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Speculation: The Confirmed & The Unconfirmed

Posted by atleti on August 30, 2007

For 30-August.

Word is that Barcelona’s Thiago Motta will complete his medical tomorrow morning (Friday). A defensive midfielder. Just what we need…I guess. I don’t know what to make of this, to be honest. I see him as occupying a spot on the bench– essentially the reason Peter Luccin decided to leave to entertain an offer in England. My condolences to the poor English club that want him– Birmingham City– I believe. If that’s the case (re replace Luccin), then it’s not a bad transfer move. It’s not, however the move I was hoping for. We need to improve our defence, for goodness sake.

Oh, and he’s not exactly leaving Barcelona on a positive note, ahem.

There’s also some minor talk that Rafael Marquez might be presented tomorrow as well-somehow I doubt this, although I do hope it’s true, for the sake of our backline.

Unrelated, Re*l M*drid C*stilla’s Javi Garcia will NOT be moving to El Estadio Vicente Calderón And thank goodness for that; we don’t need another damn midfielder! Instead the young prospect is on his way to Osasuna.

Meanwhile, Atleti youngster & left-back Julián Vara has joined Celta Vigo on a season-long loan deal. He joins two other Atleti players on loan: Mario Suarez and Diego Costa. Best of luck to the trio.

In other news, José Ignacio Zahínos has rescinded his contract with Atleti to join Recreativo Huelva– a move that benefits both him and the club. The 29 year midfielder (rojiblanco through & though) will never earn a spot and would prefer to begin a new chapter of his footballing career without going on another loan deal. Best of luck, Jose, I hope you have plenty of opportunities to play at Recre. Try your best to stay injury-free…

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Atlético Madrid’s Chosen Squad for Tomorrow’s Derbi

Posted by atleti on August 24, 2007

I have pre-derbi thoughts below; this is an addendum to that with some recent news.

Here’s the chosen squad:

Leo Franco, Abbiati, Seitaridis, Pablo Ibáñez, Perea, Fabiano Eller, Pernía, Antonio López, Maniche, Cléber Santana, Raúl García, Luis García, Simão, Reyes, Maxi Rodríguez, Kun Agüero, Forlán and Mista.

It’s a bit curious to me that Braulio was left out– I’ve been a bit impressed by his pre-season form and enthusiasm to stay with the club. Mista, on the other hand, has been a complete waster on the pitch this summer, often times disappearing and not having any sort of presence or attacking prowess. Manager Aguirre did mention recently that he views Braulio as an important asset to the squad this summer, so hopefully that means he won’t be loaned out or sold away.

I was a bit upset to read that Aguirre still considers rubbish Luccin as a part of the 07/08 campaign. Why, Aguirre, WHY? Please, I hope this is just for keeping up appearances and that Luccin is in fact on his way out. Perhaps a lack of playing time will frustrate him enough to force a move out.

Defender Zé Castro, Julian Vara, and goalkeeper Falcón also didn’t participate in today’s pre-derbi training session.

Other players (besides Braulio and Luccin) that Aguirre mentioned as being part of his 07/08 campaign: Jurado (who can’t play against his ex-club), Miguel de las Cuevas (still recuperating), and Juan Valera (still recuperating).


Maxi is “confident” that Atleti can win against arch rivals, Re*l M*drid, while Reyes went a bit further (cheekier) and said, “We will win 0-2 and I will score a goal.”

We’ve done the talk, now it’s time to do the walk.


Posted in Antonio Lopez, Atletico Madrid, Braulio, Christian Abbiati, Cleber Santana, Derby, Diego Forlan, Fabiano Eller, Giorgios Seitaridis, Javier Aguirre, Jose Antonio Reyes, Juan Valera, Jurado, Leo Franco, Luis Garcia, Luis Perea, Maniche, Mariano Pernia, Maxi Rodriguez, Pablo Ibanez, Raul Garcia, Sergio Aguero, Simao Sabrosa, Vara, Ze Castro | Leave a Comment »

Derby Day & The Rumour Mill

Posted by atleti on August 21, 2007

Due to international duty, quite a few key players were unavailable for this week’s training session, namely Pablo, Pernia, Maxi, Seitaridis, Simao, Raul Garcia, and Jurado.

Who did participate? Leo Franco; Falcón; Antonio López; Luccin; Braulio; Mista; Zé Castro; Maniche; Vara; Eller; Kun; Reyes; Perea; Luis García; Forlán; Cléber Santana.

Early Thoughts on the Derby
The main focus is to have everyone uninjured, in tip-top shape for Saturday. I must say that I’m feeling very confident about derby at the Bern*beu. The Madrid-based media is completely out-of-control over Re*l M*drid‘s lacklustre pre-season form…pre-season crisis talks, essentially! Pressure is mounting for Schuster and he will want to start off the official 07/08 campaign with a win– Atleti cannot let their guard down and we must exploit their weak areas, namely their defence.

RUMOUR MILL has been a bit busy lately. Here are a few of the latest:

Costinha set for Serie A club Atalanta. MARCA (followed by GOAL.COM) jumped the gun and reported this, but it has not been made official since the media has reported it. I’m not surprised by the rumour– in fact, I do expect Costinha to leave before Saturday.

-AS reports the possibility of Peter Luccin departing for Benfica. This would no doubt mean Maniche and Raul Garcia would occupy centre-midfield, no? The AS article also seems to suggest that the departure of Luccin could make way for Riquelme— I highly doubt it.

-Spanish media also reports Benfica are interested in midfielder Miguel de las Cuevas. This, I hope, is not true. The poor Spanish midfielder is still recovering from an awful injury he sustained nearly year ago. If he stays, I can very well see him making sub-appearances for Atleti once he’s deemed fit. I’d be disappointed to see him let go.

Diego Costa— the young Brasilian striker who scored a goal against Getafe is rumoured to be on his way, whether it be on loan or permanently. He’s viewed as excess, in terms of extracommunitarians.

Mista. Dear old, well passed it, Mista. I’d love to see him go as it would allow Atleti youth striker Braulio an opportunity to be 3rd choice striker.

Ze Castro, another player linked to a move back to Portugal.

Let’s see how things pan out these next few days.

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Friendly: Getafe 0 Atlético Madrid 2

Posted by atleti on August 18, 2007

I had an opportunity to watch this friendly this afternoon (4.00pm NY time). It was a very physical game between the two Madrid clubs- Getafe entered the competition much hungrier for a win from the start, it must be said.  That said, they could not find the back of the net– they did have a goal wrongfully called offside though and they did test goalkeeper Abbiati a few times.

Diego Costa scored a great, unstoppable goal in the 54th minute thanks to a pass by Reyes. The second goal, scored by Reyes, was also quite good, thanks to a pass by Atleti B defender Julian Vara.

Here are a few, random notes:

Stand-out performance: Christian Abbiati- superb game for the Milan goalkeeper on loan to Atleti this season. This is the second performance where he has demonstrated his strong goalkeeping abilities. I wouldn’t be surprised if he received more playing time during the season!

Great performances: the two subs, Braulio and Diego Costa– here’s hoping they stay and Costinha and Mista are shown the door. They injected pace and provide ‘new ideas’ when they’re on the pitch. I can see them contributing to the squad if they stay this season.

Luis Garcia and Reyes have so far had a very solid pre-season– thankfully, both of them didn’t pick up any injuries. In fact, they both played the full 90 minutes (Luis Garcia was subbed out a few minutes before full-time).

Defence was a bit shaky and looked a bit like last season’s defence.

Cleber Santana— not a particularly good first performance for the Brasilian. A rather poor 1st half, the 2nd half was a bit of an improvement. I can’t judge him yet on one display– I will need to see him play a bit more.

Abbiati; Vara; Eller; Zé Castro; Antonio López; Costinha (Cléber min 25); Luccin; Reyes; Luis García (Mario Suárez min 86); Jurado (Diego Costa min 54); Mista (Braulio min 54)

7 days until the start of the season, folks! First Game? El Derbi Madrileño (25-August) at the Bernabéu!

Posted in Antonio Lopez, Atletico Madrid, Braulio, Christian Abbiati, Cleber Santana, Diego Costa, Fabiano Eller, Javier Aguirre, Jurado, Luis Garcia, Mario Suarez, Vara, Ze Castro | 1 Comment »

Friendly: Getafe v Atletico

Posted by atleti on August 18, 2007

Today the boys play a local friendly against neighbours Getafe. Since the departure of Schuster to Real Madrid, Getafe have been managed by Dane Michael Laudrup. So far, under his charge, have won all 7 of their pre-season friendlies.

Manager Aguirre plans on playing  a second-string side to the friendly for most of the game, giving key players a rest.

Chosen Squad:

GK: Abbiati, Falcón,

Defence: Vara, Zé Castro, Eller, Regalón, Antonio López, Seitaridis

Midfield: Jurado, Luccin, Cléber Santana, Luis García, Reyes, Diego Costa, Mario Suárez, Costinha(!), Maniche, Raul Garcia,

Strikers: Mista, Braulio, Forlan, Aguero.

New faces to the squad: finally, Brasilian Cleber will play! Atleti B player Mario Suarez is also a new addition to the squad.

The result will be meaningless, but the fitness aspect will be great for this squad. Hopefully they will play with a good understanding and win against a flawless pre-season Getafe. Here’s hoping no one gets injured, too!

In other news, yesterday there was a basic training session; Juan Valera continued to train on his own, on the road to recovery.

Of Note: Management granted Costinha permission to not participate in the training session- hm, sounds like he’s on his way out of the club, no? Good riddance. Perhaps a move to the EPL or Serie A is at hand?

RUMOUR MILL: Some very loose speculation that Ze Castro might be interested in a move back to Portugal, to Benfica.

RUMOUR MILL: Recoba has openly ruled out a move to newly promoted Juventus, but might consider a transfer to Torino or Napoli. No mention of Atletico.

Posted in Antonio Lopez, Atletico Madrid, Braulio, Christian Abbiati, Cleber Santana, Diego Costa, Fabiano Eller, Jose Antonio Reyes, Juan Valera, Jurado, Luis Garcia, Mario Suarez, Regalon, Rumours, Vara, Ze Castro | Leave a Comment »