José de Jesús Corona

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For the Mexican footballer born 1993, see Jesús Manuel Corona.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Corona and the second or maternal family name is Rodríguez.
Jesús Corona
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Personal information
Full name José de Jesús Corona Rodríguez
Date of birth (1981-01-26) January 26, 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Cruz Azul
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Atlas 47 (0)
2004–2009 Tecos UAG 168 (0)
2009– Cruz Azul 249 (0)
National team
1997 Mexico U-17 3 (0)
2004–2012 Mexico U23 15 (0)
2005– Mexico 42 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2016

José de Jesús Corona Rodríguez, (born January 26, 1981) is a Mexican footballer who plays for Cruz Azul as a goalkeeper. He is an olympic gold medalist.[1] He is currently the team captain of Cruz Azul.

Club career[edit]

Club Atlas[edit]

Corona started his career in Atlas in 2002, being an important and vital goalkeeper for Atlas. On 26 February 2003, in week 5, Corona made his official league debut playing against Pumas in a 2–1 win. Corona played 47 games from 2002 to 2004.

Tecos UAG[edit]

Corona was later transferred to Tecos UAG in the 2004 summer transfer window. He made his league debut playing against América and played the full 90 minutes. Corona was loaned to Guadalajara only for the 2005 edition of the Copa Libertadores reaching the semifinals. He is well remembered for his stunning performance against Boca Juniors. Corona had an impressive final season with Tecos before leaving.

Cruz Azul[edit]

On 16 June 2009, Corona was transferred to Cruz Azul for €2.8 million, with whom he signed a three-year contract with. 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, finishing runners-up after losing both matches of the finals.[2]

On 12 December 2010, Deportivo de La Coruña became interested in Corona, but 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 before it was all set 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 goalless match, winning in penalties giving Cruz Azul their first title in 16 years. Corona was an important key figure during the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League when Cruz Azul was crowned champions for the sixth time in its team history, and qualifying for the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup. Corona played all three matches of the competition finishing 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 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.

International career[edit]

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 was contemplated to be one of the three goalkeepers at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, however after an alleged violent incident were Corona severely assaulted another man in Guadalajara, Javier Aguirre decided to omit him from the world cup roster. [3]

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 the Monarcas Morelia, José Manuel de la Torre, coach of the national team, decided to cut him from the squads participating 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 [4]

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.[1]

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 over Guillermo Ochoa for a friendly match against Ecuador. Corona made incredible saves in a game where Ecuador put over six shots on target, his most impressive arguably the save of a penalty. Corona helped Mexico win with a narrow 1–0 victory at a sold-out match at the Los Angeles Coliseum.[5][6]

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 by Corona during the first half. He was later named captain after Rafael Márquez suffered an injury for the remainder of the tournament.



Cruz Azul




  1. ^ a b "Olympics football: Mexico shock Brazil to win gold". 11 August 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Corona firmó por tres años con La Máquina" (in Spanish). June 16, 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2009. 
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  4. ^ "Corona fuera del Tri" (in Spanish). May 16, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jose de Jesus Corona the hero in goal as Mexico edge out Ecuador". Cesar Hernandez from ESPN. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Jesus Corona shows he can be Mexico's No. 1". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 

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