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Coupet signs for Atlético

Posted by atleti on July 4, 2008

Another Frenchman! According to Lyon’s official website, Grégory Coupet signed a 2-season contract worth 1.5 million euros with us. There is an additional 500,000 available in the contract if we qualify for Champions this season and in 09/10.

I think he’s another good addition to the squad and will prove to be of better quality than Abbiati.

Très bien!

Posted in Atletico Madrid, Coupet, transfers | 14 Comments »

Sinama-Pongolle signs for Atlético

Posted by atleti on July 3, 2008

 

Just as Jurado makes his way to Mallorca, Florent Sinama-Pongolle signs a four-year contract with us.

The 23 year old Frenchman, who will play as third choice striker (if we aren’t able to sign Zaragoza’s Ricardo Oliviera), adapted well to Liga after leaving Liverpool for Recreativo de Huelva in 2006.

All in all, not a bad signing. He’s got lots of pace and an eye for goal. A good attacking option, I say.

Overall, I think we’re doing fairly well in the transfer market so far, no?

Any thoughts?

Posted in Atletico Madrid, Jurado, Sinama-Pongolle, transfers | 6 Comments »

John Heitinga Set to Sign for Atlético

Posted by atleti on March 25, 2008

A couple blog commentators have already mentioned this in a below entry- thanks, Derek and Mohammed!

08/09 project is officially underway: John Heitinga is set to wear Atlético kit next season. A 24 year old Dutch international & Ajax youth product. Without a doubt a step in the right direction– Heitinga can play as both centre-back & right-back, two areas that we have shown signs of weakness.

We’re rumoured to be shelling out 8 to 10 million euros for the Dutchman, due to his clause with Ajax.

Heitinga on the move (De Telegraaf):
“I am trembling with joy…This is a beautiful new phase in my career.”

Meanwhile, on a completely different note, Diego Costa, Brasilian striker who is currently on loan to Celta Vigo, has said that even though he is property of Atleti, he would be happy to stay with Celta.

 

Posted in Atletico Madrid, Diego Costa, John Heitinga, transfers | 11 Comments »

Non-UEFA Headlines

Posted by atleti on February 12, 2008

Some headlines that popped out at me when I was browsing through today.

2 million euros compensation for Maxi?
We finally have a court date set to fight for compensation for the injury Maxi picked up while playing an Argentina friendly in October 2006. If you recall, he spent nearly half the season recuperating and never returned good form when he finally returned to action.

Here’s hoping we win our case.

Ujfalusi will make his decision at the end of the season.
Most headlines suggest we’re at the forefront of obtaining the services of the highly-rated Fiorentina/Czech defender. Of course, it depends on if we secure a Champions League spot. From what I’ve read and have seen so far, he’s a very good defender. He would be an ideal summer signing.

Be back with a UEFA Cup entry.

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Backroom Drama…?

Posted by atleti on February 1, 2008

Just read an article on AS. about the ever-growing rift between Pitarch & Aguirre. Here are the details for English-speaking supporters: 

According to ONDA MADRID (31-January),  sporting director Pitarch wanted the club to sack Aguirre, following our elimination in the Copa. What’s more, Pitarch believes the Mexican’s mishandling of the Maniche situation is also grounds for sacking him.

In terms of Aguirre, he is apparently angered by the fact that Pitarch failed to do his job as sporting director by not signing Tiago (or another player of a similar quality). What’s more (and yes there’s more), Aguirre is also peeved that Pitarch failed to sign a centre-back for this season (both in the summer & January). The Mexican apparently made it quite known that the team was in desperate need of a new defender.

This wouldn’t be the first time Pitarch has had rift with a manager. Remember his time at Valencia? Rafael Benitez made it quite known to the press that he hated the players Pitarch signed: “I’ve asked for a table and they’ve given me a lamp.” 

One has to wonder, given his reputation for signing substandard players, why on earth would the club sign Pitarch as sporting director? It is, in fact, HIS fault that we even have Eller and Cleber. By the way, this is also the same man who said the club should sell Kun if the right price came along.

Some proof of Aguirre’s dissatisfaction?
*Diego Costa is out on loan.

*Cleber did not play in Liga until the Maniche situation. With Motta out injured, he obviously had obviously no choice but to select Cleber more regularly.

*Eller has been used out of necessity as we have limited options in the back-line as well.

On the flip side to all of this, Aguirre has hardly proven that he is a top quality manager (both at Atleti and elsewhere). He’s an average tactician, at best.

In all honesty, either way I look at it, we’re in a lose-lose situation with these two men. It’s certainly not a good thing that all of this is happening in the middle of the season either: all of these issues should have been resolved in the summer (eg rebuilding the defence when we had an opportunity, etc).

In terms of Pitarch’s proposal to sack Aguirre, the higher-ups are apparently opposed to the idea as they believe the team still have a lot to play for (#4 spot & UEFA Cup). At least that’s what’s being said in the press at the moment.

Later on today (Friday), Pitarch will speak to the press to explain (justify?) the lack of transfer involvement and such.  Perhaps we’ll receive some confirmation (or not) on the AS and Onda Madrid articles.

In the meantime, you have to wonder, how is all of this nonsense affecting the players?

Posted in Atletico Madrid, Cleber Santana, Diego Costa, Fabiano Eller, Javier Aguirre, transfers | 10 Comments »

Goodbye Luccin, Hello Motta!

Posted by atleti on August 31, 2007

After three long seasons with Atleti, Frenchman Peter Luccin has joined Real Zaragoza after both clubs agreed to a fee of around €2.8 million. THANK YOU, ZARAGOZA! He joins ex-Atleti midfielder Gabi, who joined the Aragon club earlier in the transfer window.

 

Atleti have replaced him with Barcelona’s Thiago Motta on a season-long contract. It’s official, too: the club’s website says so. The more I think about it, the more I think the 24 year old will play an important role this season– he can play both as a defensive midfielder and as a defender. More details and official photo as it becomes available. He’ll be officially presented on Monday, according to Sport.

Meanwhile, the Riquelme situation is on ‘Stand by’ apparently (with no official announcement on the club website yet). To be honest, the more I think about it, the more this possible transfer move bothers me. If he doesn’t join the club, I won’t be heart-broken. Riquelme is easily one of my favourite players and an Argentine to boot, but if he’s unhappy with his surroundings he cannot (and will not) perform to the best of his ability. I don’t know the specific details on Villarreal, except that he had a falling out with management over there and refused to play anymore. I’d hate to see the same thing happen at Atleti. I hope for the best, either way.

UPDATE (31-AUGUST): RIQUELME DID NOT TRANSFER TO THE CLUB.

Posted in Atletico Madrid, Juan Roman Riquelme, Thiago Motta, transfers | 2 Comments »

Transfer News: Riquelme Officially transfers to Atlético Madrid

Posted by atleti on August 30, 2007

UPDATE (31-AUGUST): RIQUELME TRANSFER NEVER WENT THROUGH. 

 

 I first talked about this in mid-July when the rumour first surfaced and a little over a month since then, it has finally happened. Brilliant signing as we lack a playmaker. I don’t want to speak about the true genius of Riquelme (we all know about his abilities and vision on the pitch)– but I will discuss how his arrival will affect us, los rojiblancos, from a technical standpoint- formations and such.

At this point, I don’t think Aguirre has a clear idea of how he will form a squad around the Argentine without sacrificing Atleti favourite and fellow countryman, Sergio ‘kun’ Aguero. I’ve discussed a teeny bit of this in the below entry (check out the comment section). If we use a 4-2-3-1 formation, Aguirre will have to bench Forlan or Kun. With Forlan and Riquelme having played together at Villarreal and forming a dynamic pair over there– I think Aguirre will create formations based around them. Again, my main question mark surrounds KUN. I want to see the little Argentine in the starting 11– he’s in form, energetic, and I’d hate to see spend most of his time on the bench (like last season)– I want to see him play alongside Riquelme. Is it possible?

If anyone out that can come up with a formation that can incorporate Riquelme and Forlan without sacrificing Aguero, please share!

Another issue: one too many wingers without any guarantee of a starting spot now: Maxi, Simao, Reyes, Luis Garcia.

Luis Garcia: still mildly injury-prone and has been used more in Intertoto/UEFA games, I’ve noticed. He occupied a spot on the bench in round 1, but remain unused. Overall, I think he’s the least effected by the arrival of Riquelme, although it might mean less appearances in Liga games (unless there’s a significant injury).

Maxi: a great player and I’m quite excited that he’ll be able to work with Riquelme on the club-level. I think he’ll grow even more as a player.

Simao and Reyes: Manager Aguirre has used them interchangeably; if one is starting, the other will sub for him and vice versa. I can’t see this changing much. At this point, it appears Aguirre prefers Simao over Reyes, in terms of starting 11. We certainly can’t say we don’t have attacking options on the bench.

Today’s our final leg of the UEFA Qualifier against FK Vojvodina in Serbia (see entry below for details).

Surf in for details on our progress.

Posted in Atletico Madrid, Diego Forlan, Javier Aguirre, Jose Antonio Reyes, Juan Roman Riquelme, Luis Garcia, Maxi Rodriguez, Sergio Aguero, Simao Sabrosa, transfers | 8 Comments »

Transfer News: Goodbye Braulio, for now.

Posted by atleti on August 29, 2007

The 22 year old striker has officially signed for suburban neighbours Getafe on a season-long loan. I’m a bit disappointed that he was not chosen as 3rd striker. Hopefully he’ll come back to the club in 08/09 as a top prospect.

Best of luck, Braulio.

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Transfer News

Posted by atleti on August 23, 2007

Confirmed: Like Mario Suarez,  Diego Costa will play on loan for 2nd division Celta Vigo for 07/08 season.

Confirmed: Portuguese midfielder and Grade A Jerk Costinha is currently working on a move to Atalanta in Italy for 07/08 season, thank goodness…good riddance to bad rubbish.

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Transfer News

Posted by atleti on August 22, 2007

Confirmed: Mario Suarez has been officially loaned out to newly relegated Celta Vigo for the 07/08 season. The club will view the 20 year old midfielder as an important component to their campaign of returning to top flight football. This will be his second loan spell (he spent last season with Real Valladolid). Best of luck to him.

Stay tuned for some pre-thoughts on the Madrid derby. Fortunately, it will be on GolTV (live) over here, 2.00pm, NY Time! Woo hoo!

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