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Koke is Mr. Atletico Madrid, so why are fans losing patience?

Sid Lowe tries to make sense of Atleti's struggles after a fourth draw in their last five La Liga matches.

Hang on a minute, is that ... are they whistling Koke?

Koke, the kid in that photo with his idol, Fernando Torres, aged 10? Koke, the boy who joined Atletico Madrid at 6? Koke, who's still there 21 years later? That Koke?

The Koke who's still there because he turned down FC Barcelona? Who says Atletico is "the club of my life?" Koke, who cried when he signed the contract that kept him there for seven more years, to the very end, almost three decades after it started? Who by then will have played...

Atletico's Koke: Felix will be one of world's best

ESPN sits down with Joao Felix at the MLS All-Star Game to discuss why he joined Atletico Madrid and his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Kieran Trippier chats with ESPN about why joined Atletico from Spurs, his determination to learn Spanish and his first taste of the Madrid derby.
Steve Nicol and Stewart Robson explain why they're convinced Atletico Madrid are set up to have more success than rivals Real Madrid this campaign.
Gab Marcotti explains how Real Madrid's shocking defeat to Atletico Madrid has reignited efforts to bring Paul Pogba to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has said he believes Joao Felix, the club's record signing will become "one of the best players in the world".

Felix, who has been dubbed by the Portuguese media as the "new Cristiano Ronaldo," signed from Benfica for a club record $133 million.

- What you need to know about Atletico's new star Joao Felix
- Mbappe, Pulisic, Felix among best 30 players under 21
- When does the 2019-20 La Liga season start?

The Portugal international was influential as...


Angel Correa, Koke impress as Atletico Madrid stroll in Derbi Madrileno tune-up

Antoine Griezmann and Co. started fast against newly-promoted Huesca and cruised to a 3-0 victory.
Koke impressed again, chipping in a goal from a central position against Huesca.

Atletico Madrid continued their recent upturn in form as they swatted aside La Liga new boys Huesca 3-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday night.

It was as comfortable a night as they come for Los Rojiblancos, who dominated from start to finish and had the game wrapped up after 35 minutes thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Partey and a fluke from Koke.

The second half was a non-event but Atleti's form looks to be on the up just in time for this weekend's mouth-watering Derbi Madrileno...

Diego Costa, Saul star as Atletico Madrid down rivals Real Madrid in UEFA Super Cup

Atletico Madrid finally got the monkey off their back as they defeated local rivals Real Madrid 4-2 in the European Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday night to start the season with a trophy and perhaps give a glimpse of a changing of the guard in the Spanish capital.

Diego Costa's double, coupled with Saul Niguez's stunner and Koke's composed fourth gave Los Rojiblancos a deserved victory.

While it might not make up for the heartache suffered in Lisbon and Milan in years gone by, it could...

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'Siesta hour' preventing Spain from watching daily World Cup openers

The first World Cup matches of the day have provided some real eye-openers -- unless, of course, you're Koke.

The Spain midfielder said that he and his teammates have traditionally missed the early kickoffs because they interfere with their siesta.

"We watch other games as we can," Koke told El Pais. "The first coincides with our siesta hour and the second with training. We only get to see the third during dinner."

That means they've missed out on the delight of Japan's win over 10-man Colombia...

Antoine Griezmann scores brace, earns 10/10 in potential Atletico send-off

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone speaks about the future of his star striker.

Atletico Madrid secured Europa League glory as they swatted aside Marseille 3-0 in Lyon on Wednesday night.

Antoine Griezmann hit a classy double while Gabi put the icing on the cake late on, however it was not all plain sailing as the French side put Los Rojiblancos under pressure from the off.

After weathering the storm, Griezmann opened the scoring before adding a second after the break in a stunning individual display. While they may have wanted to win the Champions League, the Europa is...