The day that Piojo Herrera exploded in fury when he was thrashed by América

The lice Herrera He has become one of the most controversial coaches in Mexican soccer. His character and style within the benches have characterized him. However, the style of the feline coach is not new, since since he was active as a footballer, he was recognized for its peculiarities inside and outside the green rectangle.

It was on September 8, 2002 when America visited the Atlantean Iron Colts in the City of Nezahualcóyotl. At that time, the Atlante had the presence of Miguel Herrera on his bench and the Chilean figure of Fabian Backstay in the countryside.

However, that afternoon in the mythical stadium that saw the Louse in his years as a soccer player Bulls Neza, now I would see the team fall Colts at the hands of América, a team that had just become champion the previous semester and had figures of the stature of Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Iván Zamorano, Germán Villa and Adolfo Ríos. Miguel Herrera, as equine coach, was one of the most desperate on the side of the field.

“It doesn’t take much to brag about what happened on the court. America looked like an express; Atlante couldn’t compete at that level. Miguel Herrera, once Barça champion and once runner-up with Neza, lived the defeat suffered better than anyone”, That’s how it started David Faitelson the chronicle that would have as its protagonist the coach who is currently a semifinalist in Mexican soccer and who at that time was in his first job as a strategist.

Miguel Herrera has always been a demanding technician with his teams (José Méndez / EFE) (José Méndez José Méndez /)

The instructions to those directed did not wait after the opening whistle, the tactical strategies and claims against the referee quartet was like the Louse he was living that encounter.

“Everything screams, everything screams, that one. Everything marks him, ”said the former technical director of the Mexican National Team when they scored a foul committed on Cuauhtémoc Blanco.

Unfortunately, on that occasion, the Eagles They ended up passing over the team led by Herrera with a final score of 1-4. Something that began to cost the Catalans work, due to the bad start of the tournament they were going through.

Curiously, 10 years after that disaster, the Louse became the helmsman of the Coapa team, a place where he accumulated good statistics, as well as the remembered league title won against Cruz Azul. After a stint in the Mexican National Team, Herrera returned with the Eagles and won a couple more titles. His worst enemy became his best ally later.

  Herrera has been one of the most successful technicians in the last decade with America (Photo: Henry Romero / REUTERS)
Herrera has been one of the most successful technicians in the last decade with America (Photo: Henry Romero / REUTERS)

Almost 20 years after that thrashing in Neza, Miguel Herrera commands the UANL Tigres and is about to play the semifinals of Mexican soccer. The Nuevo León team remained within the best positions throughout the Mexican competition and now maintains the tag of the team to beat.

The cats will have to face each other against León. The first leg will be played on December 1 from the Leon field in Guanajuato and the return will be the 4 of the same month in the field of the Volcano.

The other semifinal will be disputed between the Pumas of the UNAM and the Atlas. The departure will be from Ciudad Universitaria on December 2, and the return will be defined from the Jalisco Stadium field.


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