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July 7, 2016

Fernando Torres signs contract extension with Atlético Madrid

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Spanish footballer Fernando Torres has signed a one-year contract extension with the capital-based club Atlético Madrid, the club announced on Monday.

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Torres joined Atlético Madrid’s academy aged eleven and made his debut appearance for the rojiblancos in 2001. Torres spent six seasons with Atlético, then transferred to Liverpool F.C., then Chelsea FC.

After the signing, 32-year old striker said, “I’m delighted to continue at home, the only place where I ever wanted to be, and it has finally come true.”((es))

Last season, Torres scored twelve goals in all competitions and crossed the landmark of 100 goals for the Atleti. Atlético were third in the La Liga table and faced a defeat in the UEFA Champions League against their city rivals Real Madrid. Torres has won 2010 FIFA World Cup and two UEFA European Championships in 2008 and 2012 with Spain.

Last month, Frenchman Antoine Griezmann signed a contract extension with Atlético Madrid which runs until the end of June 2021.


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June 24, 2016

Griezmann signs contract extension with Atlético Madrid

Griezmann signs contract extension with Atlético Madrid

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Friday, June 24, 2016

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Yesterday, Spanish capital club Atlético Madrid announced the contract extension of 25-year-old French forward Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann has played for the Rojiblancos for two seasons and now the current contract runs through June 2021.

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Cquote1.svg The club has a solid intention of keeping all its key players and Antoine is one of them Cquote2.svg

—José Luis Caminero, Atlético Madrid’s sporting director

Griezmann joined Atlético from Real Sociedad in 2014. Since then, the Frenchman has scored 57 goals, including 44 La Liga goals. He was Atlético Madrid’s top scorer for two consecutive years. Last month, he played the UEFA Champions League final against city rivals Real Madrid and scored seven goals in reaching the final.

After the contract extension, Atlético’s sporting director José Luis Caminero praised the Frenchman and said “The club has a solid intention of keeping all its key players and Antoine is one of them”((es)).

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported Griezmann’s release clause will rise to €100 million.


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May 3, 2016

Atlético through to Champions League Final courtesy of Griezmann\’s away goal

Atlético through to Champions League Final courtesy of Griezmann’s away goal

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Today, Spanish football club Atlético Madrid progressed to the UEFA Champions League Final after defeating German giants Bayern Munich 2–2 on aggregate in the second leg of their semi-final clash at the Allianz Arena. Atlético won the reverse fixture at the Vicente Calderón 1–0 on April 27 through a sublime individual goal from Saúl Ñíguez.

Antoine Griezmann scored a goal in the 54th minute which helped the visitors advance to the UEFA Champions League Final
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Rojiblancos conceded a goal in the 31st minute after the ball deflected off José María Giménez from a Xabi Alonso‘s free kick. Soon afterwards Giménez was yellow carded for impeding Javi Martínez in the box, resulting in a penalty. Thomas Müller stepped up but Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak managed to keep it out. Early in the second half, Frenchman Antoine Griezmann scored a crucial away goal. Bayern took the lead in the 71st minute through Robert Lewandowski finishing off a move from close range after Arturo Vidal‘s initial header. Bayern’s Martínez then fouled Fernando Torres, giving away a penalty which was saved by Neuer. Bayern kept their pressure up on Atlético until the final whistle as they looked for another goal to take the game to extra time, but it wasn’t to be for Pep Guardiola as his side were eliminated by Spanish opposition for the third consecutive season.

Atlético made the most of their inferior 33% possession and fewer shots on goal to confirm their place in the Champions League Final for the second time in three seasons. Diego Simeone‘s squad will face the winner between Real Madrid and Manchester City on May 28 at the San Siro in Milan, Italy in the UEFA Champions League Final.




May 3, 2016
Bayern Munich 2–1 Atlético Madrid Allianz Arena, Munich
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Flag of Turkey.svg C. Çakιr, Turkey
Scored after 31 minutes 31′ Xabi Alonso
Scored after 74 minutes 74′ Robert Lewandowski
(1–0) HT
(agg. 2–2)
Scored after 54 minutes 54′ Antoine Griezmann

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January 6, 2016

Rafael Benítez out as Real Madrid appoints Zidane their new manager

Rafael Benítez out as Real Madrid appoints Zidane their new manager

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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Spanish Rafael Benítez was sacked from the manager post of Madrid-based football club Real Madrid on Monday. Zinedine Zidane was appointed coach replacing Benítez.

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Real Madrid, who went trophy-less last season, sacked Italian Carlo Ancelotti and hired former Liverpool manager Benítez for the season 2015–2016. Rafa had previously won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool F.C., UEFA Super Cup with Valencia C.F., and UEFA Europa League with London-based club Chelsea F.C. But Benítez with Real Madrid had a win percentage of 68%. With a 4–0 defeat in the El Clásico at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and a shocking exit from 2015–16 Copa del Rey for including Russian Denis Cheryshev in the squad who was ineligible to play, Benítez was heavily criticised.

Having won only seventeen out of 25 matches with Los Blancos, Benítez’s last match for Real Madrid ended in a 2–2 draw to Valencia in an away match on Sunday; they are third in the La Liga table and four points behind the table toppers and local rivals Atlético Madrid.

Cquote1.svg I’m going to put my heart and soul into this club Cquote2.svg

—Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane is a former Real Madrid legend and coach of Real’s reserve team, Real Madrid Castilla. Real’s president Florentino Pérez appointed the Frenchman and said Zidane “knows better than anyone just what it means to lead the Real Madrid first-team squad.”

Madrid in twelve years of Pérez presidency has had eleven new managers. Zidane, expressing his gratitude to Pérez, said “I’m going to put my heart and soul into this club”.

Zidane was assistant manager to Ancelotti when Real Madrid won their tenth European Championship. Back in 2001, Real Madrid paid Turin-based club Juventus F.C. £45.8 million to sign Zidane. Pérez said to Zidane, “This is your stadium and your club and you have all our confidence and trust to make the fans excited once more. It makes me proud because I know that for you the word impossible does not exist.”



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January 5, 2016

Rafael Benítez out as Real Madrid appoints Zidane as their new manager

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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Spanish Rafael Benítez was sacked from the manager post of Madrid based football club Real Madrid yesterday. Zinedine Zidane has been appointed as the new coach.

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Real Madrid, who went trophy-less, last season sacked Italian Carlo Ancelotti and hired former Liverpool manager Benítez for the season 2015-2016. Rafa had previously won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool F.C. back in 2005, UEFA Super Cup with Valencia C.F. and UEFA Europa League with London-based club Chelsea F.C. But Benítez failed to show any good results with Real Madrid. With a 4–0 defeat in the El Clásico at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and a shocking exit from 2015–16 Copa del Rey for including Russian Denis Cheryshev in the squad who was ineligible to play, Benítez was heavily critised.

Having won only seventeen out of 25 matches with Los Blancos, Benítez’s last match for Real Madrid ended in a 2–2 draw to Valencia in an away match on Sunday and are third in the La Liga table and four points behind the table toppers, and local rivals Atlético Madrid.

Cquote1.svg I’m going to put my heart and soul into this club. Cquote2.svg

—Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane is a former Real Madrid legend and coach of Real Madrid Castilla, the reserve team of Real Madrid. Real’s president Florentino Pérez appointed the Frenchman and said “Zidane knows better than anyone just what it means to lead the Real Madrid squad”.

Madrid, under twelve years of presidency of Pérez finds their eleventh manager. Zidane, expressing his gratitude to Pérez said “I’m going to put my heart and soul into this club.”

Zidane was in the role of assistant manager of Ancelotti, when Real Madrid won their tenth European Championship. Back in 2001, Real Madrid payed Turin based club Juventus F.C. £45.8 million to sign Zidane. Since then, he stayed with the club. Pérez said to Zidane “This is your stadium and your club and you have all our confidence and trust to make the fans excited once more. It makes me proud because I know that for you the word impossible does not exist.”



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December 4, 2015

Real Madrid disqualified from Copa del Rey 2015/2016 for playing Cheryshev

Real Madrid disqualified from Copa del Rey 2015/2016 for playing Cheryshev

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On Friday, Madrid based football club Real Madrid was kicked out of Copa del Rey((en)) 2015-2016 for playing Russian winger Denis Cheryshev, who was serving match ban.

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Cheryshev received three yellow cards the previous season in Copa del Rey playing for Villareal C.F., on a loan from Real Madrid and thus had a match ban. But, Real’s manager Rafael Benítez was unaware about this ban and included him in the Round of 32 away match against a third division club Cádiz CF which was played on Wednesday.

Playing ineligible player was brought in the notice of the Royal Spanish Football Federation. On Friday afternoon, judge Francisco Rubio Sanchez ruled the decision “in favour of Cadiz” as Real’s lineup was improper.

The court also fined Los Blancos €6,001 (£4,300) for this nondisciplinary.

Real Madrid’s president Florentino Pérez said “The one-match ban for three yellow cards in our view is not effective because no one has notified the player as specified in item 41.2 of the disciplinary code of the RFEF”.

Cheryshev on Real Madrid’s website said “I did not receive any notification from Villarreal to inform me that I had been banned from playing in the Copa del Rey.”

In the Wednesday’s match, Cheryshev scored the first goal, and in the second half, when Benítez came to know about this ban, substituted him off.

In 2001, Valencia was disqualified for playing too many non-European players under Benítez.

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November 23, 2015

Barça thrashes Real Madrid 4-0 in first El Clásico 2015/2016

Barça thrashes Real Madrid 4-0 in first El Clásico 2015/2016

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Monday, November 23, 2015

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On Saturday, Catalonia based football club FC Barcelona defeated their arch rivals Real Madrid 4–0 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid in a Spanish La Liga match.

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Barça had greater ball possession. The match saw five yellow cards and one red card. Three Madrid players were yellow carded with a total of 23 fouls committed in the match.

Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez scored the first goal of the match in the 11th minute by an assist from Sergi Roberto. The first booking came in the 23rd minute. James Rodríguez went down in the booking list. The first substitution of the match came in the 27th minute when Argentine Mascherano got injured and Frenchman Jérémy Mathieu was substituted in for him.

Right back Dani Alves was booked in the 31st minute for his foul on Cristiano Ronaldo. During that foul, Alves got injured and the match was interrupted for a while. In the 39th minute, Neymar assisted by Andrés Iniesta doubled the lead for the Catalonians. The first half ended 2–0 with Barcelona leading in the El Clásico. Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos was shown the yellow card in the 51th minute. Two minutes later, Neymar assisted Iniesta who scored in the top right corner making the score 3–0 for the visitors.

Isco was substituted in for James Rodríguez for Los Blancos in the 55th minute. Two minutes later, Lionel Messi was sustituted in for Croatian Ivan Rakitić after two months of knee injury. Daniel Carvajal replaced Brazilian Marcelo in the 59th minute. This was Messi’s first appearence since September 26.

Jordi Alba assisted Suárez in the 74th minute and he scored in the left corner. Iniesta was substituted off at the 77th minute for Munir El Haddadi and got a standing ovation from the Bernabéu croud.

Further in the match, Carvajal was yellow carded in the 83rd minute and Isco was red carded in the next minute. Two extra minutes were added in which Sergio Busquets was booked for a foul.

Barcelona had 87% passing accuracy as compared to 83% of Los Blancos. Andrés Iniesta was awarded as man of the match. Neymar remains the top scorer of 2015–16 La Liga with twelve goals.

Barcelona got 6 points clear of Real Madrid and is at the top of the La Liga table.



November 21
Real Madrid 0 – 4 F.C. Barcelona Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Attendance: 80,500
Referee: Flag of Spain.svg David Fernández Borbalán, Spain
Sent off after 84' 84′ Isco
Booked after 23 minutes 23′ James Rodríguez
Booked after 51 minutes 51′ Sergio Ramos
Booked after 83 minutes 83′ Daniel Carvajal
(0–2) HT Scored after 11 minutes 11′ Luis Suárez
Scored after 39 minutes 39′ Neymar
Scored after 53 minutes 53′ Andrés Iniesta
Scored after 74 minutes 74′ Luis Suárez
Booked after 31 minutes 31′ Dani Alves
Booked after 90+2 minutes 90+2′ Sergio Busquets

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October 19, 2015

Ronaldo surpasses Raúl\’s record, becomes Real Madrids\’ top scorer

Ronaldo surpasses Raúl’s record, becomes Real Madrids’ top scorer

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Monday, October 19, 2015

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Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed Raúl‘s goal scoring record for Spanish club Real Madrid in a La Liga match against Levante UD on Saturday. Ronaldo netted his 324th goal in his 310th match for Los Blancos on Saturday, breaking the previous record set by Spanish footballer Raúl of 323 goals in 741 games.

He earlier equaled Raúl’s goal scoring record for Madrid in a UEFA Champions League match against Swedish football club Malmö FF when he scored a brace, crossing the landmark of 500 career goals and scored the record-breaking goal in the 30th minute from outside the penalty area in this match.

Cristiano Ronaldo playing a Champions League match earlier this year.
Image: Богдан Заяц.

In Saturday’s match, Real Madrid had 58% ball possession against Levante. The match saw five yellow cards — four for the visitors and one for Real Madrid player Kovačić. A total of eighteen fouls were committed in the game. Ronaldo assisted Brazilian Marcelo in the 27th minute and Marcelo netted the goal in the left corner. Minutes later, Toni Kroos assisted Ronaldo, and he scored the record-breaking goal in the bottom right corner. The first half ended 2–0.

At the beginning of the second half, Vázquez was substituted for Gareth Bale. He assisted Jesé in the 81st minute and Jesé scored in the top corner providing a 3–0 win for Real Madrid.

Real is now top of the La Liga table.

Cquote1.svg What Ronaldo does you cannot name. It is on another historic level,[…]It is incredible what he has done in only six years, scoring an average of more than 50 goals a season, when it used to be hard for me to reach 20. I hope he keeps scoring many more goals for a long time and helps the team to win titles.
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October 17, 2015
Real Madrid Real Madrid CF.svg 3–0 Levante Unión Deportiva, S.A.D. logo.svg Levante UD Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Attendance: 74,779
Referee: Flag of Spain.svg José María Sánchez Martínez, Spain
Marcelo Scored after 27 minutes 27′
Ronaldo Scored after 30 minutes 30′
Jesé Scored after 81 minutes 81′
Kovačić Booked after 45 minutes 45′
Feddal Booked after 13 minutes 13′
Morales Booked after 38 minutes 38′
Deyverson Booked after 48 minutes 48′
José Mari Booked after 58 minutes 58′

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58%
90′
42%

Real Madrid Levante UD


  Shots

20 15


  Shots on target

6 11


  Tacles

19 13


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4 4


  Fouls Whistle icon.svg

8 10

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1 4
0     0

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May 20, 2015

F.C. Barcelona wins La Liga 2014-2015

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F.C. Barcelona wins La Liga 2014-2015

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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On Sunday, at Calderón Stadium in Madrid, Spain, F.C. Barcelona association football club won the Spanish La Liga title. The team defeated Atlético Madrid 1–0 to clinch the title for the 23rd time.

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi Cuccittini scored the only goal of the match. A victory in this match ensured the title for Barcelona.

Uruguayan striker Suárez was rested due to a hamstring injury. A goal scored by Messi secured the 1–0 win and took the title from defending champions Atlético Madrid. Meanwhile, multiple FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo scored three goals against Barcelona based club Espanyol. But his hat-trick could not fetch his club, Real Madrid, the title, since F.C. Barcelona won against Atlético Madrid.

Luis Enrique, ex-Barcelona player and current manager of the team, wins the league for Barcelona in his first year as its manager.




May 17, 2015
Atletico Madrid 0-1 F.C. Barcelona Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
Messi Scored after 65 minutes 65′

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June 29, 2014

Medal-seeking Spanish men arrive at 2014 Goalball World Championships

Medal-seeking Spanish men arrive at 2014 Goalball World Championships

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

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Spain‘s men’s national goalball team arrived in Espoo, Finland Friday for the start of the 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships. The team comes into the tournament with the goal of securing a medal, which would qualify them for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. The team missed the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Head coach Francisco Monreal said, “The objective is to reach the medal round, and qualify directly for the 2016 Games, but we need to be realistic and not think game by game, we can get a surprise. […] The competition will be decided in one game, head or tails, where it doesn’t matter what happened before.((es))

Coming into the competition, the team was ranked eleventh in the world based on the IBSA Unofficial rankings published late last month, down one spot from the April rankings. The team is scheduled to play their first game against the ninth ranked United States men’s team on Monday morning, before playing twenty-first ranked Germany later in the afternoon. Their other scheduled competitors in pool play are top ranked Iran, third ranked Algeria, seventh ranked Finland, twelfth ranked Czech Republic and twentieth ranked Ukraine. The team needs to finish in the top four in their group to advance to the second round.

The team’s roster includes Jose Daniel Fernández, Cristian Santamaria, Félix Vargas, Roman Martínez, Jesús Santana, and Javier Serrato. They are led by head coach Monreal, with assistant coach Carles Estrany and physiotherapist José Bravo. The team is drawn from around the country, with Santana playing for a club in the Canary Islands, Serrato playing for Valencia, Fernández for Madrid area Chamartín, Santamaría for Cantabria, Vargas coming from Barcelona and Martínez from Aragón.

Absent from the 2012 Summer Paralympics, the last major international competition the team competed in was the 2010 Goalball World Championships in Sheffield, England where the team finished fifth. In last year’s IBSA European Goalball Championships in Turkey, the team finished second, behind World Championship hosts and Paralympic gold medalists Finland.

Goalball was created in 1946, exclusively for people with a visual disability and designed to help with the rehabilitation of veterans returning from World War II. Play in the Paralympics consists of two twelve-minute periods, with a three minute break between halves. Players are blindfolded to ensure all are equally visually handicapped on-court, and the game can be stopped to ensure goggles are properly fitted. Standing in front of a long goal, they throw the ball at the opposition team’s net who in turn try to block it by listening to the ball, which contains a bell, and using their bodies to prevent the ball from going in. The audience is asked to remain silent during play.



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