MADRID (AP) — Striker Diego Costa has a neck injury that could require surgery and sideline him for about three months.
Atlético Madrid says X-rays on Thursday show Costa has a herniated...
MADRID (AP) — Gerard Moreno will have a chance to make his international debut when Spain plays at Norway and Sweden in upcoming European Championship qualifiers.
MOSCOW (AP) — João Félix and Thomas Partey scored second-half goals as Atlético Madrid defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 Tuesday in the Champions League.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid's Brazilian teenagers came through on Wednesday, taking the team to the top of the Spanish league.
Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo scored a goal each for Madrid as it...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — João Félix scored his first Spanish league goal for Atlético Madrid to spark a 3-2 comeback win over Eibar as his team kept its perfect record on Sunday, while Gareth Bale...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Soccer's elite had no answers for Atletico Madrid.
The 10-time Spanish League champions beat the MLS All-Stars 3-0 Wednesday night, with Marcos Llorente,...
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.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has come out in support of Diego Costa after the Spain striker reportedly refused to practice with the rest of the team.
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.
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.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in unstoppable form, Barcelona didn't need much help to stay on course for another Spanish league title.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona increased its lead of the Spanish league to a commanding 11 points after Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored late goals in a 2-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid...
MADRID (AP) — Francisco "Isco" Alarcon has been left out of the Spain squad, paying the price for not playing often enough for Real Madrid under coach Santiago Solari.
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...
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.
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.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A promising goalkeeper who was being monitored by European clubs. A defender who hoped to become a professional player like his cousin. A forward who wanted to follow in the footsteps of international striker Diego Costa.
Each carried similar goals and hopes. Each left family behind to try to make it as a professional player. Each dreamed of one day becoming the next Brazilian soccer star.
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.
MADRID (AP) — Striker Diego Costa will undergo foot surgery and is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.
Atletico Madrid says Costa will be operated on his left foot this week in Brazil with the supervision of Atletico doctors.
The Brazil-born player had been bothered by the foot injury for a few weeks. He said he wasn't being able to play at full strength because of the injury.
MADRID (AP) — Another late goal for Barcelona, another disappointing draw for Atletico Madrid.
For the second consecutive year, Atletico wasn't able to hold on to its lead against Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, missing another chance to end its winless streak against the Catalan club in the Spanish league.
Ousmane Dembele's 90th-minute goal gave Barcelona a 1-1 draw in Madrid on Saturday, extending its unbeaten run against Atletico to 17 leagues matches.
MADRID (AP) — Ousmane Dembele scored a late equalizer for Barcelona to draw with Atletico Madrid 1-1 on Saturday, extending its unbeaten run against the Madrid club to 17 Spanish league matches.
The result also kept Barcelona in the lead, one point in front of Atletico.
Sevilla has a chance to move past both clubs if it defeats Valladolid at home on Sunday.
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.
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.
MADRID (AP) — Spain will be without some key players when it hosts England in the UEFA Nations League, including Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, Dani Carvajal, and Diego Costa.
Spain coach Luis Enrique left all three off on Thursday because of injuries. Sergi Roberto and Inigo Martinez are also out hurt.
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.
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."
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) — Even with a pair of goals himself, Diego Costa joined the chorus praising his higher-profile opponent's hat trick in Spain's 3-3 draw with Portugal.
"Cristiano Ronaldo is Cristiano Ronaldo," Costa said. "I wish I could be like him."
But make no mistake about it: Costa knows he has the potential be right up there with Ronaldo fighting to be one of the stars of this World Cup in Russia.
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.
SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Marseille advanced to its first European final in 14 years after a goal late in extra-time gave it a 3-2 aggregate win over Salzburg in the semifinals of the Europa League on Thursday.
Five minutes after coming on as a substitute, Portuguese defender Rolando volleyed in a corner from captain Dimitri Payet in the 116th minute.
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.
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.
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.
Alvaro Morata was only a few weeks into life at Chelsea when some of the vulnerability that has cropped up during his career appeared to strike again.
"They're already killing me," Morata said of his perceived critics following his miss in Chelsea's penalty shootout loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield.
They were worrying words from a player who was about to start the season as the undisputed No. 1 striker at a top club for the first time.
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.
LONDON (AP) — Who needs Diego Costa when you have Davide Zappacosta?
On his full Chelsea debut, the wing back announced himself to Stamford Bridge in spectacular fashion with an audacious solo goal eclipsing anything the exiled striker Costa has produced in west London.
LONDON (AP) — Diego Costa has been left out of Chelsea's squad for the group stage of the Champions League amid uncertainty over the striker's future.
Philippe Coutinho was included in Liverpool's squad, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the forwards in Manchester United's group even though he is currently injured and might not be available until the knockout stage.
Alexis Sanchez was about to play in a crucial World Cup qualifying match for Chile in Santiago when he learned his potential transfer from Arsenal to Manchester City had fallen through.
Philippe Coutinho played — and scored — for Brazil in Porto Alegre while likely knowing his dream move to Barcelona from Liverpool was not going to happen.
Riyad Mahrez left the Algerian national team's training camp in Sidi Moussa in a bid to tie up a transfer from Leicester that never materialized.