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    26 year old in New York; Passionate fan of the beautiful game; lover of Argentina (los Albicelestes); long-suffering, devoted supporter of Atlético Madrid (los Rojiblancos) for the past 13 years.
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Atlético Madrid Pre-season Happenings

Posted by atleti on July 5, 2007

Intertoto (click here for official site)
Since Atlético didn’t qualify for UEFA (ugh- don’t remind me) through their league position, they hope to reach it via the Intertoto route. As such, the club will begin training sessions next Monday for preparations (newly signed Forlan, Perea, and Aguero are excluded due to international duty). Los rojiblancos will face the winner of Maccabi Haifa v Gloria Bistrita (in Romania) on 21/22 July.

[Note: Copa America ends 15 July and U-20 World Cup ends 22-July]

More on this as the date approaches, of course.

Amsterdam Tournament (click here for official site)
In early June, Atlético, Arsenal, Ajax, and Lazio were invited to play in this summer tournament. Los rojiblancos will face Ajax on the 2nd of August and Lazio on the 4th. I view this tournament as an ideal way for manager Javier Aguirre to test the squad prior to the season- indeed, it’s a perfect opportunity to allow the players to develop a ‘rhythm’ together.

I find this excerpt from the main website very interesting:

As usual there will be a unique point system at the LG Amsterdam Tournament, with extra points given for each goal scored, which makes it possible for a team which loses its first game, still to win the tournament on Saturday. This system encourages attacking and spectacular play.

Again, not an important tourney, but a perfect opportunity for the squad to play together  against other clubs before the start of the season. Plus, they have an incentive to work on putting goals in the back of the net.

Back tomorrow for official transfer news (or otherwise), if any.

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