|Full name||Reinaldo Rueda Rivera|
|Date of birth||16 April 1957|
|Place of birth||Cali, Colombia|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
Rueda's claim to fame came during his years as the Colombian Youth Coach. With the Colombian U-20 team, he finished 3rd in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. He also led the Colombian U-17 team to a 4th place finish that same year at the U-17 World Cup.
After an unfavorable start to 2006 World Cup Qualifying, (only 1 point after 5 games) the Colombian Football Federation promoted Rueda to Senior Coach. Colombia failed to qualify to the 2006 World Cup, but Rueda made a big impact. The team would have finished near last on the CONMEBOL qualification but ended up in 6th place. Honduras, under his direction, succeeded in gaining a place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Background and Career
Rueda holds a Physical Education degree. Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, Germany gave him his Masters Degree as well as proficiency in the German language. He has been a University professor and has taught several courses at the Colombian National Coaches School. He has continued his studies in Europe attending FIFA and UEFA updating courses.
As a soccer player, Reynaldo Rueda played for emergent clubs in amateur and college competitions.
Colombian National Team
As a coach, Rueda has been in charge of the Colombian U-17, U-20, U-21, U-23, and Senior teams.
Rueda made the final qualifying rounds with the Colombian U-21 in the Toulon Tournament in France in 2000 and 2001.
In 2001, the Colombian team also got to the finals but this time finished second.
At the U-20 tournament in Uruguay 2003, Reinaldo Rueda assured his Colombian team a ticket to the FIFA U-20 World Cup after no Colombian appearance for 10 years.
Honduras National Team
Rueda took the helm of the Honduran national side in January 2007. He has been widely regarded as a huge success, as Honduras has qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However he came under intense scrutiny following criticism of his tactics as the team exited the World Cup at the first stage. On July 28, 2010, Reinaldo Rueda has stepped down as Honduras coach after three years at the helm.