The 2016-17 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 draw took place early Monday morning in Nyon, Switzerland and left us with some very entertaining match ups:
Last year, at Vicente Calderon Stadium, in the Champions League, against Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich were painfully eliminated from a competition they had every right to think they could win.
This year, at Vicente Calderon Stadium, in the Champions League, against Atletico madrid, Bayern Munich had this happen to them:
Real Madrid and Atletico madrid were handed transfer bans (for the next two windows) related to the signing of youth players from foreign countries, and now FIFA has upheld those bans. Real and Atletico wil not be able to register new players until the January 2018 transfer window.
From a FIFA statement on the appeal rejection:
As FourFourTwo set about compiling a list of the top 50 managers in world football, one of their resident experts, former Dutch international Pierre van Hooijdonk, revealed the difficulty in ranking such a role: “If you changed all the managers in the league for cats, there would still be a champion.
France's Antoine Griezmann collected the Euro 2016 Golden Boot by scoring six goals, to go along with two assists, and he was also named the player of the tournament by UEFA’s technical observers.
Digeo Simeone, the manager of Atletico Madrid, has summed up his coaching philosophy in one brief sentence: “Effort is non-negotiable.”
Simeone puts so much emphasis on the collective at Atletico that he's forbidden small, divided tables during meals, forcing his squad to sit at one vast table "face to face".
After missing the penalty that allowed Real Madrid to triumph over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final Saturday, Atletico fullback Juanfran was so sad he wrote an open letter to Atleti fans promising the future will be better.
(Side note: the moment when Juanfran ran over to the Atleti fans to beg forgiveness for the penalty miss and they gave him a standing ovation was beautiful.)
Here's the letter in full: