Enrique Meza

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Enrique Meza
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Enrique Meza
Personal information
Full name Enrique Meza Enriquez
Date of birth (1948-03-03) March 3, 1948 (age 66)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Pachuca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1975 Cruz Azul
1975–1977 UANL
1980–1981 Cruz Azul
Teams managed
1982–1983 Cruz Azul
1992–1995 Cruz Azul
1995–1996 Morelia
1996–1997 Toros Neza
1997–2000 Toluca
2000–2001 Mexico
2002 Atlas
2003 Cruz Azul
2005 Toluca
2006–2009 Pachuca
2009–2012 Cruz Azul
2010 Mexico (interim coach)
2012–2013 Toluca
2013– Pachuca
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Enrique Meza Enríquez (born March 3, 1948 in Mexico City) is a long-standing, internationally renowned Mexican football coach and technical manager. Meza is currently coach and manager of Mexican Premier League club, Pachuca. Prior to pursuing a career in coaching, he was a professional footballer, playing as goalkeeper for Cruz Azul. He retired in 1976. Popularly known as "Ojitos" because of his sharp eyes, Meza and Miguel "Superman" Marin, the Argentinean, were goalkeepers for Cruz Azul. His son Enrique Maximiliano Meza is a notable coach in Mexico and globally.

Coaching career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Notably, Meza has been the coach of several professional soccer teams in the Mexican premier league and the National football team of Mexico. His career has been full of great successes and big disappointments. Meza started his coaching career in the first division Mexican league by coaching Cruz Azul from 1982 to 1983 initially; and again from 1992 to 1995. He led Cruz Azul to the Mexican league final in 1994, but lost. The next year he moved to coach Monarcas Morelia.

Enrique Meza with Edison "Edson" Arantes do Nascimento: Pele.

Crucially, it was not until 1996 that his coaching truly started showing its capturing potential. His new team, Toros Neza, had a very offensive style of playing football - resulting in their scoring numerous goals. Interestingly, during that 1996, his Toros Neza team made it to the final, but lost to Chivas de Guadalajara by a high score.

Three times league Champion[edit]

Soon after losing the final, he announced that he was leaving to coach Club Toluca. His coaching proved to be very successful and spectacular. Meza was what Toluca needed, and the club became champion on three occasions: Verano 1998, Verano 1999 and Verano 2000, in just two years. In 2000 Meza left Club Toluca to coach the Mexican National Team. The performance of the team was below expectations, and he resigned after only few months of accepting the appointment. In 2006 Meza took the coaching position at Pachuca Football Club.

South American and CONCACAF Titles[edit]

After a very bad start, Meza slowly transformed the team, leading Pachuca Football Club to its first Copa Sudamericana championship. This made C.F. Pachuca the first Mexican team to win a CONMEBOL title. In 2007 Meza took C.F. Pachuca to their second CONCACAF: Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football title, which entitled the team to participate in the World Club Cup, and lead C.F. Pachuca to its fifth league title. On 29 August 2007, his team won its first Superliga title, after defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.

FIFA Club World Cup[edit]

In April, 2008, Pachuca reclaimed the CONCACAF Champions Cup and secured a berth for the Japanese hosted 2008 FIFA Club World Cup held in December 2008. Pachuca finished fourth after winning 1 match with 2 losses. Meza managed Pachuca to a second final in Clausura 2009, but he lost his second final against Ricardo Ferretti of Pumas UNAM (first loss against Guadalajara while coaching Toros Neza) by aggregate score 2-3.

On June 1, 2009 Meza finished his contract with Pachuca; and some members of the media linked Meza to Cruz Azul. Meza's results have made him one of the greatest coaches in the Mexican League, making him the fourth most successful coach in the league's history. Cruz Azul's president, Guillermo Alvarez, Confirmed that Enrique Meza and Cruz Azul had reached an agreement - for what would be his fourth time as coach of Cruz Azul five years later. Enrique Meza returned to Cruz Azul with a new challenge and determination of giving Cruz Azul a title. Since the 1997 Mexican League Winter Tournament Cruz Azul have not won a title.

Mexican coach vs World Champions: Spain[edit]

On July 28, 2010 he was selected as interim coach of the Mexican national team, after Javier Aguirre left the position. He gained new, endearing wide appeal for his only game as interim coach on 11 August 2010 at Mexico's hallowed home of football - Azteca Stadium - because he tactically got a 1-1 draw against the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship and 2010 FIFA World Cup winners Spain.

2012 Mexican Apertura league[edit]

With the Mexican Clausura - closing - first half of the year football league ending in May 2012, Meza finished his term as head coach and technical director of Cruz Azul on Tuesday 15 May 2012. And on Friday 18 May 2012, Toluca Football Club hired Enrique Meza as their new coach and technical director for the 2012 Apertura - opening - second half of the year Mexican League.

Subsequently, Meza led Toluca to come first in the 2012 Mexican Football League by points, but lost out to Tijuana in the final championship match of the playoffs involving the premier 8 ranked teams of the League.

Return to Pachuca[edit]

On Tuesday 3 September 2013, in a strategic move, the management of Pachuca Football Club held a press conference and announced that Meza was coming in as new technical director, coach and manager of the distinguished Hidalgo club. Meza took over from Gabriel Caballero who served as coach of Pachuca Football Club from November 2012 to 2 September, 2013.

Titles and Honours[edit]

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