Atlético Madrid beat Stromsgodset 2-1 in the first leg of the 3rd qualifying round of the Europa League on Thursday. The goals at the Vicente Calderón were provided by Reyes, before Storflor got one back for the Norwegians. Miranda was sent off for the home side during the match.
Atlético Madrid has confirmed that José Antonio Reyes has rejected a move to Galatasaray and will be staying at the Vicente Calderón next season. In a statement released on the club’s official website, Atlético confirmed that Galatasaray had made a bid for Reyes, Diego Forlán and Tomas Ujfalusi.
It’s time to take a break from the transfer talk frenzy and look back at Atlético’s top five players of the 2010/11 campaign before they are all sold off to the highest bidder. Or is it too late already? We present to you our first annual AtléticoFans Player of the Season Award.
Atlético supporters worried about losing José Antonio Reyes can breathe a collective sigh of relief. For now. Turkish media reports suggested Atlético had agreed to sell Reyes, Diego Forlán and Tomas Ujfalusi on Thursday, but new reports claim Atleti sporting director told Galatasaray officials that ‘la Perla’ isn’t for sale.
Rumours suggesting Jose Antonio Reyes, Diego Forlan and Tomas Ujfalusi have all been sold to Galatasaray are picking up steam amidst reports in the Turkish media claiming Atlético have agreed to a bulk sale of the trio. According to AS, reputable Turkish paper NTVSpor report that Galatasaray president Unal Aysal met with Enrique Cerezo at the Vicente Calderón Thursday morning, and secured a combo deal for Reyes, Forlan and Ujfalusi.
Atleti remain without a coach and without its most valuable assets, but at least one imperative figure remains. More than ever all eyes will be fixed on José Antonio Reyes next season. It seems Reyes will be the last player of top quality left from a team which had Simão, Forlán, Maxi and Agüero, so it’s essential that he’s made the protagonist of the team.
On Tuesday Atlético officially announced one of Spain’s worst kept secrets, the departure of Jesús “Suso” García Pítarch. The 48-year old sporting director replaced Toni Muñoz in 2006 after having worked at Valencia for four years.
Although heavily criticised for some of his signings, García Pítarch did help build a squad that twice qualified for the Champions League and won two European titles in 2010. We take a look at his top 5 signings.
It was at home. It was Quique Sanchez Flores’ last match at the Vicente Calderón. It was against an already relegated and severely banged-up Hércules side. But…it wasn’t easy. In the end, a spectacular volley by Jose Antonio Reyes sealed Atlético’s spot in next season’s edition of the Europa League–los Rojiblancos’ fifth consecutive qualification for UEFA club competition.
Quqiue Sanchez Flores’ last home game as manager of Atlético Madrid resulted in a 2-1 win over Hércules on Sunday evening. Goals from Álvaro Domínguez and the outstanding José Antonio Reyes earned all three points for los Colchoneros as they exacted revenge on the side that had humiliated them earlier this season.
Usually it’s during the transfer window that the rumour mill is working overtime, but the papers have to keep the presses rolling even during the season, which has brought us some interesting stories. From England stories emerged of Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in signing both Diego Forlán and Sergio Agüero, while Benfica’s interest in taking Salvio permanently is again a hot topic in Portugal.