El Niño has grown well. Arrived at Atlético de Madrid at the age of 11 after starting out in a neighborhood club, Fernando Torres rose through the ranks one after the other. Thus, he signed his first contract in 1999 with the Colchoneros before playing his first professional match on May 27, 2001. It was against Leganés in the second division. A week later, on June 3, he scored his first pro goal against Albacete. The first in a long series for the Fuenlabrada native who has scored 263 goals in 768 career appearances.
Torres retired from sport in 2019
Revealed at Atlético, the striker exploded in Liverpool before becoming in 2011 the most expensive player transferred during a winter transfer window. At that time, Chelsea had paid 58.5 million euros to secure his services. But his time with the Blues was not a great success. Passed by AC Milan before returning to Atlético Madrid, Torres finally ended his career at the age of 35 in Japan with the Sagan Tosu club on August 23, 2019 (6-1 defeat against Vissel Kobe). Then, the 84-born footballer kind of disappeared from the radar until a photo posted on social media in January 2021.
👀 Because el Niño Fernando Torres le estuvo metiendo duro al gimnasio 💪 pic.twitter.com/u99g2NwbhT
— Diario Ole (@DiarioOle) January 19, 2021
We saw Fernando Torres physically transformed during a promotional video for an Asian online gambling site. The former player obviously took advantage of his free time to do weight training and double in size. But El Niño didn’t just blow things up. He also worked with the young teams of Atlético. Which obviously convinced him to persist in this way since he was officially appointed head of the U19 team on July 25th. A news that made the pride of his heart club.
Atlético to start his coaching career
“Fernando Torres has returned home. The red and white legend returns to our club to join the Academy coaching ranks, taking the reins of Atlético de Madrid Juvenil A in the 2021/22 season. Torres, who last season spent time with various red and white teams getting to grips with the day-to-day workings of their coaching staff and the club’s own methodology, will take his training a step further by taking his first step on the bench “could we read on the press release.
Expected by many observers, Torres had to face an entry controversy. On September 4, he was accused by Miguel Galán, the president of the National School of Spanish Football Coaches (CENAFE), of not having the qualifications required to be on the bench for Atléti’s U19s. The Colchoneros backed the home elder saying he was just Ricardo Ortega’s deputy. A way around the problem since Fernando Torres had officially been presented as the main coach. Anyway, this story is behind for the man born in 84.
29 wins with the U19s and a historic season
He is concentrating on the field, where for the moment everything is going relatively well. Indeed, his team has a record of 29 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses in 36 matches. All while scoring 75 goals! At the top of their league, Juvenil also reached the semi-finals of the Youth League, the U19 Champions League. She will play on April 22 against Salzburg for a place in the final. It will be the “most important match in Atlético’s youth history as the club have never reached this level” according to AS.
A media for which Sergio Picos works, a journalist who told us more about the beginnings of coach Torres. “He works as a coach. But due to a problem with the paperwork, he is officially Ricardo Ortega’s assistant. He is having a very good season because his team is on their way to the league title and they are in the semi-finals of the Youth League. It’s something that has never happened in the history of Atleti.”. Author of successful first steps, El Niño imposes his paw and his inevitably very offensive style as a former surface fox.
Diego Simeone’s successor?
“Fernando Torres has an attacking style, with a lot of ball touches. But against important rivals, he does not hesitate to play like the first team, that is to say in withdrawal, with a solid defense and coming out quickly on the counter-attack as he did in Youth League against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund which he eliminated. On the bench, he talks a lot with his players, but without getting carried away (…) One of his great role models is Luis Aragonés. There is also Rafael Benítez, Diego Simeone and others. However, I don’t think he works much with Simeone.”.
A coach he could perhaps succeed one day for Sergio Picos. “His results are very good and he could definitely have a future on the first team bench at the end of Simeone’s stage”. An opinion shared by Sergio Santos, his colleague at AS. “I think Torres is going to be a magnificent coach, because as a player he was always very intelligent, knowing how to read the game. In addition, he learned the Atlético style from an early age until his retirement. In the meantime, he was able to enrich himself with very different models, in the Spanish selection or in the English teams. This mix may be the key to his success in his coaching career..
El Niño advises young talents
Already much observed and expected, Fernando Torres still has a long way to go before taking control of a professional team. The young 38-year-old technician is currently learning with the U19s. A team full of talents that we should hear about like Pablo Barios (18 years old), Javier Currás (18 years old), David Navarro (19 years old) or Salim El Jebari (18 years old), who extended until 2025. players who benefit from the advice of Fernando Torres, the club’s child turned coach. The circle is complete !