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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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Midweek Hodgepodge/Talking Points

Posted by atleti on March 4, 2008

A bit of a busy few days for me recently- I apologise for the lack of entries and commenting on other blogs. I hope to get back to my normal routine soon enough.

KUN TALK OF THE TOWN

Ever since his performance against Barcelona, the press have been gushing about him- and rightly so. KUN is world-class and arguably one of the best strikers we’ve ever had at the club.

Meanwhile, Maradona on our defence after the Barcelona game:
“How did I see my ‘son-in-law’ against Barcelona? When Ronaldinho scored early on, I thought Barça were going to run all over them, but then Sergio awakened…He showed his quality and began to make life hard for Milito and Puyol…However, of course, the Atletico defence is like that of Flandria, but in the end everything went well.”

OK, I know what you’re thinking: Who cares what Maradona thinks. I normally don’t pay much mind to his press talks, but this is Atleti-related so I had to include it.

INJURY UPDATE NEWS
Leo Franco
has officially recovered from his injury. He’s back to full training with the squad. I don’t expect him to play right away, but his return to 100% match fitness means the eventual end of Falcón’s time as second choice goalkeeper. I wonder, then, What will become of the promising young goalkeeper this summer– Will we keep him? Or…?

Seitaridis is nearing the end of his recuperation and is expected to re-join the team during training sessions soon.

Simão seems to have picked up a slight knock and trained lightly recently– nothing severe, thankfully.

Motta? Well, he’ll be out for the rest of the season. It’s a shame we didn’t sign him on a pay-as-you-play contract during the pre-season…

OUR NEXT FIVE FIXTURES
Zaragoza v Atlético
Atlético v Levante 
Sevilla v Atlético
Villarreal v Atlético
Atlético v Almeria

Not a bad schedule, all things considered. Sevilla & Villarreal away will be the toughest of the bunch.

Simão on the rest of the season:
“All of the twelve games left are important, and we must start with a win against Zaragoza, who are having a difficult time at the moment, but have a lot of quality and do not deserve to be in the position they currently occupy. It will be a difficult encounter, but we come into it in good spirits and must continue a positive run.”

RUMOUR-MILL ON FIRE
Fiorentina’s Czech defender Ujfalusi has once again been linked to us.

AS also reports that we might be ‘fishing’ for talent at Liverpool this summer: Benitez, Xabi, and Reina. Xabi, in particular, appears to be a player that has fallen our of favour at Liverpool. Reina’s father played for Atleti many years ago, so he would be more than welcome to the club.

Anything missing?

Posted in Atletico Madrid, Giorgios Seitaridis, Leo Franco, Liverpool, Rumours, Sergio Aguero, Simao Sabrosa, Thiago Motta | 13 Comments »

Adiós, Torres.

Posted by atleti on July 3, 2007

 

06/07 season was rough (disastrous and embarassing, even), but I will miss the good things: the goals, the flashes of brilliance, and moments of inspiration. 

Best of luck to El Niño in this new chapter of his career with Liverpool.

Torres 04-July: “My heart will always be rojiblanco.”

Posted in Atletico Madrid, Fernando Torres, Liverpool, transfers | Leave a Comment »

Luis García Returns to Atlético

Posted by atleti on July 3, 2007

After three successful seasons with Liverpool, Luis Garcia returns to Spain to play for Atlético again. I say ‘returns’ because he did play for los rojiblancos in 2002-2003 on a loan deal (courtesy of Barcelona). During that season, he appeared 32 times and scored 9 goals.

The 29 year old midfielder, who hasn’t played for Liverpool since January due to injury, will add much needed creativity to the team. I see him playing as a support striker behind newly signed Forlan when needed or in the role of attacking midfielder. I’ve always been impressed with the Catalan: he’s type of player that finds space on the pitch and creates goal-scoring opportunities.

What’s more, he’s enthusiastic about returning to Spain, and more importantly, playing for los rojiblancos.

“…since I left Atletico, I had a monkey on my shoulders for not hav1ng been able to enjoy more years at this Club. Therefore, I’m really excited to be back. It was difficult to leave Liverpool, but I wanted to come back and play in Spain and this is a good opportunity to try and win titles. I did it in England and my goal is to do the same in Spain, and in this case, at Atletico. It’s a very special Club for me and I have a lot of affection for it.”

“…football is seen in a different way in England and playing there leaves a mark on any footballer. The Atletico fans are similar to those at Liverpool because they’re always cheering and encouraging. The truth is that they were great to me and showed me lots of affection. Anyway, I’m confident that we’re all going to do a good job to place Atleti where it deserves to be.”

I predict good things from the talented Catalan; he should be fully recovered from his January injury by the start of the season.

More on other new signings in the coming week.

Posted in Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Luis Garcia | 3 Comments »

Diego Forlan Transfers to Atlético

Posted by atleti on June 30, 2007

Atlético Madrid, Villarreal, and Forlan’s agent came to a transfer agreement today. The Uruguayan, who is currently in Venezuela for the Copa America, has agreed to join my rojiblancos on a 4-year contract.

Simply put: I think Forlan is a great signing for los rojiblancos. Yes, I will miss Torres– El Niño   has a spot in the club’s history, but he feels it is his time to move on (and frankly I do too) and I respect that. I wish him nothing but success at Liverpool.

Atlético still need to rebuild the midfield- will the club go after their long-term transfer target Ricardo Quaresma? Here’s hoping…

Forlan was born on 19-May 1979 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He began his footballing career at Independiente de Avellaneda before his massive transfer move to Manchester United in January 2002. After a fairly  unsuccessful time in England, he was sold to Villarreal in the summer 2004 where he has enjoyed three fantastic footballing seasons, which included the Pichichi award and the Golden Boot (which he shared with Thierry Henry).

[More on Atleti’s striking options once the transfer market comes to a slow-down.]

Posted in Atletico Madrid, Diego Forlan, Fernando Torres, Liverpool, transfers | 6 Comments »

Forlan & Riquelme to Atletico?

Posted by atleti on June 29, 2007

According to a few news sources in the Spanish press, Atlético are close to signing Villarreal’s Diego Forlan and Juan Roman Riquelme. As of this moment, both players are in Venezuela with their respective nations playing in the Copa America, but still very much in contact with their agents in Spain.

Although Forlan has been quoted as saying that he does not consider himself a replacement for Atlético’s much-loved Torres, it seems clear that this recent news leads many to believe that the young striker is on his way out, with England as a likely destination (all arrows point to Liverpool at the moment).

Spanish Football & Sports breaks down the possible deal in detail:  30 million in total, 20 for Forlan and 10 for Riquelme. Villarreal are purportedly keen on Atlético including Colombian international Perea in the deal as well. 

It hurts to admit this, but I’m certain Fernando Torres, our star striker, the player who has represented this club since his emergence from the youth ranks, will be moving on to greener pastures this summer. This is the harsh reality of the transfer market and the frustration in supporting Atlético.

A few days ago, President Enrique Cerezo insisted that the club have received no official bids for the lad:

“Every player has a price and if they pay the transfer clause there is nothing we can do to stop Torres leaving. But at the moment what is certain is that there is nothing going on with Torres and any other club.”

Liar!

Slightly off-topic, but Atleti are apparently keen on having Liverpool include former player Luis Garcia in the deal. For his part, the 29 year old Anfield favorite has been quoted as saying:

“Liverpool are in my thoughts at the moment, but one day I would like to come back, and not to Barcelona, but to Atletico Madrid, who are always in my thoughts,” Garcia told Spanish television.”

Posted in Atletico Madrid, Fernando Torres, Liverpool | 5 Comments »