Cristiano Ronaldo charged with improper conduct for Atletico celebration

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is facing disciplinary action for his celebration after one of the three goals he scored in last week’s 3-0 win over Atlético Madrid in the Champions League. Uefa said the Portuguese would face a hearing on Thursday for “improper conduct” during the last-16 second leg match, where Juventus completed a 3-2 aggregate win. Ronaldo made a similar gesture to Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who celebrated his team’s opening goal in the first leg by turning to the crowd and putting his hands on his trousers. Simeone was fined €20,000 for…

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New four-team Supercopa de Espana set to be played abroad

The Supercopa de Espana – Spain’s version of the Community Shield – is set to take on a four-team format and be played abroad. The 2018 edition between Barcelona and Sevilla was played as a one-off game in Morocco, having previously been staged over two legs in Spain. The new proposal would see the Copa del Rey finalists and top two in La Liga meet in a four-team tournament. Spanish football bosses hope the new format would generate more interest. “In this way, we get the brand of the Spanish…

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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale faces possible 12-match ban over gesture in derby

Gareth Bale could be banned for up to 12 games over his goal celebration in Real Madrid’s La Liga encounter against rivals Atletico Madrid. The league’s organising body said the Wales forward faces a sanction for a “provocative gesture” made after scoring Real’s third goal and his 100th for the club in the 3-1 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano last week. The incident will be referred to the Spanish soccer federation’s competition committee, who will then decide if Bale should be punished. The statement said Bale “lifted his right arm near…

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Alvaro Morata joins Atletico Madrid from Chelsea on 18-month loan deal

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has joined Spanish club Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the 2019-20 season. The 26-year-old joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in July 2017 for a then club-record fee of £60m on a five-year contract. He has made 47 Premier League appearances for the Blues, scoring 16 times. 🔴⚪🔴 #WelcomeMorata!Agreement with @ChelseaFC over the loan of @AlvaroMorata for the remainder of the current season and the next one.FULL STORY ➡ https://t.co/KiMEnruwJk#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/vHYMUSv3Vp — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 28, 2019 Morata played for Atletico as…

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Monaco sign Gelson Martins on loan from Atletico Madrid

Monaco have completed the signing of forward Gelson Martins on loan from Atletico Madrid until the end of the season. Martins has struggled for game time with the La Liga side, making only 12 appearances under manager Diego Simeone since joining them from Sporting Lisbon last July. Martins scored 13 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions last term. He represented his country from U18 to U23 levels before making his full senior debut against Andorra in September 2016 and he has since gone on to earn 21 caps. Newcastle…

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Diego Simeone agrees contract extension with Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has agreed to a one-year contract renewal at the club that will see him stay until the end of 2020-21 season, according to reports in Spain. The Argentine’s current deal at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium was due to expire at the end of next season but the 48-year-old has now put pen to paper on a new deal to end speculation about his immediate future, according to Diario AS. The Spanish sports daily also report Simeone’s extension is part of a restructuring of the playing squad…

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Atletico’s Filipe Luis sidelined with hamstring injury

Atlético Madrid defender Filipe Luis looks set to be out of action for around three weeks after the club confirmed he has suffered a hamstring strain. The Brazilian left-back was forced off an hour into Atlético’s dramatic 3-2 win at Real Valladolid on Saturday. Atlético announced on Monday that, following an MRI scan, the 33-year-old sustained a grade one strain. Although the club have not set a specific return date, a rest period of three weeks is recommended after such injuries. As such, Filipe Luis will most likely miss Saturday’s visit of Espanyol and…

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Manchester United draw PSG in Champions League, Liverpool to face Bayern Munich

Manchester United have drawn Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Liverpool will face Bayern Munich and Tottenham will take on Borussia Dortmund. Manchester City were drawn against Bundesliga side Schalke, meaning three of the four English teams will face German opposition. Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the city of Madrid, with Juventus drawn against Atletico. Holders Real Madrid must overcome Dutch side Ajax, while Barcelona will take on Lyon and Roma will face FC Porto. The first legs of the last-16 ties will be split…

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Luka Modric wins Ballon d’or to end Ronaldo and Messi dominance

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d’Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade. Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final. Former Brazil and AC Milan forward Kaka, in 2007, was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it. Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, came second. Barcelona forward Messi finished fifth, with…

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Manchester United activate one-year extension on David de Gea contract

Manchester United have triggered the one-year option on goalkeeper David de Gea’s contract to avoid any uncertainty over his future heading into the January transfer window, according to a report in the BBC. His contract was due to end in the summer, allowing him to talk to overseas clubs from 1 January and sign a pre-contract agreement. However, United have extended his deal for another year. As manager Jose Mourinho confirmed after Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Young Boys, United are keen to hold on to the keeper, who has won…

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Griezmann reveals reason behind Barcelona snub

Antoine Griezmann has revealed playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi at Barcelona was a factor in his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid. Griezmann was heavily linked with a switch to Camp Nou before the World Cup as many Barca fans became excited at the prospect of seeing the France international playing alongside Messi. The striker seemed set for the move before doing a U-turn and pledging his future to Atleti in a Twitter video, Griezmann ultimately signing a contract extension until 2023 in June. Speaking about the transfer saga to Canal Plus on Sunday, Griezmann admitted…

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Antoine Griezman: I am at the top with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe

Antoine Griezmann has said that although he is a different player to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, he is “at the top” in football. Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann, a World Cup winner with France, is targeting the Ballon d’Or after the disappointment of not being nominated for FIFA’s The Best award. “There are different ways to look at football,” he told Diario AS. “It’s obvious that I’m a different player to Cristiano, Messi, Neymar or [Kylian] Mbappe. “I’m at the top but I can get better. I want to be the most complete…

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Antoine Griezmann says he’ll join Inter Miami if David Beckham calls

Antoine Griezmann has said he would be willing to move to the United States to play in MLS for new side Inter Miami if David Beckham wanted him to. Beckham finally revealed the name of his MLS franchise this week after years of background work, and with the club set to begin playing competitive football in 2020, rumours have begun circulating over the calibre of players that would sign up.   And Griezmann has now revealed that he would be willing to move to America were he to be asked,…

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Atletico Madrid ease past rivals Real to win 4-2 in Uefa Super Cup

Saul Niguez and Koke scored in extra time as Atletico Madrid fought back to beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 and win the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday, as Julen Lopetegui got off to a losing start with the European champions. Real had earlier looked set to win the trophy in their first competitive game since the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane when a Sergio Ramps penalty put them 2-1 up in the second half. That came after Karim Benzema cancelled out Diego Costa’s first-minute…

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Valencia complete €16m signing of Gameiro from Atletico Madrid

Kevin Gameiro has completed his €16m move to Valencia from Atletico Madrid, and is in line to make his debut against his former employers when his new club’s LaLiga campaign gets underway Monday week. The 31-year-old has signed a three-year contract at the Mestalla and becomes Valencia’s second striker acquisition in quick succession after the loan arrival of Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea. The France international initially joined Atletico in 2016 after impressing at Sevilla, but was rarely Diego Simeone’s first choice striker as he played second fiddle mostly behind Antoine Griezmann, and Diego Costa…

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Valencia vs Atletico Madrid – An exciting start to the new La Liga season

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The new season of La Liga kicks off this weekend on an exciting note as Valencia host Atletico Madrid at Mestalla on Monday night. Both sides are coming on the back of strong seasons, and both have high aspirations this season. It would be an interesting encounter between two powers of Spanish football. After finishing a couple of seasons in the bottom-half, Valencia did well to finish fourth under Marcelino last season. The Spaniard manager has done an incredible job by guiding Los Che back into Champions League football in…

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Fernando Torres joins Japanese side Sagan Tosu

Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres has signed for Japanese side Sagan Tosu on a free transfer after his contract at Atletico Madrid expired last month. The 34-year-old rejoined his boyhood club in 2014 for a second spell after spending time on loan at AC Milan. Torres made his final appearance for Atletico as a 90th minute substitute in the 3-0 Europa League final victory over Marseille back in May. “I have had offers from France, Germany and even one from Spain but at no point did I…

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Thibaut Courtois hints at Madrid move for kids’ sake

Thibaut Courtois could be set to leave Chelsea for a move to Madrid to spend more time with his young kids. The Chelsea goalkeeper has one year left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, and although the club are hopeful of convincing him to sign a new £200,000/week contract, Courtois has hinted at a move to Madrid where he spent three seasons on loan with Atletico. Real Madrid have long been credited with an interest in the Belgium international who is currently at the World Cup. “I have some…

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Mourinho looks for Premier League experience and more Manchester United news

If the latest transfer rumours are to be believed, Manchester United are planning to raid more than one of their Premier League rivals, this transfer window. According to the report from the Evening Standard, United are confident of signing Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld this summer. The Belgian has reportedly refused to sign a new deal with Spurs, and it is believed that the North London side would consider selling him this summer. The Red Devils are willing to spend more than £40million on the 29-year-old. Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona…

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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid- Betting Tips and Predictions

Nothing is guaranteed in Group C just yet except the elimination of Azerbaijani side Qarabag who have garnered 2 points after 5 games. Chelsea tops the group having collected 10 points from 5 games, AS Roma are second after accumulating 8 points in the same number of games while Atletico Madrid have 6 points. Atletico Madrid find themselves in unfamiliar territory where they are faced with the tough task of fighting for their qualification. Diego Simione’s men need a stroke of luck to proceed. They need to win their game…

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Griezmann, Dybala, Young – Latest Manchester United transfer updates

The January transfer window is not far away now, and the transfer rumour mill is slowly but surely shifting into the top gear. Premier League aspirants Manchester United spent a lot of money on transfers last summer, and latest reports suggest it would be more of the same for them in the upcoming transfer windows. Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann came close to joining United in the summer but eventually ended up staying at the Madrid club. According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, the France international is set to leave…

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Chelsea planning a late swoop for Premier League striker and more deadline day updates

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is keen to seal a last-minute swoop for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, according to talkSPORT. Llorente, who has previously played under the Italian manager at Juventus, was also a transfer target for the Blues in January, but a move never realized. The report claims that the Premier League champions are still interested in the 32-year-old, even though they are yet to lodge a bid for the Spanish striker. Llorente, who joined the Swans on a two-year deal from Sevilla last summer, has only one year…

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Manchester United target signs new deal

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has signed a new deal with the La Liga club, according to the latest reports coming from Spain. The France international had been poised to join Manchester United this summer before Atletico’s transfer ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Following the ruling, Griezmann verbally committed to stay at Atletico despite his initial inclination towards joining United in the summer. Now, Spanish publication Marca, via the Independent, has claimed that the 26-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a new deal, which will keep…

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Arsenal asked to pay up £60m for their summer target

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Lyon have slapped a £60m price tag on in-demand striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to the latest report. Premier League side Arsenal are one of the clubs interested in Lacazette, and the Telegraph claims that they have been quoted a fee of €55million (£48.7m) plus €12m (£10.6m) in add-ons by the Ligue 1 side. Jason Burt of the Telegraph claims that initial talks have already taken place between the two sides. The Gunners were interested in signing the 26-year-old last summer, but they ended up signing Lucas Perez instead. Lacazette was…

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Manchester United can still sign Greizmann, claims club legend

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Manchester United can still sign Atletico Madrid forward Antonio Griezmann this summer, club legend Ryan Giggs has claimed. United’s interest in the French forward appeared to be dead in the water after Atletico had their appeal against their transfer ban turned down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday. On Thursday evening, following the ruling, the 26-year-old showed his support to his current club by tweeting “Now more than ever #Atleti #All together.” Ahora más que nunca #Atleti #Todosjuntos 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/nfxcwInM2B — Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) June 1, 2017 Griezmann have…

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