José Manuel de la Torre

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José Manuel de la Torre
Personal information
Full name José Manuel de la Torre Menchaca
Date of birth (1965-11-13) November 13, 1965 (age 48)
Place of birth Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
Guadalajara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1988 Guadalajara 116 (7)
1988–1989 Real Oviedo 32 (8)
1989–1991 Puebla 82 (15)
1991–1993 Cruz Azul 56 (17)
1993–1995 Guadalajara 55 (12)
1995–1996 Tigres 25 (3)
1996 Puebla 9 (0)
1997–1999 Necaxa 40 (1)
Total 415 (63)
National team
1987–1992 Mexico 28 (6)
Teams managed
2005–2007 Guadalajara
2008–2010 Toluca
2011–2013 Mexico
* 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 football manager. He was most recently the coach of the Mexican national football team. As a player, de la Torre was a former attacking midfielder.

Playing career[edit]

"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 Mexican national team on various occasions, but unfortunately he was never called for a FIFA World Cup.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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

Managerial career[edit]

Guadalajara[edit]

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)

Toluca[edit]

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[edit]

On October 18, 2010 it was announced that de la Torre would become the new manager of Mexico at the end of the 2010 Torneo Apertura.[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[citation needed] This resulted in many people to question De la Torre's future as the manager of the team.[6] 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. [7]

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 Mexican 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.[8] 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."[9] 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.[10]

On September 7, 2013, Jose Manuel de la Torre was fired as coach of the national team by Femexfut president Justino Compean, ending his two year tenure at the helm.[11]

Honours[edit]

As a manager[edit]

Guadalajara
Toluca
Mexico

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Managerial[edit]

As of September 6, 2013
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Guadalajara Mexico 2006 2007 66 31 16 19 46.97
Toluca Mexico 2008 December 2010 104 49 34 21 47.12
Mexico Mexico January 2011 September 2013 50 27 12 11 54.00
Total 220 107 62 51 48.64

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