Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone beat off competition from Jurgen Klopp, Zindine Zidane, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and others to emerge winner of the Coach Of The Decade Award as organized by International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
Simeone won after the numbers had been crunched on his last 10 years in the Spanish capital.
The 50-year-old transformed Atletico Madrid into one of the biggest Spanish football powerhouses despite winning just one Laliga title.
In a statement the IFFHS noted: “Simeone realised a great performance with his club Atletico Madrid in this decade: 1 LaLiga title, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Super Copa Espana, 2 UEFA Europa League titles, 2 UEFA Super Cup titles and 2 times Runner-Up in UEFA Champions League Finals.
“His regularity and his power made the difference to win the Award of the Decade 2011-2020.”
During the last decade Simeone has won fewer European titles than Zidane and not as many league honour as Guardiola, but has accrued enough points in the ranking system due to his consistency at the Atletico helm.
The overall results placed Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp second and third respectively, while Real Madrid’s Champions League maestro Zidane could only feature in seventh place; one spot behind Unai Emery.
The overall result was determined by every manager’s ranking each year between 2011 and 2020, with points assigned based on their yearly finishes.
As things currently stand Simeone could finally be set to add to his La Liga title of 2012-14, with Atletico sitting proudly atop La Liga.
Atletico currently have a four-point lead at the top, with 41 points from 16 games played and have only lost once in this campaign.
Real Madrid sit in second on 37 points, though have played two games more than their rivals.
Barcelona, likewise, have also played 18 games and have amassed 34 points, meaning Atletico could soon take a commanding lead should they win their two games in hand.
Simeone’s men beat Sevilla 2-0 on Wednesday night, and return to action on Thursday, January 21 against Eibar.