35 Facts About Javier Aguirre


Javier Aguirre Onaindia, nicknamed El Vasco, is a Mexican former professional footballer and manager who is currently in charge of Spanish team RCD Mallorca.


Javier Aguirre won the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup and led them to the final of the 2001 Copa America.


At club level, Javier Aguirre led six clubs in Spain's La Liga.


Javier Aguirre finished fourth with Osasuna in 2006 and Atletico Madrid in 2008, and took the former to the 2005 Copa del Rey Final.


Javier Aguirre won the CONCACAF Champions League with Monterrey in 2021.


Javier Aguirre began his career as a youth product of Club America in 1979, though he was sold to Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League.


Javier Aguirre played outside Mexico, signing with Osasuna in Spain in 1986.


Javier Aguirre made 59 appearances for the Mexico national team between 1983 and 1992, scoring 13 goals.


Javier Aguirre was the first Mexican to be sent off at a World Cup.


Also in July 2001, Javier Aguirre led Mexico at the 2001 Copa America in Colombia.


On 6 June 2002, while leading Mexico at the World Cup, Javier Aguirre joined Spanish La Liga club CA Osasuna when Miguel Angel Lotina quit for RC Celta de Vigo; he had previously played for the Navarrese club.


On 24 May 2006, days after Osasuna finished the season in fourth, Javier Aguirre signed a one-year contract to replace Pepe Murcia at Atletico Madrid.


Javier Aguirre was dismissed from the Vicente Calderon Stadium on 2 February 2009, after a run of two points from five games.


Javier Aguirre was replaced by the team's former goalkeeper Abel Resino, who arrived from CD Castellon.


On 3 April 2009, Javier Aguirre was officially appointed as the new manager of the Mexico national team, replacing Sven-Goran Eriksson.


Javier Aguirre was officially presented as Mexico manager in a press conference on 16 April 2009.


On 9 July 2009, Javier Aguirre was ejected in an incident during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup match versus Panama.


Javier Aguirre apologized to the Mexican fans, media, football players and staff, but never extended such courtesy to Philips or the Panamanian team.


Javier Aguirre was suspended for three games and the Mexican Football Federation was fined US$25,000 by CONCACAF.


On 26 July 2009, Javier Aguirre led Mexico to its fifth Gold Cup title and its first win against the United States outside of Mexico since 1999.


On 30 June 2010, Javier Aguirre resigned as coach of Mexico following their failure to reach the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.


Javier Aguirre came under additional criticism for his refusal to explain his decisions.


Javier Aguirre was named manager of Real Zaragoza on 17 November 2010, he was presented in a press conference the following day.


Javier Aguirre was sacked on 29 December 2011 for putting the team in the relegation zone, the club owner quoted that the team has never done so bad in their club history.


On 28 November 2012, Javier Aguirre was named manager of RCD Espanyol, at that point 20th in the La Liga table.


Javier Aguirre announced he was leaving Espanyol on 16 May 2014, and was replaced 11 days later by former player Sergio.


On 18 June 2015, Javier Aguirre was hired as new manager of the Al-Wahda FC from United Arab Emirates.


On 21 May 2017, after leading Al Wahda to the President's Cup championship victory, Javier Aguirre decided to step down as manager.


In July 2018, Javier Aguirre was on a four-man shortlist for the vacant Egyptian national team manager job.


In November 2019, Javier Aguirre returned to La Liga, taking over a CD Leganes team after the dismissal of Mauricio Pellegrino.


Javier Aguirre signed to the end of the season, with the option of another.


On 24 March 2022, Javier Aguirre returned to La Liga, joining RCD Mallorca, who were one point inside the relegation zone with nine games to go.


Javier Aguirre kept the team up on the final day at the expense of Granada CF, by winning away at his former club Osasuna.


In January 2015, it has been reported by Spanish media that a Valencia court had accepted a claim filed by Spanish prosecutors alleging some 40 people, including Javier Aguirre, were involved in fixing a match between his former club Real Zaragoza and Levante UD in 2011.


Javier Aguirre had previously denied the accusations at a press conference held in December 2014.