Álex Aguinaga

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Álex Aguinaga
Personal information
Full name Alex Dario Aguinaga Garzón
Date of birth (1968-07-09) July 9, 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Ibarra, Ecuador
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1989 Deportivo Quito 147 (38)
1989–2003 Necaxa 476 (85)
2003–2004 Cruz Azul 14 (0)
2004–2005 LDU Quito 71 (9)
Total 708 (132)
National team
1987–2004 Ecuador 109 (23)
Teams managed
2011 América (assistant)
2011 Barcelona SC
2012 San Luis
2013 LDU Loja
2014– Itagüí
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aguinaga and the second or maternal family name is Garzón.

Álex Dario Aguinaga Garzón (born July 9, 1968 in Ibarra) is an Ecuadorian retired football midfielder and mananger of Categoría Primera A team Itagüí. As a player, he is one of the all-time cap leaders for Ecuador with 109 matches, scoring 23 goals.[1] Aguinaga is known as one of the best Ecuadorian footballers of all time. On the club level, Aguinaga has played for Deportivo Quito, Necaxa, Cruz Azul and LDU Quito.

Club career[edit]

Deportivo Quito[edit]

Alex rose through Deportivo Quito's youth ranks where he impressed many scouts. During international duty, he impressed Fabio Capello who wished to sign him. By the time his scouts approached Aguinaga it was too late. They found out that he was sold for a small amount of money to Mexican football club Necaxa.


Alex spent the majority of his club career at Necaxa, whom he joined in 1989, winning 3 championships with the club. In his first ever win of a championship in professional football, he won by scoring the first goal in the 1995 Mexican League final vs Cruz Azul, winning the final 2-0. He would later win 2 other league titles with Necaxa in 1996 and 1998 vs Celaya and Chivas respectively. In 1999 Alex was crucial for Necaxa's first ever international win, winning the Concacaf championship. This win made Necaxa eligible to participate in the first ever FIFA Club World Cup where he scored 2 goals vs Melbourne and Vasco da Gama. He made a penalty in a penalty face off with Real Madrid for the Third place honor, which gave Necaxa the win.During his career, Alex was approached by many major European clubs, including Inter Milan and Real Madrid. However, Alex gave Necaxa his last word. He stated that all he needed to hear was the club did not want him and that would incite him to sign with another club, but the owners were wise enough to keep him and for over 13 years, Aguinaga defended the red and white jersey. He played for his country in the 2002 FIFA World Cup at the age of 34. Aguinaga transferred over to Cruz Azul in 2003 after Necaxa moved to Aguascalientes. He also holds a Mexican passport because he spent most of his football career in Mexico playing for Necaxa mostly and Cruz Azul. His grandfather is of Spanish descent.

LDU Quito[edit]

Alex decided it would be in Ecuador where he would retire from his footballing career. After many great games and goals defending the LDU uniform, Alex won the 2005 Ecuadorian Serie A championship, thus retiring a champion.

International career[edit]

Álex Aguinaga earned his first cap for Ecuador on March 5, 1987. In the same match, he scored his first goal for the team. Over the year, he would form an integral part of the national team. He would captain the team for a number of years and assisted in the goal by Iván Kaviedes that assured Ecuador's first qualification to the FIFA World Cup in 2002. By his retirement in 2003, he had 109 caps, scored 23 goals, played in 7 Copa Américas, and one FIFA World Cup.

International goals[edit]

List of Álex Aguinaga's international goals[2]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 March 5, 1987 Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana  Cuba 1–2 1–2 Friendly
2 June 7, 1988 Albuquerque Sports Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico  United States 0–1 0–1 Friendly
3 June 10, 1988 Unknown, Houston, Texas  United States 0–1 0–2 Friendly
4 June 15, 1988 Estadio Francisco Morazán, San Pedro Sula  Honduras 1–1 1–1 Friendly
5 September 24, 1989 Estadio Monumental de Barcelona, Guayaquil  Paraguay 1–1 3–1 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifier
6 June 30, 1991 Estadio Nacional, Santiago  Chile 3–1 3–1 Friendly
7 July 9, 1991 Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar  Uruguay 0–1 1–1 1991 Copa América
8 July 13, 1991 Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar  Bolivia 1–0 4–0 1991 Copa América
9 June 15, 1993 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Venezuela 6–1 6–1 1993 Copa América
10 June 22, 1993 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Uruguay 2–1 2–1 1993 Copa América
11 July 6, 1996 Estadio Nacional, Santiago  Chile 1–1 4–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
12 September 1, 1996 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Venezuela 1–0 1–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
13 February 12, 1997 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Uruguay 1–0 4–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
14 April 2, 1997 Estadio Nacional, Lima  Peru 1–1 1–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
15 April 30, 1997 Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires  Argentina 2–1 2–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
16 August 20, 1997 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Paraguay 1–1 2–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
17 September 10, 1997 Estádio Fonte Nova, Salvador  Brazil 3–1 4–2 Friendly
18 March 29, 2000 Estadio Casa Blanca, Quito  Venezuela 2–0 2–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
19 April 26, 2000 Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo (Morumbi), São Paulo  Brazil 0–1 3–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
20 January 22, 2002 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami  Canada 1–0 2–0 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
21 January 22, 2002 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami  Canada 2–0 2–0 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
22 November 20, 2002 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Costa Rica 1–2 2–2 Friendly
23 June 2, 2003 Estadio Bellavista, Ambato  Guatemala 2–0 2–0 Friendly

2013 21

Managerial career[edit]

Aguinaga's managerial career began in late 2010 as an assistant to Manuel Lapuente at Mexican club América. He left the club in early 2011 when Lapuente was sacked. In March of the same year, he was named to his first full-time managerial post as the new manager of Guayaquil-based club Barcelona following the sacking of Rubén Darío Insúa.[3] In late May of the same year, he resigned from his position to not interfere and influence the club's presidential elections the following month. He has not ruled out a return after the election.[4]

On September 2014, Aguinaga became the manager of Correcaminos UAT, which plays in the Ascenso MX second professional level league of the Mexican football league system.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Aguinaga's daughter Cristiane is an actress and has appeared in several Mexican series and telenovelas such as Carita de Ángel and La rosa de Guadalupe.[6]




LDU Quito




  • Ideal team of South America: 1989
  • Number 7 retired by Necaxa as a recognition to his contribution to the club.


  1. ^ rsssf: Ecuador record international footballers
  2. ^ "Alex Darío Aguinaga - International Appearances". RSSSF. July 25, 2004. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "El legendario Álex Aguinaga es el nuevo director técnico de Barcelona" [The legendary Álex Aguinaga is the new manager of Barcelona] (in Spanish). El Universo. March 25, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hasta ahí nomás" [Enough] (in Spanish). futbolecuador.com. May 27, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Llega Alex Aguinaga a Ciudad Victoria" (in Spanish). Milenio. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1039219/

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