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Reinaldo Rueda Rivera (born April 16, 1957 in Cali) is a Colombian football manager who currently is in charge of the Chile national football team. In 2011, Rueda was naturalized as a Honduran citizen.[1]

Reinaldo Rueda
Personal information
Full name Reinaldo Rueda Rivera
Date of birth (1957-04-16) 16 April 1957 (age 62)
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Club information
Current team
Chile (manager)
Teams managed
Years Team
1994–1997 Cortuluá
1997–1998 Deportivo Cali
2002 Medellín
2002–2004 Colombia U-20
2004–2006 Colombia
2007–2010 Honduras
2010–2014 Ecuador
2015–2017 Atlético Nacional
2017 Flamengo
2018– Chile

As the coach of the Colombian U-20 team, he finished 3rd in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. He also led the Colombian U-17 team to a 4th-place finish that same year at the U-17 World Cup.

After an unfavorable start to 2006 World Cup Qualifying, (only 1 point after 5 games) the Colombian Football Federation promoted Rueda to senior coach. Colombia failed to qualify to the 2006 World Cup, but Rueda had lifted them from near last on the CONMEBOL qualification to 6th place. Honduras, under his direction, succeeded in gaining a place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


Background and careerEdit

Rueda holds a physical education degree. Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, Germany gave him his master's degree as well as proficiency in the German language.[2] He has been a University professor and has taught several courses at the Colombian National Coaches School. He has continued his studies in Europe attending FIFA and UEFA updating courses.

As a football player, Rueda played for emergent clubs in amateur and college competitions. In Colombia, Rueda was coach of Independiente Medellín, Deportivo Cali and Cortuluá.

Colombian national teamEdit

As a coach, Rueda has been in charge of the Colombian U-17, U-20, U-21, U-23, and Senior teams. Rueda made the final qualifying rounds with the Colombian U-21 in the Toulon Tournament in France in 2000 and 2001. In the first tournament, Rueda's team beat Ireland 1–0, Ghana 4–1, and Côte d'Ivoire 3–1. Against Portugal on June 3, Colombia won the championship in a game that ended in a penalty shootouts (3–1).

In 2001, the Colombian team also got to the finals but this time finished second. At the U-20 tournament in Uruguay 2003, Reinaldo Rueda assured his Colombian team a ticket to the FIFA U-20 World Cup after no Colombian appearance for 10 years.

Honduras national teamEdit

Rueda took the helm of the Honduran national side in January 2007, and led the team to qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[3] However, he came under intense scrutiny following criticism of his tactics as the team exited the World Cup at the first stage. On July 28, 2010, Rueda stepped down as Honduras coach after three years at the helm.

Managerial statsEdit

Statistics accurate as of 6 July 2019

Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Colombia   September 2002 September 2006 40 17 12 11 042.50
Honduras   January 2007 July 2010 53 31 5 17 058.49
Ecuador   August 2010 June 2014 45 18 15 12 040.00
Atlético Nacional   June 2015 June 2017 116 70 28 18 060.34
Flamengo   August 2017 January 2018 31 13 10 8 041.94
Chile   January 2018 Present 18 6 5 7 033.33
Total 283 145 75 63 051.24



  1. ^ La Prensa, Newspaper (21 April 2010). "Rueda got his honduran citizenship". Retrieved 30 July 2016.
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  3. ^ Reinaldo Rueda at ESPN

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