Reinaldo Rueda

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Reinaldo Rueda
Personal information
Full name Reinaldo Rueda Rivera
Date of birth (1957-04-16) 16 April 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Manager
Club information
Current team
Atlético Nacional
Teams managed
Years Team
1994–1997 Cortuluá
1997–1998 Deportivo Cali
2002 Medellín
2002–2004 Colombia U-20
2004–2006 Colombia
2007–2010 Honduras
2010–2014 Ecuador
2015– Atlético Nacional
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rueda and the second or maternal family name is Rivera.

Reinaldo Rueda Rivera (born April 16, 1957 in Cali) is a Colombian football manager who currently is in charge of the Atletico Nacional in the Colombian league. In 2011, Rueda was naturalized as a Honduran citizen.[1]

Rueda's claim to fame came during his years as the Colombian Youth Coach. With the Colombian U-20 team, he finished 3rd in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. He also led the Colombian U-17 team to a 4th-place finish that same year at the U-17 World Cup.

After an unfavorable start to 2006 World Cup Qualifying, (only 1 point after 5 games) the Colombian Football Federation promoted Rueda to Senior Coach. Colombia failed to qualify to the 2006 World Cup, but Rueda made a big impact. The team would have finished near last on the CONMEBOL qualification but ended up in 6th place. Honduras, under his direction, succeeded in gaining a place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Background and Career[edit]

Rueda holds a Physical Education degree. Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, Germany gave him his master's degree as well as proficiency in the German language.[2] He has been a University professor and has taught several courses at the Colombian National Coaches School. He has continued his studies in Europe attending FIFA and UEFA updating courses.

As a soccer player, Reinaldo Rueda played for emergent clubs in amateur and college competitions.

In Colombia, Reinaldo Rueda was coach of Independiente Medellín, Deportivo Cali and Cortuluá.

Colombian National Team[edit]

As a coach, Rueda has been in charge of the Colombian U-17, U-20, U-21, U-23, and Senior teams.

Rueda made the final qualifying rounds with the Colombian U-21 in the Toulon Tournament in France in 2000 and 2001.

In the first tournament, Rueda's team beat Ireland 1–0, Ghana 4–1, and Côte d'Ivoire 3–1. Against Portugal on June 3, Colombia won the championship in a game that ended in a penalty shootouts (3–1).

In 2001, the Colombian team also got to the finals but this time finished second.

At the U-20 tournament in Uruguay 2003, Reinaldo Rueda assured his Colombian team a ticket to the FIFA U-20 World Cup after no Colombian appearance for 10 years.

Honduras National Team[edit]

Rueda took the helm of the Honduran national side in January 2007. He has been widely regarded as a huge success, as Honduras has qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[3] However he came under intense scrutiny following criticism of his tactics as the team exited the World Cup at the first stage. On July 28, 2010, Reinaldo Rueda has stepped down as Honduras coach after three years at the helm.

Managerial stats[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 21 December 2016.

Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Colombia Colombia September 2002 September 2006 21 8 4 9 38.10
Honduras Honduras January 2007 July 2010 45 21 6 18 46.67
Ecuador Ecuador August 2010 June 2014 45 18 14 13 40.00
Atlético Nacional Colombia June 2015 Present 82 48 23 11 58.54
Total 190 93 47 50 48.95


Atlético Nacional


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