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Diego Simeone was often described as playing with a knife between his teeth as he scowled his way through 106 internationals for Argentina.
As a coach, the former Lazio, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid player cuts an equally menacing figure as he prowls the touchline, unshaven and dressed all in black.
Simeone got off to a flying start to his coaching career by helping Estudiantes win the Apertura championship in 2006, their first major title for 23 years.
One year ago, the man who famously provoked David Beckham’s sending-off in the epic England-Argentina match at the 1998 World Cup, added another domestic title to his cabinet as his River Plate team won the Clausura championship.