Fernando Torres has stepped up from assistant to head coach at Atletico Madrid's youth academy. He will take charge of the U19 age group.
Fernando Torres has racked up one of his best results yet since becoming youth team coach at Atletico Madrid at the start of this season.
The 37-year-old’s Under-19 side ran out 2-0 winners against Liverpool in the Uefa Youth League with an all-Spanish line-up thanks to goals from Aitor Gismera and Salim El Jebari at Centro Deportivo Wanda Alcalá de Henares, the youth side’s home ground.
Step up From Assistant Coach
After spending 11 seasons as a player at Atlético Madrid, Torres has already had a coaching background in the academy spending the previous season as an assistant coach in the youth set up.
Torres came through the academy ranks at the club after joining the youth ranks in 1995. He made his debut in 2001 at just 17 years old and later was named captain at just 19. He went on to play over 400 times for the club.
He will be hoping he can nurture this youth side to a successful season in Group V division of youth football, which is brimming with talent whilst gaining valuable further coaching experience.
Happy to be Home
“I’m proud and happy to be returning home,” Torres wrote on Twitter. “It’s an exciting challenge I’ve got in front of me and we’ll give everything we can to continue to serve our club.”
The 37-year-old, who scored 121 goals in two spells for Atlético and also played for Liverpool and Chelsea, is joined by the club captain Koke’s brother, Borja Resurrección, who will take charge of the under-15s.
Fábio Futre, son of former Portugal international and Atlético forward Paulo, has been named as the club’s under-11s coach.