Manuel Negrete Arias

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Manuel Negrete
Personal information
Full name Manuel Negrete Arias
Date of birth (1959-03-11) March 11, 1959 (age 58)
Place of birth Ciudad Altamirano, Mexico
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1986 UNAM 215 (53)
1986 Sporting CP 15 (3)
1987 Sporting de Gijón 4 (1)
1987–1990 UNAM 117 (39)
1990–1991 Monterrey 27 (0)
1991–1992 UNAM 38 (11)
1992–1993 Atlante 24 (3)
1993–1994 Toros Neza 19 (3)
1994–1995 Acapulco ? (?)
1995–1996 Atlante 6 (0)
National team
1981–1990 Mexico 57 (12)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Atlante UTN
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 2008.

Manuel Negrete Arias (born March 11, 1959) is a Mexican former footballer and manager, who became famous for scoring one of the most spectacular goals of the 1986 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Negrete became a professional football player in 1980 with Club Universidad Nacional of Mexico, also known as Pumas. His style of play gave him instant recognition among Mexican soccer fans, with Negrete becoming a household name quickly. After the 1986 World Cup, Negrete continued playing in the Mexican Football League, and then reached the European soccer leagues by joining Sporting Lisbon in Portugal and then moving to Sporting de Gijón in Spain.

International career[edit]

In the 1986 World Cup finals, Negrete participated in five games and scored one goal in the round of 16 against Bulgaria in the 35th minute, the first of a 2-0 win. The goal has been described as one of the most spectacular in World Cup history by many football fans and journalists. Negrete received a high ball outside the penalty area, controlled it, let the ball bounce once on the ground and combined with Javier Aguirre; the latter returned the ball on the first touch, while keeping it on the air, and Negrete shot it on a scissor kick into the bottom left corner of goalkeeper Borislav Mikhailov. Mexico repeated their best result at a World Cup during that tournament, reaching the quarterfinals for the second time (a feat they accomplished first at the 1970 World Cup, also hosted by Mexico).

International goals[edit]

Post-playing career[edit]

Negrete has led a more quiet life in Mexico since he retired from playing. He worked as coach of the UNAM Pumas youth teams, and later went to Club León as an assistant coach. He became head coach after the firing/resignation of Mario Alberto Garcia.

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