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Archives: atletico madrid

Atlético Get Off Light

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

In what has to be considered a poor decision, the UEFA Appeals Body has reduced the initial three-match stadium closure to a two-match behind closed doors sentence, with one match deferred for two years. Consequently, Atlético must play their next … Continue reading

Atletico-Liverpool: UEFA’s Weak Stance a Missed Opportunity

Posted on by Mike

It’s a pretty safe bet Madrid’s Vincente Calderon Stadium will be at capacity today when Liverpool visits for its Champions League Group D match against Atletico Madrid. Shame. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and … Continue reading

Former Aleti Coach To Lead Argentina?

Posted on by Juan Arango

According to reports coming out of Buenos Aires, pigs are about to fly. Argentine Football Association president Julio Grondona is ready to negotiate with former Atlético Madrid boss Carlos Bianchi. According to reports, Bianchi is ready to come back to … Continue reading

Bookend Goals Help Merengues In Derbi

Posted on by Juan Arango

Who ever thought that in the first and last minute Real Madrid would further sink Atlético into deeper problems after a heated Madrid derby.  With only 35 seconds gone by in the match Ruud Van Nistelrooy smacked a shot from … Continue reading

Messi Could Be Culprit Behind Basile Departure

Posted on by Juan Arango

Fresh off of one of the worst performances in decades, Argentina find themselves in shambles.  As of Thursday afternoon, the local media were reporting the possibility of coach Alfio Basile stepping aside due to inner conflicts and lack of response … Continue reading

Ziganda Out At Osasuna

Posted on by Juan Arango

Like death pools and other bets of pleasure this was one that would have caught several people by surprise. Continue reading

Spanish-Based Players Nucleus of Uruguay Callup

Posted on by Juan Arango

Palermo goalscorer Edinson Cavani will replace Diego Forlán on Oscar Washington Tabárez´ callup for the upcoming World Cup Qualifers against eternal rivals Argentina in Buenos Aires on October 11th and Bolivia in La Paz.   Canvani has become in the past … Continue reading

Monzón Gets First Callup

Posted on by Juan Arango

Luciano Monzón and Diego Milito were the two newest players to be called up by national team coach Alfio Basile for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against neighboring rivals Uruguay and Chile. Monzón has been one of the outstanding performers … Continue reading

Gago Out For A Month

Posted on by Juan Arango

Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago became the second South American international to have to miss an extended period of time after Champions League play.  Gago will be out for close to a month after suffering a level two muscle tear … Continue reading

Good Matchday For Spanish Clubs

Posted on by Juan Arango

Spain’s big four in the Champions League came out in great shape after one matchday.   Barcelona looked like their usual selves- both good and bad- and were able to handle Sporting Lisbon by a score of 3-1.   Real … Continue reading

Maradona Slams Messi

Posted on by Juan Arango

You can criticize his political leanings or the way he lived his life.  Yet when it comes to telling the truth he never backs down.  Diego Maradona will compliment you the same way he will criticize you. var iamInit = … Continue reading

CONMEBOL Matchday 7

Posted on by Juan Arango

Big Loser:   Chile and Colombia.  If there is a tiebreaker it would hav to be based on the result.  So La Roja woud have to earn that honor.  These were the only two that lost at home.   But it was … Continue reading

Tabárez Makes Crucial Call Up

Posted on by Juan Arango

Oscar Washington Tabárez not only has to deal with the pressure that the Uruguayan media is putting on him, but he will have to play two vital games against direct rivals that are fighting for one of those direct spots … Continue reading

Colombia Call-Up

Posted on by Juan Arango

The intent of Jorge Luis Pinto´s 22-man roster leaves no doubt as to his intent.   A six-point sweep would put them in second place in the standings since Argentina will face Paraguay next weekend.   The six points would leave them … Continue reading

Champions League Group Stage Draw Results

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I’ll have more analysis and comments later but for now just a quick update on the results of today’s drawing. Some of the groupings, as in past seasons, was almost a bit too predictable but there are some interesting matchups … Continue reading

Schalke Shocked In Third Qualifying Round

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After leading 1-0 from the first leg, Schalke had to have had some confidence going into Madrid for the second leg. A strong performance from Atletico saw them thump the German team 4-0 to advance to the group stage for … Continue reading

Intriguing Matchups For Spanish Teams

Posted on by Juan Arango

Both Madrid sides got a tough draw in the upcoming group stage of the UEFA Champions League.  Of all of the Spanish team Real Madrid got the unenviable distinction of being in this year’s Group of Death.   They will … Continue reading