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  1. bosox4283

    Champions League, Round of 16

    Can anyone stop Liverpool? Well, I'm hoping that Atletico can emerge today with a result that gives them a chance going to Anfield in a month or so. Other matches today/tomorrow are: Dortmund - PSG Atalanta - Valencia Tottenham - RB Leipzig Next week: Chelsea - Bayern Napoli - Barcelona Lyon...
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    La Liga 2019-2020: Barca's title to lose?

    We have only two team-specific La Liga thread -- Barcelona and Atletico -- and since I refuse to start a Real Madrid thread, I thought I'd lump together the rest of the La Liga news. Real Madrid is in a jam: Asensio is out for the season, Bale wants out, Zidane doesn't want James, and Zidane...
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    Atletico de Madrid, 2019-20: Rebuilding

    Atletico is officially in the rebuild mode. In addition to losing Griezmann, the team has lost it's heart-and-soul, Diego Godin, who has is reportedly moving on to Inter. Juanfran, another one of the team's stalwarts and a defender that Simeone trusts, has left the club. Lucas Hernandez was...
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    StubHub for tickets for matches in Europe

    I want to go see the Atletico de Madrid vs. Real Madrid match on Feb. 9th, but, frustratingly, the Atletico website isn't working and I cannot buy tickets there. I see options on StubHub, which I've never used domestically. Given the time of traveling to Madrid from Philly, I want to make sure...
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    Atletico de Madrid: Griezmann Stays!

    Antoine Griezmann put out a thirty-minute documentary today to reveal his decision to either stay at Atletico or to go to Barcelona. Over the last several weeks, there was evidence pointing in both directions. Most notably, some fans booed Griezmann during Atletico's last home match of the year...
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    Spain: Who needs a coach?

    Spain has decided to make things complicated for themselves. The coach, Julen Lopetegui, was named the new Real Madrid manager just yesterday. The rumor is that the players wanted to keep Lopetegui through the World Cup without making changes, but the Spanish Federation President was so pissed...
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    Atletico de Madrid, 2017-2018: New Stadium, New Crest, Same Simeone Intensity

    Cholo confirmed that he's staying, so all eyes are now on Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann is flirting with leaving, with ManU as perhaps the most likely destination. Someone could interpret Griezmann's statement that he wants to win titles as an indication of his desire to leave Atletico. An...
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    Why are so many Champions League teams bad?

    I didn't want this question to get buried in the Champions League thread, so I started a new thread. I'm not a historian of the game, nor do I know much about the evolution of European soccer. I imagine that the influx of foreign capital has tilted the scales in the favor of the wealthy teams...
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    Atletico de Madrid, 2016-2017: Five Years of Simeone

    After the devastating loss in the Champions League final, Cholo Simeone said that he needs to reflect on what comes next for him. There was a subtle hint that he may leave Atletico, saying that it was a failure that he lost two Champions League finals in a row. Quedate, Cholo. It's hard to...
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    Atletico de Madrid: Cementing our place in Europe

    Due to a job switch, I never finished my original post about the team. In short, this year's squad began the campaign with a big-name loss (Arda Turan to Barcelona) and the arrival of many newcomers. The team had a clear focus on young talent, signing 22-year-old winger Yannick Carrisco from...
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    La Liga 2016-2017: General News & Commentary

    I wanted to start this thread because (1) there are more than three teams in La Liga than Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico, and (2) La Liga is really a mess, for a multitude of reasons. Most notably, there was a threat of a strike last season. In a nutshell, it seems that the government...
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    In-game decisions: the impact of substitutions

    I'm curious to know if there is any research or statistics about the use of substitutions in a match and how the use of the three subs increases (or not) the probability of winning.    I thought of this question last night as Atletico lost 2-1 to Real Sociedad. Simeone used all three...
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    Real Madrid 2014-15: Ronaldo and 10 other guys

    Real Madrid has an insatiable appetite for success. After winning La Copa del Rey (que aburrido...) and the team's 10th Champions League title (por fin!), Real Madrid has opened its wallet for another round of immense spending. Maybe finishing 3rd in La Liga stings.   In a smart piece of...
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    Adopt a Team - Spain

    European Champions, 2008 World Cup Champions, 2010 European Champions, 2012   Spain looks to go back-to-back-to-back-to-back in the 2014 World Cup.   Since the team began to win, it has been a model of consistency. Consider the following:    - From the team's 2008 European Championship title, 12...
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    Atletico de Madrid, 2014-2015: When Cholo resurrects Torres's career

    Since the Atletico thread was closed prematurely, I'm stubbornly creating next year's thread with this year in the title. After Atletico wins or loses against Real Madrid in the Champions League final, I'll gladly update the thread title to reflect next year's campaign.   For now, Atletico...
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    Real Madrid: The post-Mourinho era

    Ciao, Mourinho. The Ancelotti era has now begun.   Real Madrid have signed Isco this off-season, adding one of Spain's best young players to the roster (and, perhaps, one of the world's best young players, as Isco won the Golden Boy Award in 2012). For 30 million euros, it is a brilliant signing...
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    Atletico de Madrid, 2013-2014: Ganar, ganar y volver a ganar

    This past campaign was the team's best season since 1995-1996, when those rojiblancos won el doblete -- La Liga and La Copa del Rey. One of the players on that Atletico squad was Cholo Simeone, the club's current manager. Then and now, he contributes an incredible amount of intensity to the...
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    Barcelona 2013-2014: When very good is still not good enough

    Since I diverted the talk in the transfer thread to Barcelona and how the team will play with Neymar, I thought I should be the one to start the new Barca thread.   So, Neymar's in. What does it mean for next year's line-up? Here's I see next year's starting midfield and attack...