José Luis Garcés

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Garcés and the second or maternal family name is Rivera.
José Luis Garcés Rivera
Personal information
Full name José Luis Garcés Rivera
Date of birth (1981-05-09) May 9, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth La Chorrera, Panama
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Tauro F.C.
Number -
Youth career
1991–1998 Ind. La Chorrera
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Ind. La Chorrera 25 (8)
2001 Sporting '89 12 (4)
2002–2003 Árabe Unido 29 (9)
2003–2005 San Francisco 67 (24)
2005–2006 Nacional (loan) 15 (1)
2006–2007 Belenenses (loan) 12 (4)
2007–2008 CSKA Sofia 14 (3)
2008–2009 Académica 10 (1)
2009 Al-Ittifaq (loan) 1 (0)
2011–2014 San Francisco - (-)
2014– Tauro F.C. - (-)
National team
2000–2009 Panama 29 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 30, 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 July 2009

José Luis Garcés Rivera (born 9 May 1981 in Puerto Caimito, La Chorrera) is a Panamanian footballer that currently plays for Liga Panamena de Futbol team San Francisco FC

Club career[edit]

At the club level, Garcés plays in the striker position. He played for clubs in Uruguay, Bulgaria, and Portugal before he returned to Panama because he was not being paid in his club Académica de Coimbra.

Criminal charges[edit]

He later signed a loan deal with Arabian club Al-Ittifaq but later returned to Panama, where he got arrested a couple of times[1] and in April 2011 spent time in jail. He was later released in July 2011 and signed with San Francisco FC, making his return to football during the CONCACAF Champions League match against Seattle Sounders.

In July 2012 Garcés was again sentenced to serve time in jail on appeal for the alleged assault in 2011 on a woman who subsequently lost her baby[2] but in November 2012 he was again released after spending 5 months in prison.[3]

International career[edit]

Garcés made his international debut for the Panama national football team in 2000 in a match against Canada. He also participated in the 2009 Gold Cup final for the national team, where he played in all matches.


CSKA Sofia
National team


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