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Atletico Madrid extend contract of coach Simeone

FOOTBALL By Xinhua | July 9th 2021
Atletico's coach Diego Simeone throws a ball in the air during a training session in Madrid, Spain,Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Atletico Madrid will play FC Barcelona Wednesday in a 2nd leg, quarterfinal Champions League soccer match in Madrid. (AP)

La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on Thursday announced the extension of the contract of coach Diego Simeone and his technical staff until the end of June 2024.

The new deal comes after Simeone led Atletico to last season's La Liga title - the eighth trophy the club has won since he took over at the end of 2011.

His first season at the club he represented in two spells as a player saw Atletico win the Europa League, while in the 2012/13 campaign, they won the UEFA Supercup and the Copa del Rey - beating Real Madrid in the final.

The following season Atletico won the 10th La Liga title in their history, drawing the last game of the season away to FC Barcelona to claim the title, while the following campaign they won the Spanish Supercup, but suffered the first of two Champions League final defeats to Real Madrid.

2018 saw Atletico repeat their success in the Europa League and they followed that with another European Supercup success the following campaign, before their impressive success in last season's Liga.

Simeone has been in charge of 527 matches, losing just 16 percent of those encounters as he built and has renewed a notoriously difficult team to score goals against.

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