Tom Pollock tells us how Atlético Madrid managed to win his heart even if it first belonged to someone else.
Most of you who follow me on twitter will be aware that I’m an Australian Atlético fan who spent the majority of this year in the United Kingdom and Europe. I deferred my Journalism studies at University in order to take a gap year, living, working and traveling around the other side of the world. The
Ahead of Radamel Falcao’s expected Atlético debut against Valencia this weekend, a former coach of the Colombian has come out and explained why he will win over the Atleti fans. Argentina and Atlético football legend Diego Simeone revealed to MARCA why he believes the striker will succeed at the Vicente Calderón.
After a summer full of speculation, it has finally been confirmed that Diego Forlán is leaving Atlético. The 32-year-old will transfer to Inter Milan in a deal that, according to Marca, is worth about €5 million.
With the news that La Liga players’ strike was coming to an end, fans of Spanish football breathed a collective sigh of relief and turned their attention towards the first round of matches this weekend. Atlético open their account against Osasuna, hosting the Basque outfit for a noon match at the Vicente Calderón.
Atletico has had quite a turbulent offseason. After the squad got together on the 4th of July, Gregorio Manzano has been working hard to ensure that the team is ready for the first La Liga game on the 21st of August against Real Sociedad. Tom Pollock takes a look at the good and the bad of los Rojiblancos’ pretemporada so far, and describes what we can expect between now and the start of the season.
As most Atletico fans will be aware, the club has been drawn to play Norwegian outfit Strømsgodset in the third qualifying round of the Europa League. The Norwegian Cup champions aren’t the most well known club in Europe, but definitely deserve respect. We take a closer look at the club’s current standing in Norway’s domestic competition, as well as their history in European play.
According to reports in the media, Wolfsburg playmaker Diego Ribas is attracting interest from Atletico Madrid. The Brazilian, once tipped to be the ‘Golden Boy’ of the next generation of Seleção stars, has failed to live up to the hype after leaving Werder Bremen for Juventus back in 2009. Atletico could be on the verge of snapping up a great deal, there is, however, a risk that football has seen the best of Diego and it will be a case of valuable money going down the drain.
According to reports in Italy, Lazio striker Mauro Zárate could be on his way to Spain as Atletico’s replacement for Sergio Agüero.
Apparently, Zárate’s agent, Beppe Bozzo will head to the Vicente Calderón before the end of the week to hold talks with the club about a potential move. Lazio president, Claudio Lotito admitted that while the player isn’t specifically on the market, any offers would be considered.
Atlético are said to be lining up Porto striker Radamel Falcao as a possible replacement for Sergio Agüero should the Argentine get his way and leave the club. The Colombian striker is putting in some impressive performances at the Copa América which have caught the eye of many clubs.