Ochoa in 2011
|Full name||Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña|
|Date of birth||13 July 1985|
|Place of birth||Guadalajara, Mexico|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Ochoa made his debut with Club América during the 2004 Clausura tournament against Monterrey. Ochoa quickly demonstrated his skill and talent in goal, and the young goalkeeper was thrust into the spotlight to replace injured veteran Adolfo Ríos. He would then share the starting job with Rios after he recovered from his aforementioned injury.
When the 2004 Apertura season began, Ochoa was thought to be the heir apparent to Ríos, who had retired. However, new coach Oscar Ruggeri brought new goalkeepers with him, among them Argentine Sebastián Saja. Ruggeri's stay at the club was marred by controversy and unpopular decisions. He was fired after only six games into the season and Ochoa was soon reinstated by new coach Mario Carrillo. Since then, he has started every game for Club América barring incidents involving injuries or national team duty. Under Carrillo, Ochoa won his first championship with América following the 2005 Clausura season.
Ochoa would start 2008 in great form, helping América win the InterLiga tournament with excellent performances, most notably in the group match against Monarcas Morelia, where he saved a late penalty kick, and América's 1–0 lead.
In the winter of 2010, there was much speculation by various sources in England as to where Ochoa would move to for the 2010–11 season. English newspaper Metro reported that Manchester United were keen on signing Ochoa. It was also reported by The Daily Mail that Ochoa was handed a trial with Fulham. This was later denied by both Fulham and América.
Guillermo Ochoa's last season with América was the 2011 Clausura, which ended with a quarter-final defeat to Monarcas Morelia.
On 4 July 2011 Ochoa signed a three year contract, with an additional one year option, with the recently promoted AC Ajaccio. Ochoa played in his first two friendlies with Ajaccio against Bordeaux, losing 1–2 and against Real Sociedad, losing 0–4.
He made his official club debut on 5 August 2011 against Toulouse, losing 0–2. On 18 and 21 December Ajaccio won two games in a row, with Ochoa keeping two consecutive clean-sheets, his third clean-sheet in total of the season. Ochoa also contributed in 3–0 victory against Étoile Fréjus Saint-Raphaël in the Coupe de France. On 14 January 2012 he helped Ajaccio with a 2–1 victory over Auxerre, and on 21 January he played against Valenciennes in a 2–1 victory which put Ajaccio out of the relegation zone since the start of the season. Ajaccio won its sixth game with Ochoa in a 2–1 home win against Dijon. For the last game of the season Ajaccio needed a win against Toulouse to get out of the relegation zone. Ochoa started and played 90 minutes against Toulouse and helped Ajaccio win 2–0 to stay in the Ligue 1. Ochoa finished his first season with 8 cleansheets, 43 saves and 133 blocks. Unfortunately he also finished the Ligue 1 season with 59 goals conceded, making him, along with Caen goalkeeper Alexis Thébaux, the most scored-on keeper of the season.
On 1 July, Ajaccio's club president Alain Orsoni announced that Ochoa would stay for the 2012–13 season amidst rumored interest from clubs such as Galatasaray, and Sevilla, but the teams nor Ochoa's manager could come to a solid agreement.
On 11 August Ochoa started and played against Nice in a 1–0 away win for their first game and win for the season. On 19 August Ochoa played in Ajaccio's 0–0 draw at home against Paris Saint-Germain, in which he played a big part by keeping a clean sheet In the third match of the season Ochoa played 60 minutes against Valenciennes in which he had to be substituted out due to a collision with a teammate. Ajaccio lost the match 0–3. Ochoa finished his season with 12 clean sheets.
Despite the possibility of a move to clubs such as Liverpool and Villarreal, Ochoa decided to stay with Ajaccio in his third season. Ochoa started in Ajaccio's first game of the season on 11 August 2013 against Saint-Etienne. Ajaccio lost the match 0–1. On 18 August, Ochoa played against Paris Saint Germain in the Parc des Princes, in which he had an outstanding performance, stopping shots from Zlatan Ibrahimović and Ezequiel Lavezzi, but an Edinson Cavani goal in the 86th minute cost Ajaccio a famous victory, instead settling for a 1–1 draw.
Mexico national team
At the age of 20 Guillermo Ochoa was called up by Mexico's former manager Ricardo Lavolpe for the 2006 FIFA World Cup as the third-choice goalkeeper. Newly appointed manager Hugo Sánchez called Ochoa into the national side as a deputy to Mexico's then-number one, Oswaldo Sánchez. In addition to the World Cup, Ochoa has participated in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2007 Copa América. He made his 2010 World Cup qualification debut on 28 March 2009 against Costa Rica. Ochoa made the final 23-man cut for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but was the back-up 'keeper to veteran Oscar Pérez.
During the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Ochoa, along with four other members of the Mexico national team, tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol and were withdrawn from the team's tournament squad. All players were later acquitted by Mexican Football Federation and the results blamed on contamination of meat, with the ingestion of clenbuterol considered non-intentional. However, the World Anti-Doping Agency appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to request a ban. But on 12 October 2011, WADA withdrew this request after the full file was available for them.
- Primera División (1): Clausura 2005
- Campeón de Campeones (1): 2005
- CONCACAF Champions Cup (1): 2006
- InterLiga (1): 2008
- CONCACAF Gold Cup All-Tournament Team (1): 2009
- IFFHS 2000–2010 Best Mexican Goalkeeper
- Ajaccio "Player of the Year" (2): 2011–12, 2012–13
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