All posts by Diego Jiménez

The original Archer - a look at 'Kiko'

Kiko – The Magician from Cádiz

It was the 25th of May, 1996. Atlético were playing against Albacete during the last match of Liga 1995/96. They had already won the Copa del Rey a month before, and a victory against Albacete would mean the first ever ‘Double’ for Atlético.

Diego Simeone had scored an early goal and the match was under control, but there was still a real risk of losing the league. Then, Molina saves a corner kick from Albacete, and launches the ball forward. Kiko controls a bouncing ball with his knee before slotting it into the back of the net, making it 2-0.

Garate during his farewell to Atlético

José Eulogio Gárate – The Engineer of the Box

It’s May 2014. Thousands of Atlético fans patiently wait in the queue to get their tickets for the Champions League final that Atlético was about to play in Lisbon.

Suddenly a rumour spreads like wildfire. José Eulogio Gárate, living legend of the Atlético Madrid team that played another European final in 1974, is waiting in line to get tickets.

Correa starring for Argentina U20

Winter Transfer Round-up: Correa to Vallecas?

The loan of Cebolla Rodríguez to Parma was not the only confirmed movement during last week.

Rubén Pérez, who was loaned to Torino during the summer, returns to Madrid after they decided to end the loan contract. Rubén’s stay in Madrid was short as he was loaned out again, this time to Granada.

River Plate's Kranevitter linked to Atleti

Winter Transfer Round-up: Cebolla’s exit; Correa out?

The winter transfer window goes on, and the rumours are back after a very quiet week.

Mario Suárez has aroused interest from several clubs. Last week Inter offered a €2 million loan with an option to buy, but according to AS, Atlético does not want to let him exit during this window.

Torres at his presentation on Sunday at the Calderón

Winter Transfer Round-up: The return of Torres

There is one name that stands out at the beginning of 2014/15 Winter transfer window for Atlético Madrid and it is Fernando Torres.

The number 9 (now number 19) has returned home on an 18-month loan from AC Milan, who will pay his salary for the rest of the season according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The famous corner at the Calderón

Mastering set-pieces – nothing to be ashamed of

“Corner, header, goal: the usual”. A frequent. and somehow demanding, remark that can be heard during Atleti games this season. Suddenly, a skill that needs to be practised during the training sessions and wins matches looks like a dishonourable advantage.

“Atlético won thanks to a set-piece goal”. It seems that Simeone should make a statement apologising.

Juanfran featured for Spain (pic: official site)

Another international break for Atleti

Success has consequences, and in Atlético de Madrid’s case this means that more and more players are called by their respective national teams. Here’s a round-up of how everyone got on.

This international break left Simeone with only five players under his command. Staying behind were Moyá, Gabi, Mario Suárez, Siqueira and Gámez, who fractured his nose during a training session.