Fiji Time: 7:48 AM on Saturday 30 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Atletico and Real Madrid in champions league

Afp
Friday, May 23, 2014

MADRID- There are few players that represent the turnaround in Atletico Madrid's fortunes since the arrival of Diego Simeone as coach than Jorge Resurreccion, or Koke as he is more commonly known.

Simeone's own resurrection of Atletico has carried the club to four trophies in two and a half years including a first La Liga title in 18 years this season and into Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid in Lisbon.

A product of the Atletico youth academy, the 22-year-old midfielder has had a stellar season which has seen him become not just a regular in Simeone's set-up but also in the Spanish national team.

However, he didn't always seem destined for great things.

Koke was part of the Atletico side that was eliminated from the Copa del Rey by third-tier Albacete just days before Simeone's arrival in December 2011 and has admitted he was on the verge of leaving the club when the transfer market opened the following month.

"The manager told me to trust in him, that I wouldn't necessarily be a starter every week but to work hard because my opportunity would come. We believed in each other," he told Spanish newspaper El Pais.

That trust has borne spectacular success for both men as on top of being Atletico's top creator with 18 assists this season, Koke has also shown an eye for important goals amongst his tally of seven for the season.

He scored the winner in vital away victories at Real Sociedad, Malaga and Athletic Bilbao as well as scoring at home to Real Madrid in the 2-2 draw at the Vicente Calderon in March and the only goal of the game in the second leg as Atletico eliminated Barcelona from the Champions League at the quarter-final stage.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61350.5945
JPY 53.471650.4716
GBP 0.33380.3258
EUR 0.43020.4182
NZD 0.70870.6757
CAD 0.61210.5931
JPY 54.771751.7717

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 28th April 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Prasad accuses Koya of lying in Parliament
  2. WAF orders staff to work from home
  3. Ro Kepa responds
  4. Rawaca saga
  5. 'Situation scary'
  6. Ryan names Fiji 7s squad
  7. Students hospitalised
  8. Times price increases
  9. Nursing degree courses
  10. Parliament sitting adjourned following tsunami warning

Top Stories this Week

  1. Horror crash relived Wednesday (27 Apr)
  2. Shoeshine boy makes it big Monday (25 Apr)
  3. Horrific crash kills 1 Monday (25 Apr)
  4. Teacher fears for safety Tuesday (26 Apr)
  5. Overstay Monday (25 Apr)
  6. Father farewells son Wednesday (27 Apr)
  7. Try night fasting, doctor urges Monday (25 Apr)
  8. Horror car crash claims man's life Sunday (24 Apr)
  9. 'Ridiculous change' Tuesday (26 Apr)
  10. 7s eligibility Wednesday (27 Apr)