Hugo Ayala

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Hugo Ayala
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Personal information
Full name Hugo Ayala Castro
Date of birth (1987-03-31) March 31, 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
UANL
Number 4
Youth career
2000–2002 Morelia
2002–2006 Atlas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Atlas 86 (3)
2010– UANL 215 (4)
National team
2006–2007 Mexico U20 12 (0)
2009– Mexico 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 September 2016.

Hugo Ayala Castro (March 31, 1987) is a Mexican footballer who plays for the Liga MX club Tigres UANL.

A centre back, Ayala has been a regular for the Mexico national football team.

Club career[edit]

Club Atlas[edit]

Hugo Ayala started his professional career with Atlas. He made his official debut in 2006 as a starter against C.D. Guadalajara. Although Atlas lost 3–1 he became an often used substitute ending the season. In the next season he starting showing great talent in defending and became a starter in Atlas's defensive line up, leading Atlas all the way to the quarter finals to face Club América, but lost to them in a global score of (7–4). Throughout his career with Atlas he was mostly used as a substitute until the coach, Ricardo La Volpe, took his place as coach of Atlas. Coach La Volpe then started having confidence in Ayala, and made Ayala a starter and captain for Atlas.

Tigres UANL[edit]

On 2010, he arrived to Tigres UANL and by 2011 he already was the starter centre-back along with Juninho, both key players for the Apertura 2011 championship. Ayala was named best defender of the Apertura 2011 season alongside teammate Jorge Torres Nilo. Ayala, a starter in Tigres since 2011, later would become champion with the team in the Apertura 2015 and Apertura 2016 seasons besides runner-up of the 2015 Copa Libertadores.

International career[edit]

Under new coach Juan Carlos Osorio, Hugo Ayala hopes to establish himself as a regular call-up for El Tri.

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

UANL

Individual[edit]

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