Claudio Suárez

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Claudio Suárez
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Suárez presenting an award at Club Tijuana in 2012
Personal information
Full name Luis Claudio Suárez Sánchez
Date of birth (1968-12-17) December 17, 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Texcoco, Mexico
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1996 UNAM 204 (19)
1996–2000 Guadalajara 144 (10)
2000–2005 UANL 143 (15)
2006–2009 Chivas USA 64 (9)
Total 555 (53)
National team
1992–2006 Mexico 178 (6)
* 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 Suárez and the second or maternal family name is Sánchez.

Claudio "El Emperador" Suárez Sánchez (locally: [ˈklawðjo ˈswaɾes ˈsantʃes]; born December 17, 1968 in Texcoco) is a retired Mexican footballer. He last played for Chivas USA in Major League Soccer and an exhibition game on September 5, 2010 with the Carolina Railhawks versus the Pumas Morelos.

He has the record for most caps with the Mexico national team, as well as second place all-time, after Egyptian midfielder Ahmed Hassan.[1]

Career[edit]

Nicknamed El Emperador ("The Emperor"), Suárez began his club career with UNAM Pumas, where he played from 1988 to 1996 where he became champion in 1991. He moved to Guadalajara as an important piece for the 1996 Apertura, and remained there for 3 years, through the 1999 Clausura where he became champion in the Verano 1997 tournament, and was called to the 1998 FIFA World Cup. After being in the All Mexican Team, as an important and solid defender he was transferred to Tigres.

Suárez then moved on to UANL Tigres, where he played from 1999 to the end of 2005. He led the team's defense during that time, and was league runner-up twice, in 2001 and 2003. His last game with Tigres, and in the Mexican league, was a semi-final Clásico Regiomontano in which he was sent off in a controversial referee decision. Previous to this incident, he already had disagreements with the team's management. Tigre's directive organization had asked Suarez to retire for years and join the management, but Suarez had refused. Other differences in defensive style where also cause for conflict with the teams management. The semi-final was the last excuse for separation.

In 2006, he moved to Major League Soccer to play for Chivas USA.

On March 8, 2009 after negotiations with his contract fell, Suarez announced his retirement. However, on March 20, 2009, he decided to return to professional soccer for another year.[2] He was the last active soccer player left from Mexico's 1994 FIFA World Cup squad until he announced his retirement on March 26, 2010.[3]

On September 5, 2010, Suárez came out of retirement to play for the Carolina Railhawks in an exhibition game with the Pumas Morelos.[4]

International career[edit]

Claudio was a member and starter for Mexico in the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. Claudio was picked to go to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany with the Mexican National Team. This FIFA World Cup meant his third World Cup in his career. Despite being picked for the squad he saw no action, but he did wear his number 2 jersey.

Claudio captained the Mexican National Team for many years and officially represented Mexico 177 times (178 in Mexican record keeping) making him the player with the most caps in history for the Mexican National Team as well as giving him the FIFA world record for most caps by a field player (since surpassed by Ahmed Hassan in 2012), as well as the North American record (which he still holds).

On March 25, 2007, Suárez along with former national team and Chivas USA teammate Ramón Ramírez were honored in a friendly against Paraguay at the Estadio Universitario.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Suárez currently resides in Southern California with his wife and three children.[6]

Stats[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mexico League Cup North America Total
1988–89 UNAM Primera División 5 0 5 0
1989–90 17 0 17 0
1990–91 40 3 40 3
1991–92 40 0 40 0
1992–93 13 4 13 4
1993–94 20 3 20 3
1994–95 37 4 37 4
1995–96 32 5 32 5
199697 Guadalajara 39 6 39 6
199798 32 1 32 1
199899 39 1 39 1
199900 34 2 34 2
200001 UANL 29 3 29 3
200102 33 5 33 5
200203 18 3 18 3
200304 37 1 37 1
200405 20 3 20 3
200506 6 0 6 0
USA League Open Cup North America Total
2006 Chivas USA Major League
Soccer
20 6 20 6
2007 25 3 25 3
2008 14 0 14 0
2009 5 0 5 0
Total Mexico 491 44 491 44
USA 64 9 64 9
Career total 555 53 555 53

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. November 8, 1992 Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown, Saint Vincent  Saint Vincent 2–0 4–0 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
2. November 22, 1992 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  Costa Rica 2–0 4–0 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
3. December 14, 1994 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  Hungary 3–1 5–1 Friendly
4. October 11, 1995 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Saudi Arabia 1–1 2–1 Friendly
5. January 31, 2001 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Colombia 1–0 2–3 Friendly
6. May 1, 2001 Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico  Brazil 1–0 3–3 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Mexican National Team[edit]

Pumas UNAM[edit]

Chivas Guadalajara[edit]

Tigres UANL[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]