César Obando

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César Obando
Personal information
Full name César Augusto Obando Villeda
Date of birth (1969-10-26) 26 October 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1994 Motagua (23)
1994 Universitario
1994–1996 UA Tamaulipas 11 (2)
1998 Victoria
Vida
Pumas UNAH
2000 Real España
2001–2002 Motagua
2002–2003 Cartaginés
National team
1991–2002 Honduras 33 (15)
Teams managed
2012 Necaxa (assistant)
2012 Pumas San Isidro
2013– Motagua Reserves
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Obando and the second or maternal family name is Villeda.

César Augusto Obando Villeda, nicknamed El Nene, (born 26 October 1969) is a retired Honduran football player who is considered one of the best players ever in Honduras but a serious injury cut his career early.

Club career[edit]

The diminutive Obando played in the Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Honduras for Motagua, Victoria and Real España.[1] He also played abroad with Mexican outfit Correcaminos UAT, with fellow Honduran Eugenio Dolmo Flores at Peruvian side Universitario and in Costa Rica with Cartaginés.[2] At Cartaginés, he played alongside compatriots Arnold Cruz and Christian Santamaría but was released in February 2003.[3]

He played in the 1994 Copa Libertadores with Universitario, where the club were eliminated by Independiente Medellín in the knock-out stages.[4] In 1992, he was named World's Top Goal Scorer of the Year by the IFFHS.[5]

His last game as a professional player in the Honduran league was on 21 May 2002 with his team Motagua defeating Olimpia 2 - 1.[6] He is known for his powerful right footed shot. He scored 23 league goals for Motagua.[7]

International career[edit]

Obando made his debut for Honduras in a May 1991 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Panama and has earned a total of 33 caps, scoring 15 goals. He has represented his country in 7 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[8] and played at the 1991 UNCAF Nations Cup.

His final international was a March 2002 friendly match against the United States.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 June 1992 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Panama 4–0 4-0 Friendly match
2. 26 July 1992 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Guatemala 1–0 2-0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 12 August 1992 Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA  El Salvador 3–0 2-0 Friendly match
4. 13 September 1992 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 1–0 1–3 Friendly match
5. 22 September 1992 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Jamaica 1–1 5–1 Friendly match
6. 24 September 1992 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Jamaica 1–0 7–0 Friendly match
7. 24 September 1992 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Jamaica 3–0 7–0 Friendly match
8. 24 September 1992 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Jamaica 5–0 7–0 Friendly match
9. 8 November 1992 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (1924), San José, Costa Rica  Costa Rica 3–2 3-2 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 28 November 1992 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2–0 4-0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 5 December 1992 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Costa Rica 2–0 2-1 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
12. 25 March 1993 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  United States 3–1 4-1 Friendly match
13. 4 April 1993 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Canada 2–2 2–2 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 17 November 1998 Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA  Guatemala 2–3 3–3 Hurricane Relief Tournament
15. 18 November 1998 Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA  El Salvador 1–0 2–1 Hurricane Relief Tournament

Managerial career[edit]

Obando was named Motagua's reserves coach in 2013.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El "Nene" Obando aún hace la bicicleta" ["The Kid" Obando still makes bicycle kicks] (in Spanish). La Prensa. 26 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Desafíe a Ismael" [Challenge Ismael] (in Spanish). La Prensa. 4 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Cartaginés rescinde contrato a hondureño César Obando - Nación (Spanish)
  4. ^ "Los llevo en mi corazón" [I hold you in my heart] (in Spanish). El Heraldo. 4 September 2009. 
  5. ^ IFFHS' World's Best Goal Scorers of the Year 1997-2006 - RSSSF
  6. ^ Ismael responde - La Prensa (Spanish)
  7. ^ Goleadores - Ciclón
  8. ^ César ObandoFIFA competition record
  9. ^ César Obando: “He vuelto a casa” - El Heraldo (Spanish)

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