All posts by Martin Rosenow

Godín heads Atlético into the history books (REUTERS)

The red and white aftermath: ‘Campeones’ Edition

Believe, for this is real. Atlético Madrid are the crowned champions of Spain, having toppled super-powers Real Madrid and Barcelona over the course of a 38-game season. With the mantra of “one match at a time”, Diego Simeone’s men have achieved the unimaginable.

Win or tie at Camp Nou lands Atleti the title (AP)

Match preview: Barcelona vs. Atlético

Los Rojiblancos have one more chance to secure the elusive league title in their last stand against Barcelona on Saturday. The title-deciding clash of the season is set to kick-off at 18:00 CET, and Atleti need either a tie or a win to hoist the Primera División trophy for the first time since 1996.

Atleti were this close to the league title on Sunday (AS)

The red and white aftermath: Match Day 37

For those of you Colchoneros still alive to read this, let’s revisit Atlético’s agonising 1-1 tie versus Málaga. How close were Diego Simeone’s men from achieving eternal glory on Sunday? A Willy Caballero fingernail close.

Atleti look to secure a season unbeaten at home in La Liga (AFP)

Match preview: Atlético vs. Málaga

Though Atlético’s primary focus will be on getting the job done against visitors Málaga, there will no doubt be a lot of scoreboard watching among the Rojiblanco faithful on Sunday. Six other games will be underway elsewhere when the affair kicks off at 19:00 CET at the Vicente Calderón, including Barcelona’s visit to Elche.

Atleti's 9-game win streak snapped at Levante  (

The red and white aftermath: Match Day 36

Ups…and downs. They are a part of life and, more importantly, they are a part of being an Atlético fan. Los Rojiblancos were riding a tidal wave of momentum heading into their encounter at the Ciutat de València on Sunday, but they were abruptly stymied by an early mishap, some outrageous goalkeeping by Keylor Navas and a suspiciously motivated home side, eventually falling by a score of 2-0.

A win at Levante sets up 'final' against Málaga

Match preview: Levante vs. Atlético

For the second straight Sunday, Atlético take their act to Valencia. This time, the league leaders and fresh Champions League finalists will square off against Levante at the Ciutat de València at 17:00 CET–a bout that has the chance to serve as a semifinal of sorts for los Rojiblancos.

Raúl García the hero of Saturday's victory  (

The red and white aftermath: Match Day 32

Score, and hang on for dear life! This has apparently been Atlético’s game plan in their last three home games, all of which they have won by the same 1-0 margin. After getting off to a great start against Villarreal on Saturday, opening up the scoring within the first 15 minutes of action, los Rojiblancos spent most of their time warding off the Yellow Submarine.

Villa set to lead the attack in Costa's absence (Getty)

Match preview: Atlético vs. Villarreal

In a league fixture sandwiched between a Champions League quarter-final match-up with Barcelona, Atlético welcome Villarreal to the Vicente Calderón. Saturday’s clash against the Yellow Submarine gets underway at 16:00 CET.

Koke heads in match-winner at the San Mamés  (AS)

The red and white aftermath: Match Day 31

Atlético put together a hairy-chested, stomp-your-foot-on-the-ground-and-punch-a-Madridista-in-the-face comeback performance in Bilbao on Saturday to earn their fifth straight league win. Stunned by an unexpected Athletic goal in the sixth minute — the first goal they had conceded in five La Liga matches — Diego Simeone’s hombres recovered quickly and went on to conquer the new San Mamés for the second time this season.

Atlético handed Athletic first loss at their new home (Reuters)

Match preview: Athletic Bilbao vs. Atlético

Atlético return to the San Mamés on Saturday (20:00 CET), where they handed Athletic Bilbao their first defeat at their new ground earlier this year in Copa del Rey action. Los Rojiblancos will be fighting to hold on to the top spot on the table, while the hosts — in addition to seeking vengeance — look to stave off competition for the last Champions League place.