Jorge Roldán

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Jorge Roldán
Personal information
Full name Jorge Roldán Popol
Date of birth (1940-11-16) 16 November 1940 (age 77)
Place of birth Guatemala City, Guatemala
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1973 Aurora FC ? (111)
1972 Hércules CF
National team
1961–1973 Guatemala
Teams managed
1974–1975 Aurora FC
1976–1978 Once Municipal
1979–1982 Aurora FC
1985–1986 Aurora FC
1988 Guatemala U-20
1988–1989 Guatemala
1992–1993 Aurora FC
1994–1995 Aurora FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2010
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 March 2010

Jorge Roldán Popol (born 16 November 1940), known popularly as El Grillo ("cricket") is a Guatemalan football coach and former midfielder.

Roldán played almost his entire career for the local team Aurora FC, being perhaps the most emblematic individual ever to represent the club. He also became a member and later captain of the Guatemala national team, being part of the squad that won the 1967 CONCACAF Championship, and participating in the 1968 Olympic Games and in two World Cup qualifying campaigns.

Roldán has managed clubs in Guatemala for over three decades, and has coached the national team at all levels. He is the last Guatemalan coach to win the domestic league title.

Club career[edit]

Roldán debuted in the Guatemalan Liga Mayor with Aurora in 1958, at the age of 18, under coach Rubén Amorín. He helped Aurora win three national league titles in four years, in the 1964, 1966, and 1967-68 seasons, the first three championships ever won by the club. He played for Aurora from 1958 to 1973, and went on to become their captain; he scored 111 goals in all competitions for the club, being their highest goalscorer ever.[1]

He helped Aurora reach the final of the 1972 Copa Fraternidad against Deportivo Saprissa, where in the first leg in Guatemala he scored via a penalty kick to equalize 1-1 which was the final score. In the second leg in Costa Rica, Aurora lost 0-1 which gave the title to Saprissa.

Roldán was the first Guatemalan footballer ever to play professionally for a club in Spain, when he was a member of Hércules CF in 1972.[2][3] He retired from playing in 1974, and became a coach shortly after.

National team[edit]

At the age of 18, Roldán was a member of the national youth squad that won the 1958 Juegos Centroamericanos Juveniles.[4][5] He was not selected to the national squad that entered 1962 World Cup qualifying, and four years later, as FIFA did not accept Guatemala's entry to World Cup qualification, he missed another chance to play at World Cup qualifying level. However, he did make his senior international debut in 1961 at the 1961 CCCF Championship and since then he was a regular of the national squad, eventually becoming the team captain.

In March 1967 Roldán captained the Guatemala squad competing at the 1967 CONCACAF Championship, managed by his mentor Rubén Amorín. After collecting 4 wins (including a 1-0 against defending champions Mexico) and one draw in five matches, the Central American team took the title home for the first and only time in its history.

One year later, as Guatemala attempted to qualify to the 1968 Olympic tournament, he scored a goal against Costa Rica in a 2-3 loss on 26 May.[6] Having previously beaten Costa Rica 1-0 and after extra time, the advancing team was decided on a coin toss,[7] won by Guatemala went on to reach quarterfinals in the Olympic tournament in Mexico City, after first round wins over Czechoslovakia 1-0 and Thailand 4-1, with Roldán scoring the 2-1 go-ahead goal in the 55th minute.[8]

He appeared in two matches during the 1970 World Cup qualification, both against Haiti. Four years later, aged 33, he played all six matches of Guatemala's campaign at the 1973 CONCACAF Championship which served as the qualification tournament for the 1974 World Cup. There, he scored the opener of a 2-2 draw against Netherlands Antilles,[9] and played his last international match, a 1-1 against Honduras on 15 December 1973.

Coaching career[edit]

On 24 June 1973, Roldán retired from playing and began his coaching training.[10] He went on to coach several teams, notably his former playing club Aurora. In 1975, he led them to their fourth league title. In 1976, he managed Once Municipal to promotion into the First Division of El Salvador.[11] In 1979, back with Aurora, he won the IX Copa Fraternidad, and then won league titles again in 1986 and in the 1992-93 season,[1] being, as of 2011, the last domestic coach to win a national title in Guatemala.[4] The 1992-93 title was also the last championship won by Aurora.

Roldán has also coached the Guatemala national team, during part of the 1990 World Cup qualifying campaign (where he was substituted by Rubén Amorín),[12] at the 1988 Olympic tournament, and at the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup. In 2004, prior to the qualifying tournament for the 2006 World Cup, he was named Director General of the national football teams.[13] He assisted Ramón Maradiaga with player call-ups when the latter became coach of the Guatemala national team.[14]


As a player

  • 1958 Juegos Centroamericanos Juveniles winner: 1958
  • Guatemala Liga Mayor winner: 1964, 1966, 1967–68
  • 1967 CONCACAF Championship winner: 1967
  • Highest goalscorer in the history of Aurora FC (111)
  • In 1999, the IFFHS voted Roldán the third best Guatemalan player of the 20th century, and 31st in CONCACAF.[15]

As a coach

  • Guatemalan Liga Mayor winner: 1975, 1986, 1992–93
  • Copa Fraternidad: 1979


  1. ^ a b "Guatemala, 100 años de fútbol (Aurora FC profile)" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. Archived from the original on 18 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-20. 
  2. ^ ""El Tanque ya alcanza objetivos"" (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia S.A. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2008. 
  3. ^ ""Un tanque en España"". Diario La Hora. Archived from the original on 26 December 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-20. 
  4. ^ a b "Jorge Roldán: Falta confianza (interview with Jorge Roldán)" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-20. 
  5. ^ "Guatemala, 100 años de fútbol - 1950-1959" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. Archived from the original on 9 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-20. 
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  8. ^ Archived 17 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
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  12. ^ "Guatemala, 100 años de fútbol - 1980-1989" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. Archived from the original on 9 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  13. ^ ""Se terminó la espera - Selección de fútbol con nuevo técnico"" (in Spanish). Diario La Hora. Archived from the original on 1 July 2004. Retrieved 2007-01-20. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  15. ^ Stokkermans, Karel. "IFFHS' Century Elections". RSSSF. Retrieved 2006-12-17. 

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