Mauricio Cruz Jiron

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Mauricio Cruz
Personal information
Full name Mauricio Antonio Cruz Jiron
Date of birth (1957-03-11) March 11, 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth Nicaragua
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1982 Diriangén FC (170)
1979–1980 Chicago Horizons (Indoor)
1983 Universidad
1984–1992 Diriangén FC
National team
1973–1992 Nicaragua
Teams managed
1993–2001 Nicaragua
1992–2006 Diriangén
2008 Nicaragua
2008–2010 Diriangén
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mauricio Antonio Cruz Jiron (born on 11 March 1957) is a former Nicaraguan footballer who currently coaches Diriangén in the Primera División de Nicaragua.

Club career[edit]

During his career he played for Diriangén and Honduran outfit Universidad.[1]

International career[edit]

Cruz made his debut for Nicaragua in the 1970s and has represented his country in 2 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[2]

His final international was a July 1992 FIFA World Cup qualification match against El Salvador.

Managerial career[edit]

He has been national team manager during 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and again during a short 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification spell in 2008.[3] Cruz took charge of Diriangén again in summer 2008[4] after he had left them in 2006.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He has a brother named Donaldo Jiron.


  1. ^ Desafíe a Ismael Archived 2013-10-17 at the Wayback Machine. - La Prensa (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Mauricio Cruz JironFIFA competition record
  3. ^ “Soy otro técnico” - El Nuevo Diario (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Trece técnicos han pasado durante la sequía - Barra Cacique (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Mauricio Cruz, último campeón - El Nuevo Diario (in Spanish)

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