Atlético Madrid

Antoine Griezmann plainly avoids congratulating Champions League winner Raphael Varane with rest of…

Club rivalries hilariously bleed into national team activities It’s often asserted that when national teams convene, club rivalries are put aside. Antoine Griezmann isn’t having that, though. When Raphael Varane joined France’s training camp late after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, his teammates and coaches warmly greeted him, offering their congratulations on his accomplishment. …

Fernando Torres gives us the gift of hope

An important life lesson in the form of a spectacular overhead kick (Atletico Madrid/Twitter) One question has followed Fernando Torres throughout his career: “How did he do that?” During his first stint with Atletico Madrid and his time at Liverpool, the question was asked as he scored at will—leaving befuddled defenders in his wake. During his …

Fernando Torres and the perils of coming home

Rekindling old relationships between players and clubs can be difficult, but Fernando Torres has pulled it off (Atletico Madrid) In July of 2007, Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres bid adios to the only club he ever knew. After seven years on the first squad and after becoming the team’s youngest captain at the tender age of 19, …

The many crimes of Jesús Gil

How a talkshow host / small-town mayor / convicted criminal /sausage enthusiast stole Spain’s third-largest soccer team illustrations by Miguel Valenzuela This feature appears in Howler Issue 11. Snag a copy here. It was around ten-thirty in the morning when Jesús Gil y Gil, the 62-year-old president of Atlético de Madrid, hauled himself out of his …