José de Jesús Corona
Corona with Mexico in 2016
|Full name||José de Jesús Corona Rodríguez|
|Date of birth||26 January 1981|
|Place of birth||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2005||→ Guadalajara (loan)||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:41, 3 September 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 May 2018
José de Jesús Corona Rodríguez (born 26 January 1981) is a Mexican footballer who plays for Cruz Azul as a goalkeeper. He is an Olympic gold medalist. He is currently the team captain of Cruz Azul.
Corona started his career in Atlas in 2002, and was an important and vital goalkeeper for the club. On 26 February 2003, in week five of the season, Corona made his official league debut playing against Pumas in a 2–1 win. Corona played 47 games from 2002 to 2004.
Corona was later transferred to Tecos UAG in the 2004 summer transfer window. He made his league debut playing a full 90 minutes against América. Corona was then loaned to Guadalajara for the 2005 edition of the Copa Libertadores as they reached the semifinals. He is well remembered for his stunning performance against Boca Juniors. Corona had an impressive final season with Tecos before leaving.
On 16 June 2009, Corona was transferred to Cruz Azul for €2.8 million, with whom he signed a three-year contract. Corona made his league debut with Cruz Azul on 2 August 2009 against Pumas in a 3–0 win, earning his first clean sheet with the club. That same year, he helped Cruz Azul reach the league final against Monterrey, where they finished as runners-up after losing both matches of the finals.
On 12 December 2010, Deportivo de La Coruña became interested in Corona, and offered the Cruz Azul player a wage of $15,000; he rejected the offer in favor of staying with Cruz Azul.
In the 2011 summer transfer window, Juventus sought to acquire Corona, but the transfer failed due to passport issues. Corona later signed an undisclosed contract extension with Cruz Azul.
Corona played the last 2 games of the Clausura 2013 Copa MX, including the final against Atlante in a match which was scoreless at the end of regulation. Cruz Azul went on to win the game in penalties, giving them their first title in 16 years. Corona was a key figure during the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League as Cruz Azul was crowned champions of the tournament for the sixth time in its team history, qualifying them for the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup. Corona played all three matches of that competition, and Cruz Azul finished in fourth place after suffering a 4–0 defeat against Real Madrid and losing to Auckland City in penalties. On 9 May 2015, Corona made his 200th league appearance with Cruz Azul in the last match of the 2014–15 Liga MX season against Leones Negros in a 2–0 loss. Although Cruz Azul had a poor season, Corona was named one of the best goalkeepers in the league with 60 saves and 4 clean sheets at the end of the Clausura 2016.
On 30 July 2016, Corona stopped a penalty kick against Monterrey before they scored two minutes later, ending the match in a 1–1 draw. This ended his two-game streak of clean sheets on the third week of the season.
Corona has been capped by the Mexico national team and was called up to represent his country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup as the second-choice goalkeeper. He did not play in any of Mexico's four games. In 2007, former coach Hugo Sánchez included him in the 23-man squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup as the third-choice goalkeeper.
Corona looked to be one of the three goalkeepers for Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, however, after an alleged violent incident where Corona severely assaulted another man in Guadalajara, Javier Aguirre decided to omit him from the world cup roster.
Corona was originally chosen to represent Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup as one of the goalkeepers, but after he participated in a fight in the second leg of the semi-finals of the Clausura 2011 between his team, Cruz Azul, and Monarcas Morelia, José Manuel de la Torre, coach of the national team, decided to cut him from the squads participating in the 2011 Gold Cup and the 2011 Copa América due to violent conduct. He was replaced in the squads by Jonathan Orozco. Corona also was suspended for the first six games in the 2011 Apertura season. Yosgart Gutiérrez replaced the suspended Corona during that period.
Corona was named as one of the three over-aged players for Mexico at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was also named as the captain of the squad throughout the tournament. He helped the team reach the final, where they defeated Brazil 2–1 to win their first ever medal, the Gold medal, at Wembley Stadium.
On 2 June 2014, Corona was named in Mexico's squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as second-choice goalkeeper; he did not feature in any of Mexico's matches.
On 28 March 2015, Corona was first-choice goalkeeper for a friendly match against Ecuador. Corona made incredible saves in a game where Ecuador put over six shots on target, his most impressive save arguably the save of a penalty. Mexico won the match in a narrow 1–0 victory at a sold-out Los Angeles Coliseum.
On 17 May 2015, Corona became the first-choice goalkeeper over Alfredo Talavera and Melitón Hernández to represent Mexico (second string squad) for the 2015 Copa America. On 12 June 2015, he played all of 90 minutes against Bolivia in a 0–0 draw with an impressive save during the first half. He was later named captain of the squad for the remainder of the tournament after Rafael Márquez suffered an injury.
In May 2018 he was named in Mexico’s preliminary 28-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and in June 2018, he was named in the final 23-man squad for the World Cup. He did not play in any of the games. 
- As of 27 June 2018
- Cruz Azul
- Central American and Caribbean Games: Silver Medal 2002
- CONCACAF Gold Cup: 2009
- Pan American Games: 2011
- Summer Olympics: 2012
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- "Olympics football: Mexico shock Brazil to win gold". bbc.com. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
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- "Corona fuera del Tri" (in Spanish). Mediotiempo.com. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
- "Jose de Jesus Corona the hero in goal as Mexico edge out Ecuador". Cesar Hernandez from ESPN. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
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