Carlos Hermosillo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Hermosillo and the second or maternal family name is Goytortúa.
Carlos Hermosillo
Personal information
Full name Carlos Manuel Hermosillo Goytortúa
Date of birth (1964-08-14) August 14, 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Cerro Azul, Veracruz, Mexico
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1989 América 162 (73)
1990 Standard Liège 5 (1)
1990–1991 Monterrey 35 (20)
1991–1998 Cruz Azul 215 (153)
1998 Necaxa 20 (11)
1998–1999 Los Angeles Galaxy 18 (6)
1999–2000 América 16 (8)
2000 Atlante 16 (7)
2001 Guadalajara 34 (7)
National team
1984–1997 Mexico 90 (35)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Carlos Manuel Hermosillo Goytortúa (born August 24, 1964 in Cerro Azul, Veracruz, Mexico) is a Mexican former football player. He is one of the top all-time goalscorers for the Mexican national team. He is also known as "El Grandote de Cerro Azul", (The big tall one from Cerro Azul).


Hermosillo started his club career with America during the 1983-84 season. He spent most of his club career in his native Mexico, also playing for Monterrey, Cruz Azul, Necaxa, Atlante, and Chivas. Carlos' best two seasons were in 1994-95 and 1995–96, when he scored 35 and 36 goals respectively for Cruz Azul, where he had his best years as a player.

Hermosillo made two ventures outside the country: to Belgium's Standard Liège in 1989-90 and to Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy for two seasons starting in 1998. For the Galaxy, he scored 14 goals and 15 assists in two regular seasons, adding five goals and an assist in the playoffs.

On August 17, 1986 he sparked an all-out war with Guadalajara's Fernando Quirarte later on involving others from either side,which bought himself a 12 game suspension.

Hermosillo was once the all-time goalscoring lead for the Mexican national team with 35 goals (in 90 caps between 1984 and 1997). He played in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Since December 1, 2006, Carlos Hermosillo was named the head of the Comisión Nacional del Deporte (i.e., National Commission for Sports), the Mexican government's office in charge of all sporting activities policy in the country. President Felipe Calderón designated him as part of his extended cabinet. After various scandals during Carlos' Hermosillo administration, finally President Felipe Calderón requested him to resign at his post after only 2 years in office. He became the first National Sports Minister to be fired by the President in Mexico.

After an 18 year career with eight different clubs, Hermosillo retired. He last played with Guadalajara in 2001. He had a retirement game playing with Cruz Azul, his favorite team growing up was Cruz Azul, also he won a championship with Cruz Azul in 1997.

International goals[edit]

Cruz Azul Curse[edit]

Further information:Cruz Azul and Leon curse

It is said that Hermosillo cursed Leon and Cruz Azul during the final of 1997 by taking a penalty kick with blood on his face. Also this curse will be lifted when another striker wearing Hermosillo´s number (27) scores in the final.

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