Copa triumphs seal double celebration for Atlético

Joy for our youth and women's teams on Sunday as both win cup finals

The future is in good hands for Atleti

It’s been a long month for Atlético Madrid fans after defeat in the Champions League final, but fans had reason to smile this morning thanks to two enthralling cup successes.

Our women’s team overcame Barcelona in the final of the Copa de la Reina to win 3-2, and Juvenil A came from 3-1 down to claim the youth version of the Copa del Rey in extra-time against Real Madrid.

We were made to try and juggle watching both matches at the same time given they had the same kick-off time, but it was more than worth it as both teams dug deep and came out on top to end their respective seasons on a high.

After sealing a place in the final on Friday courtesy of Sonia Bermúdez’s wonder goal, our Féminas side raced into an early lead in Las Rozas and were 3-0 up against Barcelona by half-time.

Barça cut the defecit after the break to set up a nervy last twenty minutes or so, but first half goals from Ángela Sosa, Silvia Meseguer and Esther González were enough in an eventual 3-2 win.

It was the first time ever that our Féminas have won the Copa de la Reina, having finished 3rd in the women’s Primera División and reached the Champions League last 16 earlier in the season.

Over in Mallorca, our under-19 side were looking to add to their league win with a cup triumph of their own, and were handed the perfect start when Zaka opened the scoring early on.

However, Real Madrid responded emphatically and were 3-1 up within eight minutes, Mario scoring twice after García’s equaliser.

Atleti could’ve let their heads drop, but they fought back after half-time and turned the final on it’s head, hitting back not long after the restart through Spanish youth international Toni Moyá.

It was starting to look as if Madrid would hold on, but with just seven minutes on the clock, the rojiblancos forced extra-time as the impressive Moyá found the net once more to make it 3-3.

The momentum was now with Atleti, and they went on to win the match with a breathtaking goal from an unlikely source, a finish worthy of winning any final from Colombian right-back Andrés Solano.

After a ball into the box was cleared, it fell to Solano who saw Madrid ‘keeper Luca Zidane off his line and went for goal, finding the top corner with a beautiful lob that left the Frenchman stranded.

The youngsters held on and lifted the Copa del Rey for the first time since 1958, capping a great day for the club and completing a doblete of their own, making cantera history in the process.

Although it may not quite heal the heartbreak of Milan, seeing both teams defend the red and white shirt with such spirit and passion this morning will bring a great sense of pride to Atleti fans.

Did you watch either of the finals? Any future stars we should look out for?

  • Karlp

    from this batch: theo hernandez, maybe toni moya, and maybe that 16 y.o. striker

  • Ringo


  • Usavicente Calderon

    What happened to the Obama brothers?

  • Ringo

    Salomón played the whole game. Federico is in the squad I think, but I’m not sure if he was on the bench today. Can’t find anything about the full squad so far.

    Both turned sixteen in february, though, so no need for big expectations yet. But who knows what team they’ll be in next season. Wouldn’t surprise me tremendously if Salomón enters Atleti B, but we’ll have to wait and see. The brothers are pretty much the youngest of Juvenil A already. But Saúl joined B at 15 I think, so it’s possible.

  • Ringo

    I just checked the official website and it seems that Federico is in Juvenil C
    As in, Atleti has two teams in ‘division de honor,’ Atlético Madrid and Atlético Madrileño, and another one in ‘liga de nacional,’ which is a division lower than the ‘honor division.’

    So Salomón seems to be a little ahead at the moment, but Federico is two years younger than most of his teammates, too. Perhaps Fede will promote to Juvenil A or B, while Salo moves up to Atletico B.

    Again, we’ll just have to wait and see I guess, haha