José de Jesús Corona
|Full name||José de Jesús Corona Rodríguez|
|Date of birth||January 26, 1981|
|Place of birth||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 October 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. He is currently the team captain of Cruz Azul.
Corona started his career in F.C. 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.
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.
On 16 June 2009, Corona was transferred to Cruz Azul for €2.8 million, he signed a 3-year contract. Corona made his league debut with Cruz Azul on August 2, 2009 playing against Pumas in a 3-0 win earning his first clean sheet with Cruz Azul. That same year he helped Cruz Azul reach the league final against C.F. Monterrey, finishing runners-up after losing both matches of the finals.
On December 12, 2010 Deportivo la Coruña became interested in Corona, but offered the Cruz Azul player a wage of 15,000 Dollars, he rejected the offer in favor of staying with Cruz Azul.
In the summer transfer window of 2011 Juventus wanted the services of Corona, but before it was all set the transfer failed due to the passport of the Mexican goalkeeper. 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 3 matches of the competition finishing in fourth place after suffering a 4-0 defeat against Real Madrid and losing to Auckland City FC in penalties. On May 9, 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 terrible 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 2 minutes later, ending the match in a 1-1 draw. This ended his 2 game streek of clean sheets on the third week of the season.
Corona has been capped by the Mexico national football 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.
He 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 Mexico national football 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 6 games in the 2011 Apertura season. Yosgart Gutierrez replaced the suspended Corona 
He 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 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 save of match was a penalty save. Corona helped Mexico win with a narrow 1-0 victory at a sold-out match at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
On 17 May 2015 Corona became the first choice goalkeeper over Alfredo Talavera and Melitón Hernández to represent Mexico 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 Marquez suffered an injury for the remainder of the tournament.
- Cruz Azul
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- "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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