TOKYO (AP) — Former Spain striker Fernando Torres says he is retiring after an 18-year career that included stints at Premier League sides Liverpool and Chelsea and Italy's AC Milan.
Hiroshima stretches lead atop J-League with win over Kashima
TOKYO (AP) — Relegation-threatened Sagan Tosu, featuring former Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres, earned a point at third-placed FC Tokyo in an uninspiring 0-0 draw in the J-League on Sunday.
TOKYO (AP) — Saying it was time for a new challenge, former Spain striker Fernando Torres was introduced as the newest member of Japanese club Sagan Tosu on Sunday.
The former Liverpool, Chelsea, and Atletico Madrid forward follows former Spain teammate Andres Iniesta to Japan. Iniesta signed with Vissel Kobe in May.
Fernando Torres signs to play in J1 League
TOSU, Japan (AP) — Former Spain striker Fernando Torres signed to play for Sagan Tosu in the J1 League on Tuesday, dashing the hopes of Australian football that he might become a marquee attraction for its struggling A-League.
The 34-year-old Torres held discussions with Football Federation Australia and officials of A-League glamor club Sydney FC, raising hopes he might add some star power to the A-League which has seen flagging attendances and TV ratings.
MADRID (AP) — First it was Fernando Torres, then Andres Iniesta.
The league season in Spain ended Sunday with two Spanish soccer idols bidding farewell to their clubs.
Torres ended his storied career with boyhood club Atletico Madrid by scoring twice in the team's 2-2 draw against Eibar.
A few hours later, Iniesta capped 16 successful seasons with Barcelona in the team's 1-0 win over Real Sociedad.
Barcelona finished with 93 points, 14 more than Atletico Madrid and 17 more than Real Madrid in third.
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.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Fernando Torres started bidding farewell to Atletico Madrid on Sunday by scoring in a 3-0 win over Levante that strengthened his team's hold on second place in the Spanish league.
Angel Correa and Antoine Griezmann put Atletico ahead before substitute Torres scored in his first match since announcing that he would leave his boyhood club at the end of the season.
MADRID (AP) — Fernando Torres will leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.
The 34-year-old Torres said Monday it "wasn't an easy decision" to make but he felt it was time to make way for other players at the club.
The striker said he wants to keep playing but needed a change because he wasn't getting many chances under coach Diego Simeone.
Torres could be on his way out at Atletico Madrid
MADRID (AP) — It seems Fernando Torres' time as an Atletico Madrid player is coming to an end.
One of the club's most beloved players, Torres has lost favor with one of his biggest allies at the club.
Coach Diego Simeone, a longtime supporter of the former Spain striker, says he will not go out of his way to try to keep Torres.
The surprise revelation left fans wondering about the future of Torres when his contract ends at the end of the season.
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.
Real Madrid beats 3rd-tier Fuenlabrada 2-0 with 2 penalties
MADRID (AP) — Second-half penalties by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez were enough to give depleted Real Madrid a 2-0 win at third-division team Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
Without most of its usual starters — including Cristiano Ronaldo — Madrid did just enough to earn the first-leg victory in the tournament's Round of 32.
MADRID (AP) — With veteran striker Fernando Torres watching his team play just three days after collapsing on the field, Atletico Madrid comfortably defeated Valencia 3-0 to regain fourth place in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Antoine Griezmann scored a goal in each half and Kevin Gameiro added another as Atletico rebounded from two winless games and again moved into position to fight for a Champions League spot.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres tweeted from hospital that he was OK after collapsing and losing consciousness from a clash of heads in a Spanish league game on Thursday.
"Thank you all for your concern and your messages of support," Torres wrote on Twitter. "It was just a scare. I hope to be back very soon."
Initial tests showed no signs of any serious spine or head injuries, but the former Spain forward will remain hospitalized as a precaution, Atletico said.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid couldn't manage more than 1-1 against struggling Deportivo La Coruna in a Spanish league match marked by an injury scare involving striker Fernando Torres on Thursday.
Torres collapsed unconscious after colliding heads in a ball dispute late in the game in La Coruna. Players from both teams immediately rushed toward Torres and desperately called for medical help.
He was assisted for several minutes before being taken away on a stretcher.
Atletico beats Leverkusen 4-2 in Germany in Champions League
LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — French forwards Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro tore Bayer Leverkusen's defense apart to put the Champions League quarterfinals within reach for Atletico Madrid with a 4-2 away victory on Tuesday.
Gameiro created one goal for Griezmann and scored another, with Saul Niguez setting the Spanish side on its way, before substitute Fernando Torres completed the scoring in the Round of 16 match.
Gameiro nets 3 in 6 minutes, Bale scores in return in Liga
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With three goals in six minutes, Kevin Gameiro made a strong case to be Atletico Madrid's first-choice striker after leading its 4-1 win at Sporting Gijon on Saturday.
The Spanish league said only Bebeto in the 1995-96 season and David Villa in 2005-06 have scored faster hat tricks.
While Gameiro made some history for his club, Gareth Bale made a scoring return for Real Madrid after nearly three months recovering from ankle surgery.