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Club Atletico de Madrid

Match Preview: Atlético vs. Athletic

I’ve known that I would be writing this match pre-view for some months now. I’ve been dreading it in all honesty.

How can my humble words sum up sufficiently what the next game will mean to AtléticoFans around the world who have sung, danced, cheered, sweated and – yes this too – cried on the shores of the river?

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Atlético expand franchise to Mexico

Atlético Madrid look to be extending its brand with a franchise in Mexico.

San Luis Potosí has been chosen by directors in Madrid as their next target, with Miguel Ángel Gil Marín reportedly travelling on Tuesday to close a deal in which the rojiblancos will acquire some 50% of the club.

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An analysis of Atlético’s growing social media profile

Brandtix have created a platform that gives footballers a brand value based on a combination of on pitch stats (powered by OPTA) and fan sentiment stats.

The initiative also looks at off pitch stats (social media following across Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) we invited them to take a look at how Atlético and the squad’s players are doing…

Metropolitano faces a race against time to be ready for 2017/18

Further doubts cast over Atlético’s new stadium plans

The Independent has carried out an investigation in Atlético Madrid’s new Wanda Metropilitano stadium, bringing up worrying news for rojiblanco fans.

They say Atleti may have to sell some of their prized assets to pay back a debt to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, in order to speed up construction in time for the next season to the tune of some €160m.

Wanda purchased a 20% stake in Atlético last year

Wanda Group interested in full Atlético takeover

Dalian Wanda have been shareholders of Atlético Madrid for nearly two years now, and according to sources at OKDiario, the Chinese corporation have aspirations to own 100% of the rojiblancos.

Wanda Group CEO Wang Jianlin, the richest man in China, currently owns 20% of the club after buying in in January 2015. However, this appears to not be enough and he has expressed desire to obtain 100% over the next five years.

Griezmann has been a key figure in the last two seasons

Griezmann contract renewal edges closer

According to reports in French sports journal L’Équipe, Antoine Griezmann has prolonged his deal with Atlético Madrid until 2021 quenching all rumours of a departure.

The 25 year-old star had been linked with a number of English clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United as well as Paris Saint-Germain.

Juanfran, Atlético's right-back, celebrates Carrasco's goal at the San Siro

Juanfran: “We will lift the Champions League trophy”

After the heartbreak of Saturday night in Milan that all Atléticos suffered, one player will be suffering more than most. Juanfran, who hit the post with Atlético’s fourth penalty, has asked for the club to publish his thoughts as he attempts to deal with the pain of another Champions League final defeat at the hands of Real Madrid.

Following the penalty, the Atlético right-back made his way towards the Atleti end to apologise, but was greeted with a chorus of Atleti fans singing his name. Here is the Spaniard’s response.

The Champions League final trophy

The A to Z of the 2016 Champions League final

Champions League final day is just 48 hours away, and we’re already bursting with excitement at the prospect of finally lifting the European Cup. So, before the anxiety well and truly kicks in – we’ve already lost all of our fingernails – join us for our A to Z of Saturday’s showpiece. A – AC

Atleti fans filled the Calderón for the 2014 final

Calderón NOT to show Champions League final

Outrage has taken Atletico fans. Unlike in 2014 Rojiblanco fans will not be able to watch the Champions League Final in the Calderon due to pre-planned events in the stadium.

Instead the club has rented out the Palacio de los Deportes also known as the Barclaycard Centre. Real Madrid fans on the other hand will watch in the 80,000 capacity Bernabeu.

The Fan Zone in Lisbon two years ago

The Fan Zone Alternative in Milan

So you can’t get a ticket to the final? Well it’s not the end of the world. Here is why you should still come to Milan and support the team at the Atlético Fan Zone.