José Francisco Ramírez

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Francisco Ramírez
Personal information
Full name José Francisco Ramírez Pineda
Date of birth (1976-07-10) 10 July 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Amapala, Valle, Honduras
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1994–1996 El Tigre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Motagua 35 (27)
2000 Dundee United 1 (0)
2001–2002 Motagua 44 (9)
2002–2005 Platense 122 (50)
2005–2006 Marathón 12 (4)
2006–2007 Platense 28 (4)
2008 Vida 12 (1)
2008 Vista Hermosa 15 (2)
2010 Walter Ferretti (10)
National team
1999–2006 Honduras 18 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2005.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2006
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ramírez and the second or maternal family name is Pineda.

José Francisco Ramírez Pineda (born 10 July 1976), known as Francisco Ramirez, is a retired Honduran footballer.

He was nicknamed Pancho Ra' and was the biggest transfer in the Honduran league, at that time, when Marathón acquired him from Platense in 2006 for 1,6 million lempiras.[1]

Club career[edit]

Ramírez started his career at Motagua for whom he started scoring goals soon and caught the eye of foreign clubs.

Dundee United[edit]

In 2000, Ramírez and two teammates from Motagua, Reynaldo Clavasquín and Gustavo Fuentes, were transferred to Scottish Premier League club Dundee United.[2] All three had their contracts cancelled within a few weeks, in Ramírez's case after only four minutes of first team action when he came in as a sub against Celtic on 21 October 2000.[3]

He then returned to Motagua before a prolific spell at Platense and a less successful stint at Marathón. In October 2003 he scored his 50th league goal against Vida.[4] When at Platense, Ramírez was top goalscorer of the 2005 Apertura season with 13 goals[5] and, by May 2009, was the Honduran league's third top goalscorer of all time with 95 goals scored for 4 different teams.[6]

He seemed to end his career at Salvadoran side Vista Hermosa and returned to Honduras in 2009 to drive tourists around in his hometown Amapala with a motorcycle taxi.[7]

In January 2010 he moved abroad again to play for Nicaraguan side Walter Ferretti[8] for whom he would score 10 goals.[9]


Team Season Games Start Sub Goal YC RC
Club Deportivo Platense 2002-03 A 15 9 4 5 - -
Club Deportivo Platense 2002-03 C 14 13 1 4 - -
Club Deportivo Platense 2003-04 A 17 15 2 6 - -
Club Deportivo Platense 2003-04 C 18 17 1 6 - -
Club Deportivo Platense 2004-05 A 18 17 1 6 - -
Club Deportivo Platense 2004-05 C 20 18 2 10 - -
Club Deportivo Platense 2005-06 A 20 18 2 13 - -

International career[edit]

Ramírez made his debut for Honduras in a March 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Belize and he immediately scored his first international goal when coming on as a sub for Christian Santamaría. He has earned a total of 18 caps, scoring 10 goals. He has represented his country in 4 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[10] and played at the 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup,[11] as well as at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[12]

His final international was a January friendly match against Ecuador.

International goals[edit]

N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 19 March 1999 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Belize 4–1 5–1 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
2 24 March 1999 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  El Salvador 3–1 3–1 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
3 23 July 2000 National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica  Jamaica 1–0 1–3 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 16 August 2000 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2–0 6–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 16 August 2000 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4–0 6–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 15 November 2000 Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1–0 7–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 15 November 2000 Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2–0 7–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 25 April 2003 Stade Riviére-Pilote, Fort-de-France, Martinique  Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 2–0 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification
9 27 April 2003 Stade d'Honneur de Dillon, Fort-de-France, Martinique  Martinique 2–1 4–2 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification
10 2 July 2005 Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, Canada  Canada 1–0 2–1 Friendly match

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