What happened to Álex Aguinaga, the figure of the first Ecuadorian team to qualify for a World Cup?

He is the footballer who has played the most editions of the America Cup: eight. In addition, he is one of those who played the most games in the aforementioned contest, 25 in total. idol in the Necaxa Mexican, Álex Aguinaga entered the history of Ecuadorian soccer for being part of the first tricolor team to qualify for a World Cup.

Considered one of the best Ecuadorian soccer players in history, Álex Aguinaga was born in Ibarra, province of Ibamburra, on July 9, 1968. At just 16 years old, he made his professional soccer debut wearing the jersey of the Sport Quito from the hand of Carlos Sevilla.

He remained in the Quito team for six seasons in total. He played 161 games with the blue and red squad and scored 41 goals. In the middle of 1989, he was hired by Necaxa, starting a romance that would last 14 years.

With the rays he would win a large number of national and international titles. Aguinaga was crowned with three Mexican leagues, a Mexican Cup, a Concachampions and a Concacaf Recopa. In addition, he ranked third in the 2000 Club World Cup.

During his adventure in Necaxa, he was about to sign for America. According to Aguinaga’s own account, the president of MexicoErnest Zedillo– intervened so that the transfer does not take place.

Zedillo was a fan of Necaxa and knew of the importance that Álex had in the team. “You can take anyone except Aguinaga. He will not leave the team ”, were the words that the former president would have said to prevent the departure of his figure.

He was chosen the best player of the 90s in Mexico and was part of the ideal team of America in 2000. In 2003, the story between the Ecuadorian and Necaxa would come to an end. The ’10′ left for Blue Cross for a semester before returning to his country to defend the LDU jersey.

With the white team he played two seasons and became champion in 2005. Thus, the midfielder put an end to his more than successful football career.

His first contact with the tricolor team was in 1985, when he was part of the U-17 team. He participated in the South American of the category, developed in Argentina.

To everyone’s surprise, Ecuador came third in the tournament, behind Brazil and Argentina. Although the Ecuadorian cast was not enough to qualify for the World Cup, Aguinaga he was chosen as the best player of the tournament and scored a dozen goals.

His first official tournament with Ecuador was the 1987 Copa América, played in Argentina. In addition, he played in the editions of Brazil 1989, Chile 1991, Ecuador 1993, Uruguay 1995, Paraguay 1999, Colombia 2001 and Peru 2004. Precisely in this last continental tournament, he decided to put an end to his time with the national team.

He fought for a World Cup ticket in five qualifiers. His greatest success with the tricolor team was the historic qualification for Korea-Japan 2002. What’s more, Aguinaga provided the assist for the goal Ivan Kaviedes, that gave the pass to the World Cup event to Ecuador. He played 109 matches with the Ecuadorian skin and scored 23 goals.

Six years after retiring from football, he was chosen by the leadership of the Barcelona of Guayaquil as your next coach. With the yellow square he was only two months before being dismissed from office.

The following year, he was hired by the saint Louis. In the Mexican squad, he stayed for just over three months and directed 14 games. In July 2013 he came to the bench of Loja LDU.

He was in charge of the university cast for 37 disputes until his departure was decided in March 2014. He would return to Mexico to take the reins of roadrunner in September of that same year.

In 2015, he would begin his longest adventure as a coach: at the head of Deportivo Cuenca. Almost a year and a half later, in July 2016, Quito LDU he paid his exit clause and would hire him as his new coach.

He lasted just five months as DT of the white cast, thus closing his last experience on a bench. Currently, he is a sports commentator for the Fox Sports network in Mexico.