Claudio Suarez is a Mexican former professional football player. He held the position of a defender is and is nicknamed “El Emperador” or “The Emperor”. Suarez is known for having the most caps with the Mexico National Team. He played with the national team from 1992 to 2006. He also played in Major League Soccer with Chivas USA.
Player Bio and Persona Life
Suarez was born Claudio Suarez Sanchez on December 17, 1968, in Texcoco, Mexico, a state of Mexico. He stands 5 feet 10 inches or 1.78 meters tall. As of 2021, Suarez resides in Southern California with his wife. They have three children.
Suarez works from Fox Deportes as a commentator.
Suarez began his professional career playing for the UNAM Pumas. He played for UNAM from 1988 to 1996. He helped the team become champions in 1991. After UNAM, he switched over to Guadalajara and stayed with them from 1996 to 2000. He was a part of the 1997 Apertura.
He was called to play for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He was known as an important and solid defender for the All-Mexican Team.
After his time with Guadalajara, Suarez moved to play for the UANL Tigers. He was there from 1999 to the end of 2005. He helped lead the team’s defensive play and they were runner-up champions twice (2001 and 2003).
Disagreement with the Tigers Management
He endured a bit of controversy while he was playing for the Tigers. It was reported that management had long been asking him to retire so that he can become a part of the management team but Suarez refused.
There was also some conflict due to Suarez’s defensive style over that of the team’s management.
Major League Soccer and Retirement
After his stint with the Tigers, Suarez moved to the United States to play for the Major League Soccer team, Chivas USA.
In 2009, he declared his retirement after negotiations with his contract fell through.
Career with the Mexican National Team
Suarez holds the record for having the most caps in the Mexico National Team. This means that he is the player with the most appearances in the National Team. He played with them from 1992 to 226 and had 177 appearances.
He played in several FIFA games including those for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2006 World Cup. He also played at the 1994 and 1998 Cups. He missed the 2002 FIFA Cup because of injuries.
1992–2006 – Mexico