José Antonio Noriega

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José Antonio Noriega
Personal information
Full name José Antonio Noriega
Date of birth (1969-12-29) December 29, 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 UNAM 16 (0)
1992–1996 Monterrey 137 (22)
1997 Cruz Azul 17 (1)
1997–1999 Santos Laguna 70 (13)
1999–2000 Tigres UANL 27 (0)
2000–2002 Morelia 105 (15)
2003–2004 Santos Laguna 50 (3)
2004 Morelia 13 (0)
National team
1993–2002 Mexico 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Antonio Noriega (born December 29, 1969) is a former Mexican footballer who played 14 years for various clubs in the Primera División de México.[1] Noriega played with seven different clubs in Mexico, his most years coming with Monterrey. Noriega played for the Mexico national football team in six occasions.[2] He is currently a pundit for ESPN Deportes for football matches and show Fuera de Juego. He is commonly known by his nickname, Tato.

Club career[edit]

Noriega started his career with UNAM where he playing sparingly in two seasons.[1] He was transferred to Monterrey after the 1992–93 season, Noriega went on to play for the next four years with Monterrey. He was transferred to Cruz Azul for the Verano 1997 season, where he played 17 matches and scored only one goal.[1] After only one tournament with Cruz Azul, Noriega played the following two years with Santos Laguna.[1] After his stint with Santos, Noriega spent 1999–2000 with Tigres de la UANL, Noriega will play 27 matches but did not score any goals.[1] He was then transferred to Morelia where he had his most success than with any other club. He won the Invierno 2000 championship, and runner up in the Apertura 2002, runner-up in the 2002 and 2003 CONCACAF Champions Cup and appeared in the 2002 Copa Libertadores where Morelia advanced to the quarterfinals.[3][4][5] In 2003, he went with a second stint with Santos Laguna where he played three tournaments.[1] For the Apertura 2004 he went for a second stint with Morelia, where he played in 13 matches, Noriega retired after the Apertura 2004.[6]


Noriega made his international debut on June 29, 1993 in a friendly against Costa Rica, Noriega played all 90 minutes. Noriega went on to play two more matches in 1993, 1996 played one, and 2002 played two. Noriega was also part of the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster, which he was also the team captain during the tournament. Noriega was left out of the 2002 FIFA World Cup roster by Javier Aguirre despite being one of the top scorers in the 2002 Copa Libertadores.[7]







  1. ^ a b c d e f "José Antonio Noriega stats". Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "José Antonio Noriega". National Football Teams. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Invierno 2000 stats". Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Apertura 2002 stats". Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "CONCACAF Champions League History" (PDF). Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "'Tato' Noriega regresa con Monarcas Morelia". Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Copa Libertadores: Peñarol y Morelia pasaron a los cuartos de final". Retrieved 20 March 2010. 

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