Category: Diego Simeone

Simeone warns of Payet threat in Europa League final

Lyon (AFP) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is wary of the threat posed by Marseille’s Dimitri Payet but believes his team’s extra experience will count for something in Wednesday’s Europa League final. “Experience is an important factor although it won’t completely influence the game,” said Simeone at a press conference on Tuesday ahead of the match in the French city of Lyon. A strong Atletico side, with a formidable defence and an attack spearheaded by Antoine Griezmann, are the favourites, having won the Europa League twice in the last decade and also narrowly lost two Champions League finals to ... Read more

Simeone ban leaves colourful Burgos in charge of Atletico

Madrid (AFP) – When German Burgos was told in 2003 he needed surgery to remove a cancerous tumour on his left kidney, Atletico Madrid’s goalkeeper said it would have to wait until after the next game.  Now Burgos is preparing to take charge of Atletico’s Europa League final against Marseille without Diego Simeone, standing in as motivator-in-chief while his head coach serves a suspension in the stands.  “I’m a bit crazy, like all goalkeepers,” Burgos once said. He has survived cancer, fronted a heavy metal band and saved a Luis Figo penalty with his face.  Burgos played for Atleti between ... Read more

Simeone to stay at Atletico next season – club chief

Madrid (AFP) – Argentine coach Diego Simeone will remain at Atletico Madrid next season, the club’s chief executive officer Miguel Angel Gil Marin said Tuesday. Simeone, 46, signed a contract extension in 2015 that originally tied him to the club until June 2020, an unusually long deal by Spanish standards. But in September he reduced the deal to 2018 after talks with Atletico, sparking speculation that he may leave. Asked about Simeone’s future, Gil Marin said he will stay at Atletico “this season and the next for sure.” “He has been with us for five years and it would be ... Read more

Diego Simeone shortens Atletico Madrid coaching contract

Madrid (AFP) – Highly rated coach Diego Simeone said Friday he has shortened his contract with Atletico Madrid by two years until June 2018, a move likely to stir fresh speculation about his future. The 46-year-old Argentine, who took Atletico to the Spanish league title in 2014 and the Champions League final last season, has been linked to many of Europe’s top clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Inter Milan. In charge of Atletico since 2011, he had hinted at his possible departure after the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, saying he needed time to consider his options. Simeone ... Read more

Zidane hails Real deal as Simeone ponders future

Milan (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane hailed Real Madrid as the “club of my life” after a dramatic Champions League penalty shoot-out victory over Atletico Madrid that left Diego Simeone pondering his future. Former France and Real Madrid forward Zidane scored the winning goal when Real they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 to lift the title in Glasgow in 2002. Having been the assistant to Carlo Ancelotti when the Italian coaching great steered Real to the 10th — ‘La Decima’ — title in Lisbon two years ago, Zidane now gets a taste of the trophy for a third time after joining an ... Read more

Simeone devastated at Champions League heartbreak

Milan (AFP) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone lamented that losing a second Champions League final in three years was a “failure”, after seeing his side fall short against Real Madrid in a penalty shoot-out in Milan on Saturday. The 46-year-old Argentine also appeared to hint at a possible exit from the Vicente Calderon in the aftermath of the match, which Real won 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. “Do I have to continue with Atletico or is it the end of a cycle? I have to think about that,” Simeone mysteriously said. Simeone’s side were beaten by Real ... Read more

Atletico’s Simeone eyes history in Champions League final

Milan (AFP) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is ready to shoulder “113 years of history” ahead of a Champions League final with Real Madrid that striker Fernando Torres has labelled the “game of my life”. Record 10-time champions Real are the opposition at the San Siro stadium in Milan on Saturday, when Atletico will seek to avenge their stunning defeat to their bitter city rivals in a pulsating 2014 final in Lisbon. Real have beaten Atletico only once in their 10 meetings since, meaning there is huge expectation on Atletico to show they can also beat the competition’s most ... Read more

Diego Simeone must now be considered amongst the game’s all-time managerial greats

Ahead of the 2013-14 season, Real Madrid and Barcelona were involved in an arms race in the transfer window. Having won the title the campaign before, the Blaugrana were keen to preserve some distance between themselves and their great rivals, signing Neymar in a huge deal from Santos. Los Blancos, seeking to close the gap under new manager Carlo Ancelotti, made a massive statement, landing Gareth Bale for a world record fee from Tottenham Hotspur. A blockbuster campaign looked set to be in store between the two biggest names in Spanish soccer; Atletico Madrid went on to win the title, ... Read more