Archive for November, 2008

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Atletico de Madrid 2 – Mallorca 0: Agüero’s magic

November 2, 2008

Sergio Aguero offered a stunning performance on his return to the Atletico Madrid ranks on Saturday with both goals in a victory over Real Mallorca. The team missed him in the previous games but it seemed the right decision to leave him on the bench due to fitness concerns.

His scored the opener in the 12th minute when he coolly lobbed the ball over Mallorca goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya after latching onto a headed pass from strike partner Diego Forlan. Later in the 28th minute, Antonio Lopez gave a quality pass to the inside of the area where Forlan’s hopelessly mis-cued effort found Aguero at the far post, giving the young Argentinian an easy tap-in.

Atletico deserved to be in front at half-time, but Mallorca reacted in the second time. First Aduriz could consider himself unlucky after his acrobatic effort smashed against the Atletico crossbar. Later on, Leo Franco did a brilliant one-handed to a Webo’s great opportunity just 5 yards from the goal line.

Here are the guidelines:


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Atletico de Madrid v Mallorca Preview

November 1, 2008

October has been a painful month for Atletico de Madrid After a very promising opening with valuable wins against Shalke 04, Málaga and Recreativo Atletico had to show if they were at the level of the best teams of La Liga. The result has been rather disappointing. The defeat at home with Sevilla (0-1) opening a horrible month for Los Colchoneros, with an embarrassing 6-1 defeat against FC Barcelona and a 1-2 against Real Madrid. But the draws against Liverpool at Calderón and the 4-4 at Villarreal opened a bit of a hope in the club.

Atletico de Madrid captain Maxi Rodriguez  knows that against Mallorca this evening they need all three points.

“We have already played our direct rivals and now we must win,” he said, “We must not drop any more points, we must concentrate and perform in this game which will be a difficult match.”

The Atletico Madrid tickets sale for this game showed that the fans are willing to give another chance to the team, hoping that November will start with the right foot.

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UEFA penalty: Insufficient ban reduction

November 1, 2008

Atletico de Madrid’s two-match home stadium ban for Champions League games has been reduced to one match played behind closed doors following an appeal, UEFA said in a statement yesterday.

Los Rojiblancos had originally been ordered to play their next two European fixtures at least 300km outside Madrid, with a home stadium ban for a third game if there was further trouble.

Atletico were punished after crowd problems marred their Champions League home match with Olympique Marseille on Oct 1st after the savage French destroyed the seats of the stadium and attacked the police.

The appeals body said Atletico would now have to play their next Group D home Champions League game, against PSV Eindhoven on Nov. 26, without any spectators.

A further match behind closed doors will be imposed for any further incidents that take place in the next two years.

The original sanctions were handed down following crowd trouble during their 2-1 win over Marseille, including alleged racist chanting by the Madrid fans.

I attended that game in Vicente Calderón Stadium and I still can’t believe that, first, UEFA are judging the actions of the Spanish Police Body, it’s just unbelievable. Regarding the racist chanting, is it our fault that they can’t distinguish between Uh uh uh uh uh and Kun Kun Kun Kun? I don’t think so.

The appeals body upheld the two-match ban on Atletico coach Javier Aguirre, who was accused of insulting a Marseille player.

The original fine of €150,000 against the club will also stand.

Obviously Atletico will appleal the Court of Arbitration for Sport to claim justice.

Here is a very self explanatory video of how the Marseille fans behaved in El Calderón: