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Fernando Torres lands his first managerial role

Former Spain striker Fernando Torres has been appointed as the head coach of Atletico Madrid’s B team.

The 40-year-old takes on this new role following his tenure as the coach of Atletico’s Under-19s side, demonstrating his progression within the club’s coaching hierarchy.

“I accept it as a great challenge with a lot of ambition and the tranquillity of knowing that we are ready,” Torres expressed, highlighting both his eagerness and confidence in his ability to lead the team.

Torres enjoyed an illustrious playing career, earning 110 caps for Spain and becoming a central figure in one of the country’s most successful football eras.

He was part of the squad that secured the World Cup in 2010, a historic achievement for Spain. Additionally, Torres played pivotal roles in Spain’s victories at the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, scoring crucial goals in both finals, which cemented his status as a national hero.

On the club front, Torres’ journey began with Atletico Madrid, where he quickly became a fan favorite. His exceptional talent soon caught the attention of Liverpool, where he continued to impress.

His transfer to Chelsea for a then British record fee of £50 million marked a significant moment in his career. Although his time at Chelsea had its ups and downs, he managed to win the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup with the club.

A brief stint at AC Milan followed before Torres returned to his beloved Atletico Madrid in late 2014. His second spell at the club was crowned with success as he helped Atletico win the Europa League in 2018. Torres concluded his playing career in 2019 after a period with Japanese side Sagan Tosu.

Torres’ transition from player to coach has been marked by a steady and committed development within Atletico Madrid’s coaching structure.

His appointment as head coach of the B team is seen as a natural progression, given his deep understanding of the club’s philosophy and his passion for nurturing young talent.