Luis Gabelo Conejo
|Full name||Luis Gabelo Conejo Jiménez|
|Date of birth||1 January 1960|
|Place of birth||San Ramón, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
He is now the national team's goalkeepers coach.
Born in San Ramón, Alajuela, Conejo made his professional debut for Ramonense on 27 November 1981 against Herediano. 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; he made his debut in the competition on 1 September 1991 in a 0–2 away loss against Osasuna, 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. He played his final league match on 2 April 1997 against Puntarenas.
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. He has represented his country in 10 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
1990 FIFA World Cup
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.
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.
Conejo is the second son of Rafael Conejo and Carmen Jiménez. He is married to Rocío Lobo and they have 2 sons.
- Porteros ticos con más de dos años sin goles - Nación (Spanish)
- Luis Gabelo Conejo confiaba en que Keylor Navas sería el mejor de la Liga Española - Nación (Spanish)
- Buzón de Rodrigo Carrera deportiva de Gabelo Conejo (Biography) - Nación (Spanish)
- Conejo, the Tico talisman
- Osasuna 2 – Albacete 0
- LUIS GABELO CONEJO JIMENEZ - Nación (Spanish)
- Luis Gabelo Conejo – FIFA competition record
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1991 - Full Details - RSSSF
- All-Time World Goalkeeper Ranking