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Official: Diego Simeone signs new Atletico Madrid contract

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After restoring Atletico Madrid as La Liga champions for the 11th time, Diego Simeone and his coaching staff got their just reward.

Atletico Madrid have confirmed a new contract for manager Diego Simeone until the summer of 2024.

The 51-year-old, who has been in charge of the club since January 2012, will oversee his 11th season as head coach in the 2021/22 campaign. His previous deal was due to expire in June 2022.

Simeone’s assistant Nelson Vivas, fitness coach Oscar Ortega, goalkeeping coach Pablo Vercellone and third coach Hernan Bonvicini have also put pen-to-paper on new deals until 2024.

How has Simeone fared as manager?

The Argentine has overseen one of the most successful periods in Atletico’s history. He has won 317 of his 527 matches in charge to date, drawing 121 times and losing on 87 occasions. No coach has achieved so many victories at the club before now.

Simeone’s tally of eight trophies is also the most that any Atletico manager has ever achieved, having tasted success in La Liga (X2), the Europa League (X2), UEFA Super Cup (X2), Copa del Rey (X1), and the Spanish Super Cup (X1).

The only piece of silverware missing from the former midfielder’s cabinet is the Champions League. That said, he has led the club to the final of the competition twice in 2014 and 2016.

When do Atletico return to action?

The reigning Spanish champions begin their title defense in La Liga on August 15 to Celta Vigo.

Simeone’s men then host Elche at the Wanda Metropolitano a week later for their first home fixture of the campaign. They’ll meet title rivals Barcelona on October 3 in Madrid, and Real Madrid on December 12.