All it took was for Diego Simeone to pound his fists on the table for Atlético to get the ball rolling when it came to reining in reinforcements. Three days after the signing of David Villa was made official, Atleti have confirmed a deal that will bring Martín Demichelis to the Vicente Calderón for one year.
20-year-old Rayo Vallecano striker Léo Baptistão will reportedly join Atlético at the end of the current season, COPE reports. The Spanish radio station claims the gifted young attacker, who will cost Atleti €6 million, will sign a four-year deal with los Colchoneros. As we reported in early December, Rayo conditioned the agreement on allowing Léo
Atlético landed safely on Colombian soil Monday evening local time and were greeted by the press and residents of the capital city of Bogotá, where the club will play the first of a series of three friendlies in the country on Wednesday evening against local side Millonarios. Just a few hours after the Europa League
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Joel has moved to Rayo Vallecano on loan, while Fran Merida returns to the Rojiblancos.
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Atlético goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea for one season, has been one of the club’s most consistent players so far. He’s done so well in fact, that Rojiblanco officials are already negotiating a one-year extension of his loan deal so that he can remain at the Vicente Calderón through the summer of 2013.
Nine Atlético players were called up for their national teams as World Cup qualifying started in South America, while in Europe the final group phase games were played for the upcoming European Championships in 2012. Falcao grabbed all the headlines after scoring a last-second match-winner for his native Colombia in Bolivia.
On the 45th anniversary of the Vicente Calderón’s inauguration, Atlético were unable to get one past Sevilla goalkeeper Javi Varas. The match ended in an exasperating 0-0 draw, thwarting all plans of a celebration.
On Friday and Tuesday, qualifying matches were played all over Europe for the upcoming European Championship in 2012. Several Atlético players were called up for their national selection, but most didn’t play any part; Arda Turan, played two.
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.