Diego Simeone

Date of birth28 April 1970
Place of birthBuenos Aires
NationalityArgentine
Weight70 kg
Height1.77 m
PositionMidfielder

An extremely effective defensive midfield player, Diego is now approaching the twilight of his career but still remains a key figure for club and country. He made his international debut against Australia in July 1988, and has become Argentinas most capped player - and the first to make over 100 appearances. A veteran of the 1994 and 1998 World Cup campaigns, notably in the latter he was involved in the incident when England's David Beckham was sent-off. Diego was also a member of the team that won the Copa America in 1991 and 1993.

His club career began with Velez Sarsfield in 1987, but he has since spent more than a decade on the European scene. He has played in turn for Pisa, Seville, Atletico Madrid (helping them to a domestic league and cup double in 1995-96), Inter Milan (UEFA Cup winners in 1998) and Lazio (Serie A champions and Italian Cup winners in 1999-2000).

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Vélez Sarsfield 01 Jul 1987 01 Jul 1990
Pisa 01 Jul 1990 01 Jul 1992
Sevilla 01 Jul 1992 01 Jul 1994
Atlético Madrid 01 Jul 1994 01 Jul 1997
Internazionale 01 Jul 1997 01 Jul 1999
Lazio 01 Jul 1999 16 Jul 2003
Atlético Madrid 16 Jul 2003

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1998-99 Internazionale UEFA Champions League 2
1999-00 Lazio UEFA Champions League 2
1999-00 Lazio UEFA Super Cup
1
2000-01 Lazio Serie A 23
7
2
6
2000-01 Lazio UEFA Champions League 8
1
2
2001-02 Lazio Serie A 3
5
1
2
2001-02 Lazio UEFA Champions League 5
2
2002-03 Lazio Serie A 18
6
7
4
2002-03 Lazio UEFA Cup 4
3
2003-04 Atlético Madrid Primera Liga 23
5
2
9
2004-05 Atlético Madrid Primera Liga 4
4


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
03 Mar 1999 Manchester United v Inter Milano L 2-0 UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 1st leg
17 Mar 1999 Inter Milano v Manchester United D 1-1
Agg: 1-3
UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 2nd leg


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1987-88 Argentina South America Youth Championship 3
1
1988-89 Argentina Bicentennial Gold Cup 2
1
1988-89 Argentina International Friendly 1
2
1988-89 Argentina World Youth Cup 4
1
1989-90 Argentina International Friendly
1
1990-91 Argentina England Challenge Cup 2
1990-91 Argentina International Friendly 1
1991-92 Argentina Copa America 6
2
1991-92 Argentina Olympics 3
1
1992-93 Argentina Artemio Franchi Trophy 1
1992-93 Argentina Copa America 3
1
1992-93 Argentina FIFA Confederations Cup 2
1
1992-93 Argentina International Friendly 2
1993-94 Argentina Copa America 2
1993-94 Argentina FIFA World Cup 10
1
1
1993-94 Argentina International Friendly 5
1994-95 Argentina Copa America 3
1
1
1994-95 Argentina International Friendly 1
1
1995-96 Argentina FIFA World Cup 2
1995-96 Argentina International Friendly 4
1
1996-97 Argentina FIFA World Cup 6
2
1996-97 Argentina International Friendly 1
1996-97 Argentina Olympics 3
3
1
1997-98 Argentina FIFA World Cup 9
1
1
1997-98 Argentina International Friendly 7
1998-99 Argentina Copa America 4
1
1
1998-99 Argentina International Friendly 3
1
1999-00 Argentina FIFA World Cup 4
1
1999-00 Argentina International Friendly 3
2
2000-01 Argentina FIFA World Cup 8
1
2000-01 Argentina International Friendly 2
1
2001-02 Argentina FIFA World Cup 4
2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
16 May 1988 Argentina v Brazil L 1-2 SAYC Final round
19 May 1988 Argentina v Paraguay L 0-1 SAYC Final round
22 May 1988 Argentina v Colombia W 2-1 SAYC Final round
14 Jul 1988 Australia v Argentina L 4-1 BI-CEN GOLD CUP
16 Jul 1988 Argentina v Saudi Arabia W 2-0 BI-CEN GOLD CUP 3rd place
17 Feb 1989 Argentina v Spain L 1-2 World Youth Cup Group D
19 Feb 1989 Norway v Argentina W 0-2 World Youth Cup Group D
22 Feb 1989 Iraq v Argentina L 1-0 World Youth Cup Group D
25 Feb 1989 Brazil v Argentina L 1-0 World Youth Cup Quarter-final
09 Mar 1989 Colombia v Argentina L 1-0 International Friendly
13 Apr 1989 Ecuador v Argentina D 2-2 International Friendly
20 Apr 1989 Chile v Argentina D 1-1 International Friendly
17 Jan 1990 Mexico v Argentina L 2-0 International Friendly
23 May 1991 Argentina v USSR D 1-1 England Chall Cup
25 May 1991 England v Argentina D 2-2 England Chall Cup
27 Jun 1991 Brazil v Argentina D 1-1 International Friendly
08 Jul 1991 Argentina v Venezuela W 3-0 Copa America Group A
10 Jul 1991 Chile v Argentina W 0-1 Copa America Group A
12 Jul 1991 Argentina v Paraguay W 4-1 Copa America Group A
17 Jul 1991 Brazil v Argentina W 2-3 Copa America Final round
19 Jul 1991 Chile v Argentina D 0-0 Copa America Final round
21 Jul 1991 Argentina v Colombia W 2-1 Copa America Final round
02 Feb 1992 Argentina v Bolivia W 1-0 Olympics South America round 1 group B
04 Feb 1992 Argentina v Ecuador W 1-0 Olympics South America round 1 group B
06 Feb 1992 Argentina v Chile D 1-1 Olympics South America round 1 group B
16 Oct 1992 Argentina v Ivory Coast W 4-0 Intercontinental Championship Semi-final
20 Oct 1992 Saudi Arabia v Argentina W 1-3 Intercontinental Championship Final
26 Nov 1992 Argentina v Poland W 2-0 International Friendly
18 Feb 1993 Argentina v Brazil D 1-1 International Friendly
24 Feb 1993 Argentina v Denmark W 1-1 (5-4) ARCHEMI FRANCHI
20 Jun 1993 Argentina v Mexico D 1-1 Copa America Group C
23 Jun 1993 Argentina v Colombia D 1-1 Copa America Group C
27 Jun 1993 Brazil v Argentina W 1-1 (6-5) Copa America Quarter-final
01 Jul 1993 Argentina v Colombia W 0-0 (6-5) Copa America Semi-final
04 Jul 1993 Argentina v Mexico W 2-1 Copa America Final
01 Aug 1993 Peru v Argentina W 0-1 FIFA World Cup South America group A
08 Aug 1993 Paraguay v Argentina W 1-3 FIFA World Cup South America group A
15 Aug 1993 Colombia v Argentina L 2-1 FIFA World Cup South America group A
29 Aug 1993 Argentina v Paraguay D 0-0 FIFA World Cup South America group A
05 Sep 1993 Argentina v Colombia L 0-5 FIFA World Cup South America group A
17 Nov 1993 Argentina v Australia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Play-off
24 Mar 1994 Brazil v Argentina L 2-0 International Friendly
20 Apr 1994 Argentina v Morocco W 3-1 International Friendly
18 May 1994 Chile v Argentina D 3-3 International Friendly
25 May 1994 Ecuador v Argentina L 1-0 International Friendly
04 Jun 1994 Croatia v Argentina D 0-0 International Friendly
21 Jun 1994 Argentina v Greece W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
25 Jun 1994 Argentina v Nigeria W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
30 Jun 1994 Argentina v Bulgaria L 0-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
03 Jul 1994 Romania v Argentina L 3-2 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
22 Jun 1995 Argentina v Slovakia W 6-0 International Friendly
30 Jun 1995 Argentina v Australia W 2-0 International Friendly
08 Jul 1995 Argentina v Bolivia W 2-1 Copa America Group C
11 Jul 1995 Argentina v Chile W 4-0 Copa America Group C
14 Jul 1995 Argentina v USA L 0-3 Copa America Group C
17 Jul 1995 Brazil v Argentina D 2-2 Copa America Quarter-final
20 Sep 1995 Spain v Argentina L 2-1 International Friendly
08 Nov 1995 Argentina v Brazil L 0-1 International Friendly
24 Apr 1996 Argentina v Bolivia W 3-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
02 Jun 1996 Ecuador v Argentina L 2-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
20 Jun 1996 Argentina v Poland W 2-0 International Friendly
07 Jul 1996 Peru v Argentina D 0-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
20 Jul 1996 USA v Argentina W 1-3 Olympics Finals Group A
22 Jul 1996 Argentina v Portugal D 1-1 Olympics Finals Group A
24 Jul 1996 Argentina v Tunisia D 1-1 Olympics Finals Group A
27 Jul 1996 Argentina v Spain W 4-0 Olympics Quarter-final
30 Jul 1996 Argentina v Portugal W 2-0 Olympics Semi-final
03 Aug 1996 Nigeria v Argentina L 3-2 Olympics Final
09 Oct 1996 Venezuela v Argentina W 2-5 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
28 Dec 1996 Argentina v Yugoslavia L 2-3 International Friendly
12 Jan 1997 Uruguay v Argentina D 0-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
12 Feb 1997 Colombia v Argentina W 0-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
30 Apr 1997 Argentina v Ecuador W 2-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
08 Jun 1997 Argentina v Peru W 2-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
06 Jul 1997 Paraguay v Argentina W 1-2 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
20 Jul 1997 Argentina v Venezuela W 2-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
10 Sep 1997 Chile v Argentina W 1-2 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
12 Oct 1997 Argentina v Uruguay D 0-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
16 Nov 1997 Argentina v Colombia D 1-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
19 Feb 1998 Argentina v Romania W 2-1 International Friendly
24 Feb 1998 Argentina v Yugoslavia W 3-1 International Friendly
22 Apr 1998 Republic of Ireland v Argentina W 0-2 International Friendly
29 Apr 1998 Brazil v Argentina W 0-1 International Friendly
14 May 1998 Argentina v Bosnia and Herzegovina W 5-0 International Friendly
19 May 1998 Argentina v Chile W 1-0 International Friendly
25 May 1998 Argentina v South Africa W 2-0 International Friendly
14 Jun 1998 Argentina v Japan W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
21 Jun 1998 Argentina v Jamaica W 5-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
26 Jun 1998 Argentina v Croatia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
30 Jun 1998 Argentina v England W 2-2 (4-3) FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
04 Jul 1998 Netherlands v Argentina L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals quarter-final
09 Jun 1999 Mexico v Argentina D 2-2 International Friendly
13 Jun 1999 USA v Argentina L 1-0 International Friendly
20 Jun 1999 Argentina v Lithuania D 0-0 International Friendly
01 Jul 1999 Argentina v Ecuador W 3-1 Copa America Group C
04 Jul 1999 Argentina v Colombia L 0-3 Copa America Group C
07 Jul 1999 Argentina v Uruguay W 2-0 Copa America Group C
11 Jul 1999 Brazil v Argentina L 2-1 Copa America Quarter-final
04 Sep 1999 Argentina v Brazil W 2-0 International Friendly
07 Sep 1999 Brazil v Argentina L 4-2 International Friendly
13 Oct 1999 Argentina v Colombia W 2-1 International Friendly
17 Nov 1999 Spain v Argentina W 0-2 International Friendly
23 Feb 2000 England v Argentina D 0-0 International Friendly
29 Mar 2000 Argentina v Chile W 4-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
26 Apr 2000 Venezuela v Argentina W 0-4 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
04 Jun 2000 Argentina v Bolivia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
29 Jun 2000 Colombia v Argentina W 1-3 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
19 Jul 2000 Argentina v Ecuador W 2-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
26 Jul 2000 Brazil v Argentina L 3-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
16 Aug 2000 Argentina v Paraguay D 1-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
03 Sep 2000 Peru v Argentina W 1-2 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
08 Oct 2000 Argentina v Uruguay W 2-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
20 Dec 2000 Argentina v Mexico W 2-0 International Friendly
28 Feb 2001 Italy v Argentina W 1-2 International Friendly
28 Mar 2001 Argentina v Venezuela W 5-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
25 Apr 2001 Bolivia v Argentina D 3-3 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
03 Jun 2001 Argentina v Colombia W 3-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
14 Aug 2001 Ecuador v Argentina W 0-2 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
05 Sep 2001 Argentina v Brazil W 2-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
02 Jun 2002 Argentina v Nigeria W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
07 Jun 2002 Argentina v England L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.