at least most of them, despite having much bigger offers from all the big clubs in Europe

    Juanfran statement was in the front page of Mundo Atletico yesterday,
    with the big headline : “VOLVEREMOS” .. which means : WILL BE BACK

    For the 10th time this season Koke says :
    “This is my home, I’m very happy here and I’m staying here for a very long time”
    He said it again today in the presentation of the new home kit for next season

    Those are great men, but they could have not decided to stay if they were playing for a small club, or a “false big club”

    This is not a “temporary” big club like Deportivo or Villareal or Malaga
    This is not a “money-big” club like Chelsea or Man City or PSG or Monaco

    This is a genuine big club .. always was, and always will be
    This is Atleti

  • Ryan

    Going through the details of stoppage time:
     51:54: Angel di Maria goes down and Atletico surround Kuipers, bumping into him and causing him to have to reassert control. By 52:15, the time wasting stops and the match is reset. 21 seconds.
     57:55: Real make a double substitution. Throw in happens at 58:23. 28 seconds
     65:00: Atletico make a substitution. Raul Garcia takes his sweet time getting off the pitch. Throw in at 65:42. 42 seconds
     71:49: Iker Casillas is shaken up after a collision with David Villa, requiring an injury assessment (no treatment). Game restarts by 72:15. 21 seconds
     73:27: Angel di Maria is shaken up, requiring an injury assessment (no treatment). Game restarts at 73:56. 30 seconds
     78:00: Real make a substitution. Throw in at 78:11 11 seconds
     80:59: Gabi does a dramatic roll from a foul and lays face down on the ground. Atletico and Real players start sparring. This requires time to sort out the injury assessment (requiring minimal treatment) and separate the players. Then there was an Atletico substitution. Play finally restarts at 82:45. 1 minute and 46 seconds.
     84:19: Atletico player lands awkwardly and takes his time getting up from the injury assessment (no treatment). Corner is taken at 84:54. 35 seconds

    So… its overall 4.9 mins & Real Madrid scored at 2 min 48 sec. We can’t really blame the reff. Had it been barca playing useless tiki-boring-taka i ould be sure of an Atletico win.

    The CR7 goal rubbed salt on the wounds and many were annoyed but i won’t point a finger @his performance, he was injured out for 3 straight games before this final and hence played his part in Real Madrid getting no chance of winning la liga. Mathematically if Real won their last 3 games they could have capitalised on Atletico slip up & lifted la liga but we know how toothless is Real Madrid without CR7.

  • Kris

    Welcome to Atleti Angel Correa. Hope you can provide is what Aguero provided. Great young talent signed for five years. What do you guys make of this deal??

  • Abdullah Karam

    @Ahmad What a words ,, Thanks man , Great Great words wallah .. & yes this is Atleti ♥️

  • Abdullah Karam

    His fast strong and we want this kind of player in front with a solid striker if diego costa leave ,, he is good “very good” for us cuz we are playing with counter attack and he is fast , very good dribbler , passser & shooter so he will be very good for our style i hope 🙂

  • Jelle

    They’re some rumors about that he’s will be loaned out to rayo in the first season. I hope that we will use him from the beginning. Because he got an x-factor, he can dribble and could be a dangerous sub.

  • Ali

    Hey guys please don’t overrate correa he’s still young and has time to improve!
    And I don’t want him to be like aguero I want him to become like draxler or greizman because I hate aguero and by the way do you guys know that he’s a massive atletico fan like koke and torres. He also rejected transfer offer from man city , valencia and barca B.

  • Will

    I think Correa is a smart sign and that’s what we need to do. These were our best moves and not spending trucks of money like we did with stupid Reyes.

    I think we are ok:

    Out 1: Tiago (Defensive Midfielder)
    Out 2: Diego (Attacking Midfielder)
    In 1: Óliver (Attacking Midfielder)
    In 2: Saúl (Center-Defensive Midfielder)
    In 3: Guilavogui (Defensive Midfielder)
    In 4: Correa (Side Attacking Midfielder)

    I think we’re ok until now.

  • Adnan Khan

    Angel correa is a brilliant dribbler and he will be perfect for atleti. And it was diego simeone who gave him his debut in san lorenzo but he is not a good finisher, if he can become better on that he will surpass aguero easily. I hope 🙂

  • Adnan Khan

    And guys did we get any money for tiago or did he go free to chelsea?

  • anshary

    great news about Correa. I’ve not seen a full match of him playing but i’ve seen video highlights of him and based on that alone, he looks promising although far from the finished article(his finishing needs improvement). The official site does not disclose the transfer fee, but if the British media are to be believed, Correa was signed for GBP 6mil, and that to me, relative to current market prices, is a massive bargain.

    To be completely honest, i’m just glad that we signed somebody, and for him to be someone so young and with potential is a big bonus.(plus according to Ali, he’s a massive fan. that’s an even bigger bonus) I’m just glad we are not like the english clubs, (although its mainly because of the english media’s creativity) ;linked to every single player through the transfer window but ending up signing no one.

    On a less serious note, I always sign Correa when i play Fifa 14 (and i always use Atleti) I would also buy Parades and Bakkali, keep the team more or less intact, and then go on to win the Treble(Liga,UCL,Copa)

    I’m hoping this is replicated in real life.
    😛

  • Ali

    @ashary bakkali sucks he’s 25 in my fifa 14 and his stamina is still crap. And I got that news from martin that correa is an atletico fan he posted a picture wearing atleti shirt like 2 or 3 years ago and this our first signing not the last I hope we can also get rakitic and dani parejo as tiago replacement as well as new second choice left back, someone young like ben davies.

  • ali_

    hey, will i think u forgot that cebolla is leaving too, at least its very likely.

    adnan khan: he is going for free, his contract expires this summer.

  • AaX

    LET OUR COURAGE BE THE STUFF OF LEGENDS !

    GOD WILLING,

    FORZA ATLETI !!

  • anshary

    Ali, you are right. Bakkali’s stamina will not improve much over the seasons. I still think the best player for a right winger/forward is Jese Rodriguez. He’s fast, has good stamina, a great shot, fantastic dribbling, ball control and his crosses are always likely to end up as a goal. For some reason he will always end up with the most assists when i put him permanently on the right wing. (4-2-4 formation) I’ve tried Iturbe and James Rodriguez on the left wing but none seems to be doing as well as Jese.
    Btw, Kader, although not as fast, always provides a good back up. Makes a good right back as well. 😛

  • Silchas

    Miranda wil probably leave and go to ManU for 30Mio. It is sad but 30mio for someone who will be 30 at the beginning of the next season is a very good price for atleti

  • Farzad From IRan

    I hope to buy a good forward for replacement of costa lie sanchez and willian and……..!!!!!!!!!do you know any new news about our team????please telllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ali

    @anshary I don’t know about jese cuz I don’t buy players from real but for the right wing I use javier pastore and draxler as an attacking midfielder and bruma on the left wing and adem ljajic as a lone striker but sometimes in 4-4-2 formation I use mauro icardi to partner up with adem ljajic up front and man bakkali and adnan januzaj stamina sucks! I bought bakkali but sold him after one season and he was also small as fuck!

  • Zakaria

    Guys, I read that Diego Ribas is leaving, can someone confirm?

    I really like him, and I believe he is way better than SOSA… too bad if he leaves, he is the most talented MF in Atleti 🙁

    So many news about players departing, I believe we will see a new Atleti next season … I hope not

  • Özgün

    @ZAKARIA Turkish media sources constantly write that Diego made a deal with Fenerbahçe and they will sign the contract shortly. I don’t normally trust Turkish sources but this time i think the rumour is true.

  • Chewie

    Barcelona bids 20m for Miranda and later 10m plus Tello. Atletico wants 30m. MU is also interested in him. Point – Miranda probably leaves.
    AS: Diego Ribas signs a 3-year contract with Fenerbahche, leaving for free.
    Tiago leaves to Chelsea for free, hunting big money.

    Disagree with Zakaria – Sosa is a reliable starter/sub against all teams except the big two. And though Diego’s goal helped us make it to the finals, Sosa, considering how little time he had, played a much more tangible role in our Liga triumph: firstly, Costa scored after his assist the only goal against Granada; secondly, Miranda scored a winning goal against Elche after his corner, and finally he took the crucial corner against Malaga which helped us stay in the title race.

    If we retain Gabi, Koke, Godin, Filipe, Raul, Arda and Juanfran then I’m sure everything will be okay. We won’t sell anyone cheaply, and others are replaceable.

  • Farzad From IRan

    I worry from that we will be a team like dortmond and loose our players I realy worry………………..

  • Will

    @ALI, you’re right. Totally forgot about Cebolla.
    @SILCHAS, you said it all. 30m for a 30yo player is a incredible good deal. I haven’t realized that he’s not that young.

    So, the list is:
    Out 1: Tiago (Central Midfield)
    Out 2: Diego (Attacking Midfield)
    Out 3: Cebolla Rodríguez (Left-Right Wing)

    In 1: Óliver Torres (Attacking Midfield)
    In 2: Saúl Ñíguez (Central Midfield)
    In 3: Josuha Guilavogui (Defensive Midfield)
    In 4: Correa (Centre Forward, Attacking Midfield, Left Wing)

  • Kris

    Guys, you seem to forget that not all players become shit after they turn 30, take for example two of the greatest defenders we ever saw; Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta. I know 30 million is a lot of money for a greedy club like Atletico Madrid who need all the money they can to be a financially stable club again but I think selling Miranda isn’t the way to go. He’s too damn important for the team and the back line Simeone has stabilized, he’ll have to work on it again for quite a long time if a player as important as Miranda leaves. I haven’t seen an alternative as good as Miranda at what he does. Toby? No. So, who else? I agree with bringing in the younger players and working with them for a much brighter Atleti future, though. A team built around Oliver and Correa in the future? That’s one for a history making future. Just my opinions tho.

  • Ali

    If miranda leaves then we should buy these two players but it will be extremely difficult to buy them:
    1) giorgio chiellini
    2) mehdi banetia

  • Abdullah Karam

    Guys Its wierred that a defender his turning 30 years old his value is 30 million , and a “STRIKER” at age of 26 and a very good striker “DIEGO COSTA” is 40 million !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Can somebody explain that for me PLZ ????

  • palestine-atletico

    If Diego Costa, Tiago, diego ribas, luis filipe, miranda and courtois are leaving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Who will staaaaayyy 🙁

  • kris

    @Palestine-Atletico
    Simeone.

  • ali_

    ALI: yeah we should totally buy those players if want to relegate to segunda.
    chiellini is not the same as he used to be. one of my pal is a juve fan, and even he mention it from time to time.
    benatia is stupid mercenary. there are news that he is already bitchin about his salary at as roma. he is in the 1st year of 5 year long contract. we dont people with that attitude.

  • Dircil

    @Kris: Remember how shitty Godin was and many of us actually wanted to sell him instead of Dominguez? I think Toby is really good and we just need to give him more time to develop. If we sell Miranda, we need to buy someone as a backup! I’m happy if we can sell Miranda for 30 million euros!

  • Silchas

    Even so sell Miranda to a team which we won’t play against next year. And when Miranda leaves maybe there is a chance for Gimenez or Toby to shine. I think tobys problem this season was that he couldn’t play more matches in a row, then if you a regular starter you are way more confident than as a sub which can play only a few times in a season. For his first year he was decent and far better than Miranda in his first half year at atleti. I remember that the mos of you guys( me included) wanted to see him beheaded and put his loose head on a spike along with the heads of Manzano and R. Garcia and now two of them have written history with this club.
    My point is don’t be so fast with your judgement, fellows.

  • Ali

    Chelleni is not vidic or Ferdinand he’s way better and I don’t think they put him in uefa team of year without any reason even if you don’t like it he’s seriously good an other juve legend like andrea pirlo!

  • Kris

    No. Toby is definitely for te future and I commented the same thing when we first signed him but I just don’t believe next year is the time to start him as a regular “center back”. Either way, selling Miranda will be a huge regret for the board or a great piece of business. I don’t want us to sell him because you know sales like these really hurt the team, especially if we won’t have Courtois and Diego Costa for next season. But like I said, it’s only what I think and hopefully the Gil family has learned from their mistakes and won’t be making dumbass mistakes like you know who did that ruined our club’s financial reputation.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I didn’t comment about Miranda and other transfer rumors because I don’t talk about rumors, but let me mention some facts instead :

    1-We are not a selling club, “Atleti is a selling club” is one of the biggest overstatements in the football history

    yes, we used to sell our biggest player every one or two seasons, but it always was only one player, and we always used most of his selling money to buy one or at most two other stars
    it’s just some players want to have their shares of those giant salaries, some want trophies (and now we win trophies, major trophies) while some douches think they are bigger than Atleti

    2- If before we needed to sell only one player, this season we don’t need to sell anyone, Cerezo said that, Gil Marin said that, Caminero said that and Simeone said that

    The CL prize money is 32.9 M, the CL broadcasting & sponsorship money is not known yet, but it can never be less than 15 M, while some reports are expecting to reach 20 M
    We have Azerbaijan and other sponsors money,
    We had the biggest number of attendance in the Calderon in years (and we played the maximum number of games, 30)
    and we have about 16.000 members more than we had 2 years ago, even if the membership cost only 100 euros it’s still significant amount of money

    We don’t need to sell any player, and yet we will pay 90 M for taxes next July
    and the club is even working on raising the salaries of the big players
    (some reports mentioned that we will offer Costa 5 million/ year)

    We are more than O.K

    3- So, the only reason we would sell a player is because he wants to leave, and we have no problem with that

    Simeone told the board that he doesn’t want any player to stay against his wish, he only wants those who are happy and satisfied
    Gil Marin said the same thing in an interview with the club official website :
    “if any player doesn’t want to continue with us, we will just tell the interested clubs about his clause”

    Atleti is bigger than any player

    4-Atleti DO NOT sell their key players to their direct rivals,

    Torres, Aguero, Forlan, Falcao, De Gea all were sold outside Spain, and all of them were wanted by Real or Barca .. and some are still wanted by them

    So, if we sold Miranda we will never sell him to Barca
    and if we sold him to Man Utd it will be because he wants to leave, to double or triple his salary, not because a 30 M euros for a 30-year-old defender is a good deal, because it is really not
    if we want a good replacement for him we will not find someone with less than 20M, and we don’t know if he will be as good as him and help us to reach another CL final and earn another 50 M or not

    in these days, 30 M for a defender or any other player is NOT that offer you can not refuse, not when there are crazy billionaires who can pay 50 M for a defender and 100 M for a striker

    I would talk about Miranda replacement and about Toby .. but not just now,
    not until it is official, because according to AS, he will go to Man Utd for 30M, while according to MARCA he will go to Barca for 20 M !!!

    Last thing :
    Jorge Mandes represents 4 Atleti players, Costa, Tiago, Miranda & Adrian
    All of them could leave this summer

    I wish I never here again that Mandes “helped us a lot”
    He only helps himself .. and maybe he helps his friend Mourinho,
    But for us -or at least for me- : he is an enemy

  • epoy

    As long as Cholo stays, I am not concerned of any departures.

  • Arjit

    I don’t mind Miranda leaving for 30M. I’m one of his biggest fans but that’s a big fee for us that we could use. It’s not about not being a selling club, it’s what makes sense for the club. On top of that, I have no doubt in mind that Someone can turn Toby into a beast of a defender. I’d also like to see more of Gimenez too, he’s going to the World Cup! There’s gotta be more to him that we haven’t gotten the chance to see.

    Tiago has already signed with Chelsea, Diego is gone to Fenerbache, those are done deals. I wish Tiago all the best for his contributions and his passion. He said himself that he only left because his career is coming to an end and that he’d like to secure his financial future but he will always be a colchonero! I’m excited to see Saul in his spot! Diego we all know isn’t really that loyal, but he is a special player and it would have been nice to have him stick around, but his wages are crazy!

    I think this transfer window will go surprisingly well for us 😀 we already have a great talent with Correa!