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UEFA Europa League

  • March 8, 2012
  • • 18:00
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: J. Eriksson
  • • Attendance: 27431

Atletico Madrid - Besiktas Preview: Diego Simeone's side out to deny visitors first win on Spanish soil

Los Colchoneros will be hoping to claim a first-leg advantage against Carlos Carvalhal's outfit, who come into this Europa League tie on the back of three straight defeats



Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe
Suarez, Tiago
Adrian, Gabi, Koke

Toraman, Sivok, Sidnei, Gulum
Kavlak, Ernst, Uysal
Quaresma, Simao

Atletico Madrid trio Antonio Lopez, Diego and Arda Turan will almost certainly sit out Thursday's Europa League last-16 first-leg clash with Besiktas due to injury.

Brazilian midfielder Paulo Assuncao is suspended, while Radamel Falcao and Diego Godin are available for selection having missed Saturday's draw at Sevilla through suspension.

Besiktas, who lost 2-1 to city rivals Trabzonspor at the weekend, will be without injured duo Egemen Korkmaz and Roberto Hilbert for the trip to the Spanish capital. Portuguese striker Hugo Almeida is also sidelined with a problem in his right knee he picked up in the last league game of the team.

  • Atletico Madrid have never lost to Turkish opposition at the Vicente Calderon (W2 D3). Their overall record against Turkish sides is W6 D3 L1.
  • Los Colchoneros have won their last six European home games, since losing 3-2 to Aris Thessaloniki in last season's Europa League group stage.
  • The 2010 Europa League winners have suffered just one defeat since Diego Simeone was appointed coach in December - a 2-1 loss to Barcelona on 26 February.
  • Besiktas have never won on Spanish soil in seven attempts (D1 L6).
  • The Black Eagles have won just two of their last nine matches in all competitions.
  • Simao (pictured right) scored 20 goals in 113 Liga games for Atletico between 2007 and 2010.


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Available Squads
28Thibaut CourtoisGoalkeeper
2Diego GodínDefender
-Filipe LuisDefender
14L. PereaDefender
4Mario SuárezMidfielder
18Toto SalvioMidfielder
9Radamel FalcaoStriker
25Sergio AsenjoGoalkeeper
15Álvaro DomínguezDefender
-A. OueslatiMidfielder
-Pedro MartínStriker
1Cenk GönenGoalkeeper
-Ibrahim ToramanDefender
6Tomas SivokDefender
-Egemen KorkmazDefender
-Manuel FernandesMidfielder
8Veli KavlakMidfielder
20Necip UysalMidfielder
-Fabian ErnstMidfielder
11Mustafa PektemekStriker
1Rüştü ReçberGoalkeeper
3İsmail KöybaşıDefender
-Ekrem DağDefender
-Júlio AlvesMidfielder
-Filip HološkoStriker
Players to Watch
Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Atletico's record signing has scored five goals in the Europa League this campaign, two fewer than top scorer Matias Suarez. The Colombian will want to emulate his heroics of last season, when his record European tally of 17 goals helped Porto win the competition.
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Portuguese veteran knows Atletico well, having plied his trade at the Vicente Calderon for three years, during which he helped them win the inaugural edition of the Europa League. The former Benfica star scored against Sporting Braga in the previous round, and he will be raring to go against his former employers.
The absence of Diego and Turan is a blow for home side, who are without a win in La Liga since January. However, the visitors are going through a wretched run of results themselves, and Atletico will fancy their chances of taking a lead to Istanbul for the second leg.
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