Miguel Herrera

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Miguel Herrera
Personal information
Full nameMiguel Ernesto Herrera Aguirre[1]
Date of birth(1968-03-18) 18 March 1968 (age 46)
Place of birthHidalgo, Mexico
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current team
Mexico (manager)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1986–1987Atlante36(4)
1988–1989Santos Laguna30(4)
1989–1990Atlante17(0)
1990–1991Querétaro30(2)
1991–1995Atlante125(9)
1995–1999Neza109(2)
1999–2000Atlante33(0)
Total380(21)
National team
1993–1994Mexico14(0)
Teams managed
2002–2004Atlante
2004–2007Monterrey
2008Veracruz
2008–2010Estudiantes Tecos
2010–2011Atlante
2011–2013América
2013–Mexico
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
 
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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Herrera and the second or maternal family name is Aguirre.
Miguel Herrera
Personal information
Full nameMiguel Ernesto Herrera Aguirre[1]
Date of birth(1968-03-18) 18 March 1968 (age 46)
Place of birthHidalgo, Mexico
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current team
Mexico (manager)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1986–1987Atlante36(4)
1988–1989Santos Laguna30(4)
1989–1990Atlante17(0)
1990–1991Querétaro30(2)
1991–1995Atlante125(9)
1995–1999Neza109(2)
1999–2000Atlante33(0)
Total380(21)
National team
1993–1994Mexico14(0)
Teams managed
2002–2004Atlante
2004–2007Monterrey
2008Veracruz
2008–2010Estudiantes Tecos
2010–2011Atlante
2011–2013América
2013–Mexico
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Miguel Ernesto Herrera Aguirre (Spanish pronunciation: [miˈɣel eˈreɾa]; born 18 March 1968), commonly referred to by his nickname Piojo (Spanish for louse), is a former Mexican footballer and current manager of the Mexico national football team.

A former defender, Herrera played most of his career with Atlante, playing for the club four different times, and most notably with Toros Neza, making over 100 appearances for the club. He also had stints with Santos Laguna and Querétaro.[2] A Mexican international, Herrera participated in the 1993 Copa America tournament with Mexico, winning second place.

As a manager, Herrera managed Atlante on two occasions, the first in 2002, and again in 2010. He also coached Monterrey, playing the final in 2004, losing to UNAM. He went on to coach Veracruz in 2008, and Estudiantes Tecos from 2008 until 2010. He was announced as América manager in November 2011. In May 2013, Herrera led América to their eleventh league championship, an the first in his career.

In October 2013, Herrera was named as interim coach of the Mexican national team to help guide them through the intercontinental playoff matches against New Zealand to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. After Mexico won both matches and gained qualification, Herrera's job was extended to coaching them during the tournament.

Club career[edit]

Born in Cuauhtepec, Hidalgo, Mexico, Herrera made his debut with Atlante in 1986. He then transferred to Santos Laguna in 1988, making 30 appearances and scoring four goals. He had another stint with Atlante in 1989, before moving to Querétaro in 1990. He once again transferred to Atlante, where he would remain until 1995, making 125 appearances and scoring nine goals. He was then sold to Toros Neza. The club would reach its first final in the "Verano '97" season, ultimately losing to Guadalajara by a score of 7–2. In 1999, Herrera returned to Atlante for one more year before he retired.

International career[edit]

Herrera participated with Mexico in the 1993 Copa America in Ecuador. Mexico lost the final against Argentina, 2–1.

Managerial career[edit]

Atlante[edit]

In 2002, only two years after retiring, Herrera came back to coach his former club Atlante. He would remain manager for two years, but resigned in 2004 after failing to take Atlante to a final.

Monterrey[edit]

For the Apertura 2004 season, Herrera was named head coach of Monterrey. He ironically faced his former club Atlante in the semifinals, where he defeated them by an aggregate score of 7–3. He ultimately failed to make Monterrey champions, losing to UNAM in the final by an aggregate score of 3–1. He succeeded in taking Monterrey to another final in the Apertura 2005 season, but failed once more, this time losing to Toluca with an aggregate score of 6–3. Herrera would continue to be Monterrey's coach until the Apertura 2007 season, where his contract was terminated in September 2007 due to continuous poor performances the team had.[3]

Veracruz[edit]

In the Clausura 2008 season, Herrera was hired as coach for Veracruz after the resignation of Antonio Mohamed.[4] A stand-out victory for Herrera was a 4–0 home victory over América on 29 March 2008.[5] He was in charge of preventing Veracruz from being relegated to the Primera División A, in which inevitably Veracruz descended. Herrera parted ways with the club in May 2008.[6]

Estudiantes Tecos[edit]

Shortly after leaving Veracruz, Herrera was hired to coach a struggling Estudiantes Tecos half-way into the Apertura 2008 tournament to replace José Luis Trejo.[7] He was fired on September 2010.[8]

Return to Atlante[edit]

In November 2010 it was announced that Herrera was hired as the new Atlante manager, returning with his former club following his first managerial stint in 2002.[9] Under his reign, Atlante finished fourth place in the Clausura 2011. They would be eliminated in the quarterfinals by Cruz Azul.[10] Atlante failed to qualify for the playoffs of the Apertura 2011 season, and Herrera did not renew his contract with the club, as there were rumors placing him at Club América as their new manager.[11]

América[edit]

On 16 November 2011, Herrera was named the head coach of América.[12][13][14] In his first press conference, Herrera revealed he had signed a contract for six months, saying: "If in six months I don't give results, I leave."[15]

On 7 January 2012 América defeated Quéretaro 2–0, which was Herrera's first official victory with América.[16] América finished the Clausura 2012 season in third place, and reached the semifinals, being eliminated by Monterrey by an aggregate score of 0–2.[17] On 14 May, Miguel Herrera was ratified as manager.[18]

On 26 May 2013, América won the eleventh league title in their history by defeating Cruz Azul 4–2 on penalty kicks after a dramatic comeback from a 0–1 first leg loss to tie 2–2 on aggregate, and playing the second leg with ten men for over 105 minutes. This would be Miguel Herrera's first league title in his managerial career after losing his two previous finals while at Monterrey.[19]

Mexico national team[edit]

On 18 October 2013, Herrera was appointed interim head coach of the Mexican national team, replacing Víctor Manuel Vucetich to become the fourth national team coach within the span of a month.[20] He led El Tri to a 9–3 aggregate victory over New Zealand in the two-leg intercontinental playoff to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. On 2 December, it was announced that Herrera would remain national team coach at least through the World Cup.[21]

On 23 June 2014, Mexico defeated Croatia 3–1 to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup.[22]

Statistics[edit]

Managerial[edit]

As of 13 September 2014[23][24]
TeamNatFromToRecord
GWDLGFGAGDWin %
AtlanteMexico2002200497383128158133+2539.18
MonterreyMexico20042007127513244189177+1240.16
VeracruzMexico20082008154562225-326.67
Estudiantes TecosMexico200820107122202999116-1730.99
AtlanteMexico23 November 2010201134137145245+738.24
AméricaMexico16 November 201115 December 20138444231717999+8052.38
MexicoMexico18 October 2013Present169433112+1956.25
Total444182121141730607+12340.99

Honours[edit]

Managerial[edit]

América

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tecnico, Miguel Herrera Aguirre". Esmas.
  2. ^ "Conoce la faceta de Miguel Herrera como jugador". Terra. Retrieved November 2011.
  3. ^ "Miguel Herrera deja al Monterrey" El Siglo de Torreon. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Veracruz presenta a Miguel Herrera". Orizaba. Retrieved 30 January 2008.
  5. ^ "En caída libre el América; Los golea Veracruz 4-0". El Universal. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
  6. ^ "Finaliza Veracruz relación laboral con Miguel Herrera". El Siglo de Torreon. Retrieved 13 May 2008.
  7. ^ " Tecos replace Trejo with Herrera". ESPN Star. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  8. ^ "Miguel Herrera es cesado como entrenador de Estudiantes Tecos". CNN Mexico. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  9. ^ French, Scott (24 November 2010)."Atlante tags Miguel Herrera to 'get out of this mess'". ESPN Los Angeles. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Atlante eliminado de la liguilla". Potros de Atlante. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  11. ^ "Se va Miguel Herrera del Atlante". El Punto Crítico. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  12. ^ "America hires Miguel Hererra as their new coach". Fox Sports. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  13. ^ "Miguel Herrera llega al América". El Universal. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  14. ^ "Miguel Herrera es el técnico del América". ESPNDeportes. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  15. ^ "Miguel Herrera, DT del América". Oem.com.mx. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  16. ^ "Quéretaro 0-2 América… Inician con triunfo la nueva era". Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  17. ^ "Monterrey(2)2-0(0) América…Rayados, primer finalista". Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  18. ^ "Ratifican a Miguel Herrera como técnico del América". Excélsior. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  19. ^ http://www.clubamerica.com.mx/america-es-campeon-de-la-liga-mx
  20. ^ "Mexico Fires Another Coach, Fourth One in Two Months". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Herrera named Mexico head coach through 2014 World Cup". soccerbyives. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Mexico boss Miguel Herrera celebrates wildly on one of the happiest days of his life". Daily Mail. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  23. ^ http://www.informador.com.mx/deportes/2011/338319/6/el-piojo-promete-unir-ganar-gustar-y-ser-campeones.htm
  24. ^ http://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/mexico/reacciones/2013/12/15/miguel-herrera-dijo-adios-al-america_51501

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