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Leganés – Javier Aguirre

Javier Aguirre is the new manager of Leganes having been appointed late in 2019. Aguirre was born in Mexico City in 1958 and spent many years of his playing career in his native homeland. He is a footballing icon in his country having earned 59 caps for Mexico, scoring 14 goals in total.

He began his 14-year playing career with Clube de Futbol America in 1979. A midfielder by trade, Aguirre embodied many of the characteristics of the stereotypical Mexican footballer. He was tenacious, had a low centre of gravity, was technically very gifted and had a bulldog like approach to the game he loved. He played nine games in his one-year stint - his first as a professional - scoring one goal in the process.

He moved further North when he joined Los Angeles Aztecs after his spell with America was complete. There he became a first team regular, playing 30 times in his one and only season with the club. He decided to re-join America for a second time in 1981. He returned a much better and mire well rounded player than he left. His record in this second stint was phenomenal; he played 128 times and scored 31 goals between 1981 and 1984.

Atlante came calling for his services in 1984 and Aguirre duly accepted their offer. He played 31 times and scored three times before taking his first steps outside Mexico to join Osasuna in 1986. In Spain, Aguirre was used sparingly and played 13 times in his one and only season with the club. He then saw out the rest of his playing days back in Mexico with Guadalajara.

Upon hanging up his boots, Aguirre moved into management, originally with his old club Atlante. He then moved to Pachuca where he impressed enough for the Mexico national team to ask for him to join them. After a successful but brief spell, he joined another one of his old teams, Osasuna.

He spent four years at the helm of the Pamploma team before taking a huge step up to Atlético Madrid. He managed in the Spanish capital for three years before returning to the Mexico job where he would again enjoy a one-year spell before returning to Spain to manage Zaragoza and then Espanyol. After that, he had a five-year spell managing in Asia and Africa with the Japanese national team, Al-Wahada and Egypt.