Alan Pulido

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Alan Pulido
Personal information
Full name Alan Pulido Izaguirre
Date of birth (1991-03-08) March 8, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
2008–2010 UANL
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010-2014 UANL 105 (23)
National team
2010–2011 Mexico U20 10 (3)
2011–2014 Mexico U23 12 (11)
2014– Mexico 6 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alan Pulido Izaguirre (8 March 1991) is a Mexican footballer. Mainly a striker, Pulido also plays as an attacking midfielder or winger.

Club career[edit]

Tigres de la UANL[edit]

Alan Pulido made his first appearance in a Liga MX game coming on as a substitute after the half-time break in a 0–3 home defeat against Morelia on 27 February 2010. His first participation in an international competition was in the SuperLiga 2009, playing 90 minutes against American side Chivas USA on 20 June 2009. He scored his first goal in the League in a 4–2 home win over Pachuca on 13 April 2011.

Pulido scored a goal in the second-leg of the Apertura 2011 final against Santos Laguna on 11 December 2011, winning his first league title and helping secure the club's third league title. Throughout the tournament, Pulido was subdued to a substitute role, behind striker Héctor Mancilla, and received limited playing time. He is currently a sub striker of Tigres, given that the current manager does not believe in giving young mexican players a real chance.

Controversy[edit]

After the elimination of Mexico at the 2014 World Cup, Pulido was meant to join Tigres to face the Apertura 2014 tournament. After alleged interest from several European teams, among them the Greek side Olympiacos F.C., Pulido stated that his contract with Tigres had ended by mid-2014 and that he was a free agent. The managerial personnel of Tigres claims that Pulido signed an addendum of the contract that links him with the team until June 2016, an extension of the contract that allowed him to participate in the World Cup. Tigres, in league with the FMF, practices this unlawful abuse of players, for there is no law in FIFA that prevents a free agent of Playing the world cup. In protest to Tigres' illegal actions, Pulido declined attendance to training sessions. He was separated from the first team and sent to train with the youth teams. Pulido also missed the youth trainings. As of August 2014 he has not trained with the team, claiming that he is a free agent, and has not participated in the Apertura 2014 tournament. Pulido started a legal dispute against Tigres via MFF, claiming that the signature on the addendum of the contract is false. Mexican football fans believe Tigres is cynically extending the times of the proceedings in order to prevent the young talent from enrolling in any foreign club and having more leverage to get away with their illegal practices.[1][2][3]

International career[edit]

Mexico U20[edit]

Alan Pulido scored three goals in the group stage of the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Guatemala and helped Mexico win the tournament an qualify for the under-20 World Cup in Colombia the same year.

Mexico U23[edit]

In the summer of 2011 he was called up to join Mexico's squad for Copa América in Argentina but did not play a part in any of the three group stage games.

On 23 March 2012, Pulido scored the opening goal in Mexico's 7–1 win over Trinidad and Tobago in the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in the United States. Two days later, he scored a hat-trick in Mexico's 3–0 victory over Honduras. His fifth goal came in the semi-final against Canada, making him joint top scorer along with teammate Marco Fabián.

In the summer of 2012 Mexico won the Toulon Tournament held in France, with Pulido scoring a goal in the 3–0 win over Turkey in the final.

Mexico national team[edit]

On 23 January 2014, Pulido was called up to the Mexico national football team by coach Miguel Herrera. Pulido subsequently scored a hat-trick on his debut appearance against South Korea on 29 January 2014, with Mexico going on to win the match 4–0.[4] On 2 April 2014, he scored the goal of the 2–2 draw between Mexico and the United States in a friendly match at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

On 2 June 2014, he was named in Mexico's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 07 April 2014[6]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mexico League Cup North America Total
2009–10 UANL Primera División 4 0 - - 3 0 7 0
2010–11 15 3 - - 0 0 15 3
2011–12 28 2 - - 2 2 30 4
2012–13 14 3 - - 5 4 19 7
2013–14 33 13 13 11 - - 46 24
Total Mexico 94 21 13 11 10 6 117 38

International[edit]

As of 02 April 2014
Mexico national team
Year Apps Goals
2014 3 4
Total 3 4

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 January 2014 Alamodome, San Antonio, United States  South Korea 2–0 4–0 Friendly
2. 3–0
3. 4–0
4. 2 April 2014 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States  United States 2–2 2–2 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

UANL

International[edit]

Mexico U23

References[edit]

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