Diego Alonso

Diego Alonso
Personal information
Full name Diego Martín Alonso López
Date of birth (1975-04-16) 16 April 1975
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Pachuca (coach)
Youth career
1993–1995 Bella Vista
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Bella Vista 38 (19)
1999–2000 Gimnasia La Plata 32 (17)
2000–2002 Valencia 20 (2)
2001–2002Atlético Madrid (loan) 38 (22)
2002–2003 Racing Santander 23 (1)
2003–2004 Málaga 23 (6)
2004–2005 UNAM Pumas 27 (12)
2005–2006 Murcia 25 (2)
2006 Nacional 7 (3)
2007 Shanghai Shenhua 13 (7)
2008–2009 Gimnasia La Plata 36 (5)
2009–2011 Peñarol 43 (0)
Total 325 (114)
National team
1999–2004 Uruguay 8 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Bella Vista
2012–2013 Guaraní
2013 Peñarol
2014 Olimpia
2014– Pachuca

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Alonso and the second or maternal family name is López.

Diego Martín Alonso López (born 16 April 1975) is an Uruguayan retired footballer who played as a striker, and the current manager of Mexican club C.F. Pachuca.

Club career

Alonso was born in Montevideo, the country's capital. He made his professional debuts with C.A. Bella Vista where he remained four seasons, helping the club to the second division title in 1997.

After a brief spell in Argentina for Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (he would also represent the side towards the end of his career), Alonso moved to Spain, where he played with five teams in as many years: Valencia CF,[1] Atlético Madrid (where he scored 22 goals in 2001–02's second division, helping the Colchoneros return to La Liga, and forming an efficient offensive partnership with countryman Fernando Correa, who added 13),[2][3] Racing de Santander, Málaga CF[4] and Real Murcia, where he did not have a good scoring record overall. In between his fourth and fifth club, he played one year in Mexico with Club Universidad Nacional.

In 2006, 31-year-old Alonso returned to his country and joined hometown's Club Nacional de Football. However, shortly after, he moved abroad again, signing with Shanghai Shenhua F.C. in the Chinese Super League; after two slow seasons with Gimnasia, the veteran switched to C.A. Peñarol.

International career

Alonso made eight appearances for the Uruguay national team, during five years. His debut came on 17 June 1999 in a 3–2 friendly win over Paraguay, in Ciudad del Este.

Alonso was chosen for the nation's squad for that year's Copa América, and scored on his quarterfinal penalty shootout attempt (5–3 win) for the eventual runners-up, also against Paraguay, the hosts.[5] In spite of his season with Atlético, he was not selected for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and subsequently criticized manager Víctor Púa.[6]

Personal life

Alonso is cousin of Iván Alonso, who also played several years in Spain, mainly with Deportivo Alavés.[7]




Bella Vista
Atlético Madrid





Managerial statistics

As of 6 November 2016[n 1]
Team Nat From To Record
Pachuca Mexico December 2014 Present 89 40 23 26 161 115 +46 44.94
Total 89 40 23 26 161 115 +46 44.94



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