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Manuel "Manolo" Negrete Arias (born March 11, 1959 in Ciudad Altamiranomarker, Guerreromarker) is Mexicanmarker coach and former football midfielder, who became famous for scoring one of the most spectacular goals of the 1986 World Cup. He is currently the manager of Club León in the Primera Division A.

Club career

Negrete became a professional football player in 1980 with Club Universidad Nacional of Mexico, also known as Pumas. His style of play gave him instant recognition among Mexican soccer fans, with Negrete becoming a household name quickly. After the 1986 World Cup, Negrete continued playing in the Mexican Football League, and then reached the European soccer leagues by joining Sporting Lisbon in Portugal and then moving to Sporting de Gijón in Spain.

National team

Determined to post a much better result at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, for which Mexico automatically qualified because it was the event's host country, the Mexican Association Football Federation chose a very exclusive group of players to represent their country, including Negrete as a member of the national team.

In the 1986 World Cup finals, Negrete participated in five games and scored one goal in quarter finals against Bulgaria in the 35th minute, the first of a 2-0 win. The goal has been described as one of the most spectacular in World Cup history by many football fans and journalists. Negrete received a high ball outside the penalty area, controlled it, let the ball bounce once on the ground and combined with Javier Aguirre; the latter returned the ball on the first touch, while keeping it on the air, and Negrete shot it on a scissor kick into the bottom left corner of goalkeeper Borislav Mikhailov. Mexico repeated their best result at a World Cup during that tournament, reaching the quarterfinals for the second time (a feat they accomplished first at the 1970 World Cup, also hosted by Mexico).

International goals

Post-playing career

Negrete has led a more quiet life in Mexico since he retired from playing. He worked as coach of the UNAM Pumasyouth teams, and later went to Club Leónas an assistant coach. He became head coach after the firing/resignation of Mario Alberto Garcia.

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1. August 16, 1984 Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker 3–0 Win Friendly
2. March 1, 1984 Budapestmarker, Hungarymarker 2–0 Win Friendly
3. September 18, 1984 Monterreymarker, Mexicomarker 1–1 Draw Friendly
4. November 11, 1984 Port of Spainmarker, Trinidad and Tobagomarker 2–0 Win Friendly
5. February 5, 1985 Querétaromarker, Mexico 5–0 Win Friendly
6. February 5, 1985 Querétaro, Mexico 5–0 Win Friendly
7. June 15, 1985 Mexico Citymarker, Mexico 2–0 Win Azteca Cup
8. October 11, 1985 Benghazimarker, Libyamarker 1–3 Loss Friendly
9. December 7, 1985 Mexico City , Mexico 2–0 Win 1985 Mexico Cup
10. March 6, 1986 Los Angelesmarker, United Statesmarker 1–1 Draw Friendly
11. June 15, 1986 Mexico City, Mexico 2–0 Win 1986 FIFA World Cup
12. February 21, 1989 Los Angeles, United States 2–1 Win 1989 Friendship Cup

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