Atletico Madrid’s striker Diego Costa walks off the pitch after the final practice session of his team at the Luz stadium one day ahead of the Champions League soccer final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in Lisbon. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

There will be some who complain that the European Cup final was never meant to be contested by two teams from the same city, but tonight’s Madrid derb(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane and goalkeeper David Forde at the squad’s training session in Malahide, yesterday, ahead of tomorrow’s game with Turkey. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill may have been happy enough to play ball as the press corps played on the possibility of Roy Keane returning to Celtic as manager for al(...)

Atletico’s coach Diego “Cholo” Simeone ponders a question at a recent Champions League final news conference. “It’s hard for me to interact with players who don’t give themselves completely. The weak don’t interest me.”

Last Saturday evening at the Camp Nou Barcelona surrendered its Spanish league title following a head-to-head encounter with Atlético Madrid. Seconds (...)

 Diego Simeone, coach of Club Atletico de Madrid, celebrates after winning the La Liga after the match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou  in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

In sport as in life, you don’t always get what you deserve. There is a popular piece of circular logic which says the team that finishes top of the le(...)

Diego Simeone is thrown in the air by his Atletico Madrid  players after winning the La Liga on Saturday. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

The fighting spirit Atletico Madrid have shown all season meant coach Diego Simeone never doubted they would come from behind to draw 1-1 against Barc(...)

Atletico Madrid coach  Diego Simeone  is thrown in the air by his players after winning the La Liga title after their 1-1 draw against Barcelona  at the Nou Camp. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Barcelona 1 Atletico Madrid 1: A towering Diego Godin header secured Atletico Madrid the draw they needed against Barcelona at the Nou Camp and a fir(...)

Atlètico Madrid coach Diego Simeone: Photograph: Getty Images

There was a moment late in the penultimate game of the season last weekend when Atlético Madrid’s assistant coach, Óscar Ortega, began to celebrate th(...)

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone  during the Uefa Champions League semi-final second leg match against Chelsea  at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Diego Simeone praised his players’ mothers for producing sons with “balls” after Atletico Madrid booked their place in the Champions League final with(...)

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa (left) celebrates with team-mate Koke after scoring his side’s second goal from the penalty spot at Stamford Bridge.  Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Chelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 3 (agg 1-3)Once again there was the sight of a manager running along the touchline at Stamford Bridge, screaming to the skie(...)

Atletico Madrid received a boost ahead of tonight’s Champions League quarter-final second leg tie against Barcelona on their own  Vicente Calderon pitch with the news that the hitherto injured  Diego Costa is back in the squad. Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

Atletico Madrid’s captain, Gabi, looked out across the room and smiled. “This is the best moment of our lives(...)