Rojiblancos on international duty

Griezmann grabs a goal - Mandzukic doesn't

Griezmann scores for France

Antoine Griezmann topped off France’s convincing 3-0 friendly win over Armenia with a well-taken goal, his fourth in the colours of France.

The goal was one of the highlights for Atlético players on international duty.

The other headlines included Koke starting for Spain in both of their matches, racking up 180 minutes of action for ‘La Roja’ and Mandzukic playing in Croatia’s 6-0 thumping of Azerbaijan.

Miranda played a total of 180 minutes for Brazil helping the ‘canarinha’ maintain two clean sheets. Brazil defeated Argentina 2-0 and routed Japan 4-0.

Our number 6 looks to replace Xavi in the Spanish midfield and helped his country bounce back from their shock qualifying 2-1 defeat to Slovakia with a 4-0 win over Luxembourg.

Koke has completed the most passes out of all the players thus far in the Euros qualifiers. He has made 294 passes in just three matches.

Juanfran started the defeat against Slovakia, but had to settle for a place on the bench as Carvajal got the nod versus Luxembourg. Raúl García spent both games on the bench.

Griezmann started for France in their 2-1 win over Portugal, and played 84 minutes in a game that featured Tiago from the bench.

Our young French star made more of an impact in the friendly against Armenia, coming off the bench as France were 2-0. The forward replaced Moussa Sissoko, and scored this fine goal just seven minutes before the end of the game.

The ball forward from Benzema was met with a brilliant touch from Griezmann, who raced towards goal before dribbling it around the Armenian keeper.

For Uruguay, we had three players feature. José María Giménez and Cristian Rodríguez both started in their 1-1 draw against Saudi Arabia, whilst Diego Godín returned to the side for their 3-0 friendly win over Oman on Monday night.

Emiliano Velázquez also debuted for the senior Uruguay side against Saudi Arabia; Velázquez replaced the injured Godín in the team sheet. Velázquez signed for Atlético de Madrid this season and was immediately loaned out to Getafe where he has been starting the last matches for ‘los azulones’.

Arda Turan and Mandžukić both played 180 minutes for Turkey and Croatia; despite our number 9 playing the entire match, he couldn’t manage a single goal in the 6-0 win over Azerbaijan!

Players that weren’t called up to play for their national teams include both Raúl Jiménez and Alessio Cerci, who remained behind to work on their fitness.


  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    It hasn’t surprised me that Griezmann scored. He has beem playing well for us every single match thus far, I just hope he simeone gives him the playing time he deserves from now on

  • funny story :
    Al-Jazeera sports – which lately became BeIN Sports – had the broadcasting rights in the middle east & north Africa for all major football leagues & tournaments, except EPL, which was with Abu Dhabi Sports, so we used to subscribe in both networks or get them through cable services
    but 2 years ago, BeIN bought EPL as well, so we all cancelled our subscriptions in AD Sports (which was very overpriced)
    then this year AD Sports have bought the rights for EURO 2016 qualifications, but many can’t or won’t pay a lot of money to subscribe again (and the price is still high) to watch a couple of games every 4 or 5 weeks, and most of the cable services are not subscribing either for the same reason, so we can’t pay per game

    I didn’t watch any game in which one of Atleti European Internationals was involved

    But to be fair, they did air a couple of games on their free channel, like Finland vs Greece and Belarus vs Slovakia !!

    It’s very strange thing, the GDP per capita in our area is much lower than in Europe & USA for example, but sports channels charge us much more and also give us much less quality of coverage, commentators and programs than sports channel in Europe & USA

    It’s maybe because the monopolization, as we used to have one network that have almost all the big sports events -and not just football- around the world
    it started with ART (which suffered big losses after many people used to got the channels through illegal ways, or just change the direction of their satellite dishes and watch a free foreign channel that they don’t understand a single word from it)
    Then ART sold their rights to Al-Jazeera which was renamed BeIN, and now the only 2 big events they don’t have are Wimbledon & EURO qualifications

    Or maybe it’s because our weak and corrupted governments who don’t care about the consumers rights or any rights at all

    I know, a long comment, and not even in the topic, but I wanted to share something about football & sports in our community with you, since people from all around the world visit this website, and since it’s an international break and there are no much to talk about

    and it’s for all the other comments I will NOT write about all the next games for our players in EURO qualifications, because probably I won’t watch them !