Monday, 23 Apr 2018
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José de Jesús Corona, the angel-demon of Cruz Azul and el Tri

The goalkeeper signed an extension contract with The Machine and it is likely that he retired after fulfilling it.

As in all of us, in José de Jesús Corona There is a duality living together permanently. But his intensity, his personality, his physical conditions and his football accentuate it. Two great moments in the bow remind us of their kinder side: the duel before Boca Juniors reinforcing Chivas in Libertadores Cup in La Bombonera (2005) and the London 2012 Olympic Games. When he wore the coat of Guadalajara He stopped in the neighborhood of La Boca with a panache and a self-confidence proof of earthquakes and fires. His night was perfect: he stopped, provoked and made the game suspended by the crowd of fans who threw objects at his goal from the rostrum.

Jesus ‘Chuy’ Corona and the great moments in his nine years with Cruz Azul

The arrival of José de Jesús Corona in 2009 to Cruz Azul has projected the career of the goalkeeper and it is in La Máquina where he has had his great professional achievements, all after nine years in the club.

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In 2012, the Cruz Azul goalkeeper was chosen as one of the over 23s to be at the London Olympics. He was even the captain of Mexico.

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Mexico defeated Brazil 2-0 in the final with a Corona performance that blocked the lead led by Neymar.

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The Olympic gold in soccer for Mexico had the ‘Chuy’ as one of the great protagonists, all thanks to his good time with Cruz Azul.

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The goalkeeper was featured in the Cruz Azul title in the 2013 Copa MX, the last local title of La Máquina.

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That achievement was also the first goalkeeper in Mexican football at the club level.

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Corona was consolidated as an idol in the blue team, with which he still has pending the title of Liga MX. Although it was intended by Chivas de Guadalajara, it remained with La Máquina.

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Corona was one of the figures of Cruz Azul in the Champions League of Concacaf in the 2013-2014 edition.

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The goalkeeper celebrated with Cruz Azul the championship title in the Concacaf club tournament, which gave way to the Club World Cup.

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The goalkeeper of La Máquina had in that title the consolidation that gave him a place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with Mexico, the first in his career. In that contest was substitute.

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Even today, 37 years old, he is still alive in Mexican soccer and as one of the key men of Cruz Azul.

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Cruz Azul will once again renew the contract of José de Jesús Coron and the ‘Chuy’ will have a new opportunity to fulfill that single great slope, the Liga MX title.

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If even the newspaper Olé wrote him a perfect 10, a rarity in his demanding writing. It is likely that in the history of Mexican soccer no goalkeeper exhibited in a single tournament the level of Corona in a high level competition as he did in London 2012. His sets before South Korea, Gabon, Switzerland, Senegal, Japan and Brazil they are framed in the anthology of great moments of Mexican soccer. Particularly his performance against Senegal was a concert of comings and goings that saved the Tri Sub 23 on at least five occasions. But Corona also has a dark side. The same goes for the assistant of a rival team (2011) that fights on a record to blame his cousin and then deny himself (2010) or assaults a cameraman for sketching a smile while he passes after a defeat (2018).

Corona took the 2-1 to Gignac
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However, his qualities and defects, have given him to be part of the Tri team in two World Cups ( Germany 2006 and Brazil 2014) . And surely we will see it in Russia 2018. That is one of his pending; play a World Cup. Not a minute in two competitions. In Amazonian land, Miguel Herrera opted for Guillermo Ochoa at the last moment. Your other pending is a League title. His time in Mexican soccer has been prolific in personal recognitions, but sterile in titles. He debuted in Atlas, went through Tecos and finally plays in Cruz Azul since 2009. And his football level has always been unchallenged.

Jesus Corona was punished financially for altercation with cameraman
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He has participated in three League finals (with Tecos in 2005 and with Cruz Azul in 2009 and 2013) and in all of them he has fallen. This Monday it was known that he signed a couple of years more with La Maquina Celeste and at 37 he may be sealing his retirement contract. He still has time to get what he has denied football: a World Cup (this should be already) and a League. Let her angel facet be the one that shows in her last four tournaments under the arch.

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