Hernán Darío Gómez

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Hernán Darío Gómez Jaramillo
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Gómez as a coach of Panama in 2015
Personal information
Full name Hernán Darío Gómez Jaramillo
Date of birth (1956-02-03) 3 February 1956 (age 63)
Place of birth Medellín, Colombia
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Panama (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1980 Medellín
1980–1984 Atlético Nacional
Teams managed
1991–1993 Atlético Nacional
1995–1998 Colombia
1999–2004 Ecuador
2006–2008 Guatemala
2008–2009 Santa Fe
2010–2011 Colombia
2012–2013 Medellín
2014– Panama

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

† Appearances (goals)

Hernán Darío Gómez Jaramillo, also known as El Bolillo (born February 3, 1956, in Medellín), is a former Colombian football player and the current manager of Panama.


He was an active player from 1966 to 1985. His career as a coach started while being assistant to Fransisco Maturana while at Club Atlético Nacional and winning the 1989 Copa Libertadores. He would then become head coach in 1991 and led them to a Categoria Primera A title in 1991.

He joined Maturana while he became coach of Colombia and was his assistant at the 1987 Copa America where Colombia got third place. He also helped qualify the team to the 1990 FIFA World Cup and 1994 edition as well. This was during the so called golden generation of Colombian football. In 1995 he was named head coach of Colombia and qualified them for the 1998 FIFA World Cup Colombia's 4th appearance overall and third consecutive appearance at the tournament. They went out at group stage with 1 win and 2 losses.

He successfully led Ecuador to their first World Cup finals in 2002.[1] However, he resigned after a disappointing performance by the Ecuadorian team at the Copa América 2004.

During the World Cup 2006, he was a commentator for Canal RCN.

On May 5, 2010, the Colombian Football Federation announced that Gómez was appointed as the successor of Eduardo Lara, who left the selection after failing to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

On February 15, 2014, Gómez was announced the new manager of Panama.

On January 22, 2016, Gómez was named 2015 CONCACAF Men's Coach of the Year[2]

Attack on woman

On Saturday, 6 August 2011, at the pub "El Bembe" in Bogotá, Gómez attacked an unidentified woman. According to witnesses, Gómez hit the woman at least four times at 11 p.m. near the entrance of the pub where he was accompanied by the woman minutes before.[3]

When the facts were known, Gómez released a statement asking for forgiveness for his behavior and resigned to his participation as a member of the technical committee of the U-20 World Football Championship.[4]

However multiple organizations, like 'Casa de la Mujer', expressed their discontent with Gómez's actions and asked for his resignation as manager of the Colombian football team.[5]

Finally because of pressure from the media, the Colombian football team's sponsors, political and social celebrities and the general public, he resigned as the manager of the Colombian football team.[6]

However, due to recent[when?] polls, there has been information regarding that he should remain as coach due to how he immediately recognized his mistake. The national team players support this regarding certain statements where they were disappointed with his actions but forgave him considering his immediate regret. Thus the Colombian soccer federation has postponed a final decision on whether to accept Gómez’s resignation until after the Under-20 World Cup.[7]

On 13 February 2012 Colombian Hernán Darío Gómez took charge of first division Independiente Medellin on Monday, six months after resigning as coach of the national team.[8]


  1. Dickens, Les (22 February 2002). "Hernán Darío Gómez "Ecuador can create a surprise, for better or for worse"". FIFA.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Javier Hernandez and Carli Lloyd Named 2015 CONCACAF Players of the Year". concacaf.com. January 22, 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. El Tiempo (9 August 2011). "Versiones de la agresión del 'Bolillo'".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. El Tiempo (8 August 2011). "Agresión del 'Bolillo' Gómez a una mujer".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. El Tiempo (8 August 2011). "Piden renuncia del 'Bolillo' Gómez".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. El Tiempo (9 August 2011). "Versiones de la agresión del 'Bolillo'".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Colombia Reports. "Soccer players defend under fire coach"
  8. Article on Forbes

External links

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