Club: F.C. Internazionale Milano (1998/1999) | SS Lazio (1999/2001)
When Simeone was 14, his youth coach Victorio Spinetto nicknamed him Cholo as his energetic play reminded him of former Boca Juniors player and Argentine international Carmelo Simeone (no relation) who had that nickname.
In his club career that started in 1987, Simeone played for Velez Sarsfield, Pisa, Sevilla FC, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, and Lazio.
For the Argentine team, Simeone amassed 106 caps, the first coming in 1988.
Simeone won two Copa America's with Argentina in 1991 and 1993. He played in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups. As a midfielder, Simeone scored 11 goals for his country. He was considered a leader on the pitch. He was a member of the team that won the silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
During the 1998 World Cup, David Beckham was sent off for kicking Simeone in retaliation for a foul. (see also Argentina and England football rivalry). Simeone later admitted to exaggerating injury from the kick, in order to get Beckham expelled.
In the following match, against the Netherlands, Simeone was injured by a tackle during his team's defeat. In the 2002 World Cup, his last, Argentina was eliminated in the group stage.
A sometimes intimidating figure on the pitch, he once described his style as "holding a knife between his teeth". Simeone admitted to being "embarrassed" at having surpassed Diego Maradona as Argentina's most capped player (he has since been surpassed by Roberto Ayala and Javier Zanetti).
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