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I don't care if we shine as long as we win, says Rakitic
I don't care if we shine as long as we win, says Rakitic

Football Soccer - Barcelona training session - Joan Gamper training camp - Barcelona, Spain - 1/04/16 - Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic attends a training session. REUTERS/Albert Gea/FilesREUTERS - Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic embraced the art of winning ugly after they beat 10-man Real Betis 2-0 to move closer to retaining their La Liga title.Barca were far from their sparkling best against Betis after thrashing Sporting Gijon 6-0 and Deportivo La

May 1 2016
Real Madrid star Pepe reveals his toughest opponent and footballing idol
Real Madrid star Pepe reveals his toughest opponent and footballing idol

Real Madrid defender Pepe had many battles with Diego CostaReal Madrid’s tough-tackling defender, Pepe has revealed that former Atletico Madrid and current Chelsea striker Diego Costa was the toughest opponent he has ever faced. The Portuguese centre-back also disclosed that he considered Real Madrid defensive legend Fernando Hierro to be his footballling idol growing up, with a soft sport for Roberto Carlos as well.Pepe made the revelation

Apr 30 2016
Bale header keeps Real's title hopes burning
Bale header keeps Real's title hopes burning

Football Soccer - Spanish Liga BBVA- Real Sociedad v Real Madrid - Anoeta, San Sebastian, Spain 30/4/16 Real Madrid's Gareth Bale scores a goal during match against Real Sociedad REUTERS/Vincent West MADRID (Reuters) - Gareth Bale again came to Real Madrid's rescue by heading home the winner in a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad on Saturday that keeps their title hopes alive.The Wales international, who had scored twice as Madrid came from two goals down

Apr 30 2016
Pep Guardiola says fans can kill him if Atletico beat Bayern Munich
Pep Guardiola says fans can kill him if Atletico beat Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola will be the manager of Manchester City next seasonBayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola remains confident of progressing to the Champions League finals despite losing the first leg to Atletico Madrid 1-0. Saul Niguez scored a stunning goal to hand the Bavarians a narrow defeat.Guardiola made some questionable decisions during the match such as not starting Thomas Muller and he explained it as a purely strategic decision."The reas

Apr 30 2016
Marco Reus taunts Bayern Munich with Tweet after they lost to Atletico Madrid
Marco Reus taunts Bayern Munich with Tweet after they lost to Atletico Madrid

Marco ReusBorussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus was quick to mock Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich when they lost to Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. The 26-year-old took to Twitter to mock the club who have time and again poached Borussia Dortmund's best players. His Tweet was immediately deleted but as is with social media, someone had a screenshot ready. Marco Reus' tweetThe Tweet t

La Liga 2015-16: Cracking La Liga's three-way race to glory
La Liga 2015-16: Cracking La Liga's three-way race to glory

Who will be crowned as the 2015-16 Spanish Champions? It’s not every time that the La Liga title race goes down to the wire. It happened a couple of years ago when Atletico Madrid surprised everyone by winning the prestigious league on the final day by holding Barcelona to a 1-1 draw.Unlike the 2013-14 season, this season was supposed to be a one-sided affair when Barcelona were cruising their way to glory with a 39-match winning strea

Apr 29 2016
Luis Enrique responsible for Barcelona’s April slip up
Luis Enrique responsible for Barcelona’s April slip up

Pique celebrates scoring against Madrid9.45 pm 02 April 2016, when Gerard Pique headed FC Barcelona to a 1-0 lead in the El Clasico derby, the Catalans went 13 points ahead of Real Madrid and 9 points ahead of Atletico Madrid. I was there chanting “Pique Pique” from the stands. The world seemed so beautiful.15 days and 30 minutes later, i.e. 10.15 pm, 17 April 2016, Gerard Pique missed an open goal (ironically the

Apr 29 2016
Fernando Torres doesn't want a return to the Spanish National team
Fernando Torres doesn't want a return to the Spanish National team

El Nino is backFernando Torres is experiencing a second wind, back at his boyhood club Atletico Madrid. The striker was very unlucky not to score when he hit the inside of the post against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night.The former Liverpool forward looks like he’s back to his best, doing what he does best tormenting defences with his skill and goals. He suffered a torrid time while he was at Chelsea. In 110 appeara

Apr 29 2016
7 facts you should know about Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez
7 facts you should know about Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez

Niguez celebrates after his wondergoalSaul Niguez has been cast into the limelight after the player’s heroics in the UEFA Champions League. The 21-year-old scored a dazzling goal against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. He picked up the ball in the middle of park waltzed past three of their players like they weren’t there and curled it beautifully into the bottom corner past Manuel Neuer. Having been on the brink of leaving

Apr 29 2016
Simeone would be branded boring in English football - Allardyce
Simeone would be branded boring in English football - Allardyce

Football Soccer - Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Vicente Calderon Stadium - 27/4/16. Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone. Reuters/Michael Dalder/Livepic(Reuters) - Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce reckons Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone would be labelled boring for his defence-oriented style if the Argentine were managing a Premier League club.A fine defensive display helped Atletico secure a 1-0

Apr 29 2016
5 quotes which prove Diego Simeone is the most inspirational manager
5 quotes which prove Diego Simeone is the most inspirational manager

Simeone is thrown into the air in celebration after winning the Europa League in 2012Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone are challenging the existing hierarchy in Spanish and world football. Since Simeone’s arrival in 2011, Atletico have been on a resurgent run, winning at least one domestic or European trophy every season.The secret for this resurgence is down to their inspirational manager, Diego ‘Cholo’ Simeone. The Argentine

Apr 28 2016
Xabi Alonso doesn't feel Atletico Madrid's 1-0 win will be decisive
Xabi Alonso doesn't feel Atletico Madrid's 1-0 win will be decisive

Xabi Alonso directs play in the game against Atletico MadridBayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted their 0-1 defeat against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final has given the Spanish football team "a good advantage" but warned it was not decisive.Saul Niguez scored a fantastic individual goal in the first half to hand Atletico the win here on Wednesday. The return leg match at Munich is schedule

Apr 28 2016
5 times rivals met in the UEFA Champions League final
5 times rivals met in the UEFA Champions League final

Sergio Ramos scored an important goal for Real Madrid against Atletico in the 2014 finalThe UEFA Champions League is a competition which pits the best in Europe against each other as they do battle for the ultimate prize in club football.This leads up to nights which are etched onto the minds of football fans as the very best of European Football produce some of their very best to not only wow the watching world but also to write their names into

Apr 28 2016
Diego Simeone believes Atletico Madrid were closest to their best version in win over Bayern Munich
Diego Simeone believes Atletico Madrid were closest to their best version in win over Bayern Munich

Diego Simeone gestures from the sidelines during Atletico’s game against Bayern yesterdayAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has said he feels he watched "close to the best version" of his team when they beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the Champions League semi-final first leg football match."That was possibly close to the best version of the team (this season) without considering the match with Barcelona (in the quarter-final). We

Apr 28 2016
Atletico loss brings Guardiola closer to familiar failure
Atletico loss brings Guardiola closer to familiar failure

Football Soccer - Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich - Vicente Calderon stadium, Spain - 26/04/16 Bayern Munich's coach Pep Guardiola during news conference prior to UEFA Champions League semi-final match against Atletico Madrid. REUTERS/Michael DalderBy Richard MartinMADRID (Reuters) - After watching Pep Guardiola fail to inspire Bayern Munich to victory over Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, Manc

Apr 28 2016
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