Rubén Ayala

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Rubén Ayala
WK voetbal 1974 Argentijnen in trainingskamp, Ayala (kop), Bestanddeelnr 927-2805.jpg
Ayala in 1974.
Personal information
Full name Rubén Hugo Ayala Zanabria
Date of birth (1950-01-08) 8 January 1950 (age 68)
Place of birth Humboldt, Santa Fe, Argentina
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1973 San Lorenzo 123 (47)
1973–1979 Atlético Madrid 169 (45)
1979–1980 Jalisco 29 (16)
1980–1984 Atlante 135 (29)
National team
1969–1974 Argentina 25 (11)
Teams managed
1986–1987 Cobras de Ciudad Juárez
1987–1988 Tampico Madero
1988–1989 Cobras de Ciudad Juárez
1992–1994 Correcaminos UAT
2005 CF Pachuca (interim)
2010 CF Pachuca (interim)
2011 Titanes Tulancingo
2012 Murciélagos FC
2017 Club León (interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 2007

Rubén Hugo Ayala Zanabria (born 8 January 1950 in Santa Fe, Argentina) is a former Argentine football player and manager, who played as a forward.

Playing career[edit]

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.

In 1973, he left for Atlético de Madrid in Spain where he won several titles. In 1979, he moved to Mexico to play for Club Jalisco and Atlante F.C..[1]

During his playing career he earned 25 caps and scored 11 goals for the Argentina national football team, and played in the 1974 FIFA World Cup (scoring against Haiti).

He was nicknamed Ratón (Mouse) due to his short height.

Managerial career[edit]

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.


Season Club Title
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


  1. ^ Calvo, J. A. (11 November 1979). "Ayala: Dejó el futbol por la puerta falsa" (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 

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