Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid

Wednesday Kickoff: Messi, Griezmann, Toure and more

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A pair of La Liga's most prolific goalscorers headline Wednesday'snews.

The Spanish Supreme Court rejected Lionel Messi's appeal against his conviction for tax evasion although it remains unlikely the Barcelona forward ever serves time. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid is set todemand that Manchester United pays more than half of Antoine Griezmann's $100 million transfer fee up front.

Little Tease: Atletico Madrid Star Antoine Griezmann Rates Chances Of Him Joining Man Utd This Summer As ‘6 Out Of 10’ (Video)

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As speculation continues to percolate, Antoine Griezmann, the ravishing little flirt that he is, has rated his chances of joining Manchester United this summer as "six out of 10".

The French forward has been heavily linked to a headline £80million+ move to Old Trafford, though in the past has remained fairly schtum about the whole thing.

Torres gives Atletico dream Calderon farewell

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Madrid (AFP) – Fernando Torres was the fitting match winner as Atletico Madrid waved goodbye to their Vicente Calderon stadium by beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Sunday.

Atletico were playing their final competitive match at their home for the past 50 years before moving to the new 67,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium on the other side of Madrid next season.

Torres gives Atletico dream Calderon farewell

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Madrid (AFP) – Fernando Torres was the fitting match winner as Atletico Madrid waved goodbye to their Vicente Calderon stadium by beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Sunday.

Atletico were playing their final competitive match at their home for the past 50 years before moving to the new 67,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium on the other side of Madrid next season.

Champions League: Crucial Isco Goal Sees Real Madrid Stride Into Final At Atletico’s Expense Despite Second-Leg Defeat (Photos & Video)

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A single goal from Isco was enough to put Real Madrid beyond the reach of Atletico and, ultimately, into yet another Champions League final.

Atleti made a typically aggressive start and duly ignited hopes of a comeback as early as the 12th minute, when Saul Niguez connected with a corner to send the home side 1-0 up on the night.

Ronaldo leads charge into Champions League semis

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Paris (AFP) – Europe’s hottest strikers from record-breaker Cristiano Ronaldo to potential heir Kylian Mbappe take centre stage this week in two tasty Champions League semi-final first legs.

Ronaldo and Real host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday and Mbappe’s attacking Monaco welcome Juventus the next evening as Europe’s biggest club competition approaches its climax.

Ronaldo leads charge into Champions League semis

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Paris (AFP) – Europe’s hottest strikers from record-breaker Cristiano Ronaldo to potential heir Kylian Mbappe take centre stage this week in two tasty Champions League semi-final first legs.

Ronaldo and Real host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday and Mbappe’s attacking Monaco welcome Juventus the next evening as Europe’s biggest club competition approaches its climax.

Godin not fazed by Atletico’s penalty pain

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Diego Godin is not worried about Atletico Madrid’s abysmal recent record with penalties, he said on Monday ahead of his side’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Leicester City.

Antoine Griezmann scored from the spot to give Atletico a 1-0 win in last week’s first leg, but he had squandered his previous four penalties taken during play.

Godin not fazed by Atletico’s penalty pain

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Diego Godin is not worried about Atletico Madrid’s abysmal recent record with penalties, he said on Monday ahead of his side’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Leicester City.

Antoine Griezmann scored from the spot to give Atletico a 1-0 win in last week’s first leg, but he had squandered his previous four penalties taken during play.

Gameiro trains on eve of Leicester clash

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kevin Gameiro is in line to return for Atletico Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Leicester City on Tuesday after taking part in training on Monday.

Gameiro, 29, has missed Atletico’s last five games due to a groin problem, with Fernando Torres deputising alongside Antoine Griezmann.

Gameiro trains on eve of Leicester clash

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kevin Gameiro is in line to return for Atletico Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Leicester City on Tuesday after taking part in training on Monday.

Gameiro, 29, has missed Atletico’s last five games due to a groin problem, with Fernando Torres deputising alongside Antoine Griezmann.

Fuchs in awe of Atletico’s ‘amazing’ Griezmann

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City’s Christian Fuchs professed his admiration for Antoine Griezmann on Monday, but says last week’s encounter with the Atletico Madrid hotshot helped his side get the measure of him.

Griezmann scored the only goal - a disputed penalty following a foul outside the box - as Atletico won 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.

Fuchs in awe of Atletico’s ‘amazing’ Griezmann

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City’s Christian Fuchs professed his admiration for Antoine Griezmann on Monday, but says last week’s encounter with the Atletico Madrid hotshot helped his side get the measure of him.

Griezmann scored the only goal - a disputed penalty following a foul outside the box - as Atletico won 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.

Griezmann gives Atletico Madrid slender Leicester lead

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann’s penalty handed Atletico Madrid a slender 1-0 advantage over Leicester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.

In a game of very few chances, Griezmann proved decisive as it was he who also won the penalty with a lung-busting run from well inside his own half before being brought down by Marc Albrighton midway through the first half.

Griezmann nets penalty as Atletico Madrid edge Leicester

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann scored a first-half penalty as Atletico Madrid beat Leicester City 1-0 at home in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Griezmann won a 28th-minute penalty after he was barged to the ground by Marc Albrighton, and the France international converted from the spot to give Atletico a slim advantage ahead of next Tuesday’s return.

Neymar sees red as Barca let Real Madrid off hook

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar was sent-off as Barcelona lost further ground on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga in a shock 2-0 defeat to Malaga on Saturday.

Real are now three points clear and have a game in hand despite Antoine Griezmann’s classy finish five minutes from time snatching a 1-1 draw for Atletico Madrid earlier at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Neymar sees red as Barca let Real Madrid off hook

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar was sent-off as Barcelona lost further ground on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga in a shock 2-0 defeat to Malaga on Saturday.

Real are now three points clear and have a game in hand despite Antoine Griezmann’s classy finish five minutes from time snatching a 1-1 draw for Atletico Madrid earlier at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Griezmann halts Real Madrid’s title charge

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann’s classy finish five minutes from time dealt Real Madrid’s La Liga title chances a huge blow as Atletico Madrid rescued a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Pepe’s towering header early in the second half looked to have Madrid heading five points clear at the top.

Griezmann halts Real Madrid’s title charge

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann’s classy finish five minutes from time dealt Real Madrid’s La Liga title chances a huge blow as Atletico Madrid rescued a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Pepe’s towering header early in the second half looked to have Madrid heading five points clear at the top.

Griezmann halts Real Madrid’s title charge

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann’s classy finish five minutes from time dealt Real Madrid’s La Liga title chances a huge blow as Atletico Madrid rescued a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Pepe’s towering header early in the second half looked to have Madrid heading five points clear at the top.

Griezmann eyes Atletico assault on Real’s title lead

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann believes Atletico Madrid can inflict the worst possible start to a season defining two-weeks for Real Madrid as Atletico go for a record fourth straight La Liga win at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Griezmann scored the winner last season as Atletico became the first side to ever win away to Real in the league for three consecutive seasons.

Griezmann eyes Atletico assault on Real’s title lead

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann believes Atletico Madrid can inflict the worst possible start to a season defining two-weeks for Real Madrid as Atletico go for a record fourth straight La Liga win at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Griezmann scored the winner last season as Atletico became the first side to ever win away to Real in the league for three consecutive seasons.

Chelsea star: Manchester United's £86m target is a great player

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During the international break, players are often asked to comment on other players, be it be their club teammate, opposition players, or international mates.

Spain will face France in their next match in Paris on Tuesday. Ahead of the match, Spain striker, Diego Costa has given a candid interview to Telefoot, where he touched on various topics.

Messi double edges six-goal thriller Barcelona’s way

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona closed to within two points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as Lionel Messi scored twice in a thrilling 4-2 win over 10-man Valencia at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Earlier, Antoine Griezmann scored a stunning free-kick as Atletico Madrid compounded a week to forget for Sevilla with a 3-1 at the Vicente Calderon.

Messi double edges six-goal thriller Barcelona’s way

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona closed to within two points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as Lionel Messi scored twice in a thrilling 4-2 win over 10-man Valencia at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Earlier, Antoine Griezmann scored a stunning free-kick as Atletico Madrid compounded a week to forget for Sevilla with a 3-1 at the Vicente Calderon.

Griezmann seeks end to Atletico Madrid’s ‘nearly man’ tag

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Madrid (AFP) – Propelled by an on-fire Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid stand on the brink of a fourth consecutive Champions League quarter-final, determined to finally end their tag as Europe’s nearly men.

Griezmann has experienced that feeling more than most.

In 2016 the Frenchman proved himself as one of world football’s most deadly forwards, but also missed out in agonising fashion in the Champions League and Euro 2016 finals, as well as finishing third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or.

Griezmann seeks end to Atletico Madrid’s ‘nearly man’ tag

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Madrid (AFP) – Propelled by an on-fire Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid stand on the brink of a fourth consecutive Champions League quarter-final, determined to finally end their tag as Europe’s nearly men.

Griezmann has experienced that feeling more than most.

In 2016 the Frenchman proved himself as one of world football’s most deadly forwards, but also missed out in agonising fashion in the Champions League and Euro 2016 finals, as well as finishing third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or.

Sevilla hopes dented, Griezmann hits Atletico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla’s La Liga title hopes suffered a fresh blow on Saturday as they were held 1-1 at home by lowly Leganes.

Atletico Madrid are now just five points adrift of Sevilla in third as Antoine Griezmann headed home the winner in a vital 1-0 victory at Granada for Diego Simeone’s men.

Sevilla hopes dented, Griezmann hits Atletico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla’s La Liga title hopes suffered a fresh blow on Saturday as they were held 1-1 at home by lowly Leganes.

Atletico Madrid are now just five points adrift of Sevilla in third as Antoine Griezmann headed home the winner in a vital 1-0 victory at Granada for Diego Simeone’s men.

Torres watches as Griezmann lifts Atletico to 4th

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Madrid (AFP) – A smiling Fernando Torres watched just four days on from a sickening blow to the head as Antoine Griezmann struck twice in Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia on Sunday.

Torres, a lifelong Atletico fan, was knocked unconscious during his side’s 1-1 draw at Deportivo la Coruna on Thursday and spent the night in hospital, although thankfully suffered no serious injury.

Torres watches as Griezmann lifts Atletico to 4th

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Madrid (AFP) – A smiling Fernando Torres watched just four days on from a sickening blow to the head as Antoine Griezmann struck twice in Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia on Sunday.

Torres, a lifelong Atletico fan, was knocked unconscious during his side’s 1-1 draw at Deportivo la Coruna on Thursday and spent the night in hospital, although thankfully suffered no serious injury.

Griezmann among goals as Atletico Madrid gain upper hand against Leverkusen

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Leverkusen (Germany) (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann was among the scorers for Atletico Madrid as they weathered a late storm against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday to claim a 4-2 victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann scored to put the Spanish side two goals up at the interval, but Leverkusen pulled one back through Karim Bellarabi at the start of the second half.

Griezmann among goals as Atletico Madrid gain upper hand against Leverkusen

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Leverkusen (Germany) (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann was among the scorers for Atletico Madrid as they weathered a late storm against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday to claim a 4-2 victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann scored to put the Spanish side two goals up at the interval, but Leverkusen pulled one back through Karim Bellarabi at the start of the second half.

Man Utd Target Antoine Griezmann Insists He’s Perfectly Happy At Atletico Madrid Thank You Very Much

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With a prospective move to Manchester United keeping the rumour mill churning for what seems like an age, Antoine Griezmann has finally piped up to let everybody know that's he's perfectly happy at Atletico Madrid.

That said, in doing so, the French forwardalso revealed that he's been studiously mulling over his options of late.

Griezmann happy in Madrid despite Man Utd link

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann insists he feels “great” in the Spanish capital and hailed the impact Atletico boss Diego Simeone has had on his career despite being consistently linked with a big money move to the Premier League.

Manchester United lead the chase for Griezmann, who has a 100 million euro ($106 million) buyout clause inserted into a new contract he signed with Atletico in June last year.

Griezmann happy in Madrid despite Man Utd link

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann insists he feels “great” in the Spanish capital and hailed the impact Atletico boss Diego Simeone has had on his career despite being consistently linked with a big money move to the Premier League.

Manchester United lead the chase for Griezmann, who has a 100 million euro ($106 million) buyout clause inserted into a new contract he signed with Atletico in June last year.

Sweden

Video replay aids Spain as Sweden foil Ronaldo

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Paris (AFP) – Spain twice benefited from the use of video assistance to defeat France 2-0 on Tuesday, while Sweden rallied from two goals down to beat Portugal 3-2 and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming in Madeira.

Antoine Griezmann headed in what appeared to be the opening goal at the Stade de France shortly after half-time, but it was ruled out for offside after consultation with the video assistant referee.

Video replay aids Spain as Sweden foil Ronaldo

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Paris (AFP) – Spain twice benefited from the use of video assistance to defeat France 2-0 on Tuesday, while Sweden rallied from two goals down to beat Portugal 3-2 and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming in Madeira.

Antoine Griezmann headed in what appeared to be the opening goal at the Stade de France shortly after half-time, but it was ruled out for offside after consultation with the video assistant referee.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arena's USMNT, and more: Freedom Kicks for Thursday, March 23

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Good morning! Bastian Schweinsteiger is still making headline and I still double-check his name every time I type it. Other than that, there's a variety of news circling around today.

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Should Arsenal break the bank to get Griezmann?

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Ray Parlour's dream may come true if Arsenal shows aggression in the transfer market. By SK Reading through the sport headlines this morning, I came a across a particular interesting story which says Ray Parlour, an Arsenal legend wishes to see Antoine Griezmann in an Arsenal shirt! Let's face it Ray Parlour wouldn't be alone [.