Carlos Aragonés

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Carlos Aragonés
Personal information
Full name Carlos Aragonés Espinoza
Date of birth (1956-02-16) 16 February 1956 (age 61)
Place of birth Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1980 Bolívar 109 (64)
1981–1984 Palmeiras 12 (0)
1984–1985 Coritiba 6 (0)
1985 Destroyers 16 (6)
National team
1977–1981 Bolivia 31 (15)
Teams managed
1989–1990 Blooming
1991 Real Santa Cruz
1992–1993 The Strongest
1993–1997 Bolivia (Assistant Coach)
1997–1999 Blooming
2000–2001 Bolivia
2003 Blooming
2004 Oriente Petrolero
2005–2006 Bolívar
2010–2011 Blooming
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aragonés and the second or maternal family name is Espinoza.

Carlos Aragonés Espinoza (born 16 February 1956[1]) is a former Bolivian football (soccer) midfielder, who is Bolivia national team's third-placed all-time goalscorer. He played for several top-level clubs of Bolivia and Brazil. Aragonés was the Bolivia national team head coach in 2001. The last team he managed at club level was Blooming until February 2011.

Playing career[edit]


Born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra,[1] he started his career in 1976, defending Bolívar, where he was part of the squad that won the Bolivian league in 1976 and in 1978,[1] Aragonés moved to Brazil in 1981, where he had an unsuccessful stint at Palmeiras, playing 12 Série A games before leaving the club.[2] Carlos Aragonés moved to Coritiba in 1984,[1] playing six more Série A games without scoring a goal.[2] He returned to Bolivia in 1985 and joined Destroyers. While playing for the canarios, he suffered a serious knee injury that put an end to his football career.[3]


He played 31 games for the Bolivia national team between 1977 and 1981, scoring 15 goals,[4] including two against Brazil in the Copa América 1979.[1] He is the third-placed Bolivia national teams all-time goalscorer.[4] He represented his country in 12 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[5]

Managerial career[edit]

Carlos Aragonés was hired as the Bolivia national team manager in 2000,[6] but he resigned after the unsuccessful campaign at the Copa América 2001.[7]

At club level he has managed Bolivian clubs Real Santa Cruz, The Strongest, Blooming,[8] Oriente Petrolero and Bolívar.

Between 2006 and 2009, Aragonés was Erwin Sánchez's coaching staff coordinator for the Bolivia national team.




Bolivia Bolívar



Bolivia The Strongest
Bolivia Blooming


  1. ^ a b c d e Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. p. 28. ISBN 85-88651-01-7. 
  2. ^ a b "Aragonés" (in Portuguese). Futpédia. Archived from the original on March 30, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ “Tuve ofertas para volver a dirigir” Archived May 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (Spanish)
  4. ^ a b "Bolivia - Record International Players". RSSSF. May 1, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2009. 
  5. ^ Carlos AragonésFIFA competition record
  6. ^ "Return of a legend". Sports Illustrated. February 1, 2000. Retrieved June 11, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Habegger é demitido por bolivianos" (in Portuguese). Diário de Cuiabá. October 11, 2001. Retrieved June 11, 2009. 
  8. ^ List of Blooming Managers (Spanish)

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