Diego Simeone’s outstanding efforts in 2014 – which included leading Atlético Madrid to the La Liga title and the Champion’s League final – have been recognized, with the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) naming him the world’s second best club manager.
The affable Argentine hardman was the people’s champion last year thanks to his humble persona, us-against-the-world mentality, and the unheard of feat of breaking Real Madrid and Barcelona’s evil duopoly over Spanish football.
He was, however, pipped to the post by Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti, who led his team to their much coveted tenth European cup after a last minute Sergio Ramos header clinched the title to break Simeonephiles’ (my) hearts.
“Cholo,” who made over a hundred appearances for la selección, was at the heart of the midfield when Atléti last won the title in 1996, and cemented his legendary status when his group of disciplined team-players
beat tied Barcelona on the final day of the season to secure the league.
His success his turning heads the world over, and he has been linked with a number of high-profile jobs from football’s heavyweights. He recently denied rumors suggesting he would take the Argentina job, but admitted that he would one day love to take the reigns for the national side.
Simeone placed an emphatic four places above the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini in the rankings, proving Argentina’s superiority over their noisy neighbors once again.