Simeone, five years on the red and white bench

The Argentinian has reached five years managing our team on the bench at Ipurua.

Diego Pablo Simeone continues making history as Atlético de Madrid’s manager. The Argentinian has reached this Saturday, five years on the bench as Atlético’s manager. The coach made his debut on the 7th of January of 2012 at La Rosaleda against Málaga. Five years later, Simeone celebrates his anniversary with a 0-2 victory at Ipurua.

Our manager was presented on 27th December, 2011, but it wasn’t until 7th January, 2012 when he sat down for the first time on the red and white bench. In his first season leading the team, the Argentinian managed to lift the Europa League against Athletic Club (3-0). The victory against the Basque team allowed our club to play the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea. Falcao and Miranda's goals served to defeat Chelsea (1-4) and to win the second UEFA Super Cup of our history.

With the UEFA Super Cup, Simeone began his first season since he signed as Atléticos’s coach. It was during the 2012/2013 season, a campaign that would end with the direct qualification of our team for the next edition of the Champions League and with the King’s Cup title after beating Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu with the goals by Diego Costa and Miranda.

The 2013/2014 season would be very special for the Argentinian, the players, club and fans. The team reached 17th May, 2014, with options to win LaLiga at the Camp Nou. Godín's masterful header won us the League title, the second for Simeone, after winning it as a player in 1996. That same season, our manager led the team to play the second Champions League final in the history of the club.

After a historic season, another one, 2014/2015, was drawing close and would begin with the Spanish Super Cup. Our team was winning another title at the Vicente Calderón after beating Real Madrid in the knockout round by 2-1. That season, the team would book a direct spot for the next Champions League edition.

In the 2015/2016 season, Simeone once again made history as the red and white manager. The team finished LaLiga with the second best score of our history and fighting for the championship with FC Barcelona up to the penultimate week. In addition, our players reached another Champions League final, after playing a great group stage and knockout rounds against PSV, Barcelona and Bayern.

This season, the Argentinian continues making history because he has once again managed to qualify the team, for the fourth year in a row, to play the last 16 of the Champions League as group leaders.

In total, Simeone has managed our team in 287 official matches with 182 victories, 55 ties and 50 defeats. In addition, the Argentinian is the second manager with more League matches with the Atlético de Madrid, only surpassed by Luis Aragonés.