Diego Pablo Simeone (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo ˈpaβlo simeˈone]; born 28 April 1970), also known as El Cholo ([el ˈtʃolo]), is an Argentine football manager and former player, who played as a midfielder, and is currently the manager for Atletico Madrid.
In his club career that started in 1987, Simeone played for Vélez Sarsfield, Pisa, Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Internazionale, Lazio and Racing Club. He won a domestic double with Atlético Madrid in 1996, and the UEFA Cup with Inter in 1998, also winning another domestic double with Lazio in 2000, as well as the 1999 UEFA Super Cup and the 2000 Supercoppa Italiana.
Simeone was capped over 100 times for the Argentina national team and represented the country at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, and in four editions of the Copa América, winning the tournament in 1991 and 1993. He also won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1992, and a silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympic games.
As a manager, Simeone has coached Racing Club, Estudiantes de La Plata, River Plate, San Lorenzo and Catania before joining Atlético Madrid in 2011. He won the Argentine Primera División both with Estudiantes and River Plate, and has won five titles since joining Atletico Madrid, including the Liga title, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Europa League, also reaching two UEFA Champions League finals with the club.Close