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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.

The San Siro, venue for the 2016 Champions League final

Champions League final ticket news and events

In just under three weeks time, Atlético Madrid will enter the pitch at the San Siro to take on Real Madrid in a rematch of the 2014 Champions League final.

The club has been given a measly 19,550 tickets for the final by UEFA, which has kept 32,000 for itself. 6,000 they sold back in March when nobody knew who would be in the final, and the remaining 26,000 will go to UEFA’s sponsors. That’s just over 6,000 more to sponsors than either Real or Atleti.

Thomás sealed the win in the Calderón.

Match preview: Levante vs Atlético

Three finals remain for Atleti. Two in La Liga and then there is that small match up in Milan. First, all three title contenders will play simultaneously at 17:00 CEST this Sunday afternoon.

Real Madrid play at home to Valencia who they have not beaten in the Bernabeu in four years. Barcelona is engaged in a derby in which Espanyol will hope to ruin Barca’s hopes and Atleti face their bogey team.

Picture credit: Marca - Juan Aguado

Frente’s #NuncaDejesDeCreer campaign goes viral

We all know that Atlético fans are the best fans in the world, and we have no better opportunity to prove it than on Wednesday against Barcelona, in our crucial Champions League tie.

When the two teams met in the Calderón at this stage of the Champions League in 2014 the fans were remarkable. Who will ever forget the stunning mosaic created which echoed Luis Aragones’ iconic “Ganar y ganar y ganar” phrase.