Breaking Spain’s infamous “duopoly” of Barcelona and Real Madrid was never going to be easy, but Atletico Madrid were able to overcome the massive odds to pull off one of soccer’s greatest triumphs. Going into their final match against Barcelona, Atletico needed to avoid defeat to win the title after a brilliant season.
Things looked bleak early one, when they had both their star players, Diego Costa and Arda Turan, forced off with injuries, both men in tears on the sidelines. Barcelona then scored and looked like winning yet another league title. But Atletico proved just how strong their teamwork is after they equalized through Diego Godin and held on for the draw that gave Diego Simeone the title he deserved and the coaching accomplishment of the century.