It’s going to be a hectic summer for Atlético with a number of the first-team squad representing their countries in a variety of international tournaments.
First up is the Copa America. Despite only holding the event last year, the organisers decided to buck the four-year cycle and host a special centenary tournament to mark 100 years of the tournament.
With a history of recruiting players from South America, Atlético were always sure to have a strong contingent representing the club in the showpiece.
The tournament, which is hosted across the United States for the first time, features five rojiblancos. Filipe Luís is a staple at left-back for Brazil, whilst defensive duo and double-act José Giménez and Diego Godín are part of the Uruguay squad.
Newer signings Augusto Fernández and Matías Kranevitter feature for Argentina, in a roster that also includes potential new colchonero Nico Gaitán.
Filipe was the first player to see the field in the tournament, and took a bit of a nasty fall after he collided with Coutinho in the 0-0 draw with Ecuador.
Diego Godín and José Giménez both put in a good performance individually against Mexico, despite losing 3-1 on the night.
A goal down with ten men on the pitch, Diego Godín dribbled through three Mexico defenders only to see the opportunity squandered by Diego Rolán.
However it was Godín that got his country back on level terms after a bullet header from a free-kick, after a move that saw Andres Guardado sent off for Mexico.
Despite now being on level terms, Uruguay couldn’t hold on and eventually conceded two goals in the last five minutes.
José Giménez hit the headlines following the game after angrily confronting and insulting Juan Carlos Osorio, according to the Mexico manager, in another reminder of how young our defensive gem is.
Augusto Fernández played the full 90 minutes in Argentina’s 2-1 win over Chile, with Matias Kranevitter earning another cap to add to his tally. The young Atlético got three minutes after replacing potential future Atleti player, Nico Gaitán.
We’ll keep you updated on how our talents get on in the Copa America in the US this summer.