The numbers and Cholo Simeone

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Spanish soccer has witnessed countless success stories, but few as impressive as the one written by Diego Pablo Simeone at Atlético de Madrid. Known affectionately as “El Cholo”, the Argentine coach has left an indelible mark on the colchonero club, taking it to previously unimaginable heights and forging a golden era that will be remembered for generations to come.

Simeone arrived at Atlético de Madrid in 2011 at a critical moment for the club. The red-and-white club was looking for a resurgence and to compete on equal terms with the giants of Spanish soccer. The connection between the Argentine and the club was instantaneous, and his determination and passion quickly became the driving force behind the team’s transformation.

Diego Simeone, who recently extended his contract with Atlético de Madrid until 2027, has now spent 12 years as the coach with the highest number of games in the club’s 120-year history. He thus surpasses Luis Aragonés, whom he left behind in the previous season.

Simeone arrived at Atlético de Madrid in 2011 at a critical moment for the club. The red-and-white club was looking for a resurgence and to compete on equal terms with the giants of Spanish soccer. The connection between the Argentine and the club was instantaneous, and his determination and passion quickly became the driving force behind the team’s transformation.

In his first season in charge, Simeone guided Atlético de Madrid to victory in the Europa League. Tactical discipline, defensive intensity and a winning mentality became hallmarks of the team under his leadership. Winning this title marked the beginning of a new era for Atlético and made it clear that they were ready to challenge the best.

However, it was in the 2013-2014 season where Simeone and his players wrote one of the most glorious chapters in the history of Atlético de Madrid. Defying all expectations, the colchonero team was crowned La Liga champion, breaking the hegemony of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Simeone’s passionate leadership was reflected in the hard-nosed style of play and the total commitment of his players in every game.

In addition to his success in La Liga, Simeone also led Atlético de Madrid to two Champions League finals in three years (2013-2014 and 2015-2016). Although they failed to win the trophy on any of those occasions, the team’s ability to compete at that level demonstrated Atlético’s evolution and consolidation as one of the best clubs in Europe.

The Argentine has accumulated a total of 462 matches: he has celebrated victory on 379 occasions, recorded 148 draws and suffered 115 defeats in all competitions since taking up the post on December 23, 2011. During that run, his team has scored 876 goals and conceded 507.

El Cholo has accumulated eight titles, consolidating himself as the most successful coach in the history of the red and white team: two La Liga titles (2013-14 and 2020-21 seasons); one Copa del Rey (2012-13 season); two Europa Leagues (2011-12 and 2017-18 seasons); two continental Super Cups (2012 and 2018) and one Spanish Super Cup (2014).

Despite this impressive record, the UEFA Champions League remains the last unattainable frontier so far. Simeone has reached the final on two occasions, in 2014 and 2016, but on both occasions, he was beaten by Real Madrid, this being the only achievement that still eludes the outstanding Argentine coach.

Diego Simeone’s legacy at Atlético de Madrid goes beyond titles. He has instilled a culture of struggle, sacrifice and passion in the club, earning the respect not only of the Colchoneros fans, but also of the soccer community in general. His tactical approach, dedication and leadership have made Atletico a consistent contender in all competitions.

Diego Simeone is not only a coach for Atlético de Madrid, he is the architect of one of the most glorious eras in the club’s history. Their impact goes beyond trophies, leaving an indelible mark on the team’s identity and mentality. As he continues his journey with Atletico, Cholo’s legacy will continue to inspire generations to come and remind us that sometimes passion and determination can change the course of soccer history.