Carlos de los Cobos

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Carlos de los Cobos
Personal information
Full name Carlos de los Cobos Martínez
Date of birth (1958-12-10) 10 December 1958 (age 60)[1]
Place of birth Matamoros, Mexico
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
El Salvador (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Querétaro FC
1978–1984 América 134 (7)
1984–1986 Necaxa 24 (2)
1986–1987 Cobras de Querétaro 15 (1)
1987–1989 América 23 (0)
1989–1991 Monterrey 62 (4)
1991–1992 Querétaro FC 34 (1)
1992–1993 Monterrey 35 (2)
1993 Querétaro FC 3 (0)
Total 330 (17)
National team
1983–1986 Mexico 25 (0)
Teams managed
1993–1994 Querétaro FC
1994–1995 UANL
1996 América
2000–2001 Celaya FC
2003 Irapuato
2006 CD FAS
2006–2009 El Salvador
2010–2011 Chicago Fire
2012 Querétaro FC
2015 Tapachula
2018– El Salvador
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carlos de los Cobos Martínez (born 10 December 1958 in Matamoros) is a Mexican former football player and recently coach of the Querétaro in the Mexican Primera Division.[2][3][4]

Playing career[edit]

As a player, de los Cobos spent the majority of his playing career in his native Mexico, playing for both Querétaro FC and CF Monterrey on numerous occasions. He represented his country at the 1986 Football World Cup held in Mexico, where he was an integral part of the team's quarter-final run. He share team with Héctor Miguel Zelada, "El Vasco" Aguirre, Alfredo Tena, Cristóbal Ortega.

Coaching career[edit]

As a coach, he's been the man in charge at Club América, Querétaro FC, Club Celaya, and Deportivo Irapuato. He served as an assistant coach to Manuel Lapuente and the Mexican squad at the 1998 Football World Cup as well as the 1996 Olympic Games. In 2002, Mexican team manager Ricardo La Volpe designated him as the Under-23 national team coach, participating in 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games held in San Salvador, El Salvador, the Mexican team finished in second place after being defeated in the Final by the home team, El Salvador.

On 26 August 2006 De Los Cobos was appointed coach of the El Salvador national football team. He coached his first international tournament in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. El Salvador shared group with defending Gold Cup champions United States, Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago. After two losses and 1 win, El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago failed to advanced to quarter-finals.

In the first round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, El Salvador eliminated Anguilla with a 16 – 0 on aggregate and advanced to play in the Second Round against Panama and eliminated "Los Canaleros" by an aggregate score and advanced to the Third Round. He then managed to advance El Salvador to the Hexagonal which is the final qualifying round for CONCACAF. El Salvador had not qualified to the Hexagonal since the 1998 World Cup qualifying. On 14 December 2009, De los Cobos announced he would not continue as the manager of El Salvador after the end of his contract. He mentioned that one of his reasons for not renewing his contract was due to him no longer being motivated to continue on with the national team.[5]

On 8 January 2010, it was declared that Carlos de los Cobos was the new coach for the Chicago Fire. Having missed the playoffs for just the second time in club history in 2010 and sitting near the bottom of the league with a 1–4–6 record, De Los Cobos was dismissed on 30 May 2011 and replaced by Frank Klopas.[6]


De los Cobos and his wife Mayte have two children: Rafael[7] and Paulina.[8]





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  5. ^ Leaving Managerial Job Archived 10 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Jack McCarthy (30 May 2011). "McCarthy, Jack. "Fire can de los Cobos,"". Chicago Tribune.
  7. ^ "La familia de Carlos De los Cobos apoyara a El Salvador". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Festeja hija de De los Cobos". Archived from the original on 10 June 2009.

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