Elias Mendes Trindade looked back on his short period at Atlético in an interview with Portuguese paper A Bola. The midfielder stayed in Madrid for only eight months after poor planning by our club directors and holds no warm memories of his old club.
Sporting Club de Portugal announced the transfer of Elias Mendes Trindade on Tuesday. The Portuguese outfit will pay €8.85 million for all of the rights of the 26-year-old midfielder. It’s unclear exactly how much Atlético will receive, as we reportedly owned only part of the Brazilian’s transfer rights.
Luis Miguel Afonso Fernandes, better known as Pizzi, succesfully passed his medical on Monday morning. The versatile forward will join Atlético on a one-year loan, but we will hold the option to sign the youngster from Braga for €15 million. Atleti are reportedly in talks with Wolfsburg officials regarding a possible Diego transfer.
Álvaro Domínguez was one of the three big surprises in Vicente del Bosque’s selection for Spain’s upcoming games against Chile and Liechenstein. Many of Atlético’s other players were called up by their respective national teams for the next round of international matches.
A brace by substitute Elias helped Atlético to a 2-0 advantage over Vitória de Guimarães in the first round of the Europa League. The Brazilian was brought on in the second half and broke the deadlock against the Portuguese, who at that point were a man down after João Paulo’s dismissal in the 65th minute.
According to several sources in the Spanish media, Atlético midfielder Raúl García is set to join Osasuna on loan after signing a three-year contract extension with Atleti. The Pamplona-based side wanted to bring back their youth system product to his hometown permanently, for free, but los Rojiblancos weren’t willing to release him outright yet.
In a wacky and totally unexpected turn of events, all four favourites of the Copa América quarter-final round were shown the door, with the elimination of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia over weekend. Atlético players Luis Perea, Elias and Sergio Aguero were sent home packing, while Uruguayan duo Diego Forlán and Diego Godín will remain in Argentina for at least another week.
The Copa América group stage went out with a bang after a wild 12 goal Wednesday night that brought the quarter-final fixtures of the South American competition into focus. All five of our Rojiblancos taking part in the tournament made it safely through to the knockout phase with their respective national teams.
In a bit of unexpected good news, Diego Godín will reportedly receive his Spanish passport in time to free up one of Atlético’s non-EU spots before the start of the 2011/12 campaign. Sporting director José Luis Caminero and coach Gregorio Manzano will have a little more breathing room in deciding who to temporarily, or perhaps permanently, offload this summer.
The second round of Copa América group play kicked off with a clash between Argentina and Colombia, pitting Rojiblancos Perea and Agüero. Elias’ Brazil faced off against Paraguay, and Forlán and Godín’s Uruguay took on Chile. In this feature, we look back at our boys’ participation in this round of the South American competition.