Ayala in 1974.
|Full name||Rubén Hugo Ayala Zanabria|
|Date of birth||8 January 1950|
|Place of birth||Humboldt, Santa Fe, Argentina|
|1986–1987||Cobras de Ciudad Juárez|
|1988–1989||Cobras de Ciudad Juárez|
|2005||CF Pachuca (interim)|
|2010||CF Pachuca (interim)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 2007.
Born in Humboldt, Las Colonias Department, Santa Fe Province, Ayala played club football for Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro in Argentina where he was part of the team that famously went unbeaten for the whole of the 1972 Nacional championship.
He was nicknamed Ratón (Mouse) due to his short height.
|1972 Metropolitano||San Lorenzo||Primera Division Argentina|
|1972 Nacional||San Lorenzo||Primera Division Argentina|
|1974||Atlético de Madrid||Copa Intercontinental|
|1976||Atlético de Madrid||Copa del Rey|
|1976–1977||Atlético de Madrid||La Liga|
After retiring as a player Ayala took up coaching in Mexico he has been manager of Cobras de Querétaro (1986–1987), Tampico-Madero (1987–1988), Cobras de Ciudad Juárez (1988–1989), Correcaminos (1992–1994) and C.F. Pachuca (2000–2005). During his time with Pachuca he guided them to two league titles the Invierno 2001 and the Apertura 2003 as an assistant coach.
- Calvo, J. A. (11 November 1979). "Ayala: Dejó el futbol por la puerta falsa" (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo.
- (Spanish) La Liga statistics
- (Spanish) Futbol Factory profile at the Wayback Machine (archived October 20, 2007)
- Rubén Ayala – Liga MX stats at MedioTiempo.com (Spanish)
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