2007: A Colchonero Photo Review
Posted by atleti on December 27, 2007
Let’s take a brief look back.
“My heart will always be rojiblanco.”
You can’t talk about 2007 without mentioning the departure of El Niño, the symbol of Atlético since the club’s return to the top flight in ’02. Unfortunately, his final season with the club ended on a disastrous note: we failed to secure a UEFA spot & had to settle for Intertoto.
The club also set a date (2010 to be exact) to relocate from the beloved Vicente Calderón to a larger capacity stadium–a plan that has upset many supporters.
With Torres out of the picture & new stadium plans in the works, the future seemed grim & uncertain, at the time.
Then things took a bit of a positive turn. We signed Raúl Garcia– our most consistent player so far this season.
And then we signed Forlán, a proven Liga striker.
All the while, we continued to let go of players. Petrov, a supporter favourite, had his time at Atleti hampered by injury, particularly his final season with the club.
The club immediately signed a new player, Simao, our favourite left winger & free kick specialist.
We let go of quite a few rubbish players, too (Costinha pictured; Luccin was another piece of crap).
We also added questionable players to the squad, namely in the form of whining Reyes.
2007 was also the year we missed out on signing one player in particular…
Despite that, the 07/08 season started out brightly enough: Kun in particular has played with far more confidence & edge than his first season at the club. He & the Uruguayan have formed quite an effective strike partnership.
Long-term injured players have finally returned to action, namely Miguel.
So far, there have been plenty of memorable moments this season…
…as well as some forgettable ones…
Like most years, it’s been a rollercoaster of extreme highs & lows. It’s part of being an Atleti supporter. ‘Bendita Locura’ as they say.
Who knows what will be in store for us in 2008? Success, hopefully. Let this be the year that we win some silverware, I say! Whether it be in the form of Copa or UEFA or both.
I wish all my readers a ‘próspero año nuevo’!
Something to keep in mind, our January fixtures:
2: home to Granada (Copa)
6: away to Deportivo (Liga)
13: home to Valencia (Liga)
20: home to Real Madrid (Liga)
27: away to Mallorca (Liga)
Some good news: Kun will be available to play on the 6th.
The rumour mill is out of control: read some of them in the comments section of the previous entry.