Julio César Cortés
|Full name||Julio César Cortés Lagos|
|Date of birth||29 March 1941|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He has spent the majority of his coaching career in Central America, managing several clubs, and having two tenures as coach of the Guatemala national team, which he led to win the 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup tournament.
Peñarol and international success
After one season with Rosario, Cortés returned to Uruguay to join Peñarol in 1966, and became part of a first team that included players like Pedro Rocha, Alberto Spencer, Julio César Abbadie, and Omar Caetano. The team went on to win the Copa Libertadores in 1966, with Cortés scoring a decisive goal against arch-rivals Nacional in the semifinal playoff on April 23, 1966, which allowed the team to reach the final where they defeated Argentine's River Plate after three matches, obtaining their third Copa Libertadores. Later that year, Cortés helped Peñarol to defeat Spanish champions Real Madrid to win the Intercontinental Cup title. While Cortés was playing for the club, Peñarol also won the domestic league championship in 1967 and 1968.
Uruguay national team (1962–1970)
From 1962 to 1970, Cortés appeared in 30 international matches for Uruguay, scoring 3 goals. He made his international debut on May 2, 1962 in a 3–2 victory against Scotland in Glasgow shortly before the 1962 World Cup, at which he played in one match. He also appeared at the 1966 and 1970 finals, being one of six Uruguayan players to be part of three World Cup squads.
At the 1966 World Cup, Cortés scored the eventual match-winning goal against France, one of the two goals Uruguay scored in that match and in the entire tournament. Uruguay was eliminated in quarterfinals by West Germany.
Four years later in Mexico, he played all of Uruguay's six matches, as the team reached semifinals, where they lost to Brazil. With the consolation match against West Germany, Cortés reached an overall total of 11 World Cup matches played, Uruguay's second-highest mark behind goalkeeper and Peñarol teammate Ladislao Mazurkiewicz's 13. The match against the Germans was also his last international match.
In 1983, Cortés led Deportivo Suchitepéquez to their only national title to date. Other Guatemalan clubs he coached in the 1980s and 1990s are Juventud Retalteca, CSD Comunicaciones, Xelajú MC, and Aurora FC. In Costa Rica, he coached Turrialba F.C and Deportivo Saprissa in the 1990s, and in the 2000s, he has coached C.D. Águila of El Salvador, Deportivo Jalapa of Guatemala, and A.D. San Carlos of Costa Rica (2007)He is currently coaching football classes on the "San Jose Indoor Club" Costa Rica .
Guatemala national team (1987 and 2000–2003)
In 1987, Cortés was named head coach of the Guatemala national team, which he managed at that year's Pan American Games. His second period as Guatemala's manager began in June 2000, and ended three years later, in what is one of the longest uninterrupted tenures for a coach of the Guatemalan team. During that time, Guatemala failed to qualify to the 2002 World Cup, but won the 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup – its first international title in 34 years – and finished runner up of that tournaments two years later.
Dispute with the Guatemalan Federation
After being removed from the charge of national coach in April 2003, Cortés sued the Guatemalan football federation (FEDEFUT) for breach of contract, demanding payment of part of his remuneration as national team coach. The coach took the case before FIFA, whom in 2006 ruled that the FEDEFUT pay him part of what he demanded. In September 2006, the FEDEFUT reacted against the coach, accusing him of fraud before a local court, whom dictated that Cortés – who was at the time living in Costa Rica and was at the moment in Guatemala – remained in the country.
- Copa Libertadores winner: 1966
- Uruguayan Primera División winner: 1967, 1968
- FIFA World Cup fourth place: 1970
- Guatemalan Liga Mayor winner: 1983 (with Suchitepéquez)
- Guatemalan domestic cup winner: 1984–85 (with Juventud Retalteca) and 2005 (with Jalapa)
- 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup winner (with the Guatemala national team)
Notes and references
- Sources: , , .
- Tabeira, Martín / RSSSF. "Peñarol in Copa Libertadores 1960–1969". RSSSF. Retrieved 2007-04-08.
- Source: http://www.manya.org/historia/campeonesc.html
- Sanabria Mena, Francisco (24 October 2009). "Julio César “Pocho” Cortés: “FORLÁN NO GANARÁ EL PARTIDO SOLO”" (in Spanish). Diario Extra.
- Passo Alpuin, Luis Fernando / RSSSF. "Uruguay – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2007-04-08.
- As of the 2006 World Cup. The five other players are Pedro Rocha (with 4 World Cups), Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, William Martínez, Víctor Espárrago, Luis Cubilla (3 each).
- "Guatemala, 100 años de fútbol – Entrenadores" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. Archived from the original on 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2007-04-08.
- Recinos, Eddy; Barrios Bautista, Luis. "Cortés gana demanda" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. Archived from the original on 2007-05-24. Retrieved 2007-04-08.
- PrensaLibre.com. "Arremeten contra el técnico Pocho Cortés" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-08.
- Julio César Cortés – FIFA competition record
- Short bio at www.manya.org (unofficial Peñarol web site)