José Luis Sierra

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sierra and the second or maternal family name is Pando.
José Luis Sierra
Personal information
Full name José Luis Sierra Pando
Date of birth (1968-12-05) 5 December 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al-Ittihad (manager)
Youth career
1985–1988 Unión Española
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1994 Unión Española 124 (29)
1989–1990 Real Valladolid (loan) 3 (0)
1995 São Paulo 8 (0)
1996–2001 Colo-Colo 144 (42)
1999 Tigres (loan) 13 (1)
2002–2009 Unión Española 217 (51)
Total 509 (123)
National team
1991–2000 Chile 53 (8)
Teams managed
2010–2015 Unión Española
2015–2016 Colo-Colo
2016– Al-Ittihad
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 July 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 August 2007

José Luis "Coto" Sierra Pando (born December 5, 1968 in Santiago, Chile) is a Chilean football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of Al-Ittihad. Playing in the midfield, he retired in 2009, and one year later he became the coach of his long-time team Union Española. He studied in the Colegio Hispano Americano, which belongs to Spanish residents in Chile. In 2015, he became the new coach of Colo Colo.

Club career[edit]

Unión Española[edit]

Sierra made his debut in professional soccer with Unión Española on November 1988 against the Universidad de Chile. After two solid campaigns with Unión Española, Sierra was transferred to Real Valladolid in Spain. However, during Sierra's short time in Spain, the team had economic problems which caused Sierra to return Unión Española. After more success he made his debut with the Chilean national team. Sierra won the Copa Chile with Unión Española in 1992 and 1993.


After an unsuccessful stint in Brazil playing for São Paulo, he went on to spent three successful years with Colo-Colo, which saw his team capture the championship in all three seasons. Currently Sierra has found his way back to Unión Española making a stop in between to play with UANL Tigres in Mexico for one season. He captured the Golden Boot in Chile (awarded to the best professional football player in Chile) in 2004 and 2005.

In 1997, it was widely rumoured that then Premier League side Everton manager Howard Kendall had made an approach to bring Sierra to Goodison Park. However, for unknown reasons, possibly relating to lack of sufficient capital, Kendall decided to pull the plug on the deal.

Return to Unión Española[edit]

Sierra announced his retirement in December 2008 and accepted the position of manager with his beloved Unión Española, he will continue on the position until the end of the Clausura 2009 tournament.

International career[edit]

Sierra was capped 53 times and scored 8 goals for the Chilean national team between 1991 and 2000. He played four games at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, scoring a goal on a free-kick against Cameroon.

Coaching career[edit]

Jose started coaching in 2010 of Chilean club Unión Española and spent five years. He won 2013 Torneo Transición (Chile) with them. Unión won the Apertura Tournament of 2013, after defeating Colo-Colo 1–0 on the final match. After that in 2015, he became the coach of Colo-Colo. In only one season, he won 2015 Torneo Apertura (Chile) title with and also led them into 2015 Copa Chile. On July 22, 2016 he signed a one year contract with eight times Saudi champions Al-Ittihad with an option to sign for another season.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 28 December 2016
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF !GA GD Win %
Unión Española Chile 14 October 2010 18 May 2015 172 76 39 57 282 225 +57 44.19
Colo-Colo Chile 18 May 2015 20 July 2016 31 20 6 5 43 22 +21 64.52
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 22 July 2016 Present 18 15 1 2 44 23 +21 83.33
Career Totals 221 111 46 64 369 270 +99 50.23



He played in Chile, the national soccer team for 9 years, from 1991 to 2000


Unión Española




Unión Española
Ittihad FC


  1. ^ "Saudi Arabia - Crown Prince Cup 2016/17 - Football News, Results, Fixtures, Standings, Tables, Live Scores | Hailoo Sport". Retrieved 2017-03-19. 

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