José Manuel de la Torre

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For the baseball player, see José De La Torre.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is de la Torre and the second or maternal family name is Menchaca.
José Manuel de la Torre
Personal information
Full name José Manuel de la Torre Menchaca
Date of birth (1965-11-13) November 13, 1965 (age 50)
Place of birth Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Santos Laguna (manager)
Youth career
Guadalajara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1988 Guadalajara 116 (7)
1988–1989 Real Oviedo 32 (8)
1989–1991 Puebla 82 (15)
1991–1993 Cruz Azul 56 (17)
1993–1995 Guadalajara 55 (12)
1995–1996 Tigres 25 (3)
1996 Puebla 9 (0)
1997–1999 Necaxa 40 (1)
Total 415 (63)
National team
1987–1992 Mexico 28 (6)
Teams managed
2005–2007 Guadalajara
2008–2010 Toluca
2010–2013 Mexico
2014–2015 Guadalajara
2016– Santos Laguna

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


José Manuel de la Torre Menchaca (born November 13, 1965), popularly nicknamed Chepo, is a Mexican former footballer and currently manager of Mexican club Santos Laguna. As a player, de la Torre played as an attacking midfielder.

Playing career[edit]

"Chepo" came up through the Chivas youth academies, and was an important player for all the teams he played for. He had a short stint in Europe with Spanish club Real Oviedo, where he played 32 games and scored 8 goals. He became champion with Chivas in the 1986 season defeating Cruz Azul in the Estadio Jalisco. He also played at Puebla, Cruz Azul, Tigres, and Necaxa. De la Torre was also called up for the Mexico national team on various occasions, but unfortunately he was never called for a FIFA World Cup.

International goals[edit]

Managerial career[edit]

Guadalajara[edit]

On December 10, 2006, Guadalajara won their eleventh league championship, making de la Torre the youngest coach to win a championship in the last decade at age 40 years & 27 days, and making Guadalajara the club with the most titles in the Primera División de México (their record would later be surpassed by América in 2014)

Toluca[edit]

In mid 2008, de la Torre became the coach of Club Toluca. In the beginning of the season Toluca had a relatively weak start, but improved as the season progressed, finishing with a five game non-losing streak and taking 13 out of 15 points. They then went on to win the tournament.

He won his second championship with Toluca in 2010, defeating Santos in a penalty shoot-out where Toluca came back from a 1–3 deficite to win the penalty shoot out 4–3.

Mexico national team[edit]

On October 18, 2010 it was announced that de la Torre would become the new manager of Mexico national team at the end of the 2010 Torneo Apertura.[1][2] He made his debut as Mexico's manager on February 9, 2011 in a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, which Mexico won 2–0.[3] De la Torre's first tournament as Mexico's manager was the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. His first game of the tournament was on June 8, 2011 against El Salvador which Mexico won 5–0. The Mexican team won all three of their group stage matches. De la Torre's Mexico team would go undefeated throughout the tournament, winning all six of their games and eventually defeated the United States 4–2 in the final.[4] De la Torre's first defeat as Mexico's manager came on October 11, 2011 in a friendly against Brazil, who came back and won 1–2.[5]

On June 16, 2013, Mexico faced Italy and lost 1–2 in their first match of the 2013 Confederations Cup. The only goal scored by Mexico in the game was scored by Javier Hernández via a penalty kick. The Mexican team's performance was criticized, with the team lacking creativity, offensive spark, and a poor display in the midfield during most of the match, frequently giving away the ball to Italian opposition.[citation needed] This resulted in many people to question De la Torre's future as the manager of the team.[6] On July 19, 2013 after a 2–0 loss to Brazil and Italy defeating Japan 4–3, Mexico was knocked out in the group stage of the Confederations Cup, the team did manage to defeat Japan in their last match of the tournament.[7]

In their first group match of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico lost 1–2 to Panama. Mexico eventually won the last two group games against Canada and Martinique and ended second in Group A. After defeating Trinidad and Tobago in the quarter-finals they were eliminated by Panama in the semi-finals, missing the final for the first time since 2005.

Jose Manuel De la Torre was the coach of the Mexico national team during the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup. Under his watch, the national team fared poorly, only managing to win one out of seven games and scoring a total of only 4 goals during those games. Critics were especially disappointed by Mexico's inability to defeat opponents deemed inferior, including Jamaica, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Panama. Observers marveled at Mexico's "unprecedented collapse" under de la Torre, considering the fact that Mexico had won the gold medal in the most recent Olympic Games and had talented players in Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernández.[8] On September 6, Mexico lost to Honduras at the Estadio Azteca. The defeat was Mexico's second loss at home in 77 qualifying matches.

After the loss to Honduras, de la Torre shocked fans when he inexplicably stated that his development "project" of the national team was going "very well."[9] The Mexican press branded the national team as the "ratones verdes", or "green mice", and noted that Mexico was in danger of not qualifying to the World Cup for the first time in over two decades.[10]

On September 7, 2013, Jose Manuel de la Torre was fired as coach of the national team by Femexfut president Justino Compean, ending his two year tenure at the helm.[11]

Return to Guadalajara[edit]

On October 8, 2014, Jose Manuel de la Torre was hired as coach for 2nd time to Guadalajara. The club started the 2015 season with a 2-1 loss against Chiapas, and this result caused them to become tied in the last position of the Liga MX relegation table with Puebla. The very next week the club showed better character after a 2-1 win at home against Pumas UNAM in front of a very supportful, sold out crowd of fans. By game 12 of the 2015 Clausura season, Guadalajara managed to earn 21 points after winning crucial matches against teams such as Monterrey and relegation rivals Puebla. José Manuel de la Torre's strategic 4-2-3-1 formation proved effect during matches despite the fans' constant requests to use two strikers in the starting line-up. In game 13 of the season, Guadalajara defeated Club León in the Estadio Omnilife's 100th official match and went up to 1st place with 24 points. José Manuel de la Torre's effectiveness rose to 62.1%, the highest rate in the Clausura 2015 season. The club finished the 2015 Clausura in fifth place with a total of 26 points, along with the third best defense of the season, thus, qualifying to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Guadalajara was able to make it to the quarterfinals, they faced rivals Atlas. The first match ended in a 0-0 draw. Second match was a 4-1 win over Atlas, with a hat-trick from Marco Fabian advancing to the semi-final, facing Santos Laguna. In the second match of the semi-finals, Guadalajara fell short losing to Santos Laguna in a 3-0 loss, failing to advance to the finals. After a rough start during the 2015 Apertura season, the club controversially sacked De la Torre.[12]

Honours[edit]

As a manager[edit]

Guadalajara
Toluca
Mexico

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Managerial[edit]

As of September 6, 2013
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Guadalajara Mexico 2006 2007 66 31 16 19 46.97
Toluca Mexico 2008 December 2010 122 58 39 25 47.54
Mexico Mexico January 2011 September 2013 50 27 12 11 54.00
Guadalajara Mexico 8 October 2014 14 September 2015 27 9 9 9 33.33
Total 221 107 62 52 48.42

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