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Miguel Herrera

Miguel Herrera
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ernesto Herrera Aguirre[1]
Date of birth (1968-03-18) 18 March 1968
Place of birth Hidalgo, Mexico
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Mexico (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Atlante 36 (4)
1988–1989 Santos Laguna 30 (4)
1989–1990 Atlante 17 (0)
1990–1991 Querétaro 30 (2)
1991–1995 Atlante 125 (9)
1995–1999 Neza 109 (2)
1999–2000 Atlante 33 (0)
Total 380 (21)
National team
1993–1994 Mexico 14 (0)
Teams managed
2002–2004 Atlante
2004–2007 Monterrey
2008 Veracruz
2008–2010 Estudiantes Tecos
2010–2011 Atlante
2011–2013 América
2013– Mexico
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Miguel Ernesto Herrera Aguirre (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 18 March 1968), commonly referred to by his nickname Piojo (Spanish for louse), is a former Mexican footballer and current manager of the Mexico national team.

A former defender, Herrera played most of his career with Atlante, playing for the club four different times, and most notably with Toros Neza, making over 100 appearances for the club from 1995 till 1997. He also had stints with Santos Laguna and Querétaro.[2] A Mexican international, Herrera participated in the 1993 Copa América tournament with Mexico, winning second place.

As a manager, Herrera managed Atlante on two occasions, the first in 2002, and again in 2010. He also coached Monterrey, managing them to two finals in 2004 and 2005, losing to UNAM and Toluca. He went on to coach Veracruz in 2008, and Estudiantes Tecos from 2008 until 2010. In November 2011, Herrera was announced as manager of Club América. In May 2013, Herrera led América to their eleventh league championship, and the first in his career.

In October 2013, Herrera was named as interim coach of the Mexican national team to help guide them through the intercontinental playoff matches against New Zealand to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. After Mexico won the playoff and gained qualification, Herrera's job was extended to coaching them during the tournament.


  • Club career 1
  • International career 2
  • Managerial career 3
    • Atlante 3.1
    • Monterrey 3.2
    • Veracruz 3.3
    • Estudiantes Tecos 3.4
    • Return to Atlante 3.5
    • América 3.6
    • Mexico national team 3.7
  • Statistics 4
    • Managerial 4.1
  • Honours 5
    • Managerial 5.1
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Club career

Born in Cuauhtepec, Hidalgo, Mexico, Herrera made his debut with Atlante in 1986. He then transferred to Santos Laguna in 1988, making 30 appearances and scoring four goals. He had another stint with Atlante in 1989, before moving to Querétaro in 1990. He once again transferred to Atlante, where he would remain until 1995, making 125 appearances and scoring nine goals. He was then sold to Toros Neza. The club would reach its first final in the "Verano '97" season, ultimately losing to Guadalajara by a score of 7–2. In 1999, Herrera returned to Atlante for one more year before he retired.

International career

Herrera participated with Mexico in the 1993 Copa America in Ecuador. Mexico lost the final against Argentina, 2–1.

Managerial career


In 2002, only two years after retiring, Herrera came back to coach his former club Atlante. He would remain manager for two years, but resigned in 2004 after failing to take Atlante to a final.


For the Apertura 2004, Herrera was named head coach of Monterrey. He coincidentally faced his former club Atlante in the semifinals, with Monterrey advancing by an aggregate score of 7–3. He ultimately failed to make Monterrey champions, losing to UNAM in the final by an aggregate score of 3–1. He succeeded in taking Monterrey to another final in the Apertura 2005 tournament, but failed once more, this time losing to Toluca with an aggregate score of 6–3. Herrera would continue to be manager of Monterrey until the Apertura 2007 tournament, where his contract was terminated in September 2007 due to continuous poor form.[3]


Prior to the Clausura 2008, Herrera was hired as manager of Veracruz after the resignation of Antonio Mohamed.[4] A stand-out victory for Herrera was a 4–0 home victory over Club América on 29 March 2008.[5] He was in charge of preventing Veracruz from being relegated to the Primera División A, though Veracruz inevitably descended. Herrera parted ways with the club in May 2008.[6]

Estudiantes Tecos

Shortly after leaving Veracruz, Herrera was hired to manage a struggling Estudiantes Tecos half-way into the Apertura 2008 tournament to replace José Luis Trejo.[7] He was fired on 6 September 2010 after Tecos suffered a 0–3 defeat against Guadalajara during a league match of the Apertura tournament.[8]

Return to Atlante

In November 2010 it was announced that Herrera was hired as the new Atlante manager, returning to his former club following his first managerial stint in 2002.[9] Under his reign, Atlante finished fourth place in the Clausura 2011, though they would be eliminated in the quarterfinals by Cruz Azul.[10] Atlante failed to qualify for the playoffs of the Apertura 2011, and Herrera did not renew his contract with the club. There were rumors placing him at Club América as their new manager for the Clausura 2012 tournament.[11]


On 16 November 2011, Herrera was officially named manager of América.[12][13][14] In his first press conference, Herrera revealed he had signed a six-month contract, saying; "If in six months I don't give results, I leave."[15]

On 7 January 2012, América defeated Quéretaro 2–0, which was Herrera's first official victory with América.[16] América finished the Clausura 2012 in third place, and reached the semifinals, being eliminated by Monterrey by an aggregate score of 0–2.[17] On 14 May, Miguel Herrera was ratified as manager.[18]

On 26 May 2013, América won the eleventh league title in their history by defeating Cruz Azul 4–2 on penalty kicks after a dramatic comeback from a 0–1 first leg loss to tie 2–2 on aggregate, and playing the second leg with ten men for over 105 minutes. This would be Miguel Herrera's first league title in his managerial career after losing his two previous finals while at Monterrey.[19]

Mexico national team

On 18 October 2013, Herrera was appointed interim head coach of the Mexican national team, replacing Víctor Manuel Vucetich to become the fourth national team coach within the span of a month.[20] He led El Tri to a 9–3 aggregate victory over New Zealand in the two-leg intercontinental playoff to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. On 2 December, it was announced that Herrera would remain national team coach at least through the World Cup.[21]

On 23 June 2014, Mexico defeated Croatia 3–1 to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup.[22]



As of 18 November 2014[23][24]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Atlante 2002 2004 97 38 31 28 158 133 +25 39.18
Monterrey 2004 2007 127 51 32 44 189 177 +12 40.16
Veracruz 2008 2008 15 4 5 6 22 25 -3 26.67
Estudiantes Tecos 2008 2010 71 22 20 29 99 116 -17 30.99
Atlante 23 November 2010 2011 34 13 7 14 52 45 +7 38.24
América 16 November 2011 15 December 2013 84 44 23 17 179 99 +80 52.38
Mexico 18 October 2013 Present 20 12 4 4 39 17 +22 60.00
Total 448 184 122 142 738 612 +126 41.07





  1. ^ "Tecnico, Miguel Herrera Aguirre". Esmas. 
  2. ^ "Conoce la faceta de Miguel Herrera come jugador".  
  3. ^ "Miguel Herrera deja al Monterrey".  
  4. ^ "Veracruz presenta a Miguel Herrera". Orizaba en Red. Retrieved 30 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "En caída libre el América; Los golea Veracruz 4-0". El Universal. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  6. ^ "Finaliza Veracruz relación laboral con Miguel Herrera". El Siglo de Torreón. Retrieved 13 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Tecos replace Trejo with Herrera". ESPN Star. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  8. ^ "Miguel Herrera es cesado como entrenador de Estudiantes Tecos". CNN Mexico. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  9. ^ French, Scott (24 November 2010). "Atlante tags Miguel Herrera to 'get out of this mess'". ESPN Los Angeles. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Atlante eliminado de la liguilla". Potros de Atlante. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Se va Miguel Herrera del Atlante". El Punto Crítico. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "America hires Miguel Hererra as their new coach". Fox Sports. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Miguel Herrera llega al América". El Universal. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Miguel Herrera es el técnico del América". ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Miguel Herrera, DT del América". Oem. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "Quéretaro 0-2 América… Inician con triunfo la nueva era". Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Monterrey(2)2-0(0) América…Rayados, primer finalista". Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "Ratifican a Miguel Herrera como técnico del América". Excélsior. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
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  20. ^ "Mexico Fires Another Coach, Fourth One in Two Months". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Herrera named Mexico head coach through 2014 World Cup". soccerbyives. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Mexico boss Miguel Herrera celebrates wildly on one of the happiest days of his life". Daily Mail. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
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External links

  • Miguel Herrera as a coach at Medio
  • Miguel Herrera as player at Medio
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