Costa yet to deliver in return to Atletico Madrid
MADRID (AP) — Diego Costa was so furious that it was hard to keep him away from the referee.
His teammates tried to contain him. Even his opponents had to intervene.
Costa banned 8 games for allegedly insulting referee
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been suspended for eight games for allegedly insulting a referee, meaning he will not play the rest of the season.
Ronaldo charged by UEFA for gesture mocking Simeone
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has charged Cristiano Ronaldo for a provocative gesture mocking Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone after Juventus eliminated the Spanish club from the Champions...
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...
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been fined but avoided a ban after making an obscene gesture during a Champions League match against Juventus.
UEFA charges Atletico coach Simeone for obscene gesture
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has charged Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone with improper conduct for an obscene gesture after his team scored against Juventus in the Champions...
Atletico’s Costa not fit for 90 minutes against Juventus
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says Diego Costa is not fit to play the entire match against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Atletico extends coach Simeone’s contract until 2022
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid says it has extended the contract of coach Diego Simeone until 2022.
Simeone's current contract was set to expire at the end of next season.
Financial details of the new deal were not disclosed.
The 48-year-old Argentine coach played for Atletico as a defensive midfielder in the 1990s.
Diego Costa in scoring slump before Atletico hosts Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With his imposing frame, aggressive attitude and talent for scoring difficult goals, Diego Costa has rightfully earned his reputation as a terror for defenders.
But that status is in serious danger after a scoring drought in the Spanish league that dates back to February.
Godin’s late heroics help Atletico rally to beat Athletic
MADRID (AP) — With Diego Godin injured and no substitutions left, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone told the defender to go play in the attack.
It was a desperation move, and it worked.
Despite not being able to run, Godin scored the winning goal in stoppage time — with the help of a video review — as Atletico twice came from behind to defeat Athletic Bilbao 3-2 in the Spanish league on Saturday.
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.
Wounded Atletico hosts Dortmund for Champions League rematch
BERLIN (AP) — Less than two weeks after its biggest loss under coach Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid will get a chance to make amends.
The Spanish team will host Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in the Champions League, 13 days after the Bundesliga leaders beat Atletico 4-0 in Germany.
Revitalized Dortmund brings excitement back to Bundesliga
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — A draw with Hertha Berlin may have come at just the right time for Borussia Dortmund.
The team had failed to score four or more goals in only one of its previous six games - a 3-0 win over Monaco - and had taken a three-point lead in the Bundesliga after playing some outstanding football. Suddenly, after years of Bayern Munich dominance, Dortmund was helping to make German soccer exciting again.
Atletico rebounds from Dortmund debacle to take Liga lead
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid bounced back from its worst defeat under coach Diego Simeone by beating Real Sociedad 2-0 to take the lead of the Spanish league on Saturday.
Atletico was one point ahead of Barcelona and Espanyol. Barcelona can reclaim the lead on Sunday when it hosts Real Madrid in the season's first clasico.
Real Madrid’s Hakimi leads Dortmund to 4-0 rout of Atletico
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Real Madrid's Achraf Hakimi helped Borussia Dortmund deal Atletico Madrid its biggest loss under Diego Simeone, setting up three goals in a 4-0 win in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Simeone took over as Atletico coach in December 2011 and his normally rock-solid side had not lost by a four-goal margin in 390 matches. It was only the fourth time his team conceded four goals after two 4-1 defeats to archrival Real Madrid and one to Barcelona.
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.
Luis Enrique leaves out Koke, Alba and Aspas in 1st call-up
MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique had some surprises in naming his first squad as Spain's coach on Friday, leaving out regulars such as Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, Jordi Alba and Iago Aspas.
Enrique called up 24 players for the team's matches against England and Croatia in the Nations League.
"I'm not trying to revolutionize, only to improve," Enrique said. "We shouldn't make comparisons to the previous squad. We are not inferior to any other national team, but we still have things to improve."
Lionel Messi left out for Argentina friendly games
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Lionel Messi and several other veteran players were left out of the Argentina squad Friday ahead of friendly games against Guatemala and Colombia.
Argentina's interim coach Lionel Scaloni did not call up the Barcelona star, who is reportedly considering his international future after another frustrating World Cup.
Italy deadline day: Milan signs Laxalt, Marchisio exits Juve
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan signed midfielder Diego Laxalt from Genoa on the last day of the Italian transfer window Friday, while forward Gervinho returned to Europe with Parma and Juventus released veteran midfielder Claudio Marchisio.
Laxalt won plaudits for his play on the left side of midfield as he helped Uruguay to reach the World Cup quarterfinals and scored four goals in 34 games for Genoa last season in all competitions.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — A shot that flew directly at the hands of the opposing goalkeeper turned into a World Cup goal for Antoine Griezmann.
The France striker scored the second goal in his team's 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay on Friday, sending a seemingly easy-to-save shot at a waiting Fernando Muslera. But the ball hit the keeper on the palms, bounced off and looped over his head and into the net.
MOSCOW (AP) — What to watch for in Friday's matchups at the World Cup quarterfinals:
MOSCOW (AP) — No matter what Lionel Messi does at the World Cup, Diego Maradona will be watching.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Players from the Premier League and the Spanish league scored nearly half of the goals at the World Cup in the group stage.
Of the 122 goals in the 48 matches so far, 31 came from players in England's top league and 29 from players in Spain. Four other goals came from players on teams in those country's second division.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Win or lose, Spain's outspoken central defenders aren't wary of controversy. Not even at the World Cup.
Two matches into the tournament, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique have already attracted headlines for their unguarded comments in Russia.
Ramos had a spat with Diego Maradona and with Iran coach Carlos Queiroz. Pique was at odds with Barcelona, his club back in Spain.
MADRID (AP) — Alvaro Morata was left out of Spain's 23-player squad for the World Cup on Monday.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui decided to pick only three strikers for the tournament in Russia: Diego Costa, Iago Aspas and Rodrigo.
"It's always a difficult decision," Lopetegui said. "There wasn't anything negative about (Morata). But we thought there were other players in the position who could help us."
LYON, France (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone knows his team must find a way to stop Marseille playmaker Dimitri Payet in Wednesday's Europa League final.
Payet is the French league's best passer and helped lead Marseille to its first European final for 14 years, with three goals and seven assists in the competition. So while Simeone highlighted multiple attacking threats in this Marseille team, he clearly views Payet as the most dangerous.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was banned by UEFA on Friday from contact with his team inside the stadium at the Europa League final.
UEFA said its disciplinary panel imposed a four-game suspension for Simeone's conduct at Arsenal in the semifinal first leg last week.
Simeone had been charged with insulting a match official and improper conduct. After being sent from the dugout to the stands, he continued to communicate with his coaching staff.
MADRID (AP) — Diego Simeone could watch from only the stands, closer to the fans than to his players. He was cheering, not coaching.
But there was no doubt: Down on the field that was Simeone's team.
With a stout defense and an efficient attack — vintage Simeone — Atletico is back in a European final.
Atletico defeated Arsenal 1-0 on Thursday, advancing to the Europa League final 2-1 on aggregate and keeping alive its hopes of ending the season with a title.
MADRID (AP) — Arsenal's hopes of winning one last trophy under Arsene Wenger ended at the hands of Diego Costa and Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid on Thursday.
Costa scored the only goal late in the first half to give Atletico a 1-0 second-leg victory over Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals, advancing 2-1 on aggregate to its fifth European final in nine seasons.
The result also meant Arsenal will not qualify for the Champions League for a second straight season.
MILAN (AP) — Nearly 20 years after his father scuppered Juventus' title hopes, Giovanni Simeone has compensated the Serie A club.
In April 2000, Diego Simeone fired Lazio to a 1-0 win against Juventus, and the capital club went on to finish a point above the Bianconeri to win the title.
Last Sunday, his son Giovanni netted a hat trick to help Fiorentina beat Juve's closest challengers, Napoli, 3-0 and leave the Bianconeri on the brink of a seventh successive title.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone faces 2-game ban
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone faces a touchline ban if his team plays in the Europa League final because of his conduct at Arsenal.
UEFA says Simeone faces separate charges of insulting a match official and "improper conduct."
UEFA's disciplinary panel will judge the case next Friday. The two charges mean Simeone could be facing a two-game ban that would go beyond the semifinals in Madrid next Thursday.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa could miss the first leg of the Europa League semifinal against Arsenal because of an injury to his left hamstring.
Atletico says the injury was diagnosed after exams on Friday, a day after Costa got injured in the second leg of the Europa League quarterfinals at Sporting Lisbon.
Costa was substituted in the 52nd minute in a 1-0 defeat. Atletico advanced 2-1 on aggregate.
Morata left out of Spain squad, Diego Costa returns
MADRID (AP) — Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has left Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata out of the national team squad for friendlies against Germany and Argentina, while Diego Costa was included after returning to action with Atletico Madrid.
Lopetegui said Friday he did not include Morata in his 24-strong squad because he hasn't played much recently, but added that the player still has a chance of making it to the World Cup in Russia.
Simeone confident Atletico remains strong despite setback
MADRID (AP) — As far as Diego Simeone is concerned, Atletico Madrid has taken a step forward despite its early elimination from the Champions League.
Atletico failed to make it past the group stage for the first time in five years, but the coach thinks his team will be stronger for the remainder of the season.
Morata and Iniesta back on Spain’s squad; Costa still out
MADRID (AP) — Andres Iniesta and Alvaro Morata are back in Spain's squad for upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Russia, while Diego Costa remains out because he still can't play with Atletico Madrid.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui also included Alberto Moreno and Luis Alberto in the 25-man list announced Friday for the home game against Costa Rica on Nov. 11 and at Russia on Nov. 14.
Atletico says Diego Costa will go back to Spain from Chelsea
MADRID (AP) — Diego Costa will finally reunite with Atletico Madrid.
Atletico and Chelsea announced on Thursday they have reached an agreement for the transfer of the Brazilian-born striker to the Spanish club.
Atletico said Chelsea gave the Spain international permission to travel to Madrid in the coming days to take his medical and finalize the contract with his former club.
Coach Simeone to stay with Atletico Madrid through 2020
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid is putting an end to speculations about Diego Simeone's future, extending the coach's contract for two more seasons and keeping him at the club until the end of the 2019-20 season.
Simeone's current contract with the Spanish club was due to expire at the end of the 2017-18 campaign. Some of Europe's top clubs were expected to come after the coach who revamped Atletico and turned it into a regular title contender.
Atletico Madrid reverts to old tactics to get back on track
MADRID (AP) — Diego Simeone is going back to basics to get Atletico Madrid back on track.
After an unusual streak of disappointing results, when the team's new attacking style failed to work, Simeone reverted to the proven defensive setup that led Atletico to recent glories, and it paid off right away with a solid performance against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Ranieri heads 10 candidates for FIFA best coach award
ZURICH (AP) — Claudio Ranieri's latest reward for leading Leicester to an unlikely Premier League title is a nomination for FIFA's coach of the year award.
FIFA announced Ranieri and Zinedine Zidane among 10 contenders on Wednesday.
Zidane, who lead Real Madrid to the Champions League title, is a candidate despite starting his first top-level coaching job only in January.
Chris Coleman, the coach of another unheralded team, was nominated for taking Wales to the European Championship semifinals.
Atletico leads in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona stumble
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid won early Sunday and then watched a humbling defeat for Barcelona, and yet another disappointing draw by Real Madrid, to lead the Spanish league for the first time this season.
Simeone pulls the strings to produce Atletico win
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — For a second straight match, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone made all the right moves to get a result that tightened competition at the top of the Spanish league.
Simeone's decision to send on Kevin Gameiro proved key to beating a Deportivo La Coruna side that remained stubborn despite playing the entire second half with 10 men.