Álex Dario Aguinaga Garzón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈaleks aɣiˈnaɣa]; born July 9, 1968 in Ibarra) is an Ecuadorian retired football midfielder and manager of Categoría Primera A team Itagüí. As a player, he is one of the all-time cap leaders for Ecuador with 109 matches, scoring 23 goals. Aguinaga is known as one of the best Ecuadorian footballers of all time. On the club level, Aguinaga has played for Deportivo Quito, Necaxa, Cruz Azul and LDU Quito.
Aguinaga as a coach of Deportivo Cuenca in 2015
|Full name||Alex Dario Aguinaga Garzón|
|Date of birth||July 9, 1968|
|Place of birth||Ibarra, Ecuador|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Alex spent the majority of his club career at Necaxa, whom he joined in 1989, winning 3 championships with the club. In 1999 Alex was crucial for Necaxa's first CONCACAF Champions Cup title. Necaxa would go on to participate in the first edition of the FIFA Club World Cup where Aguinaga scored 2 goals vs Melbourne and Vasco da Gama. He scored the game winning penalty against Real Madrid in the 3rd place match. Aguinaga played for his country in the 2002 FIFA World Cup at the age of 34.
He also holds a Mexican passport. His grandfather is of Spanish descent.
After winning a league title in Ecuador, Alex decided to retire from football.
Álex Aguinaga earned his first cap for Ecuador on March 5, 1987. In the same match, he scored his first goal for the team. Over the year, he would form an integral part of the national team. He would captain the team for a number of years and assisted in the goal by Iván Kaviedes that assured Ecuador's first qualification to the FIFA World Cup in 2002.
Aguinaga's managerial career began in late 2010 as an assistant to Manuel Lapuente at Mexican club América. He left the club in early 2011 when Lapuente was sacked. In March of the same year, he was named to his first full-time managerial post as the new manager of Guayaquil-based club Barcelona following the sacking of Rubén Darío Insúa. In late May of the same year, he resigned from his position to not interfere and influence the club's presidential elections the following month. He has not ruled out a return after the election.
- Primera División: 1994-95, 1995–96, 1998 Invierno
- CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup: 1994
- Mexican Cup: 1995
- Campeón de Campeones: 1995
- CONCACAF Champions' Cup: 1999
- Ideal team of South America: 1989
- Number 7 retired by Necaxa as a recognition to his contribution to the club.
- rsssf: Ecuador record international footballers
- "Alex Darío Aguinaga - International Appearances". RSSSF. July 25, 2004. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
- "El legendario Álex Aguinaga es el nuevo director técnico de Barcelona" [The legendary Álex Aguinaga is the new manager of Barcelona] (in Spanish). El Universo. March 25, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- "Hasta ahí nomás" [Enough] (in Spanish). futbolecuador.com. May 27, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
- "Llega Alex Aguinaga a Ciudad Victoria" (in Spanish). Milenio. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.