José Luis Villarreal

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José Luis Villarreal
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Personal information
Full name José Luis Villarreal
Date of birth (1966-03-17) 17 March 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Club Atlético Belgrano 4 (0)
1987–1992 Boca Juniors 102 (8)
1993 Atlético de Madrid 5 (0)
1993–1995 River Plate 12 (2)
1995–1996 Montpellier 29 (3)
1997 C.F. Pachuca 15 (0)
1997–1998 Estudiantes 25 (4)
1998–2000 Club Atlético Belgrano 49 (3)
2000–2001 All Boys 0 (0)
2002–2004 Club Atlético Belgrano 0 (0)
National team
1991–1993 Argentina 8 (0)
Teams managed
2013-2015 Jacksonville Armada

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Luis Villarreal (born 17 March 1966) is an Argentinian association football coach and former player.[1] He is the former head coach of Jacksonville Armada FC of the North American Soccer League (NASL).[2]

Coach Villarreal at the Armanda FC Development Camps

Villarreal was part of the Argentina squad at the 1992 King Fahd Cup in Saudi Arabia and usually played in midfield.[3] He has played for clubs in Argentina, Mexico, France, and Spain, spending the majority of his time with Buenos Aires club Boca Juniors and hometown Club Atlético Belgrano in Cordoba. His eye for talent has led him to the scouting and recruiting of some of South America's top football talent, namely fellow Argentine Lionel Messi.[4]


Born in Córdoba, Córdoba Province, Villarreal began playing football with local side San Lorenzo de Las Flores at age 16. He signed with Club Atlético Belgrano where he would play two seasons before moving to Boca Juniors. He won the 1992 championship in his five-year stint with Boca Juniors. The following year he signed for Boca's arch-rivals River Plate, where he played from 1993 to 1995.[5]

Villarreal played one season in France at Montpellier before moving to Mexican side C.F. Pachuca during the 1997 season. Reoccurring injuries forced Villarreal to return to Argentina where he played for his home side Belgrano in 1998. He played in Argentina for the remainder of his career and after a short stint at Estudiantes he returned once more before retiring with Belgrano in 2004.


Club Country Year
Belgrano Argentina 1986–1987
Boca Juniors Argentina 1987–1992
Atlético de Madrid Spain 1993
River Plate Argentina 1993–1995
Montpellier France 1995–1996
Pachuca Mexico 1997
Estudiantes Argentina 1997–1998
Belgrano Argentina 1998–2000
All Boys Argentina 2000–2001
Belgrano Argentina 2002–2004


In 2012, Villarreal was brought to Chilean club Colo-Colo as part of Omar Labruna coaching staff, serving as the deputy manager and training coach for the club.[6] In June 2014, Jacksonville Armada FC, a team in the North American Soccer League (NASL) based in Jacksonville, Florida, announced it had hired Villarreal as the team's inaugural head coach.[2] He parted ways with the club in June 2015.

International career[edit]

Villarreal showcased some brilliant midfield work in eight different international appearances with the Argentine national team, the most successful being an International Championship at the 1992 King Fahd Cup, later to be known as the Confederations Cup. Despite an absence of contributing goals during his international career, Villarreal played an instrumental part in the defeat of Saudi Arabia in the first addition of what would become the Confederations Cup.[7]


From 2005 to 2007 Villarreal worked as President of the Academy REDH (Rumbo has Excelencia y Deportiva Humana) where he and Venezuelan academy founder Guillermo Ángel Hoyos recruited top South American talent, most notably Lionel Messi. The program offered a comprehensive educational academy that accompanied advanced football training programs enabled the best South American footballers the opportunity to play in the best clubs in Europe and around the world. Along with his colleagues, Villarreal has managed to place many of the most talented students in the best Spanish, French, Greek, and Italian clubs.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Villarreal goes by the nickname "Villa" which was chanted during his days playing at La Bombonera with Boca Juniors. He lives with his wife Elizabeth, daughter Sofia, son Lucas and dog Milo in Córdoba, Argentina.[9]


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