Benjamín Monterroso

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Benjamín Monterroso
Personal information
Full name Benjamín Eduardo Monterroso Díaz
Date of birth (1952-09-01) September 1, 1952 (age 64)
Place of birth Guatemala City, Guatemala
Playing position midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1979 Municipal
1980–1981 Juventud Retalteca
1982–1986 Cobán Imperial
1987 Comunicaciones
National team
1971–1986 Guatemala
Teams managed
1997–1998 Municipal
2003 Universidad
2004–2005 Jalapa
2005 Suchitepéquez
1998–1999 Guatemala
2008–2009 Guatemala
2010– Unifut
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Monterroso and the second or maternal family name is Díaz.

Benjamín Eduardo ("Mincho") Monterroso Díaz (born January 1, 1952[1]) is a Guatemalan football coach and former midfielder who spent the majority of his playing career at the local club CSD Municipal, and is also a former player and manager of the Guatemala national team.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Monterroso played for Municipal from 1970 to 1979, being part of the squad that won the IV CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 1974. He also played in the only Copa Interamericana final played by a Guatemalan team. After a 1–1 aggregate against Argentina's Independiente, Monterroso missed during the penalty shootout. Aside from the CONCACAF honors, Municipal won three league championships with Mincho, in 1973, 1974, and 1976. Monterroso scored 21 goals in all competitions for Municipal,[3] and after a decade at the club, he played for the clubs Juventud Retalteca (1980 to 1981), Cobán Imperial (1982 to 1986) and Comunicaciones (1987).

He was a playing member of the Guatemala national team from 1971 to 1986, participating in two World Cup qualification processes, one Olympic tournament, and one edition of the Pan American Games. During the 1974 World Cup qualification, Mincho played four matches, scoring one goal against Haiti.[4] He then was part of the squad that qualified to the 1976 Olympic tournament, playing in all three of Guatemala's matches at the Olympic Games in Montreal.[5] In 1976 and 1977, he played in eleven matches during the 1978 World Cup qualification process, scoring one goal against El Salvador.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Monterroso coached the Guatemala national team from December 1998 to December 1999, during which time the team finished runner-up at the 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup. He coached the Olympic squad during part of the qualification campaign for the 2000 Olympic Games. He was named national team coach a second time from December 2003 to 2004, without coaching any official matches. Among the clubs Monterroso coached are Municipal (1997 to 1998, promoting eventual international forward Carlos Ruiz), Universidad de San Carlos (2003 Clausura), Deportivo Jalapa (2004 to 2005), and Suchitepéquez (2005).

In January 2007, he was appointed head coach of the Guatemala women's national football team,[6] but in October 2008 he returned to coaching the men's national team, as the successor to Ramón Maradiaga.[7] remaining in charge until 2009.

Monterroso became the manager of club Unifut in the women's top division of Guatemala in 2010, winning four consecutive league titles as of the end of 2011.[8] His two daughters Coralia and María play for the club and are also members of the national women's team.

He was appointed coach of the Guatemala women's U-20 team on 6 February 2012.[9]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Archived October 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Monterroso fue contratado (Spanish)
  3. ^ Source:
  4. ^ a b Figures on World Cup qualification matches played and goals scored are taken from and subsequent yearly pages. There is a discrepancy as to the information on matches played during the 1974 World Cup qualification tournament between those pages (4) and the FIFA Player Statistics page (2).
  5. ^ XXI. Olympiad Montreal 1976 Football Tournament – RSSSF
  6. ^ "Mincho Monterroso ha sido designado nuevo técnico de la Selección Femenina" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-02-09. 
  7. ^ El guatemalteco Benjamín Monterroso es el nuevo entrenador de su selección nacional de fútbol – Soitu (Spanish)
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