German Ruano

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German Ruano
Personal information
Full name German Giovanni Ruano González
Date of birth (1971-10-17) 17 October 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Guatemala City, Guatemala
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 CD Suchitepéquez
1993–2009 CSD Municipal
National team
1995–2001 Guatemala 57 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 March 2010
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ruano and the second or maternal family name is González.

German Giovanni Ruano González (born 17 October 1971), popularly known as El Chino, is a former Guatemalan football defender who played the majority of his career for CSD Municipal in Guatemala's top division, and was also a member of the Guatemala national team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Guatemala City,[1] Ruano, a right back of outstanding defensive and attacking skills, began his career with local side CD Suchitepéquez. In 1993, he was brought by coach Horacio Cordero to Municipal, where he would remain for the next 16 years, winning 12 league titles and five domestic cups, thus becoming one of the most honoured players in the history of the club.[2] By 2008, he had become the second-longest serving active squad member after Juan Carlos Plata.

After finishing second on the 2008–2009 clausura tournament, Municipal did not renew his contract, and afterwards Ruano, who wore the number 17 on his shirt throughout his career, announced his retirement.

International career[edit]

Ruano made his debut for Guatemala in a December 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Panama and went on to collect 57 caps in the next six years, appearing in a total 19 matches during the qualification processes to the World Cups of 1998 and 2002. He also played four matches at the 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup[3] and two matches at the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[4]

His final international was a January 2001 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Costa Rica, a game which also marked the end of the international careers of national team stalwarts Jorge Rodas and Edgar Valencia.


  • Liga Mayor / Liga Nacional winner (12): 1993–94, 2000 Apertura, 2000 Clausura, 2001, 2002 Clausura, 2003 Apertura, 2004 Apertura, 2005 Clausura, 2005 Apertura, 2006 Clausura, 2006 Apertura, 2008 Clausura
  • Domestic Cup tournament winner (5): 1994, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2004
  • Campeón de Campeones (Super Cup) winner (2): 1994, 1997[5]


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  3. ^ "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1996 - Full Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  4. ^ "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1998 - Full Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  5. ^ RSSSF (2009). "Guatemala - List of Cup Winners". Retrieved 10 December 2010. 

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