By DAN KARELL
One of the top coaches in the world is remaining at his club for the foreseeable future.
Atletico Madrid and head coach Diego Simeone have agreed on a new five-year deal that extends Simeone’s time at the club through 2020, according to Spanish publication Marca. The news is expected to be officially announced on Tuesday prior to Simeone hopping on a plane and spending the rest of the week with his family back home in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Although exact details aren’t available, Marca reports that the new deal will make Simeone the highest-paid person at the club and includes extensions for his assistant coaches and staff.
Simeone, taking his fiery personality from the field to the touchline, has transformed Atletico Madrid from a plucky underdog to a title contender, winning last year’s La Liga and finishing runners-up in the 2014 UEFA Champions League final.
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STURRIDGE WITHDRAWS FROM ENGLAND SQUAD
Daniel Sturridge just can’t seem to run away from his injury problems.
The Liverpool forward has withdrawn from England’s upcoming matches against Lithuania in Euro 2016 qualifying and a friendly match against Italy with a hip injury. Sturridge suffered the injury in Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Sunday.
Sturridge only returned to the field in early March from a seemingly endless string of thigh and calf injuries that started last September. His absence in that time has meant he’s missed all of England’s Euro 2016 qualifying matches, and that absence will only continue after the England medical staff declared him unfit on Monday evening.
NICARAGUA WINS FIRST GAME IN THREE YEARS
One of CONCACAF’s longest losing streaks came to an end on Monday evening.
Nicaragua won its first match in more than three years in a 5-0 thrashing of Anguilla in the first round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Luis Copete tallied twice in a four-goal first half. The win puts Nicaragua in the driver’s seat to advance to the second round heading into the second-leg match in Anguilla on Sunday.
Luis Galeano opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a strike from just outside the box, and Copete doubled the lead 12 minutes later with a powerful header. Juan Barrera then headed in Nicaragua’s third goal before Copete made it 4-0 with a glancing header off a corner kick in the 39th minute.
Norfran Lazo completed the rout for the hosts with a tap-in in the 63rd minute, sending the crowd into hysteria once more.
Nicaragua last won on Feb. 26, 2012, in a 4-1 friendly match victory over Puerto Rico. Between then and Monday, Nicaragua went 0-8-2 in combined friendly and CONCACAF competitions.
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What do you think of these reports? Glad to see Simeone stay at Atletico Madrid? Do you see him having a future in England? What do you think of Sturridge’s latest injury problems?
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