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Aníbal Ruiz
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Full name Aníbal Ruiz Leites
Date of birth (1942-12-30)30 December 1942
Place of birth Salto, Uruguay
Date of death 10 March 2017(2017-03-10) (aged 74)
Place of death Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1963 Danubio
1964–1966 Sud América
1966–1968 Cúcuta Deportivo
1969–1970 Deportivo Anzoátegui
1971 Montevideo Wanderers
1972 Unión Tumán
1972–1974 Montevideo Wanderers
1975 Ramonense
1976 Miramar Misiones
Teams managed
1976 Nacional (assistant)
1977 Danubio (assistant)
1978 Defensor Sporting (assistant)
1979 Olimpia (assistant)
1980 Newell's Old Boys (assistant)
1981 Peñarol (assistant)
1982 Olimpia (assistant)
1983 Atlético Nacional (assistant)
1984 River Plate
1985 Olimpia
1986 Atlético Nacional
1987 Olimpia
1988 Montevideo Wanderers
1989–1990 Necaxa
1991 Deportivo Quito
1991 Olimpia
1992 El Salvador
1992–1993 UAG
1993–1996 Veracruz
1996–1997 Puebla
1997–1998 León
1998–2000 UAT
2000–2001 Guaraní
2001 Olimpia
2002–2006 Paraguay
2006 Veracruz
2008 Emelec
2008 Cúcuta Deportivo
2010–2011 Universidad San Martín
2012 León de Huánuco
2013 Universidad San Martín
2014 Municipal
2015 Toluca (assistant)
2016 Chiapas (assistant)
2017 Puebla (assistant)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Aníbal Ruiz Leites (30 December 1942 – 10 March 2017) was an Uruguayan association football coach.


His last club charging was Universidad San Martín in Peru. His best coaching highlights were included winning the Supercopa Sudamericana with Olimpia Asunción in 1991 and leading the Paraguayan national football team to the 2006 World Cup.

He was well known for his defensive and ordered style of coaching that led him to the South American Coach of the Year award in 2005. He is commonly known by his nickname, Maño.


On March 10, 2017, while serving as assistant manager to lead manager José Cardozo at Puebla, Ruiz collapsed on the pitch of the Luis "Pirata" Fuente Stadium in Veracruz while the team was warming up. Ruiz later died as a result of a heart attack on the way to a local hospital.

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