All posts by Ricardo Menéndez

About Ricardo Menéndez

San Francisco born, Madrid based. Home is where Atleti plays.

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Luis Aragonés: from player to coach, to legend

Saturday was a sad day for Atlético supporters. Luis Aragonés passed away.

The most prolific midfielder to have played for Atlético Madrid was a country-wide legend for having led the Spanish National Team out of decades of mediocrity into the golden age it presently finds itself in.

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Match preview: Villarreal vs. Atlético

Atlético hit the road again to face fourth in La Liga Villarreal, back from relegation just one year later and looking as lean and mean as in the old days when they gained the ‘Yellow Submarine’ nickname.

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Sprain season, this time Baptistão

Léo Baptistão had to be carried off the pitch at Atleti’s training facilities on a stretcher this Wednesday, as he badly injured his ankle during the training session while attempting to dribble youth talent goalkeeper Bono. Because of how badly the player seemed to be hurt, x-ray scans were taken immediately to rule out a more serious injury. The final diagnosis: a second degree ankle sprain.

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Simeone’s Plan D

We have a plan. Let’s call it Plan D. Not because three previous plans have flopped. It’s an ace up the sleeve, to be used against stronger sides more resilient to counterattacks — which is our trademark style of play. Supporters build hope and take pride in seeing how the team commanded by Simeone is

Gimenez is presented by Atletico Madrid

Giménez: “Signing for Atlético is a huge step forward”

Not much fanfare surrounded the presentation of  Uruguayan central defender José María Giménez that took place on Wednesday, likely due to the fact that the deal for his transfer from Uruguayan side Danubio was completed three months ago. The player is still fairly unknown to Spanish supporters, but his record, in any case, is at

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Demichelis: “This is a group of winners”

A packed VIP room witnessed the presentation of Argentine defender Martín Demichelis. The player joins Atleti for a single season, after turning down a three- season contract from River Plate, the team where he made his debut back in 2002, and where he had promised to return after seeing out his contract with Málaga. “I

Atletico Madrid preseason training session

Simeone avoids the press at start of pre-season

On Friday, Atlético began laying the groundwork for their upcoming Champions League campaign. Our man Ricardo Menéndez was in attendance to serve as our eyes and ears. Here is his account of what went down in Majadahonda. Diego Pablo Simeone was very nice to the press, waving and even offering handshakes on his way to

Frente Atletico at Vicente Calderon

La Liga: Atlético 1 – 2 Barcelona

Barcelona had an easy night, as all the new champions needed to do was wait for a sloppy suicide. Leading up to the match, feelings were mixed after Atleti’s successful Galician away tour that  collected the four points necessary to secure the third and final UEFA Champions League spot so crucial to the club’s financial

Celebrating a goal

In the Rear-view Mirror

Unai Emery took Sevilla’s defeat very sourly and was fuming on Sunday night: “Atlético Madrid won unfairly and got refereeing help.” Besides being a false accusation, how should we, the fans, feel about that? Well, the truth is, I feel great. I feel pretty fantastic every time I hear some Emery-esque complaint coming from either

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Is Atlético at risk of disappearing? (Part II)

In Part I of this series, we introduced the landslide effect of EU decisions on long-held debt accountability for football clubs. The Spanish Revenue Service (Hacienda) can no longer cover for clubs as it is held liable by EU authorities for ensuring that payments are met on time. An important factor in these events are