Why is Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone called ‘El Cholo’?

Atlético Madrid defeated Real Madrid 3-1 at the Metropolitano on Sunday night, with Diego Simeone recording another victory over his team’s arch-rivals.

Argentinians love nicknames – and in football there sure are plenty. Many Argentine players and managers have been known by their nicknames over the years, including El Loco, El Fideo, El Piojo and of course El Cholo.

Cholo Simeone

Atlético boss Simeone is known as El Cholo, but why? The Atlético tactician previously explained himself in an interview with El Larguero’s Manu Carreño.

“There was a player called [Carmelo] Simeone during the 70s, and they called him Cholo. He was a right-back who played for Boca… I think he also played a game or two for the Argentina national team,” Simeone said.

“And in around 1985, a coach who was called Victorio Spinetto, who was a great Argentine player – a veteran coach with us when I was in the youth team… well one day he called me Cholo… and it stuck. What does Cholo mean? I’ve got no idea!”

Kieran Quaile | GSFN

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