Ronaldo struggles against Uruguay France striker Florain Thauvin made his debut in their victory against Argentina on Saturday but rather than bask in the success, he warned that they must be fully focused to face a tough Uruguay side. The Marseille player believes that the South American side play in a style similar to that of Atletico Madrid who beat his club team in the Europa League final last season. "They have Godin and Gimenez who have a lot of experience, know each other well, give everything and make few mistakes," he said. "We have to find space, get behind them because what they do lack is a bit of pace. We will study them closely this week and it will be a tough game. "France raised its game against Argentina, when it was necessary for us. "We celebrated it how we should with everyone proud, we will all remember it. It was difficult to sleep after and I am a bit tired today." … [Read more...] about Thauvin: Uruguay are like Atletico Madrid
DIEGO COSTA needed just one shot to open his account at the World Cup. The former Chelsea man slammed home the equaliser against Portugal and notched again in second match vs Iran - but why is the Brazil-born striker not playing for the country of his birth? Why does Diego Costa play for Spain? COSTA was born in Logarto, Brazil in 1988 and had a number of unsuccessful trials with local clubs. He attracted the attention of super-agent Jorge Mendes, resulting in a move to Europe with Braga - and the start of a career which would see him become a Premier League and La Liga star. The forward never actually played for the Portuguese side, but after moving around a number of clubs in Spain settled - and then excelled - for Atletico Madrid. In September 2013 the Spanish FA made a request to switch Costa's international eligibility from Brazil to Spain, as he had been granted Spanish nationality in July of that year. Costa wrote a letter in which he expressed a desire to change, but was … [Read more...] about Why does Diego Costa play for Spain, and has the Atletico Madrid striker ever played for Brazil?
Gabi is one step away from joining Xavi at Al-Sadd On Saturday, Atletico Madrid received confirmation that Gabi will be departing for Qatar with a deal only waiting on a contract being written up, and the club are already looking for a replacement. It will be no easy task to replace the captain and Diego Simeone and his team have decided that they will not be looking for a central midfielder to take his spot in the squad. Although Atletico were planning on retaining Gabi, Simeone feels that with new signing Rodri accompanying Saul Niguez, Thomas Partey and Koke, there is already sufficient cover in the middle of the park. That's why Los Colchoneros will instead look to strengthen in other positions, with a winger the most likely addition to add depth to an area only covered naturally by Vitolo and Thomas Lemar. Koke and Angel Correa can play there if needed, but the club's management are also wary of the fact that full-back Filipe Luis missed a large proportion of last season through … [Read more...] about Gabi exit changes Atletico Madrid’s plans
SPAIN striker Diego Costa was so out of shape when he arrived at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea that the coaching staff put him on a punishing training regime. To get the hard man to shed the weight they stationed a solitary bike on the touchline of the training pitch and made him cycle alone in full view of his team-mates. Costa arrived back at Atletico Madrid late last year after falling out with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. Prior to his arrival the Spain international had been back with his family in Brazil after refusing to train with the Blues. It meant he was well out of shape when he arrived and, according to reports, Atletico fitness coach Oscar Ortega concluded he was at least a stone overweight. The Daily Mail report that to get him back in shape Costa was put on a strict diet – including cutting back on barbecued meat. more to come Maradona thinks Neymar will shine at World Cup after regaining full fitness VAR-CICAL World Cup 2018: VAR has made Russia boring as dour, … [Read more...] about Diego Costa was forced to cycle bike in front of his Atletico Madrid team-mates because he was so fat
Garces part of Atleti U19s historic treble There will be a Fernando Torres sized hole at Atletico Madrid when the LaLiga side reconvene for pre-season in July and young forward Borja Garces will be given the opportunity to fill his, and his idol's, boots. Born in the Spanish overseas outpost of Melilla, Garces broke into the Juvenil A setup in January and has played a big part in the academy side's UEFA Youth League and domestic treble winning campaigns. Diego Simeone was clearly impressed with his displays and brought the teenager to the friendly with Nigeria B in May, where Torres and Garces both scored in what may prove to be a symbolic moment for the club and individuals involved. It is expected that the forward should return to lead the line for the reserves once the season commences but Atleti are only expecting Angel Correa, Kevin Gameiro and Vitolo of the senior side's attacking force to be available for the start of pre-season in a fortnight's time. Therefore it is an early … [Read more...] about Borja Garces handed chance to impress in Atletico Madrid pre-season