Guillermo Ochoa

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Guillermo Ochoa
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Ochoa in action for Ajaccio in 2013
Personal information
Full name Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña
Date of birth (1985-07-13) 13 July 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Guadalajara, Mexico
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Ajaccio[2]
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2011 América 239 (0)
2011– Ajaccio 106 (0)
National team
2004–2008 Mexico U23 6 (0)
2005– Mexico 56 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña (born 13 July 1985) is a Mexican goalkeeper who currently plays for Ligue 1 club Ajaccio and the Mexican national team.

Ochoa made his debut for América in 2004 in a league match against Monterrey, replacing veteran first-choice 'keeper Adolfo Ríos. He won his first league title in 2005 and was the club's first-choice goalkeeper up until 2011, making over 200 appearances for América. That summer Ochoa was transferred to recently-promoted club Ajaccio in France.[3]

A Mexican international since 2005, Ochoa received his first cap during a friendly match against Hungary, which Mexico won 2–0. Ochoa has been included in the 2006 and 2010 World Cup squads, though never appearing in either tournaments, the 2007, 2009, and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups, with Mexico winning the 2009 edition and Ochoa being the starting goalkeeper.[3]

Club career[edit]


Guillermo Ochoa made his debut with Club América during the Clausura 2004 tournament against Monterrey, being only 18 years old when called up by coach Leo Beenhakker. 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 Apertura 2004 tournament 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 Clausura 2005 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.[4] It was also reported by The Daily Mail that Ochoa was handed a trial with Fulham.[5] This was later denied by both Fulham and América.

Guillermo Ochoa's last season with América was the Clausura 2011, which ended with a quarter-final defeat to Monarcas Morelia.[6]


2011–12 season[edit]

Ochoa training with Ajaccio in 2011.

On 4 July 2011 Ochoa signed a three year contract, with an additional one year option,[7] with the recently promoted AC Ajaccio, making him the first Mexican goalkeeper to play in Europe.[2] 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.[8] 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 151 blocks.[9] 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.[10]

2012–13 season[edit]

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 neither the clubs nor Ochoa's manager could come to a solid agreement.[11][12]

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[13] 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.[14]

2013–14 season[edit]

He started in Ajaccio's first game of the season on 11 August 2013 against Saint-Etienne. Ajaccio lost the match 0–1.[15] On 18 August, Ochoa played all 90 minutes against Paris Saint-Germain in the Parc des Princes, with Ajaccio taking an early 1–0 advantage, though an Edinson Cavani goal in the 86th minute cost Ajaccio a famous victory, instead having to settle for a 1–1 draw.[16] Ochoa's performance was praised, with many noting that the Mexican had saved 12 of the 39 total shots by PSG.[17]

On 18 January 2014 Ochoa played his 100th match in Europe in Ajaccio's 0–2 away loss to Nice.[18]

International career[edit]

Mexico national team[edit]

Ochoa with Mexico in 2010.

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.[19] 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.[20] However, the World Anti-Doping Agency appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to request a ban.[21] But on 12 October 2011, WADA withdrew this request after the full file was available for them.[22]

Personal life[edit]

In 2006 Ochoa dated Mexican actress, singer, and songwriter Dulce Maria.[23] The pair split a year later.[24]

After his move to France he began dating Mexican model Karla Mora. On 8 February 2013, the couple gave birth to a girl, Lucciana, in Corsica making her a French citizen since the couple reside there.[25]








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  23. ^ "Novio desconoce si Dulce María lo engañó con Memo Ochoa". El Universal (in Spanish). Grupo Diarios América. 9 August 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
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