MADRID (AP) — Atlético Madrid secured a Champions League spot for the 10th straight season after defeating Elche 2-0 in the Spanish league on Wednesday.
The victory moved Diego Simeone's team into third place, one point ahead of Sevilla, which earlier missed its own chance to guarantee a berth in Europe's top club competition next season after a scoreless home draw against relegation-threatened Mallorca.
MADRID (AP) — The newly crowned champion of the Spanish league should not expect any special treatment at its most hated rival on Sunday.
Atlético Madrid says it won’t provide an honor guard, whereby one team’s players line up to applaud their opponents as they enter the field before kickoff, for league champion Real Madrid for Sunday’s derby at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
MADRID (AP) — After being widely criticized around the country, the president of the Spanish soccer federation said Thursday he will remove the salary bonus variables he earned when Barcelona and Real Madrid succeeded.
MADRID (AP) — In the end, it was Pep Guardiola getting the better of Diego Simeone in the battle of contrasting styles in the Champions League.
Atlético Madrid couldn’t find a spark for its struggling attack and was held to a 0-0 draw by Guardiola's Manchester City on Wednesday in a game that featured more heated exchanges and rough fouls than clear-cut chances and fluid play.
Atlético Madrid’s rough approach didn't end at the final whistle against Manchester City.
The melee in Madrid spilled into the tunnel long after full time had blown on a Champions League campaign that Diego Simeone's side tried to keep going with a variety of dark arts and rough tactics.
MADRID (AP) — This time, defense alone won’t be enough to keep Atlético Madrid alive in the Champions League.
Diego Simeone’s team needs its attack to wake up if it wants to overcome the 1-0 first-leg loss to Manchester City in the quarterfinals of the European competition.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid consolidated its already commanding lead at the top of the Spanish league with a 2-0 win over Getafe on Saturday, ahead of a week in which it hopes to finish off Chelsea in the Champions League quarterfinals.
MADRID (AP) — Atlético Madrid wasn’t making any excuses for the overly defensive style it used in the first leg against Manchester City in the quarterfinals of the Championship League on Tuesday.
Coach Diego Simeone and his players were actually proudly defending it.
Diego Simeone was working in Argentina in the early years of his coaching career when he requested to attend some training sessions at Barcelona, led at the time by Pep Guardiola.
Barcelona was the pre-eminent club in world soccer, revolutionising the game between 2008-12 with its “tiki-taka” passing style favored by Guardiola and mastered by the likes of Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernández.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atlético Madrid extended its hot streak with a 1-0 win at Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league after Koke Resurrección scored the second-half winner in Saturday's capital derby.
MADRID (AP) — With its good ol’ defense looking dominant again, Atlético Madrid is back in the Champions League quarterfinals and in position to make another run at the European title.
Atlético’s stout defense carried the team to a series of successes under coach Diego Simeone, including to two Champions League finals, but it had struggled recently and surprisingly became one of the team’s weaknesses.
A look at the last-16 second-leg games being played in the Champions League this week:
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — João Félix kept up his fine scoring form to help Atlético Madrid beat Cádiz 2-1 at home in the Spanish league on Friday before Diego Simeone’s team heads to Manchester United for their Champions League decider.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Friday:
Atlético Madrid hosts Cádiz looking to add to its three-game winning streak in the Spanish league before its trip to face Manchester United.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — For several years, Real Betis delivered an attractive, attack-first style of soccer that succeeded in pulling off the occasional big win but also left its defense exposed to some humbling losses.
No competition makes Cristiano Ronaldo come more alive than the Champions League.
And no team makes Ronaldo come more alive than Atletico Madrid.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Struggling like never before under Diego Simeone, Atlético Madrid got the convincing win it needed before facing Manchester United and old nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo.
The class of João Félix and Luis Suárez — combined with some team defending finally living up to Simeone's standard — gave Atlético reasons to feel better about its upcoming Champions League clash after a 3-0 win at Osasuna on Saturday in the Spanish league.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — After hitting a new low, Atlético Madrid has one more game to find its form before facing Manchester United in a Champions League match critical to salvaging its season.
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona showed Sunday why it shouldn't be discarded just yet as a threat in Spanish soccer.
The Catalan club beat Atlético Madrid 4-2 in the Spanish league to end a five-game winless run against Diego Simeone's team.
MADRID (AP) — Diego Simeone sprinted toward the stands and celebrated with Atlético Madrid fans, then jogged back to the bench and dropped his hands to his knees, breathing a big sigh of relief.
Atlético had pulled off a dramatic comeback, and just like that a ton of pressure was lifted from Simeone's shoulders.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — This season was supposed to be Diego Simeone’s chance to firmly establish Atlético Madrid as Spain’s top team and cap his incredibly successful decade as its coach.
While Barcelona lost Lionel Messi and Real Madrid had to replace coach Zinedine Zidane, Atlético strengthened its championship squad with the return of Antoine Griezmann and the signing of attacking players Rodrigo de Paul and Matheus Cunha.
MADRID (AP) — Atlético Madrid was eliminated by Real Sociedad in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, with the 2-0 defeat adding to its poor run and increasing the pressure on coach Diego Simeone.
MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad fans threw objects at the team bus carrying Atlético Madrid players to a Copa del Rey match on Wednesday, causing some damage and upsetting Atlético coach Diego Simeone.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — After scoring the most important goal of his young career, Nico Williams received a long hug from veteran forward Iñaki Williams, his older brother.
In the stands at the King Fahd Stadium in Saudi Arabia, his relatives also embraced each other, unable to hold back tears.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Villarreal and Osasuna became the latest topflight sides in Spain to be eliminated by lower-division rivals from the Copa del Rey, while Atlético Madrid eased into the round of 16 on Thursday.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Thursday:
The Italian league resumes after a two-week winter break with Juventus hosting Napoli in the marquee match amid a full slate of games.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema struck two quick goals to lead Real Madrid to a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday in a Spanish league game missing several players because of coronavirus infections.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio inflicted the latest blow on Atlético Madrid’s title defense after leading Real Madrid to a 2-0 win Sunday to keep their team comfortably at the top of the Spanish league.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Sunday:
Real Madrid aims to build its Liga lead over the defending champion when it hosts Atlético Madrid in the capital derby. Diego Simeone’s Atlético is already 10 points back in fourth place and can ill afford another setback against its fiercest rival.
MADRID (AP) — Karim Benzema and Luis Suárez will be ready to face off in the Spanish capital derby despite doubts regarding their fitness, their coaches said on Saturday.
Carlo Ancelotti said Benzema will play for Real Madrid on Sunday when it aims to deal a serious blow to Atlético Madrid’s chances of catching it in the Spanish league title race.
MADRID (AP) — Vinícius Júnior ran to the corner and performed some samba moves by the flag before his teammates rushed in to embrace him.
The young Brazilian forward had just scored another decisive goal for Real Madrid.
MADRID (AP) — Players from both teams went over to console Real Sociedad goalkeeper Álex Remiro after the final whistle in the Basque Country derby on Sunday.
It was Remiro's major mistake a few minutes earlier that cost his team victory against Athletic Bilbao, its fiercest rival, in the Spanish league match.
ROME (AP) — Giovanni Simeone is finally starting to emerge from his father's shadow in Serie A.
The son of Diego Simeone, the former Argentina international and current Atletico Madrid coach, scored twice as Hellas Verona beat struggling Juventus 2-1 on Saturday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ronald Koeman will keep his job despite the latest humbling defeat for the once mighty Barcelona.
Atlético Madrid dealt Barcelona another harsh helping of life without Lionel Messi when Diego Simeone’s well-honed team easily won 2-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday.
MADRID (AP) — With Karim Benzema and Vinícius Júnior finally contained, Real Madrid saw its five-match winning streak come to an end with a 0-0 draw against Villarreal at home in the Spanish league on Saturday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Diego Simeone joined soccer’s coaching elite by building rock-hard defenses that grind out victories with the bare minimum of flash up front.
But now, with the greatest wealth of attacking talent in his decade in charge of Atletico Madrid, the Argentine is struggling to make that flash up front click.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Sunday:
It was looking as if Leeds and Liverpool would be without their influential Brazilian players for the Premier League game at Elland Road as a punishment for blocking them from traveling for World Cup qualifiers in the international break.
MADRID (AP) — The transfer deadline ended with Atlético Madrid getting Antoine Griezmann back and Real Madrid failing to seal a deal for Kylian Mbappé, settling instead for young midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, a teammate of Mbappé at the French national team.
MADRID (AP) — After defending champion Atlético Madrid edged Elche to add to its winning start in the Spanish league, Real Madrid couldn't overcome a Levante side that was forced to finish the match with a defender as its goalkeeper.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish league starts on Friday. Here is a look at the top contenders expected to fight for the title and top positions in the table.
Atlético Madrid defends the title it won last season with the goals of Luis Suárez and the tireless preparation of coach Diego Simeone.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish league champion Atlético Madrid signed Argentina midfielder Rodrigo de Paul from Udinese on Monday.
Atlético said De Paul joined the club on a five-year contract. He had been with Italian club Udinese since 2016.
MADRID (AP) — Besides winning the Spanish league title for the first time in seven years, Atlético Madrid also left rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona with plenty of questions to answer.
Atlético, led by striker Luis Suárez and coach Diego Simeone, won its 11th league title and ended another period of domination by Madrid and Barcelona even though both challengers had chances to take the lead in the final weeks of the season.
MADRID (AP) — Nothing really came to Diego Simeone's mind after his Atlético Madrid side finally clinched the Spanish league title. So he just started laughing.
“My first reaction was to start laughing,” he said.
MADRID (AP) — When the final whistle blew, Diego Simeone broke out into a broad smile, laughed and breathed a sigh of relief. A few moments later, Luis Suárez was sitting on the field weeping profusely while on a video call.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Practically handed a world-class scorer by one of its top rivals, Atlético Madrid rode the goals of Luis Suárez burning to prove his former team wrong and the competitive all-for-one spirit preached by Diego Simeone to the Spanish league title.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Two of Spain's most modest stadiums are set to offer scenes of joy and sorrow on Saturday.
Atlético Madrid can ensure it clinches its first Spanish league title in seven years with a win at Valladolid, while Lionel Messi and Ronald Koeman could participate in their last game for Barcelona when they visit the already relegated Eibar.
MADRID (AP) — Luis Suárez knew success wouldn’t come easy at Atlético Madrid.
He didn’t expect it to be this hard, though.
Suárez came to the rescue for Atlético when its Spanish league title chances suddenly appeared to be slipping away on Sunday, scoring an 88th-minute winner in a 2-1 victory against Osasuna that moved the team a win away from claiming its first league title since 2014.
MADRID (AP) — With the Spanish league title in sight, Atlético Madrid made sure it didn’t falter.
Gritty and determined, Diego Simeone’s team moved closer to ending its title drought in Spain with a 2-1 home win against Real Sociedad on Wednesday, taking a major step toward securing its first league trophy since 2014...
MADRID (AP) — Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone planned to have dinner with his family to avoid watching the match between Real Madrid and Sevilla, which could have dropped his team out of first place in the Spanish league with three matches to go...