Luis Gabelo Conejo

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Gabelo Conejo
Personal information
Full name Luis Gabelo Conejo Jiménez
Date of birth (1960-01-01) 1 January 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth San Ramón, Costa Rica
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1988 Ramonense (5[1])
1989–1990 Cartaginés
1990–1992 Albacete 69 (0)
1993–1994 Albacete 12 (0)
1996 Herediano
1997 Ramonense
Total 263 (5)
National team
1987–1991 Costa Rica 29 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Conejo and the second or maternal family name is Jiménez.

Luis Gabelo Conejo Jiménez (born 1 January 1960) is a Costa Rican retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He is now the national team's goalkeepers coach.[2]

Club career[edit]

Born in San Ramón, Alajuela, Conejo made his professional debut for Ramonense on 27 November 1981 against Herediano.[3] He left them in 1989 for Cartaginés and subsequently joined Spanish team Albacete, quickly becoming an idol as the Castile-La Mancha side reached La Liga for the first time ever in 1991;[4] he made his debut in the competition on 1 September 1991 in a 0–2 away loss against Osasuna,[5] and finished the season with 33 appearances for a final seventh place.

After two years as a backup at Albacete, Conejo returned to Costa Rica with Herediano in 1996, retiring the following year after one season with Ramonense, aged 37. He had retired two times earlier, not playing in the 1992/93 and 1994/95 seasons.[6] He played his final league match on 2 April 1997 against Puntarenas.[3]

International career[edit]

Conejo made his debut for Costa Rica in a 1987 friendly match against South Korea and has earned a total of 29 caps, scoring no goals.[3] He has represented his country in 10 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[7] and played at the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[8]

1990 FIFA World Cup[edit]

He received international recognition however during the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Appearing in three matches with two goals conceded, his heroic saves against Scotland, Brazil and Sweden helped Costa Rica reach the second round. He was replaced by Hermidio Barrantes in the round-of-16 encounter against Czechoslovakia because of an injury and his team was eliminated.

For the 1990 World Cup France Football magazine named two best goalkeepers, the first one, the Italian Walter Zenga by sum total performance points (FF issue number 2309) and a second one, where a four-man magazine panel of sportswriters (FF issue number 2310) picked him as the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

His final international was a July 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Mexico.[3]

Retirement[edit]

Subsequently, Conejo worked with the national team as goalkeepers' coach. In his country he is highly regarded by fans, even though he never played for any of the top clubs in the nation.

Personal life[edit]

Conejo is the second son of Rafael Conejo and Carmen Jiménez. He is married to Rocío Lobo and they have 2 sons.[9]

Honours[edit]

In 2009, IFFHS named Conejo the 34th best goalkeeper of the world for the period 1987–2008, and the seventh in Latin America.[10]

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