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ESPN – The real Fernando Torres reminds the football world of his class and passion

Fernando Torres scored twice as Atletico Madrid advanced past Real Madrid with a 2-2 draw in the Copa del Rey. I suspect most have forgotten that Fernando Torres now hasn't lost to Real Madrid since March 2006. Including the latest, a 2-2 Copa del Rey draw with Real on Thursday, it's now been six games and nearly eight years since he last tasted defeat against the club he always swore he'd never join because of his indelible allegiance to Atletico Madrid. I suspect that most have forgotten that “El Nino” has now scored four goals in his past five matches against Madrid for Liverpool and Atleti. Decent, credible…

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GUARDIAN – Fernando Torres: strange journey from storm-force striker to bargaining chip | Richard Williams

There is a fear that Torres’s fairytale return to Atlético Madrid might represent the continuation of a long nightmare for the former golden boy. But only the hardest souls will not be wishing him well• Torres to join Atlético on loan until 2016It sounds like a fairytale: the return of Fernando Torres to Atltico Madrid, where he built a reputation as one of the world’s most prolific and admired young strikers. Instead the fear must be that it will merely represent the continuation of a long nightmare for the former golden boy of the Estadio Vicente Caldern.Who would have thought, when Torres scored the only goal in the final of Euro 2008, at the end of a season in which he had accumulated 24 goals for Liverpool, that it would come to this: a journey home in search of sanctuary following rejection by leading clubs in England and Italy, with one club ready to write off a huge transfer fee and the other prepared to pay him, in effect, almost €2m a year not to play for them. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Why Torres’ return to Atlético Madrid can help the Kid find himself again

Spanish striker hopes his move back to Atlético Madrid, the club where it all started, will rekindle his flagging careerThe Kid returns to the Caldern a man. Fernando Torres has rejoined Atltico Madrid more than 17 years after he played his first game for them, a tall, skinny 13-year-old with freckles who had just joined the club’s youth system. Chelsea have formalised his switch to Milan, who then confirmed that he will join Atltico on loan until 2016, when his contract at Stamford Bridge was due to expire. Alessio Cerci heads in the other direction, from Madrid to Milan. This is that rare deal when everyone is happy.It is seven and a half years since Torres left for Liverpool. His mind was made after a soulless 6-0 defeat which confirmed a trend in which Atltico headed from crisis to crisis, never winning anything and never looking like winning anything either. The surprise, the club’s sporting director admitted, was not that Torres had departed but that he had stayed so long. He was still young but he had just completed his seventh season in the first team. He had scored 91 goals. He had also outgrown them. “I had to leave because I could see that my development was going in one direction and the club was going in another,” he later admitted. Continue reading…

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