José Manuel de la Torre
|Full name||José Manuel de la Torre Menchaca|
|Date of birth||November 13, 1965|
|Place of birth||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
José Manuel de la Torre Menchaca (born November 13, 1965), popularly nicknamed Chepo, is a Mexican former footballer and current manager of Liga MX club C.D. Guadalajara. He was most recently the coach of the Mexico. As a player, de la Torre played as an attacking midfielder.
"Chepo" came up through the Chivas youth academies, and was an important player for all the teams he played for. He had a short stint in Europe with Spanish club Real Oviedo, where he played 32 games and scored 8 goals. He became champion with Chivas in the 1986 season defeating Cruz Azul in the Estadio Jalisco. He also played at Puebla, Cruz Azul, Tigres, and Necaxa. De la Torre was also called up for the Mexico national team on various occasions, but unfortunately he was never called for a FIFA World Cup.
|1.||June 30, 1991||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||Canada||2–0||3–1||1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|2.||December 4, 1991||Estadio Nou Camp, Leon, Mexico||Hungary||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
|3.||March 8, 1992||Estadio Azulgrana, Mexico City, Mexico||CIS||2–0||4–0||Friendly|
|4.||October 7, 1992||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||El Salvador||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|5.||November 15, 1992||Estadio Azulgrana, Mexico City, Mexico||Honduras||1–0||2–0||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||November 22, 1992||Estadio Azulgrana, Mexico City, Mexico||Costa Rica||4–0||4–0||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
On December 10, 2006, Guadalajara won their eleventh league championship, making de la Torre the youngest coach to win a championship in the last decade at age 40 years & 27 days, and making Guadalajara the club with the most titles in the Primera División de México (their record would later be equalled by América in 2013)
In mid 2008, de la Torre became the coach of Club Toluca. In the beginning of the season Toluca had a relatively weak start, but improved as the season progressed, finishing with a five game non-losing streak and taking 13 out of 15 points. They then went on to win the tournament.
He won his second championship with Toluca in 2010, defeating Santos in a penalty shoot-out where Toluca came back from a 1–3 deficite to win the penalty shoot out 4–3.
Mexico national team
On October 18, 2010 it was announced that de la Torre would become the new manager of Mexico national team at the end of the 2010 Torneo Apertura. He made his debut as Mexico's manager on February 9, 2011 in a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, which Mexico won 2–0. De la Torre's first tournament as Mexico's manager was the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. His first game of the tournament was on June 8, 2011 against El Salvador which Mexico won 5–0. The Mexican team won all three of their group stage matches. De la Torre's Mexico team would go undefeated throughout the tournament, winning all six of their games and eventually defeated the United States 4–2 in the final. De la Torre's first defeat as Mexico's manager came on October 11, 2011 in a friendly against Brazil, who came back and won 1–2.
On June 16, 2013, Mexico faced Italy and lost 1–2 in their first match of the 2013 Confederations Cup. The only goal scored by Mexico in the game was scored by Javier Hernández via a penalty kick. The Mexican team's performance was criticized, with the team lacking creativity, offensive spark, and a poor display in the midfield during most of the match, frequently giving away the ball to Italian opposition. This resulted in many people to question De la Torre's future as the manager of the team. On July 19, 2013 after a 2–0 loss to Brazil and Italy defeating Japan 4–3, Mexico was knocked out in the group stage of the Confederations Cup, the team did manage to defeat Japan in their last match of the tournament.
In their first group match of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico lost 1–2 to Panama. Mexico eventually won the last two group games against Canada and Martinique and ended second in Group A. After defeating Trinidad and Tobago in the quarter-finals they were eliminated by Panama in the semi-finals, missing the final for the first time since 2005.
Jose Manuel De la Torre was the coach of the Mexico national team during the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup. Under his watch, the national team fared poorly, only managing to win one out of seven games and scoring a total of only 4 goals during those games. Critics were especially disappointed by Mexico's inability to defeat opponents deemed inferior, including Jamaica, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Panama. Observers marveled at Mexico's "unprecedented collapse" under de la Torre, considering the fact that Mexico had won the gold medal in the most recent Olympic Games and had talented players in Giovanni Dos Santos and Javier Hernández. On September 6, Mexico lost to Honduras at the Estadio Azteca. The defeat was Mexico's second loss at home in 77 qualifying matches.
After the loss to Honduras, de la Torre shocked fans when he inexplicably stated that his development "project" of the national team was going "very well." The Mexican press branded the national team as the "ratones verdes", or "green mice", and noted that Mexico was in danger of not qualifying to the World Cup for the first time in over two decades.
Return to Guadalajara
On October 8, 2014, Jose Manuel de la Torre was hired as coach for 2nd time to Guadalajara. By game 12 of the 2015 Clausura season, de la Torre earned the team 21 points using the 4-2-3-1 formation. Club supporters constantly wanted him to use two strikers in the starting line-up, but his stategy proved effective in matches.
As a manager
- Coach of the Tournament (1): Bicentenario 2010
- As of September 6, 2013
|Mexico||January 2011||September 2013||50||27||12||11||54.00|
- "Jose Manuel "Chepo" De La Torre Named Mexico National Team Manager". Goal.com. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2010-11-25.
- José Manuel de la Torre at National-Football-Teams.com