Ramón Morales

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Ramón Morales
Personal information
Full name Ramón Morales Higuera
Date of birth (1975-10-10) October 10, 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth La Piedad, Michoacán, Mexico
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Left midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993-1995 La Piedad
1995–1998 Monterrey 84 (3)
1999–2010 Guadalajara 382 (60)
2010–2011 Estudiantes Tecos 28 (1)
Total 494 (64)
National team
2001–2007 Mexico 64 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 July 2007
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Morales and the second or maternal family name is Higuera.

Ramón Morales Higuera (born October 10, 1975 in La Piedad, Michoacán) is a retired Mexican international footballer who last played for Estudiantes Tecos as a midfielder.

Biography[edit]

Morales made his professional debut in the Mexican Primera División in 1995, playing for Rayados de Monterrey in a 0–0 draw match, against Tecos UAG.

He was regarded as one of Mexico's most outstanding and skillful attacking Left Midfielders, with explosive speed, dribbling, fast attacking abilities and a powerful left foot he is an outstanding free kick shooter. Ramón is known as one of the best Midrange Free kick takers in Mexico's Primera División. Morales is a versatile player often playing as a Left Wing Midfielder, however it is not uncommon to see him move up in the pitch as a Left Forward or down on the defensive side as a Left Wingback.

Ramón was a key figure for Guadalajara and has been so for years, aiding the team with swift counterattacks, precise crosses and through passes. He was a vital part in Chivas' Championship Apertura 2006 season. On December 27, 2006 Ramón Morales was appointed as Chivas' new Captain for the 2007 season following the departure of ex-Chiva Oswaldo Sánchez to Santos Laguna.

His younger brother Carlos, currently plays for Monarcas Morelia and is also a Left Midfielder just like Ramón.

On August 11, 2011, Morales announced his retirement from professional football after a 16 year career.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

On 30 July 2012, he signed a contract to become the coach of CD Oro from the Segunda Division de Mexico, which is the Second division.

On January 6, 2013, he was presented as the new coach for Guadalajara Sub 17 Team. On December 1, 2013 he was crowned champions with the Sub 17 team in the final in Omnilife against los Tuzos de Pachuca.

International career[edit]

He made his international debut for the Mexican national team on July 12, 2001, playing against Brazil. Morales played with the Mexican Squad at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea-Japan, where he appeared in four matches. He also played in the 2004 Copa América where he scored a freekick goal for Mexico's first official win over Argentina. The game ended 1–0 in favor of Mexico. He also played four games in the 2005 Confederations Cup, in Germany and five games in Mexico's qualification matches for the 2006 World Cup. Morales played in three matches in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He scored a freekick in Mexico's 2–0 win over Brazil in the first round of the Copa América.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. August 23, 2001 Estadio Luis de la Fuente, Veracruz, Mexico  Liberia 1–0 5–4 Friendly
2. March 13, 2002 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States  Albania 3–0 4–0 Friendly
3. July 10, 2004 Estadio Elías Aguirre, Chiclayo, Peru  Argentina 1–0 1–0 2004 Copa América
4. March 30, 2005 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Panama 1–0 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. April 27, 2005 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Poland 1–0 1–1 Friendly
6. June 27, 2007 Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela  Brazil 2–0 2–0 2007 Copa América

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Mexico Guadalajara

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Oswaldo Sánchez
Chivas de Guadalajara captain
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Omar Bravo