Tomás Boy

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Tomás Boy
Personal information
Full nameTomás Juan Boy Espinoza
Date of birth (1951-06-28) 28 June 1951 (age 69)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Mazatlán (Manager)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1971–1974 Atlético Español
1974–1975 Atletico Potosino
1975–1988 Tigres UANL 413 (98)
1988 San Jose Earthquakes
National team
1979–1987 Mexico 52 (9)
Teams managed
1988 San Jose Earthquakes
1989–1990 Tampico Madero
1991–1993 Queretaro
1995–1996 Veracruz
1996–1997 Morelia
1997–1998 Monterrey
1998–2000 Morelia
2002 Puebla
2004 Veracruz
2007 Atlas
2009–2012 Morelia
2012–2013 Atlas
2014–2015 Atlas
2015–2016 Cruz Azul
2019 Guadalajara
2020– Mazatlán
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tomás Juan Boy Espinoza (born 28 June 1951), better known only as Tomás Boy, is a Mexican former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder and is the current head coach of Liga MX side Mazatlán. [1]

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An elegant creative playmaker with excellent technical skills and vision, Boy is considered one of the greatest Mexican midfielders of all time. [2] He played in the Mexican professional football League, now Liga MX, between 1975 and 1988, and is arguably the best Mexican attacking midfielder of the late 1970s to mid-80s. He spent most of his entire football playing career with Tigres UANL, appearing in 413 games and scoring 104 goals in all competitions. Boy was awarded with the Mexican Balón de Oro for the best attacking midfielder of the 1978–79 season. He played with the Mexico national team between 1979 and 1987 being named captain during the 1986 World Cup and surprisingly being left out for the 1978 edition. The 1986 squad is the last one ever to reach quarter-finals in a World Cup and is considered one of the greatest Mexican national squads ever. Tomás Boy earned the nickname El Jefe ("The Boss" in Spanish) and on November 12, 2019, he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame  [ es ] in Pachuca. [3]

Since retiring, Tomás Boy has managed ten different teams in Mexico, reaching a final with Morelia in 2011 and saving several teams from relegation. [4]

Club career

Boy started his career in the Atlético Español in the 1971–72 season. After three years at Atlético Español, Boy went to Atletico Potosino. Boy moved to Tigres de la UANL in 1975 where he made his professional debut on March 2, 1976 against Club América in a 1–0 loss. [5] Boy scored his first professional goal on December 27, 1975 in a 3–1 win against C.D. Guadalajara. [6] Boy appeared in 36 matches (started 35) in the 1975–76 season. [7] In the 1976–77 season Boy had another well performed season, Boy appeared in 33 games and scored eight goals. [8] Although Boy had a good season, Tigres lost to Zacatepec in the 1977 playoffs. [9]

The following season Boy and Tigres had a good season. Boy appearing in 33 games and scoring six goals helped Tigres qualify to the 1978 playoffs. [10] Boy score two goals in Tigres six post season games, Boy helped Tigres win the 1977–78 title when Tigres defeated UNAM Pumas 3–1 in aggregate score. [11] Boy appeared in 37 matches and scored ten goals in the 1978–79 season, helping Tigres make the playoffs again. [12] The following season Boy appeared in 31 games, he score six goals but got three red cards. [13] Boy appeared in eight games in the 1979 post season scoring one goal in the first match against América. [14] Tigres eventually ended up losing to Cruz Azul in the 1980 final in a 4–3 aggregate score. [15] Boy had his best statistically season in 1980–81, scoring 15 goals in 38 matches. [16] Although Boy had a good season, Tigres did not make the 1981 playoffs. [17]

The 1981–82 season did not start well for Boy, Boy missed the first eleven games of the season due to an injury. Although Boy missed 18 games, Tigres had a good season reaching the final. [18] Tigres eventually defeated Atlante 6–2 in penalty kicks at Estadio Azteca, to win their second league title. [19] [20] In the 1982–83 season, Boy missed the first two games but came back against Monterrey in the third match. [21] Boy appeared in 32 matches and scored seven goals but Tigres did not reach the playoffs. [21] The following season, Boy had Tigres had a good season. Boy scored ten goals in 30 matches, this was the third time in his career that Boy scored in double digits. Boy and Tigres reached the playoffs but were eliminated in the first round by UNAM. [22] In the 1984–85 season, Boy missed the first two games of the season but came back in the third match against Cruz Azul. Boy scored nine games in 31 matches but Tigres did not make the playoffs. [23] Since the FIFA World Cup was in Mexico in 1986, there was no season in 1985–86 for Boy due to his national team duty. [24] Following the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Boy and Tigres started the 1986–87 season with only one point in the first five matches. [25] Eventually Tigres started to get points and made the playoffs but were eliminated in the first round by Morelia in a 4–3 aggregate score. [25] Boy appeared in 35 matches, his most since the 1980–81 season, and scored nine goals. [25] In 1987–88, Boy was injured most of the season and only appeared in 24 matches and scores five goals his least since 1975–76. [26] Boy retired after the season with 104 goals in 413 matches in his career. [27] In 1988, he then played for the San Jose Earthquakes of the Western Soccer Alliance. [28] He was a First Team All Star that season. [29]

International career

Towards the end of the 1970s, Tomás Boy was considered one of the top Mexican players, so coach José Antonio Roca's decision not to call him up for the 1978 FIFA World Cup surprised the media and the audience. [30] Boy made his international debut in a friendly match against the Soviet Union, which Mexico won 1–0 with a goal by Hugo Sánchez. [31] Boy scored his first international goal on August 24, 1984 in a friendly match against Hungary in Budapest, Hungary. [31] In 1985 Boy made his most appearances and goals with Mexico, appeared in 20 matches and scored seven goals. [31] After being called up for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Boy made his debut World Cup debut against Belgium. Boy played 90 minutes with Mexico winning 2–1 with goals by Fernando Quirarte and Hugo Sánchez. [32] In the second match against Paraguay, Boy started the match but was substituted in the 58th minute by Miguel España. Mexico drew with Paraguay 1–1 with Luis Flores scoring Mexico's only goal. [33] In the third match against Iraq Boy played the full 90 minutes, Mexico won 1–0 with a goal by Fernando Quirarte. [34] After winning their group Mexico faced Bulgaria in the Round of 16. Boy played 80 minutes until he was substituted by Carlos de los Cobos. Mexico won the match with goals by Manuel Negrete and Raúl Servín. [35] Mexico faced West Germany in the quarterfinals, Boy was substituted by Carlos de los Cobos again this time in the 32nd minute. Mexico eventually fell to West Germany in penalty kicks after going scoreless in 120 minutes. [36]

International goals

#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.August 25, 1984 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2–02–0 Friendly
2.October 9, 1984 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 1–01–0Friendly
3.February 5, 1985 Estadio La Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1–05–0Friendly
4.August 27, 1985Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United StatesFlag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg  Bulgaria 1–11–1Friendly
5.October 22, 1985 Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 2–12–2Friendly
6.November 14, 1985Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United StatesFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1–11–1Friendly
7.December 7, 1985 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, MexicoFlag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 2–02–01986 Mexico Cup
8.December 10, 1985 Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, MexicoFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1–12–11986 Mexico Cup
9.December 14, 1985 Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca, MexicoFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2–02–01986 Mexico Cup

Style of play and legacy

Tomás Boy played as a forward in his youth career, despite coaches who wanted to deploy him in defensive positions. Developed into an attacking midfielder, most of his career in Tigres he functioned as an offensive-midfield playmaker, playing as a left winger occasionally. On the Mexico national team, Boy played as a classic number 10. A right-footed set-piece specialist with a thin physique, he was renowned for his ball control, vision and his ability to set the pace in midfield and provide through-balls and assists for his teammates with both legs. Boy is considered by the media and audience as one of the greatest Mexican footballers ever. He stated that his main influence as a footballer is Pelé. About his style, Boy has stated "I had the style of Zidane, but I was faster." [37]

"[...] let's leave Hugo Sánchez, Rafa Márquez and Chicharito Hernández out of the equation, the best, but they never had those characteristics [...] (Boy) should be listed powerfully in this list of the best, the most complete, the most intelligent, the fittest, the most exquisite Mexican footballer of all time [...]"

David Faitelson
Pachuca's Football Hall of Fame, 2019 [38]

Former Mexico's coach Miguel Herrera stated that Tomás Boy "as a player, he is one of the greatest my eyes have ever seen." [39] Ricardo La Volpe wrote that Boy was an "spectacular midfielder in that time, an already modern player" and listed him in his historical ideal eleven of the Mexican League. [40] [41] After Tigres' first League championship, he received offers to emigrate to Italian Serie A but declined due family issues. In 2019, Boy said that in his playing years he received a big plaque from the fans of the Estadio Universitario as he scored "the goal of the century, they call it, like Maradona's, but he dribbled four (players), I dribbled eight." [42]

Considered by many as the greatest Tigres' player, he was the top goal scorer with 104 goals in over 13 years until French international striker André-Pierre Gignac broke his record on August 2019. The historical Chilean midfielder Carlos Reinoso stated that "Tomás Boy is the greatest of (Tigres') history, a playmaker with goal." [43] In addition to his footballing skills, he was known for his strong temper and leadership, in Mexico he earned the nickname of El Jefe (Spanish for "The Boss"). Boy was named captain of Mexico during the 1986 FIFA World Cup, over Real Madrid's star Hugo Sánchez.

Management career

Beginnings and playoffs

In 1988, the San Jose Earthquakes of the Western Soccer Alliance replaced head coach Barney Boyce with Boy. Boy lasted only a handful of games before being fired himself. [44] Two years after retiring Tampico Madero signed Boy as their head coach in the thirteenth game of the season replacing Hugo Fernández. [45] Boy debuted with a loss to Correcaminos 1–0 and after 26 matches Boy won seven drew eight and lost 11 matches. [4] [46] In the 1991–92 season Boy was signed as Querétaro head coach in the 21st match. [47] After winning 6, drawing five and losing seven, Boy came back for the following season. [4] In the first 29 matches of the 1992–93 season, Boy had eight wins, six draws, and fifteen losses. Boy was sacked and was replaced by Manuel Cerda. [48] After three years without coaching, Boy was assigned as the new manager of Veracruz in the fifth game of the season. [49] After winning 48 percent of the matches, Veracruz qualified to the playoffs. [49] In the first round Veracruz faced Atlas, Veracruz won by away goals, with the aggregate score being 3–3. [50] [51] Veracruz faced Celaya in the second round, Veracruz were defeated by Celaya with a 6–0 aggregate score. [52] [53]

After not coming back as Veracruz coach for the Invierno 1996 season, Boy did not stay out of a job for long, he was hired as Morelia coach by the fifth match of the season. [54] In thirteen matches, Boy's team won three matches, drew two, and lost eight. [4] Morelia won five, drew seven and lost five in the Verano 1997 season and made a two-game playoff to qualify to the final phase. [55] In the two game playoff, Morelia faced Tecos, Morelia won 4–2 in aggregate. [56] [57] In the quarterfinals Morelia faced América with América having home field advantage. Morelia defeated América 1–0 at Estadio Morelos and 3–1 at Estadio Azteca. [58] [59] Morelia advanced to the semifinals to face Guadalajara. At Estadio Morelos, Morelia defeated Guadalajara 1–0 in the first leag. In the second leg, Guadalajara defeated Morelia 1–0 at Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara advanced to the final because they were the higher seed. [60] [61]

After a successful season with Morelia, Boy was hired as Monterrey new manager. [4] At Monterrey, Boy's team only won six matches, with four draws and seven losses Monterrey missed the playoffs. [62] Boy's second season in Monterrey was similar as the previous, Monterrey won four matches, drew six and lost seven. [63] Boy did not return to Monterrey and eventually returned to Morelia where he stayed for four tournaments. [4] Morelia was eliminated in the first round of all four tournaments that Boy was managed, from Invierno1998 to Verano 2000. [4] Two years after Boy left Morelia he was hired as Puebla manager. [64] Boy was let go after just managing to win one match out of thirteen. [4] Boy was hired before the eleventh week of the Clausura 2004 season by Veracruz. [65] After winning three, drawing one, and losing five, Boy was not brought back for the Apertura 2005. [4] Two and a half years after leaving Veracruz, Boy was hired by Atlas as their interim manager. [66] Even though Boy had a 43 percent winning percentage in eight matches, he was not brought back for the Clausura 2008. [4] After Morelia fired Luis Fernando Tena on February 19, 2009, Boy was hired the next day as their new manager. [67] [68] Although missing the playoffs, Boy had a successful season with Morelia, he was signed to a one-year extension. [69]

Runner-up with Morelia

In the Clausura 2011, Boy led Morelia to the Liguilla where Monarcas beat América in Quarterfinals winning both home and away legs. In the semifinals they played against Cruz Azul, Morelia lost the first leg 2–0 away in the Estadio Azul. In the second leg at the Estadio Morelos, they beat Cruz Azul 3–0 to advance his first Primera División final. Boy was suspended for five matches, including both final legs due to entering the field without authorization after a fan entered into the pitch and a fight broke out between Cruz Azul and Morelia players. In the final, Monarcas played against UNAM, in the first leg in Morelia, the teams drew 1–1, and in the second leg in Mexico City, UNAM beat Morelia 2–1 to win championship 3–2 on aggregate.

After a 2011–2012 season where Morelia reached semifinals in the Apertura season and Quarterfinals in the Clausura season, Boy resigned his position. After his tenure with Morelia, Boy served as an analyst for ESPN Mexico show Fútbol Picante and soccer matches but he left shortly when he was hired as Atlas manager for the second time in his career. Boy was unable to give Atlas a victory and ended 17th in the relegation table with 12 points, 5 over Querétaro.

Saving Atlas from relegation, failure with Cruz Azul and Guadalajara

For Clausura 2013, Atlas would start their relegation fight once again. The media practically put Atlas as the team that would get relegated. In the Jornada 1 they started with a 1-1 draw vs Pumas UNAM. They then won at home 2-0 against Pachuca. The defeat vs The leader Tigres gave Queretaro some hope. In the Jornada 4 Tomas Boy's team played their best game of the season vs the new leader which was undefeated at the moment. In half time they were down 0-1 in the 2nd half with a goal from Rodrigo Millar and Omar Bravo , they would win the game and end America's undefeated streak. A 2-2 Draw vs San Luis F.C. would be enough to stay in the Liga MX and practically send Queretaro F.C. to Ascenso MX. He left the team after the liguilla game against Santos Laguna. Atlas lost three games (one in away games against UANL, and two in home against Santos Laguna and León) and having along with Santos Laguna the best defense in the tournament by allowing only 13 goals. This saved Atlas from relegation and pushed them to the Liguilla for the first time in six years after ending in the third position with 32 points. After the season Boy left the team and returned to Fútbol Picante as an analyst.

After a poor season that Atlas had with Omar Asad, Grupo Salinas purchased Atlas to save them from their financial problems, they would hire Tomas once again to save the team once again from relegation this time against Atlante. In the 2015 Copa Libertadores, Boy led Atlas to defeat Atletico Mineiro in Belo Horizonte by 0-1, breaking the Brazilians 37-year unbeaten streak in home games in that competition. [70] On May 18, 2015, Tomas Boy was released from his contract after losing to Guadalajara 4-1 the day before on the Liga MX quarter-finals.

On October 2, 2015, Cruz Azul announces Boy as new coach. On October 22, 2016, after the 14th game of the Apertura 2016 season, Boy resigns after being defeated by Puebla in the Estadio Azul by 1-2, leaving Cruz Azul in the 12th position of the table and with few chances of qualifying to playoffs. Boy coached Cruz Azul in three tournaments and in none managed to accede to playoffs.

On April 10, 2019, Boy was appointed as new coach of C.D. Guadalajara. [71] After negative results, Boy was fired on September 26, 2019.

Mazatlán Fútbol Club

On October 6, 2020, Boy was hired by Mazatlán FC as head coach.

Career statistics

Player

Club performanceLeagueCupTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
1975–76 UANL Tigres Primera División 364?2366
1976–77338354
1977–78399399
1978–7943114311
1979–80397397
1980–8138153815
1981–82266266
1982–83327327
1983–8430103010
1984–85319319
1985–86000000
1986–87359359
1987–88243243
Career total41398?2413100

Honours

Player

UANL

Manager

Morelia

Personal life

Tomás Boy was born in La Condesa and raised in Bosques de Echegaray, a Naucalpan suburb, both in Mexico City. Born into a middle class Catholic family, Boy is of German and Italian descent. The older of eight children, he has acknowledged that his relationship with his father, an accountant, was difficult and even violent. Encouraged by his mother, Boy left the house at seventeen to pursue a professional football career. About his personal life in his playing years, he stated that he was "more of a bohemian" that "liked to live". [72] Boy and his former wife Rosa have three sons: Andrés, who works as football analyst for Televisa Monterrey, Luis and Claudio, the last named after his late friend Claudio Lostanau. He lives most of the time in Mexico City and Acapulco. Boy is an avid golfer and a fan of MotoGP being Valentino Rossi his favorite racer. He is a fan of singer Elvis Presley and likes classical music such as Chopin. Boy has mentioned The Art of War of Sun Tzu as his favorite book.

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