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Carlos de los Cobos
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Personal information
Full name Carlos de los Cobos Martínez
Date of birth December 10, 1958 (1958-12-10) (age 51)
Place of birth Matamoros, Mexico
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Chicago Fire (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Querétaro
1978–1984 Club América
1984–1986 Club Necaxa
1986–1987 Querétaro 15 (1)
1987–1989 Club América 22 (0)
1989–1991 Monterrey 62 (4)
1991–1992 Querétaro 34 (1)
1992–1993 Monterrey 35 (2)
1993–1994 Querétaro 3 (0)
Total 171 (5)
National team
1983–1986 Mexico 25 (0)
Teams managed
1993–1994 Querétaro
1994–1995 UANL Tigres
1996 Club América
2000–2001 Club Celaya
2003 Deportivo Irapuato
2006 C.D. FAS
2006–2009 El Salvador
2010– Chicago Fire
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Carlos de los Cobos Martínez (born 10 December 1958 in Matamoros) is a Mexican former soccer player. He is currently the head coach of Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.


Playing career

As a player, de los Cobos spent the majority of his playing career in his native Mexico, playing for both Querétaro and Monterrey on numerous occasions. He represented his country at the 1986 Football World Cup held in Mexico, where he was an integral part of the team's quarter-final run. He share team with Héctor Miguel Zelada, "El Vasco" Aguirre, Alfredo Tena, Cristobal Ortega, and many others, finished four times champion, he also played for Querétaro FC and CF Monterrey.

Coaching career

As a coach, he's been the man in charge at Club América, Querétaro FC, Celaya, and Irapuato. He served as an assistant coach to Manuel Lapuente and the Mexican squad at the 1998 Football World Cup as well as the 1996 Olympic Games. In 2002, Mexican team manager Ricardo Lavolpe designated him as the Under-23 national team coach, participating in 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games held in San Salvador, El Salvador, the Mexican team finished in second place after being defeated in the Final by the home team, El Salvador.

On August 26, 2006 De Los Cobos was appointed coach of the El Salvador national football team. He coached his first international tournament in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. El Salvador shared group with defending Gold Cup champions United States, Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago. After two losses and 1 win, El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago failed to advanced to quarter-finals. In the first round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, El Salvador eliminated Anguilla with a 16 – 0 on aggregate and advanced to play in the Second Round against Panama and eliminated "Los Canaleros" by a aggregate score and advanced to the Third Round. He then managed to advance El Salvador to the Hexagonal which is the final qualifying round for CONCACAF. El Salvador had not qualified to the Hexagonal since the 1998 World Cup qualifying. On 14 December 2009, De los Cobos announced he would not continue as the manager of the Salvadoran national team after the end of his contract. He mention that one of his reasons for not renovating his contract was due to him no longer being motivated to continue on with the national team [1].

De Los Cobos is currently in final negotiations with Chicago Fire to become their next manager and is expected to sign shortly [2]. On January 8, 2010 it was declared that Carlos de los Cobos was the new coach for the Chicago Fire [3].


De los Cobos and his wife Mayte have two children: Rafael[4] and Paulina[5].

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Preceded by
Denis Hamlett
Chicago Fire head coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Carlos Cavagnaro
El Salvador national football team manager
Succeeded by


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