Nicolás Ramírez (Mexican footballer)

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Nicolás Ramírez (born February 16, 1974, in Tepic) is a former Mexican footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

He started his career playing for Santos Laguna in 1993–94.[1] By the Invierno 1996 season, Ramírez had become a starter in a championship-winning squad that also included Benjamín Galindo, Jared Borgetti, and Gabriel Caballero. Though Ramírez retained his place in defensive midfield in the following seasons, Santos experienced declining results and he transferred to Cruz Azul in 1999.[1] He eventually represented ten different clubs, playing his final match in the top division with Atlas in 2005.[1]

Ramírez also represented Mexico, making 19 international appearances.[2] His first match came at the 1997 U.S. Cup against Denmark on January 17, 1997, a 3-1 victory in San Diego.[3] Although he appeared in several qualifying matches and played all six games at the 1997 Copa America,[4] he was not called up for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He will also be remembered for his own goal in a World Cup qualifier against the United States on April 20, 1997 in Foxboro, Massachusetts, a match that ended in a 2-2 draw.[5] His last international match occurred in Los Angeles on November 18, 1998 against Guatemala.[6]

He is the brother of the famous international player Ramón Ramírez.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c MedioTiempo. "Nicolás Ramírez - Atlas." Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  2. ^ "Ramírez, Nicolás". National Football Teams. Retrieved December 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ Morrison, Neil. "International Matches 1997 - Intercontinental." RSSSF, February 2, 2005. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  4. ^ Tabeira, Martín. "Copa América 1997." RSSSF, August 2, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  5. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - USA - Mexico 2:2." April 20, 1997. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  6. ^ Bobrowsky, Josef. "Hurricane Relief Tournament 1998." RSSSF, March 1, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  7. ^ Longman, Jere (April 21, 1997). "Both Sides Are Shaky In a Draw". New York Times. Reuters. Retrieved December 20, 2010. 

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