Raúl Cárdenas

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Raúl Cárdenas
Personal information
Full name Raúl Cárdenas de la Vega
Date of birth (1928-10-30)October 30, 1928
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Date of death March 26, 2016(2016-03-26) (aged 87)
Place of death Cuernavaca, Mexico
National team

Raúl Cárdenas de la Vega (30 October 1928 – 26 March 2016) was a Mexican football player and coach, and was an Olympian. He was born in Mexico City.


Cárdenas began playing football with Real Club España, making his Mexican Primera División debut against Asturias F.C. in the 1947–48 season. He would play three seasons with España before the club withdrew from the league.[1] He also competed for Mexico at the 1948 Summer Olympics.[2]

Cárdenas played for C.D. Guadalajara, Club Deportivo Marte and Puebla F.C., before joining Zacatepec for 10 seasons. He retired from playing at age 37, becoming a coach for Cruz Azul.[1]

He represented the Mexico national football team as a player in three FIFA World Cups: 1954, 1958 and 1962 tournaments.[1] He also coached the national team in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, held in home soil, where they reached the quarterfinals for the first time in history.[3] He also managed Cruz Azul towards their first 5 titles in 7 years in 8 finals. He also managed Club America for their 3rd title.

Cárdenas died in Cuernavaca, Morelos, on 25 March 2016, aged 87.[3]



Cruz Azul

Club America


  1. ^ a b c "Este fue, es y será tu equipo: Zacatepec" [This was, is and will be your team: Zacatepec] (in Spanish). El Sol de Cuernavaca. 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Raúl Cárdenas Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Former Mexico coach Raul Cardenas dead". SK Football. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
England Alf Ramsey
FIFA World Cup host country managers
Succeeded by
Germany Helmut Schön
Preceded by
Spain José Santamaría ( Uruguay)
FIFA World Cup host country managers
1986 (with Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bora Milutinović)
Succeeded by
Italy Azeglio Vicini