Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone during a Press conference after a game.

Diego Pablo Simeone ( born April 28 1970 in Buenos Aires ) is a former Argentine football player and current coach.


As a player

His professional career began in 1987 at Diego Simeone Velez Sarsfield. In 1990 he moved to Europe, first played in the Italian Serie A in Pisa Calcio. His other club stations were of Sevilla FC, ​​Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Lazio and Atlético Madrid again. In January 2005, the midfielder returned to his home and played with Racing Club Avellaneda. He ended his active footballers career on 17 February 2006 and since then has worked as a coach.

Simeone played in 1994 at the World Cup in the United States its first World Cup. This was followed by appearances at the 1998 World Cup in France and the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. Made famous is his duel in the second round of the 1998 World Cup with David Beckham, where the then young star of the England team was referred for retaliation of the field.

Furthermore Diego Simeone took part in the Copa América of 1991 and 1993, both of which he won with the Argentine national team. In total he played between July 1988 and June 2002 and 106 international caps and was from December 2000 to October 2006 the sole most capped player in his country.

In 1996, Simeone participated in the Olympic Games in Atlanta and won the silver medal with Argentina.

As a coach

Simeone's last stop as an active player was also his first as manager: When Racing Club de Avellaneda, he took over as coach in 2006. Without giving reasons, he was released after relegation and hired later at Estudiantes de La Plata. With Estudiantes he won in a playoff against Boca Juniors 2-1 in the championship of the Apertura 2006, which ended a losing streak of 23 years without a title for the club.

In support of the coach post at River Plate left Simeone La Plata in December 2007. Too, where he won a national championship. After switching off in the Copa Sudamericana and the last place standing Simeone gave up his post in November 2008.

In 2009, Diego Simeone was coach at League CA San Lorenzo de Almagro and joined back in April 2010 from his office. From January to June 2011, he was coach of the fallen into relegation danger Series A representative Catania. He took over as coach from Marco Giampaolo, but it was only after about four months by the previous coach of AS Roma, Vincenzo Montella replaced. On June 21, 2011 Simeone was the successor of Miguel Ángel Russo at Racing Club of Avellaneda, where he was already active as a player. Half a year later he was appointed at Atletico Madrid as the successor to Gregorio Manzano.


In the club

  • Spanish Champion 1995/96 with Atlético Madrid
  • Copa -del- Rey winners 1995/96 with Atlético Madrid
  • UEFA Cup winners 1997/98 with Inter Milan
  • UEFA Super Cup in 1999 with Lazio
  • Italian Champion 1999/2000 with Lazio
  • Italian Supercup winner in 2000 with Lazio
  • Coppa Italia winners 1999/2000 with Lazio


  • Copa América 1991 and 1993 with the Argentine national team
  • King Fahd Cup in 1992 with the Argentine national team
  • Olympic silver medal in 1996 with the Argentine Olympic Team

As a coach

  • Torneo Apertura 2006 with Estudiantes de La Plata
  • Torneo Clausura 2008 with River Plate
  • UEFA Europa League 2012 with Atlético Madrid
  • UEFA Super Cup 2012 with Atlético Madrid
  • Copa del Rey in 2013 with Atlético Madrid