Álex Aguinaga

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Álex Aguinaga
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Aguinaga as a coach of Deportivo Cuenca in 2015
Personal information
Full name Alex Dario Aguinaga Garzón
Date of birth (1968-07-09) July 9, 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Ibarra, Ecuador
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1989 Deportivo Quito 147 (38)
1989–2003 Necaxa 476 (85)
2003–2004 Cruz Azul 14 (0)
2004–2005 LDU Quito 71 (9)
Total 708 (132)
National team
1987–2004 Ecuador 109 (23)
Teams managed
2011 América (assistant)
2011 Barcelona SC
2012 San Luis
2013–2014 LDU Loja
2014–2015 Correcaminos UAT
2015–2016 Deportivo Cuenca
2016 LDU Quito
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aguinaga and the second or maternal family name is Garzón.

Álex Dario Aguinaga Garzón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈaleks aɣiˈnaɣa]; born July 9, 1968 in Ibarra) is an Ecuadorian retired football midfielder and manager of Categoría Primera A team Itagüí. As a player, he is one of the all-time cap leaders for Ecuador with 109 matches, scoring 23 goals.[1] Aguinaga is known as one of the best Ecuadorian footballers of all time. On the club level, Aguinaga has played for Deportivo Quito, Necaxa, Cruz Azul and LDU Quito.

Club career[edit]

Necaxa[edit]

Alex spent the majority of his club career at Necaxa, whom he joined in 1989, winning 3 championships with the club. In 1999 Alex was crucial for Necaxa's first CONCACAF Champions Cup title. Necaxa would go on to participate in the first edition of the FIFA Club World Cup where Aguinaga scored 2 goals vs Melbourne and Vasco da Gama. He scored the game winning penalty against Real Madrid in the 3rd place match. Aguinaga played for his country in the 2002 FIFA World Cup at the age of 34.

He also holds a Mexican passport. His grandfather is of Spanish descent.

LDU Quito[edit]

After winning a league title in Ecuador, Alex decided to retire from football.

International career[edit]

Álex Aguinaga earned his first cap for Ecuador on March 5, 1987. In the same match, he scored his first goal for the team. Over the year, he would form an integral part of the national team. He would captain the team for a number of years and assisted in the goal by Iván Kaviedes that assured Ecuador's first qualification to the FIFA World Cup in 2002.

International goals[edit]

List of Álex Aguinaga's international goals[2]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 March 5, 1987 Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana  Cuba 1–2 1–2 Friendly
2 June 7, 1988 Albuquerque Sports Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico  United States 0–1 0–1 Friendly
3 June 10, 1988 Unknown, Houston, Texas  United States 0–1 0–2 Friendly
4 June 15, 1988 Estadio Francisco Morazán, San Pedro Sula  Honduras 1–1 1–1 Friendly
5 September 24, 1989 Estadio Monumental de Barcelona, Guayaquil  Paraguay 1–1 3–1 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifier
6 June 30, 1991 Estadio Nacional, Santiago  Chile 3–1 3–1 Friendly
7 July 9, 1991 Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar  Uruguay 0–1 1–1 1991 Copa América
8 July 13, 1991 Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar  Bolivia 1–0 4–0 1991 Copa América
9 June 15, 1993 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Venezuela 6–1 6–1 1993 Copa América
10 June 22, 1993 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Uruguay 2–1 2–1 1993 Copa América
11 July 6, 1996 Estadio Nacional, Santiago  Chile 1–1 4–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
12 September 1, 1996 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Venezuela 1–0 1–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
13 February 12, 1997 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Uruguay 1–0 4–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
14 April 2, 1997 Estadio Nacional, Lima  Peru 1–1 1–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
15 April 30, 1997 Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires  Argentina 2–1 2–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
16 August 20, 1997 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Paraguay 1–1 2–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
17 September 10, 1997 Estádio Fonte Nova, Salvador  Brazil 3–1 4–2 Friendly
18 March 29, 2000 Estadio Casa Blanca, Quito  Venezuela 2–0 2–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
19 April 26, 2000 Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo (Morumbi), São Paulo  Brazil 0–1 3–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
20 January 22, 2002 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami  Canada 1–0 2–0 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
21 January 22, 2002 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami  Canada 2–0 2–0 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
22 November 20, 2002 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Costa Rica 1–2 2–2 Friendly
23 June 2, 2003 Estadio Bellavista, Ambato  Guatemala 2–0 2–0 Friendly

2013 21

Managerial career[edit]

Aguinaga's managerial career began in late 2010 as an assistant to Manuel Lapuente at Mexican club América. He left the club in early 2011 when Lapuente was sacked. In March of the same year, he was named to his first full-time managerial post as the new manager of Guayaquil-based club Barcelona following the sacking of Rubén Darío Insúa.[3] In late May of the same year, he resigned from his position to not interfere and influence the club's presidential elections the following month. He has not ruled out a return after the election.[4]

On September 2014, Aguinaga became the manager of Correcaminos UAT, which plays in the Ascenso MX second professional level league of the Mexican football league system.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Aguinaga's daughter Cristiane is an actress and has appeared in several Mexican series and telenovelas such as Carita de Ángel and La rosa de Guadalupe.[6]

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Necaxa

LDU Quito

Nation[edit]

 Ecuador

Individual[edit]

  • Ideal team of South America: 1989
  • Number 7 retired by Necaxa as a recognition to his contribution to the club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ rsssf: Ecuador record international footballers
  2. ^ "Alex Darío Aguinaga - International Appearances". RSSSF. July 25, 2004. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "El legendario Álex Aguinaga es el nuevo director técnico de Barcelona" [The legendary Álex Aguinaga is the new manager of Barcelona] (in Spanish). El Universo. March 25, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hasta ahí nomás" [Enough] (in Spanish). futbolecuador.com. May 27, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Llega Alex Aguinaga a Ciudad Victoria" (in Spanish). Milenio. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1039219/

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