Tag: simeone

Investigating the origins of Diego Simeone’s Cholismo

The path was clear for Antoine Griezmann. Bayern Munich’s defence had opened up before him and, courtesy of a nicely weighted through ball from Fernando Torres, he was clean through on goal.…

Diego Simeone’s career-defining six months at Catania

IT IS DIFFICULT TO OVERSTATE THE EXTENT of Diego Simeone’s achievements as manager of Atlético Madrid. When the Argentine replaced Gregorio Manzano in the dugout of the Vicente Calderon stadium in December 2011, Los…

Why Germán Burgos is more than just Diego Simeone’s henchman

AS TEMPERS FLARED during a particularly feisty Madrid derby at the Bernabéu in December 2012, Atlético Madrid assistant manager Germán Burgos directed a threat towards José Mourinho that would unnerve even the most confrontational of…

The Big Analysis: Atlético Madrid vs Granada

When Diego Simeone joined Atlético Madrid in 2011 as first team coach there were very few people around the world who suggested that it would lead to such a prolonged period of…

Argentina’s obsession with the number 5

ARGENTINA MADE IT THROUGH to the 2014 World Cup final having defeated Holland in a penalty shootout. Lionel Messi, the star of the show, wearing the nation’s iconic number 10, didn’t have a…