BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — One year after publicly rejecting an offer to join Barcelona, France forward Antoine Griezmann put on his new blue-and-burgundy shirt and thanked the Spanish champions for...
France star Griezmann joins Barcelona from Atletico
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has added a third star talent to its already world-class attack.
France forward Antoine Griezmann agreed to join the Spanish champions on Friday after...
MADRID (AP) — Benfica says Atlético Madrid has made an offer of 126 million euros ($143 million) to sign teenage forward João Félix, touted in Portugal as a possible successor to Cristiano...
Attack-minded Italy and Belgium won in style while Germany made it two wins from two games in 2020 European Championship qualifiers on Saturday.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid says Diego Costa sprained his left ankle in the team's 2-1 loss in a friendly against Beitar Jerusalem on Tuesday.
PSG coach: Signing Griezmann is “not realistic”
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel says signing Antoine Griezmann is not a "realistic" goal as the French champion is looking to bolster its defense.
MADRID (AP) — More than ever, Diego Simeone will be put to the test as Atletico Madrid coach.
Simeone will begin next season facing the difficult challenge of keeping Atletico competitive...
MADRID (AP) — Antoine Griezmann is leaving Atletico Madrid and could be close to joining Barcelona next season.
The France forward told Atletico on Tuesday he has decided not to stay for a...
LONDON (AP) — Big and slick wins for France and England. Not even a goal for Portugal.
Even with Cristiano Ronaldo returning to the Portugal side for the first time since last year's World...
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — World Cup winner France started its European Championship qualifying campaign with a 4-1 victory over Moldova on Friday.
MADRID (AP) — For quite a while now, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been able to count on some of the best players in the world.
Stars like Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin have...
To take on Ronaldo, Atletico could unleash attacking trio
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid could unleash an attacking trio in an effort to finally outdo Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone will be able to call on Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata when his team hosts Juventus in the first leg of the last 16 on Wednesday, in what will be Ronaldo's first match in Madrid since leaving Real Madrid last year.
Atletico Madrid beats Getafe to move closer to Barcelona
MADRID (AP) — Despite being depleted by injuries, Atletico Madrid kept pressure on Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league standings.
Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez scored first-half goals as Atletico defeated Getafe 2-0 on Saturday to move within two points of leader Barcelona, which on Sunday visits Girona.
Diego Simeone's team earned the comfortable home victory even though it was missing injured players such as Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, Angel Correa and Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion.
Atletico eliminated by Girona in last 16 of Copa del Rey
MADRID (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's late goal couldn't save Atletico Madrid as its defense faltered in a surprising elimination to Girona in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Real Madrid and Sevilla lost their matches but both had big first-leg leads and advanced to the tournament's quarterfinals.
Griezmann standing in way of Barcelona’s title march
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Antoine Griezmann is almost single-handedly keeping Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league title race.
With the league at its halfway point, Griezmann is challenging Barcelona's Lionel Messi for the status of most valuable player for their clubs.
While Messi is beyond doubt the top player in Spain — and more — Atletico has stayed in second place behind Barcelona almost exclusively thanks to the goals of Griezmann.
Iniesta slammed for posting photo with people in blackface
MADRID (AP) — Former Spain and Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has been criticized on social media for posting a photo showing him with a group of people, including two in blackface, as part of the Three Kings Day celebration in Spain.
Iniesta, who was not in blackface, currently plays in Japan for Vissel Kobe.
Griezmann scores to give Atletico 1-1 draw at Sevilla
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Antoine Griezmann scored from a free kick to help Atletico Madrid draw 1-1 at Sevilla and protect its hold on second place in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Atletico kept its two-point gap over third-placed Sevilla as the league approaches its midway point next weekend. The stalemate allowed both rivals to extend their unbeaten streaks, with Atletico undefeated in 15 rounds and Sevilla in nine.
Griezmann nets 2, Atletico wins to pull level with Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid had been waiting for a world-class performance from star forward Antoine Griezmann.
Griezmann scored twice, including a late winner, after setting up Atletico's opener to earn a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Valladolid on Saturday to pull level on points with Spanish league leader Barcelona.
Atletico finishes CL group 2nd after 0-0 draw at Club Brugge
BRUGES, Belgium (AP) — Atletico Madrid finished its Champions League group in second place after being held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at Belgian side Club Brugge on Tuesday.
Atletico entered the match leading Group A, but its stumble combined with Dortmund Borussia's 2-0 victory at Monaco gave the German club the top spot.
Atletico Madrid beats Alaves 3-0 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid joined Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league with a 3-0 win over Alaves on Saturday.
Nikola Kalinic, Antoine Griezmann and Rodrigo each scored a goal each to leave Atletico even with Barcelona ahead of its game at Espanyol later Saturday, when Sevilla, one point off the lead, visits Valencia.
Atletico was coming off two consecutive draws in the league. Alaves stayed fourth with the loss, its third in its last five league matches.
Atletico defeats Monaco 2-0, advances in Champions League
MADRID (AP) — There was no letdown this time. Atletico Madrid is back in the knockout stage of the Champions League.
A year after a disappointing elimination in the group stage of the tournament, Atletico secured its spot in the next round by defeating Monaco 2-0 on Wednesday.
Champs League: Barca through, Griezmann scores, Monaco out
PARIS (AP) — With voting for the 2018 Ballon d'Or closing this week, Antoine Griezmann boosted his chances of lifting the most prestigious individual trophy in soccer with an inspired display and a goal in his 50th Champions League game on Tuesday.
Griezmann helped Atletico Madrid bounce back from a heavy loss to Borussia Dortmund with a 2-0 win over the German club, a result that sent last year's semifinalist Monaco crashing out.
Champions League: Atletico wins to join Dortmund at the top
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid made sure things were different this time against Borussia Dortmund.
After a demoralizing 4-0 loss in Germany last month, the team's worst under coach Diego Simeone, Atletico rebounded with a convincing 2-0 win over Dortmund on Tuesday, a result that left both clubs at the top of Group A in the Champions League.
Atletico tops 4th-division club Sant Andreu in Copa del Rey
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid overcame tough conditions on a wet artificial turf to beat fourth-division club Sant Andreu 1-0 on Tuesday to open its Copa del Rey campaign.
Portugal forward Gelson Martins scored a 33rd-minute winner for the visitors, which played without Antoine Griezmann and most of its regular starters.
Atletico also didn't have coach Diego Simeone on the bench as he served the first of a three-game suspension following a rant in a Copa match against Sevilla last season.
Germany’s struggles continue with loss to France
GENEVA (AP) — Germany is out of contention for another international trophy after France handed Joachim Loew's struggling team its latest loss on Tuesday.
The balance of power in European soccer is swinging even further away from the 2014 World Cup champion since its poor title defense in Russia.
World Cup winner France rallied for a 2-1 win in the UEFA Nations League against Germany, which fell to a fourth loss in its last six competitive games.
Germany loses again in 2-1 defeat to World Cup winner France
PARIS (AP) — Germany's year just keeps getting worse.
France handed the struggling Germans a 2-1 defeat in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday, meaning Die Mannschaft has lost two straight competitive games for the first time since 2000.
It was Germany's sixth loss overall in 2018, and fourth in its last six competitive games after a group-stage exit at the World Cup.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa out with left leg injury
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid says striker Diego Costa has been sidelined because of a left thigh muscle injury.
Atletico say tests on Friday confirmed an unspecified injury that forced Costa on Wednesday to be substituted in the second half of the 3-1 win over Club Brugge in the Champions League.
The club did not say how long Costa will be out of action, but local media said it could be up to three weeks.
Griezmann leads Atletico Madrid to 3-1 win over Club Brugge
MADRID (AP) — Antoine Griezmann made sure there was no slip-up by Atletico Madrid in the Champions League this time.
Griezmann scored a goal in each half to lead Atletico to a hard-fought 3-1 win over Belgian Club Brugge on Wednesday, the team's second consecutive to open the competition.
Atletico dominates early, tops Huesca 3-0 with help from VAR
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid only needed about half an hour — and some help from a video review — to cruise to a 3-0 victory over promoted Huesca in the Spanish league on Tuesday.
Goals by Antoine Griezmann in the 16th minute, Thomas Partey in the 29th and Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion in the 33rd — after an offside call was reversed by the VAR — were enough to seal Atletico's second consecutive league victory.
Atletico wins 2-1 at Monaco in Champions League opener
MONACO (AP) — Monaco started its Champions League campaign with yet another home defeat, losing 2-1 to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
After losing all three home games in the group stage last season, Leonardo Jardim's side grabbed an early lead against the run of the play with a goal from Champions League debutant Samuel Grandsir.
However, Atletico dominated for long spells and struck back before the interval through goals from Diego Costa and Jose Gimenez.
World Cup winners Griezmann, Dembele lift Atletico, Barca
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele scored second-half goals to give Atletico Madrid and Barcelona 1-0 victories over promoted teams on Saturday.
Dembele rifled in a headed pass from Sergi Roberto in the 57th minute to help defending champion Barcelona triumph at Valladolid and secure a second victory in as many Spanish league games this season.
Ronaldo, Modric, Salah on UEFA best player award shortlist
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The UEFA award for the best Europe-based player last season won't be won by a World Cup champion from France.
Instead, three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo was joined Monday by former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah on a shortlist selected by Champions League coaches and invited journalists across Europe.
With Ronaldo gone, only Griezmann can hope to stop Messi
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Real Madrid has left a gaping hole at Real Madrid and in the Spanish league.
How will Madrid ever replace the forward who scored an average of 50 goals per season for nine straight years?
SPANISH LEAGUE 2018-19: 6 new signings to watch out for
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — By far the biggest move during the transfer window was the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Italian champion Juventus.
The group of incoming players expected to make an impact is slim, but both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have focused on bulking up their midfield in hopes that the key to the title is in the dirty work.
GENEVA (AP) — World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric will lead the challenge against a decade-long dominance of FIFA's best player award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Mbappe, the teenage star of France's World Cup-winning team, and Modric, the Croatia captain who was named the tournament's best player, joined five-time winners Ronaldo and Messi among 10 candidates announced by FIFA on Tuesday.
Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too
MOSCOW (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese descent.
Paul Pogba's parents arrived from Guinea.
Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian.
Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together with scions of families that have been French for generations, all for the rouge, blanc et bleu. And for only the second time, France is the World Cup champion.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — It's not yet clear what role Kevin De Bruyne will play for Belgium in the World Cup semifinal against France.
That's because coach Roberto Martinez believes the Manchester City midfielder is such a talented footballer, he could start virtually anywhere on the field and he'd excel.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — It didn't work at either end of the field for Uruguay in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Most clearly, when goalkeeper Fernando Muslera allowed Antoine Griezmann's seemingly straightforward shot to bounce off his hands and into the net to put France ahead 2-0 on Friday.
"Fernando is a top goalkeeper. We all make mistakes. That's football," Uruguay captain Diego Godin said. "We have to move on."
Before that blunder at the back, Uruguay was struggling up front.
MOSCOW (AP) — What to watch for in Friday's matchups at the World Cup quarterfinals:
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Luis Suarez has a message for France forward Antoine Griezmann: Stop pretending to be Uruguayan.
Griezmann likes the traditional South American drink mate, he speaks Spanish like someone from Uruguay and he's been pictured wearing the team's jersey.
The Atletico Madrid player has a special fondness for Uruguay, leading many to believe that it will be heartbreaking for him to face the team in the World Cup quarterfinals on Friday.