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Atletico Madrid v Liverpool (22/10/2008) - Double Agents
Monday, 20th October 2008
In advance of our first ever meeting at the Estadio Vicente Calderón on Wednesday, YNWA looks at the careers of those who have represented both Los Rojiblancos and the reds.

El Niño
Fernando Torres signed from Club Atlético de Madrid for £20.2m in July 2007. He has far grabbed an impressive 38 goals in 57 reds appearances, and become a Kop favourite.

Torres joined Atlético in 1995, and made his debut against Club Deportivo Leganés in the Segunda División in May 2001 after coming back from a broken leg earlier that season, with his first goal coming against Albacete Balompié a week later. The following season he could only net six times in 36 League matches, but he helped the team to return to the top flight.

He struck thirteen goals in 29 games in his first season in La Liga as they finished in twelfth, and then another nineteen in 35 games the following campaign as they ended in seventh, during which he was named club captain and made his senior international bow, despite being aged just nineteen. That position was enough to take the Madrid outfit into the UEFA Intertoto Cup, and they went as far as the Final before losing out on penalties to Villarreal. His final three years with Los Rojiblancos saw him bag sixteen, thirteen and then fourteen League goals. He left the club having notched 82 times in 214 League matches.

He came from Barca to bring us joy
Luis García settled into life in England quickly after signing for £6m from Barcelona in August 2004, striking thirty times, including five in our glorious Champions League campaign in 2005, in 121 games, before returning to his homeland to join Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2007 for a fee in the region of £4m as Torres' arrival was being negotiated. He had also helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield and has so far notched four times in 29 La Liga outings.

Striking sensation
Florent Sinama-Pongolle netted nine times in 66 reds games, and is now playing at the Estadio Vicente Calderón after first joining Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, the oldest club in Spain. He had arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2003 with his cousin Anthony Le Tallec for a combined £6m fee, and moved to Spain after a loan spell with Blackburn Rovers. He joined Los Rojiblancos in July for a fee of around £8m and has so far bagged four goals in his first six League outings.

Pepe Reina's dad Miguel also played for the Madrid side.




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