Diego Simeone gave his teenage son, Giuliano, his first minutes for Atlético Madrid late in the 0-0 draw against Granada on Wednesday night. The 19-year-old striker came on in the 90th minute for Marcos Llorente and won a free kick in his short time on the pitch.
Giuliano has been on the bench for Atlético on nine occasions this season in LaLiga. His father eventually decided to bring him on as Atlético sought the opening goal. Atlético ultimately moved second in the table with the draw, but both Barcelona and Sevilla have games in hand heading into a weekend off.
The teenage Simeone was elbowed in the face by Domingos Duarte to set up a free-kick that Luis Suárez fired into the wall in stoppage. He made a darting run in behind Granada’s defense, the exact kind of run Atlético were lacking all game and have been missing all season.
19y 123d - At 19 years and 123 days, @simeonegiuliano has become the third youngest foreign player to play for @atletienglish in @LaLigaEN under his father @Simeone after José María Giménez (18 and 237) and Lucas Hernández (18 and 310). Family. pic.twitter.com/MNKBNdLcRu— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 20, 2022
Giuliano has a contract with the rojiblancos until 2025. Diego Simeone has another son, 26-year-old Giovanni, who is a striker at Hellas Verona. He also played for River Plate as a teenager, a similar start to that of his brother Giuliano.