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The red and white aftermath: Match Day 27

After over an hour of mostly dispirited play by Atlético in Vigo, the men in and red and white sparked back to life to abruptly terminate their foes 2-0. The game against Celta started off eerily similar to Atleti’s previous two trips in league play–the squad looked all too comfortable letting their opponents dictate play while hardly offering much of a threat in attack of their own.

Arda celebrates with Sunday's hero Costa (AS)

The red and white aftermath: Match Day 8

Despite their clear superiority for most of the afternoon, Atlético struggled to dispose of Celta Vigo at the Vicente Calderón on Sunday.
Ultimately, a Diego Costa brace was enough to extend the club’s record league start to eight straight wins.

A match made in heaven (AS)

The red and white aftermath: Match Day 6

While it was by no means a dominant performance, Atlético hung on to defeat Osasuna 2-1 at the Vicente Calderón Tuesday night, successfully remaining flawless in La Liga ahead of Saturday’s return to the Bernabéu. Although the end result was the same, the path to the three points against los Rojillos was markedly different from Atleti’s win at Valladolid this past Saturday.

Mario earns high praise from Del Bosque and peers

Atlético midfielder Mario Suárez earned his first start with the senior Spanish national team in their World Cup qualifier against Finland last Friday. Colchonero midfielder Koke did as well, while veteran La Roja member David Villa also appeared in the fold for his fellow Rojiblancos’ debuts. Villa was removed just before the hour mark, and

Courtois holds on to the points

The red and white aftermath: Match Day 3

With just the right amount of suspense, Atlético made it three-for-three to start the present term by besting fellow Champions League contenders Real Sociedad 2-1 in the Basque Country on Sunday. Back when Neptune famously carried Diego Simeone into the Vicente Calderón on his triumphal chariot circa December 2011, Atleti had been mired in an

Three players called up to Spanish national team

For years, Atlético Madrid fans witnessed how the Spanish national team experienced its glory years, winning cup after cup, and becoming the first country ever to win three major tournaments consecutively, without a Rojiblanco player present. Some fans might have even started to wonder whether former Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque was ignoring the

Mario Suarez debuts for the Spain national team

Atléticos around the world: Mario debuts, Falcao rests

Atlético’s eight first team internationals will be returning from midweek national team duties for the club’s upcoming clash in Vallecas against Rayo on Sunday. The major headline in Rojiblanco land this FIFA round was that midfielder and Atleti academy product Mario Suárez made his debut with the Spanish national team’s senior side, after having played

Atleti win 20th straight game at 'Cholo Castle'

The red and white aftermath: Match Day 22

Sunday night’s 1-0 victory over Betis will go down as the night Diego Simeone unleashed ‘the Beast’. After failing to capitalise on a very lively start, Atleti’s play drifted into a state of tedium. Starting strikers Radamel Falcao and Adrián were finding it very difficult to get meaningfully involved in the game. The Asturian was


The red and white aftermath: Match Day 16

Barcelona have broken free from the pack in Spain with their 4-1 thrashing of Atlético at the Camp Nou. For a magical half hour, Atleti led their fans on, allowing the Rojiblanco faithful to get lost in one of those fantasies boss Diego Simeone had referred to on Saturday. But eventually, as the wise Argentine


The red and white aftermath: Match Day 3

Wednesday night’s episode of the increasingly popular Cholo’s Men series had all the usual twists and turns that has made the suspenseful, action-packed show must-watch television. It was by no means pretty, but Atlético showed tremendous resolve to get the away win at Betis, coming out on top after a pair of fluky goals had