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Arda Turan celebrates birthday with “boot cake” following dust up with linesman

Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan celebrated his 28th birthday last night and was presented with a “boot cake” by family and friends. The celebratory dessert was decorated in the club’s colors and was an obvious reference to the controversial incident from Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg against Barcelona when […]

Argentina’s Giovanni Simeone following in his father’s footsteps

Argentina U-20 forward Giovanni ‘Cholito’ Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, is proving to be a chip off the old block. The eldest Simeone made his name as a hard-nosed midfielder for numerous European clubs, as well as with Argentina with whom he made 112 international appearances. ‘Cholo’ Simeone wasn’t known for goal scoring […]

Diego Simeone credits Barcelona’s recent form to arrival of Luis Suarez

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone admitted it was his decision to play “with less ambition” during the second half of yesterday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg at the Vicente Calderon. The Argentine boss acknowledged that his side were second-best to Barcelona – who won the match 3-2 (4-2 on […]

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, Copa del Rey Quarter-Final 1st leg: TV times and open thread

The stage is set for what could be a classic encounter between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final. This one promises to be a must-see match! Here’s today’s TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States: Barcelona vs. Atletico de Madrid, 4pm, beIN SPORTS, beIN […]

Fernando Torres set to start for Atleti vs Barcelona with Mario Mandzukic on the bench

Prior to today’s Copa del Rey quarter-final against Barcelona (4pm ET on beIN SPORTS in the USA), manager Diego Simeone had been reportedly been training his squad with an attacking trident formed by Fernando Torres, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic. But it has been learned that the Argentine boss has […]

Diego Simeone Says He Will Stay At Atletico Madrid Provided The Club Keeps Growing

During a recent interview with Radio America 1190, manager Diego Simeone was asked about the speculation concerning his future with Atletico Madrid. The Argentine boss is perhaps the hottest managerial property in world soccer and speculation has been that the 44-year-old could potentially move to another European club at the end of […]

Fernando Torres Could Start Against Real Madrid As Illness Sidelines Mario Mandzukic

Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic has been suffering from the flu and missed yesterday’s training session with the squad. That means manager Diego Simeone may choose to start Fernando Torres during today’s decisive leg in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 at the Santiago Bernabeu. When asked about his starting eleven […]

Diego Simeone Believes Atletico Madrid Players Are ‘Not Afraid Of Death’

During an interview with Spanish television, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone stated that he believes his team is “not afraid of death” and understands it has “worse players than other teams on paper.” The Argentinian boss is confident that this realization and lack of fear is what makes his side stronger and pulls them […]

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