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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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International Break Hodgepodge

Posted by atleti on October 15, 2007

There’s not much to write about in the way of games yet since we’re still in the middle of international break. So, here are a few things that have caught my eye recently. More to come before the end of the week. 

Roberto Batres.  The Madrid-born Atleti B midfielder is scoring quite a few goals this season in Segunda División: 6 goals in 7 games, to be precise. Although the 21 year old plays in a lower division, he is one of Spain’s top goal-scorers so far this season, sharing that honour (at the moment) with the likes of Messi and David Barral (of Sporting de Gijón).


Some International Break Wrap-Up
Forlan played 66 minutes for Uruguay and scored a goal.

Maxi played 68 minutes for Argentina while kun came in as a sub in the 74′ minute (his first professional game for Los Albicelestes).

Maniche and Simao played a full 90 for Portugal.

For Spain, Pablo played about 30 minutes while Pernia remained on the bench.

Bizarrely, Seitaridis received a call-up for Greece, but didn’t play at all. He wasn’t even on the bench. There’s no word that he is injured, which is good, but it’s still very strange. Does anyone know anything about this? I’d be curious to know.

Jurado and Raul Garcia played for U-21 Spain, away to Poland. Jurado scored a goal from a free-kick.
In other news, it appears we might have only spent €17 million for Simao (as opposed to the widely reported 25 million). Peculiar indeed, but not at all new for us. A similar situation occurred with Kun‘s transfer– it was widely reported that we spent around €23 million. It turns out it was a bit less than that.
RANT: Cleber Santana hasn’t played a single minute of Liga and doesn’t look likely to do so any time soon. Seriously, what was the point of this signing? The Brasilian is a very average midfielder, not to mention he’s occupying a crucial extracommunitarian spot. Why was he signed this summer (one of our first signings, too)? Was he simply an early panic signing? …

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