Luis Fernando Suárez

Luis Fernando Suárez Guzmán (born December 23, 1959 in Medellín) is a Colombian retired football player, who played as a defender, and most recently the manager of Colombian side Junior. He has managed in five Latin American countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras and Mexico.

Luis Fernando Suárez
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Personal information
Full name Luis Fernando Suárez Guzmán
Date of birth (1959-12-23) December 23, 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Medellín, Colombia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1993 Atlético Nacional
1994–1995 Deportivo Pereira
Teams managed
1999–2000 Atlético Nacional
2001 Deportivo Cali
2001 Deportes Tolima
2003–2004 Aucas
2004–2007 Ecuador
2008 Aucas
2009 Atlético Nacional
2009–2010 Juan Aurich
2011–2014 Honduras
2015 Universitario
2015–2016 Dorados de Sinaloa
2017–2018 La Equidad
2018–2019 Junior
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Managerial careerEdit

Suárez led the Ecuador national football team to the round of 16 at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and won the 1999 Colombian championship with Atlético Nacional.[1] In 2005, he led Ecuador to their second consecutive World Cup. He has enjoyed hero status in Ecuador and Colombia, leading Ecuador to their best showing in a FIFA World Cup in 2006. Reaching the second round by inflicting defeats on Poland and Costa Rica, they lost to England 1–0 after a David Beckham free kick sailed into the net.[2]

Suárez was offered to keep coaching the Ecuadorian national team till the next World Cup in 2010. Following a poor 2007 Copa América, many people wanted him out. Suárez stated that he would not resign and would improve his results. Suárez got off to the worst possible start for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, losing 1–0 at home to Venezuela and receiving a 5–0 hammering by Brazil. After another hammering defeat 5–1 to Paraguay, he resigned irrevocably his position as head coach, immediately after the end of the match, on October 2009 he signed with Juan Aurich a Peruvian football team.


As a player

Atlético Nacional

As a manager

Atlético Nacional


  1. ^ Homewood, Brian (2008-12-18). "Soccer-Ex Ecuador coach Suarez takes over at Atletico Nacional". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-11-19. Retrieved 2007-11-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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