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Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid's Koke on the way to being the 'boss' of Spain

Koke, right, and Isco, left, represent the future of Spain's midfield.

As Spain struggled to make a breakthrough against a robust, if limited, Ukraine side in Seville last week, they were in need of inspiration and a spot of magic.

Without the likes of Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez, and with Andres Iniesta's influence waning, a lot was expected from the likes of Isco. It was one of the less mainstream midfielders who took the proverbial bull by the horns and showed that extra bit of quality that has been lacking from La Roja's play until then: Koke.

The Atletico Madrid...

Contract validates Diego Simeone's past and future with Atletico Madrid

ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein weighs in on Diego Simeone's new contract with Atletico Madrid through 2020.

It was the day the Vicente Calderon faithful had been waiting for. Despite the fact there had been rumours, leaks and little doubt surrounding the fact he would stay, there was nevertheless a huge sigh of relief -- which quickly turned to excitement -- on Tuesday as Atletico Madrid finally announced that Diego Simeone had signed a new five-year deal that will keep him at the helm of the Spanish champions until 2020, and the board's somewhat bold claims that the Argentine would become "our Sir Alex...

Fernando Torres back scoring for Atletico in La Liga at last

Fernando Torres scored his first goal back in La Liga since rejoining Atletico Madrid with his strike in the 2-0 win over Getafe.

Atletico Madrid got back to winning ways in La Liga as they cruised to a 2-0 victory over local rivals Getafe at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday afternoon.

History was made in wet and windy conditions in the Spanish capital as Fernando Torres was back on the scoresheet in the league for Los Rojiblancos, opening proceedings with a fine header from Koke's perfect cross.

It was the moment Torres had been waiting for since January, and although it took the best part of 10 weeks to come, he would no...

Jan Oblak has chance to shine at Atletico Madrid following Moya's injury

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone hails his team's composure after their win against Bayer Leverkusen on penalties in the Champions League.

After a four-game wait dating back almost a month, Atletico Madrid finally got back to winning ways in midweek and the dramatic nature of the penalty shootout win over Bayer Leverkusen could be the injection Los Rojiblancos needed as their season threatened to fizzle out.

It was not pretty and coach Diego Simeone might be counting the cost of qualification for the Champions League quarterfinals for some time after the news that Raul Garcia, Mario Mandzukic and Miguel Angel Moya all picked up injuries...

Suarez drags Atletico to penalties and Torres delivers the UCL quarters

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno discusses the importance of Atletico Madrid's victory over Bayer Leverkusen and believes that no team will want to face them in the quarterfinals.

Diego Simeone asked that his fans create an intimidating atmosphere at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday night for Bayer Leverkusen's visit in the Champions League round-of-16 second leg. They did not disappoint, as Atletico eventually saw off their guests 3-2 on penalties after drawing the tie 1-1 on aggregate.

After coming out of the blocks spurred on by their fans and no doubt roused by their manager's team talk, an Atleti side containing the surprise inclusion of Cani, at the expense of club captain...

Torres the hometown hero as Atletico Madrid beat Leverkusen on penalties

Atletico Madrid are through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League after beating Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 on penalties.
Atletico Madrid are through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League after beating Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 on penalties.
ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson breaks down the keys to Atletico Madrid's triumph over Bayer Leverkusen on penalties.

MADRID -- Three quick thoughts from Tuesday's Champions League round-of-16 second leg at the Vicente Calderon, as Atletico Madrid progressed past Bayer Leverkusen to the quarterfinals by winning 3-2 on penalties, after it had finished 1-0 to the hosts on the night and 1-1 on aggregate.

1. Torres the Calderon's hero

Fernando Torres had spoken on the morning of the game about his dream of finally playing in the Champions League at the Calderon for his boyhood club. The 30-year-old was the hero...