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May 22, 2014

Soccer-Atletico success recalls high-achieving class of 1996

LISBON, May 22 (Reuters) – If Atletico Madrid win a first Champions League title by beating city rivals Real Madrid on Saturday they will become the most successful team in the club’s history, eclipsing the La Liga and King’s Cup double winners of 1996.

Current coach Diego Simeone played in that side under Serbian Radomir Antic and Atletico’s latest team have many similarities with the 1996 vintage.

May 22, 2014

Soccer-Atletico bid to outwit wealthy neighbours Real

LISBON, May 22 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid have a chance in Saturday’s Champions League final not only to claim their debut European crown but to deny their loathed and vastly wealthier neighbours Real Madrid a record-extending 10th.

Atletico have already outperformed this season in securing a remarkable La Liga triumph, shattering the domestic dominance of Real and Barcelona and becoming the first team other than the big two to win the Spanish title since Valencia in 2004.

May 18, 2014

Barca preparing for ‘profound changes’ after poor season

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona are focusing on a sweeping rebuilding effort after the Catalan giants ended the season without major silverware for the first time in six years and coach Gerardo Martino quit.

Barca needed to beat leaders Atletico at home in their final game on Saturday to secure a fifth La Liga title in six years but could only manage a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp and finished three points adrift of the Madrid club.

May 18, 2014

Soccer-Barca preparing for ‘profound changes’ after poor season

MADRID, May 18 (Reuters) – Barcelona are focusing on a sweeping rebuilding effort after the Catalan giants ended the season without major silverware for the first time in six years and coach Gerardo Martino quit.

Barca needed to beat leaders Atletico at home in their final game on Saturday to secure a fifth La Liga title in six years but could only manage a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp and finished three points adrift of the Madrid club.

May 18, 2014

Atletico success built on grit, unity and belief

MADRID (Reuters) – If anyone had suggested before the start of the La Liga season that Atletico Madrid could pip vastly wealthier rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid to the title they would have been dismissed as hopelessly naive.

Predicting that Diego Simeone’s side, who wrapped up their 10th domestic league title and their first since 1996 thanks to Sunday’s 1-1 comeback draw at Barca, would also be through to the final of Europe’s elite club competition would have seen them laughed out of town.

May 17, 2014

Analysis – Atletico success built on grit, unity and belief

MADRID (Reuters) – If anyone had suggested before the start of the La Liga season that Atletico Madrid could pip vastly wealthier rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid to the title they would have been dismissed as hopelessly naive.

Predicting that Diego Simeone’s side, who wrapped up their 10th domestic league title and their first since 1996 thanks to Sunday’s 1-1 comeback draw at Barca, would also be through to the final of Europe’s elite club competition would have seen them laughed out of town.

May 17, 2014

Soccer-Atletico success built on grit, unity and belief

MADRID, May 17 (Reuters) – If anyone had suggested before the start of the La Liga season that Atletico Madrid could pip vastly wealthier rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid to the title they would have been dismissed as hopelessly naive.

Predicting that Diego Simeone’s side, who wrapped up their 10th domestic league title and their first since 1996 thanks to Sunday’s 1-1 comeback draw at Barca, would also be through to the final of Europe’s elite club competition would have seen them laughed out of town.

May 15, 2014

Barca, Atletico set for thrilling La Liga showdown

MADRID (Reuters) – La Liga is set for one of its most thrilling finishes when Barcelona host leaders Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all showdown at the Nou Camp on the final day of the campaign on Saturday.

Only twice in the history of Spain’s top flight has the title been decided with a direct head-to-head clash on the last day and when the calendar was set last year few would have expected Atletico to be competing with vastly wealthier rivals Barca for the championship at this stage.

May 15, 2014

Preview – Barca, Atletico set for thrilling La Liga showdown

MADRID (Reuters) – La Liga is set for one of its most thrilling finishes when Barcelona host leaders Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all showdown at the Nou Camp on the final day of the campaign on Saturday.

Only twice in the history of Spain’s top flight has the title been decided with a direct head-to-head clash on the last day and when the calendar was set last year few would have expected Atletico to be competing with vastly wealthier rivals Barca for the championship at this stage.

May 15, 2014

Soccer-Barca, Atletico set for thrilling La Liga showdown

MADRID, May 15 (Reuters) – La Liga is set for one of its most thrilling finishes when Barcelona host leaders Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all showdown at the Nou Camp on the final day of the campaign on Saturday.

Only twice in the history of Spain’s top flight has the title been decided with a direct head-to-head clash on the last day and when the calendar was set last year few would have expected Atletico to be competing with vastly wealthier rivals Barca for the championship at this stage.