Hernán Darío Gómez

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Hernán Darío Gómez
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Gómez as Panama manager in 2015
Personal information
Full name Hernán Darío Gómez Jaramillo
Date of birth (1956-02-03) 3 February 1956 (age 63)
Place of birth Medellín, Colombia
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1980 Medellín 56 (6)
1980–1984 Atlético Nacional 31 (1)
Teams managed
1991–1993 Atlético Nacional
1995–1998 Colombia
1999–2004 Ecuador
2006–2008 Guatemala
2008–2009 Santa Fe
2010–2011 Colombia
2012–2013 Independiente Medellín
2014–2018 Panama
2018–2019 Ecuador
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Hernán Darío Gómez Jaramillo (Spanish pronunciation: [eɾˈnan daˈɾi.o ˈɣomes xaɾaˈmiʝo]; born 3 February 1956), also known as El Bolillo (pronounced [el βoˈliʝo]; The Baton), is a Colombian former footballer and football manager.


He was an active player from 1966 to 1985, when he retired after a knee injury. Gómez played for the Colombia amateur team that participated at the 1978 Central American and Caribbean Games.[1] His career as a coach started while being assistant to Francisco Maturana while at Atlético Nacional and winning the 1989 Copa Libertadores. He would then become head coach in 1991 and led them to a Categoria Primera A title in 1991.

He joined Maturana while he became coach of Colombia and was his assistant at the 1987 Copa America where Colombia got third place. He also helped qualify the team to the 1990 FIFA World Cup and 1994 edition as well. This was during the so-called golden generation of Colombian football. In 1995, he was named head coach of Colombia and qualified them for the 1998 FIFA World Cup Colombia's 4th appearance overall and third consecutive appearance at the tournament. They went out at group stage with 1 win and 2 losses.

He successfully led Ecuador to their first World Cup finals in 2002.[2] However, he resigned after a disappointing performance by the Ecuadorian team at the Copa América 2004.

During the World Cup 2006, he was a commentator for Canal RCN.

On 5 May 2010, the Colombian Football Federation announced that Gómez was appointed as the successor of Eduardo Lara, who left the selection after failing to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

On 15 February 2014, Gómez was announced the new manager of Panama.

On 22 January 2016, Gómez was named 2015 CONCACAF Men's Coach of the Year.[3]

On 10 October 2017, he led Panama to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the country's debut in this competition.[4]

On July 17, 2018 he stepped down as Panama's head coach.[5] Gomez said an "emotional farewell".[6]

On 1 August 2018, Gomez returned to Ecuador as head coach of the national team.

Personal life[edit]

On 6 August 2011, at the pub "El Bembe" in Bogotá, Gómez attacked an unidentified woman. According to witnesses, Gómez hit the woman at least four times near the entrance of the pub where he was accompanied by the woman minutes before.[7]

When the facts were known, Gómez released a statement asking for forgiveness for his behavior and resigned to his participation as a member of the technical committee of the U-20 World Football Championship.[8]

However multiple organizations, like 'Casa de la Mujer', expressed their discontent with Gómez's actions and asked for his resignation as manager of the Colombian football team.[9]

Finally because of pressure from the media, the Colombian football team's sponsors, political and social celebrities and the general public, he resigned as the manager of the Colombian football team.[10]

On 13 February 2012, he took charge of first division Independiente Medellin on Monday, six months after resigning as coach of the national team.[11]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 24 June 2019
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Colombia 1995 1998 58 21 18 19 036.21
Ecuador 1999 2004 66 24 18 24 036.36
Guatemala 2006 2008 21 5 4 12 023.81
Santa Fe 1 July 2008 1 April 2009 33 14 10 9 042.42
Colombia 5 May 2010 8 August 2011 15 5 5 5 033.33
Independiente Medellín 13 February 2012 19 April 2013 67 23 18 26 034.33
Panama 15 February 2014 17 July 2018 71 22 21 28 030.99
Ecuador 1 August 2018 Present 13 4 4 5 030.77
Total 344 118 98 128 034.30

World record as manager[edit]

To date, he is the only coach to have ever qualified three different national teams to a World Cup, and one of three people to have led at least three different national teams to a World Cup. He qualified Colombia to the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Ecuador to the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Panama to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. French manager Henri Michel also had previously achieved this with three teams: he led France to the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Morocco to the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Ivory Coast to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[12][13] Bora Milutinovic (Mexico, 1986; Costa Rica, 1990; United States, 1994; Nigeria, 1998; and China, 2002) and Carlos Alberto Parreira (Kuwait, 1982; United Arab Emirates, 1990; Brazil, 1994 and 2006; Saudi Arabia, 1998; South Africa, 2010) have guided five teams in World Cups, but without playing the qualification rounds.


  1. ^ http://caracol.com.co/radio/2010/05/04/deportes/1272958260_019110.html
  2. ^ Dickens, Les (22 February 2002). "Hernán Darío Gómez "Ecuador can create a surprise, for better or for worse"". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Javier Hernandez and Carli Lloyd Named 2015 CONCACAF Players of the Year". concacaf.com. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  4. ^ "The wildest night in CONCACAF history? How the U.S. exit played out". ESPN. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Panama boss Gomez steps down after World Cup". FourFourTwo. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Panama boss Hernan Dario Gomez steps down | Goal.com". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  7. ^ El Tiempo (9 August 2011). "Versiones de la agresión del 'Bolillo'". Archived from the original on 5 October 2012.
  8. ^ El Tiempo (8 August 2011). "Agresión del 'Bolillo' Gómez a una mujer".
  9. ^ El Tiempo (8 August 2011). "Piden renuncia del 'Bolillo' Gómez".
  10. ^ El Tiempo (9 August 2011). "Versiones de la agresión del 'Bolillo'". Archived from the original on 5 October 2012.
  11. ^ Article on Forbes
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