Alberto Coyote

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Coyote and the second or maternal family name is Tapia.
Alberto Coyote
Personal information
Full name Héctor Alberto Coyote Tapia
Date of birth (1967-03-26) March 26, 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Celaya, Guanajuato
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Irapuato (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Club León 58 (5)
1993–2001 Chivas de Guadalajara 259 (9)
2001–2002 Atlante F.C. 30 (0)
National team
1992–2001 Mexico 54 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2012 Guadalajara U20
2012–2013 San Luis (assistant)
2013– Irapuato

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 July 2013.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 July 2013

Héctor Alberto Coyote Tapia (born 1967-03-26 in Celaya) is a retired Mexican footballer as a midfielder and manager. He obtained a total number of 54 caps for the Mexico national team between 1992 and 2001, and was a squad member at the 1995 Copa América. He made his international debut on 26 July 1992.[1]

He began his career with León in 1990, quickly winning a place in the lineup and starting 42 matches as the club won the championship in the 1991-92 season.[2] Coyote is most remembered for his eight years at C.D. Guadalajara, where he spent the prime seasons of his career. A hard-working defensive midfielder with an effective short passing touch, he played for five years alongside his more renowned club and international teammate Ramón Ramírez. This skillful central midfield duo helped Chivas to the Verano 1997 championship, after which Coyote was honored as the league's player of the season.[3] After leaving Guadalajara in 2001, he ended his top-flight Mexican career with Atlante F.C. in 2002.

Although Coyote appeared in the 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup[4] and 1995 Copa América,[5] his international career reached its height in 1996 and 1997, when Mexico was under the management of Bora Milutinovic. There, he formed an aging but clever midfield trio with Alberto García Aspe and Benjamín Galindo, while his club teammate Ramírez played at left back. Although he played in thirteen of Mexico's sixteen qualifiers, Coyote missed out on the 1998 FIFA World Cup after the appointment of Manuel Lapuente in late 1997. Coyote was one of four regular starters in the qualifiers, all of them aged 30 or above, to be dropped from the team upon Lapuente's appointment. He was recalled by Enrique Meza in 2000 and earned five more caps. Coyote's last international appearance came at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament against Australia on 30 May 2001.[6]


  1. ^ Owsiański, Jaroslaw. "International Matches 1992 - North and Central America and Caribbean". RSSSF, February 2, 2005. Retrieved on January 19, 2013.
  2. ^ MedioTiempo. "Alberto Coyote - Atlante". Retrieved on January 19, 2013.
  3. ^ Castro Serna, Emmanuel. "Mexico - Citlalli - Mexican League Awards". RSSSF, October 22, 2003. Retrieved on January 19, 2013.
  4. ^ Bobrowsky, Josef. "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1993 - Full Details". RSSSF, October 22, 2001. Retrieved on January 19, 2013.
  5. ^ Tabeira, Martín. "Copa América 1995". RSSSF, March 25, 2011. Retrieved on January 19, 2013.
  6. ^ FIFA. "FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001 Match Report - Mexico - Australia 0:2". May 30, 2001. Retrieved on January 19, 2013.

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