Diego Simeone Confirms Possible End of Days at Atletico Madrid

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By Tim Stannard

1) Simeone confirms shortened stay at Atletico 

For once, a football rumor turned out to be true. 

On Thursday, a salacious story had snuck out of Spain that Diego Simeone had gone against the grain in the normal world of sport by reducing his contract with Atletico Madrid, rather than extending it. 


A day later, the Argentinean confirmed that the length of his deal had been shortened to end in to 2018, down from 2021. But there is no cause for alarm says the Rojiblanco ruler trying to make light of the situation. "Don't worry that I won't be renewing my deal in two years, but let's see if they get rid of me within the next two years," joshed Simeone.  

Atletico face Sporting in the Vicente Calderon Saturday at 10:15AM ET / 7:15AM PT - a match you can catch either on Connect or our happy-go-lucky oh-leying Spanish channel. 


2) Madrid youngsters boosted by CAS moment of mercy

A week after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) handed down a two-window transfer ban to Real Madrid for transgressions in the signing of youth players, some good news has been received by the club. 

CAS has allowed those youth footballers to go back to playing with their respective teams rather than sitting out on the sidelines for the duration of the ban, a punishment that Barca endured. 


3) PSG and Milan in early season crunch clashes 

A Trumpian 'huuuuuge' game awaits for PSG on Friday, and it will be a Trumpian 'disaaaaster' should Unai Emery's men - and Edinson Cavani - fail. After dropped points in the past two games in Ligue Un, and a late equalising effort conceded against Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday, the pressure is on PSG to deliver. And a certain Uruguayan forward who is supposed to be covering the goals and charisma of King Zlatan. That clash against Caen is live on beIN SPORTS from 2:30PM ET / 11:30AM PT. 


The one happy thought for PSG is that the club is not Milan. A defeat away at Sampdoria could see the San Siro side condemned to the relegation zone at the end of the weekend, probably not in the season's plans for the team. That whopper is over on CONNECT from 2:45PM ET / 11.45AM PT. 


4) Friday night lights at Stamford Bridge

The Premier League's quest for omnipresence continues on Friday, the seventh day that the league's clubs are kicking a ball about across the world's airways. Chelsea are hosting Liverpool in Stamford Bridge in what could be a case of a fairly immovable object facing a sometimes unstoppable force. 


Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho promised to revert to playing a "normal team" against Watford at the weekend after a Thursday night defeat in the Europa League against Feyenoord, another suggestion that the Special One does not feel that it is such a special tournament.

Tune into the XTRA from 7PM ET for the best highlights from across Europe in 500-mile-an-hour Friday. 


5) US Soccer rallies against Megan Rapinoe protest 

US Soccer got themselves into a tizz on Thursday night, when Megan Rapinoe continued her support of Colin Kaepernick and LGBT rights by kneeling during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner at the USWNT's clash against Thailand. 


“As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the National Anthem is played," read a stern statement."  

The organization has only recently taken a hard line against Hope Solo by suspending the goalkeeper for six months for comments doubting the bravery of the Swedish national team during the Rio Olympics. 



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