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) — Atletico Madrid made sure Barcelona has to wait a little longer to celebrate the Spanish league title.
With a 3-2 win over Valencia on Wednesday, Atletico cut Barcelona's lead...
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.
Cristiano Ronaldo fined $22K by UEFA for obscene gesture
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has been fined 20,000 euros ($22,750) by UEFA for making a provocative gesture after Juventus beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
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...
Ronaldo inspires praise, and more goals, from Messi
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Now playing in different countries, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still find ways to inspire one another to new heights.
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...
Ronaldo nets hat trick to send Juventus into CL quarters
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo made a mockery of Atletico Madrid's vaunted defense, and then mocked its coach as well.
Ronaldo scored a hat trick against the normally resilient...
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.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Alvaro Morata is starting to show why Diego Simeone wanted him.
Morata scored twice to give 10-man Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday and keep alive...
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...
Morata finally scores, Atletico keeps pace with Barcelona
MADRID (AP) — Alvaro Morata's celebration finally counted this time.
After twice having goals disallowed by video review in previous games, the newly signed striker got his first goal for...
Ronaldo’s opponents triumphant in his return to Madrid
MILAN (AP) — In Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Madrid, it was his opponents that turned out to be triumphant.
Juventus not only lost on the field against Atletico Madrid, but the club also...
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.
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 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.
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.
Atletico starts 2019 with big goals and bigger concerns
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — It's probably now or maybe never for Atletico Madrid.
The Spanish club will start 2019 under the highest expectations since coach Diego Simeone transformed the team from a chronic underachiever into a perennial title contender.
Atletico has one date circled on the calendar: June 1, when its home stadium hosts the Champions League final.
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, Barcelona, Sevilla power through in Copa
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid was so poor in the first half against fourth-division visitor Sant Andreu that a shock Copa del Rey elimination wasn't a far-fetched possibility on Wednesday.
But three goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second period guided Atletico's second-string team to a 4-0 victory at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
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.
Barcelona scores late, frustrates Atletico Madrid again
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.
Late goal extends Barca’s unbeaten streak against Atletico
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VAR goes into action on Spanish league debut
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league saw a new official in action on Sunday — the video assistant referee.
VAR reversed two calls in Sevilla's 4-1 win at promoted Rayo Vallecano. Sevilla was awarded a 79th-minute goal by Andre Silva that had been initially disallowed because of offside, and about five minutes later Rayo was given a penalty kick after a foul had been originally called outside the area. Adrian Embarba converted the penalty for the hosts.
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.
Atletico beats Real Madrid 4-2 after extra time in Super Cup
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Atletico Madrid finally got the better of Real Madrid on the European stage, scoring twice in extra time to win 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday in its rival's first game without Cristiano Ronaldo.
Atletico got off to a flying start with Diego Costa scoring the competition's fastest goal just 50 seconds in, but Madrid came back to take a 2-1 lead as Los Blancos tried to prove they can still win trophies without Ronaldo and with a new coach.
Atletico coach Simeone suspended for 3 games in Copa del Rey
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been banned from the touchline for three Copa del Rey matches for misconduct toward a referee in the competition.
The Spanish football federation says the suspension will be served next season since Atletico was eliminated on Tuesday.
Simeone was sent off during Tuesday's 3-1 cup loss to Sevilla for protesting a decision by the referee, earning a one-match touchline ban.
With early goal, Sevilla gets past Atletico in Copa quarters
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla needed only a few seconds to end Atletico Madrid's hopes of reaching the Copa del Rey semifinals.
Sergio Escudero scored 26 seconds into the match as Sevilla defeated Atletico 3-1 at home on Tuesday, advancing 5-2 on aggregate for its second semifinal appearance in three years.
It was the second elimination for Atletico, which had already failed to get past the group stage of the Champions League.
Atletico without Diego Costa for Copa match against Sevilla
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid will need to overcome the absence of Diego Costa in the decisive Copa del Rey match against Sevilla on Tuesday.
Atletico has to score at least two goals to reverse a 2-1 loss at home, and Costa will not play after hurting a hamstring on Saturday in the Spanish league.
Costa scores again, sent off in 2nd game back at Atletico
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Diego Costa was at his best — and worst — on Saturday when the Atletico Madrid striker was sent off after celebrating a goal that helped to beat Getafe 2-0 in his second match back at the club.
Costa already had one booking for elbowing a Getafe player when he tapped in Atletico's second goal in the 68th minute. But instead of embracing his teammates, he ran around the net and to the edge of the stands where he was hugged by fans, earning him a second booking.
Fiorentina draws 1-1 with Inter with late Simeone equalizer
ROME (AP) — Giovanni Simeone scored an equalizer in added time and Fiorentina salvaged a 1-1 draw with Inter Milan on Friday to extend its unbeaten streak to eight matches.
Inter had gone ahead when Mauri Icardi scored his league-leading 18th goal in 20 matches early in the second half with a rebound of his own header.
But Fiorentina had controlled most of the match and deservedly drew level when a few deflections put the ball at Simeone's feet and the Argentine scored from 10 yards.
Diego Costa returns to Atletico bearing high expectations
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone finally has his favorite striker back at the club.
Now expectations are high in the Spanish capital that Diego Costa can again make Atletico a title winner.
Costa helped the team win the 2013 Copa del Rey before topping that the following season with the Spanish league title — making Atletico the only team other than Barcelona or Real Madrid to win the competition in the last 13 years.
Diego Costa eager to play for Atletico after long layoff
MADRID (AP) — Diego Costa says he's ready to play for Atletico Madrid after a long layoff following his exit from Chelsea.
The Brazilian-born striker was presented by Atletico on Sunday along with fellow winter reinforcement Victor "Vitolo" Machin.
"I have been waiting for this for a long time," Costa said. "I am tired of training, I want to play."
Atletico’s 20-match unbeaten run in La Liga ends at Espanyol
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid's 20-game unbeaten streak in the Spanish league ended in a 1-0 loss at Espanyol on Friday.
Forward Sergio Garcia scored from a quick attack to claim the winner in the 88th minute when he used one touch to fire substitute Esteban Granero's cross just inside the far post.
Fiorentina finding ways to win after selling its top players
ROME (AP) — A young Fiorentina squad that sold nearly all of its top players in the offseason is making a push for a Europa League spot.
Substitute Khouma Babacar scored eight minutes from time and Fiorentina won at Cagliari 1-0 in Serie A on Friday to move into seventh place.
A cross from Federico Chiesa flew over Giovanni Simeone but Babacar was able to stick his boot out and redirect it in from close range.
Torres goal lifts Atletico into 2nd place in Spanish league
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Fernando Torres' first goal in the Spanish league this season gave Atletico Madrid a hard-fought 1-0 win over Alaves on Saturday and lifted the club into second place behind Barcelona.
Torres broke the deadlock five minutes after going on in the 69th with Atletico's attack stifled by Alaves' well-positioned defense.
Griezmann to miss Atletico’s match at Betis
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann will miss Sunday's Spanish league game at Real Betis.
Griezmann was left off Atletico's squad announced by coach Diego Simeone on Saturday after he failed to recover from an unspecified injury. The club had said the player felt pain in his right thigh following Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the Champions League.
Simeone says that "it's clear that no other player on our team has the characteristics of Griezmann."
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.