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Koke gearing up for big season

With the start of the 2012/13 La Liga season just around the corner, young Atlético midfielder Koke is getting ready for an “important” campaign. The 20-year-old canterano enjoyed more regular senior football last season, making 40 appearances as los Rojiblancos claimed the 2012 Europa League title and finished fifth in La Liga. Koke was well

ATLETICO B PLAYER JAVIER MANQUILLO

Manquillo to push for senior selection

Diego Simeone’s willingness to give Atlético’s up-and-coming youth players a go is proving to be inspirational for a player who is finishing up his first pre-season with the senior team. Right-back Javi Manquillo spoke this week about how training with the first team has provided extra motivation to prepare well for the 2012/13 season. “It

COURTOIS IN COSTA RICA

Courtois speaks highly of Saprissa friendly

Atlético Madrid’s on-loan goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, has spoken highly of the club’s latest preseason opponents, Costa Rican side Saprissa. The 20-year-old acknowledged he didn’t know much about Saprissa prior to the match, but was surprised at the standard of the contest, likening it to a Europa League match. “I didn’t know Saprissa because it is

ATLETICO'S FALCAO CELEBRATES EUROPA LEAGUE TITLE

Falcao: “I owe it to the team, they helped me a lot”

Atlético’s two-goal hero of the Europa League has paid homage to the support he received from the other 10 men on the pitch during the 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. Radamel Falcao’s incredible strike on just six minutes set the tone of the match for Atlético who hardly looked challenged from there on. Speaking to

ATLETICO COACH DIEGO SIMEONE ARRIVES IN BUCHAREST

‘El Cholo’ discusses Europa League final

Diego Simeone has revealed some of the tactics he plans to take into Wednesday’s Europa League decider, while also discussing where he believes Athletic Bilbao will be dangerous. Speaking to UEFA.com, ‘El Cholo’ acknowledged that, despite facing Spanish opposition, the game will be different to a La Liga match. “We’ll need to be compact and

ATLETICO MIDFIELDER GABI IN PRESS CONFERENCE ON MONDAY AHEAD OF TRIP TO BUCHAREST

Gabi: “We know what’s at stake”

Atlético Madrid midfielder Gabi has spoken about the squad’s feelings ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final against Athletic Bilbao. “We know that on Wednesday we have a very important game for the team, club and fans,” Gabi said at a press conference on Monday. “The team is really psyched for it and has a good

ADRIAN LOPEZ ATLETICO MADRID VALENCIA EUROPA LEAGUE AFP

Atlético duo acknowledge Bilbao threat

Two of Atlético’s heroes of the semi-final, Adrián and Thibaut Courtois, acknowledge that defeating Athletic Bilbao in next month’s Europa League final will be a tough ask. Speaking to UEFA.com after the second leg of the tie against Valencia, Adrián said, “Athletic have so many qualities and play very well. They are formidable opponents. They are

ATLETICO MADRID STRIKER RADAMEL FALCAO

Falcao praised but is he leaving?

Radamel Falcao has been labeled Atlético’s ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ or ‘Lionel Messi’ by manager Diego Simeone, amidst rumours the striker is set to leave the club at the end of the season. Simeone told the media, “Real Madrid have Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona have Messi, but we have Falcao. He scored yet another winner, and we’re delighted

ATLETICO MADRID STRIKER RADAMEL FALCAO WITH ARDA TURAN AND MIRANDA

Falcao plays down City link

Radamel Falcao has played down rumours linking him with a move to English Premier League clubs Manchester City and Chelsea, according to a report on Sky Sports. The Colombian has been in good form this season, scoring 27 goals in all competitions since arriving from Porto in a €40 million move last summer. “The press

ATLETICO MADRID PLAYERS TIAGO, SALVIO AND MIRANDA STRETCH AT PRACTICE

Are Atlético running out of fuel?

The month of March has been a turbulent one for Atlético fans. The performances have either been very, very good or very, very poor. At their best, the Atleti squad has looked worthy of a Champions League spot, at their worst they look like a team that deserves to be sitting in eighth in the