Atletico Madrid travel to Athletic Bilbao this weekend looking for a winning end to what was a spectacular year.
Los Rojiblancos have enjoyed a fine 2014, securing their first Primera Division title since 1996 and reaching the Champions League final.
Things have continued well this term and they head to San Mames third in the standings, leaving manager Diego Simeone to reflect on a fantastic 12 months.
"The year has provided us with wonderful feelings," the former Argentina international said.
Atletico Madrid did what they had to do in order to set up a mouth-watering fifth round Copa del Rey tie with neighbours Real Madrid, but it was far from plain sailing for Los Rojiblancos as third division minnows L'Hospitalet held them to a 2-2 draw at a largely empty Vicente Calderon Stadium.
Sitting pretty at 3-0 up on aggregate, the fans stayed away and so, it seemed, did the side's quality, although there were a couple of bright spots in the form of Mario Mandzukic, Koke and Jose Gimenez.
Atletico Madrid set up a Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid despite drawing 2-2 with third-division Hospitalet on Thursday as they advanced 5-2 on aggregate.
Striker Mario Mandzukic slotted in Atletico's opener in the 19th minute and headed in a second in the 74th, seven minutes after Hospitalet's Ruben Alcaraz got his first goal.
Alcaraz struck again in the 84th with a long strike that sailed over goalie Jan Oblak and hit the crossbar before going in. Oblak spared Atletico an embarrassing loss...
BARCELONA, Spain -- Spanish police on Thursday arrested 17 more members of radical football groups who allegedly participated in a massive street brawl that left one man dead before a match between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna last month.
Police say the 17 people were arrested in the northwestern region of Galicia, home to Deportivo. Police say all 17 were associated with the "ultra" group "Riazor Blues," which supports Deportivo.
Police had already arrested 21 men on Nov. 30, the day...