Mauricio Montero

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Mauricio Montero
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-10-19) 19 October 1963 (age 50)
Place of birth Grecia, Costa Rica
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
AD Ramonense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1987 AD Ramonense
1987–1998 LD Alajuelense
National team
1985–1996 Costa Rica 56 (3)
Teams managed
Municipal Grecia
2007–2008 Carmelita
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mauricio Montero Chinchilla (born 19 October 1963 in Grecia[1]) is a retired Costa Rican footballer. He used to play for L.D. Alajuelense and AD Ramonense. His number 20 jersey was retired in L.D. Alajuelense along with him.


Nicknamed 'El Chunche', Montero was part of the national team squad, that played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup held in Italy, and featured in all four games played. The defender made his debut for the "Ticos" in 1985 and collected 56 caps, scoring 3 goals. He played his last international on June 5, 1996 against Canada.

The nickname 'El Chunche' ('The thing') comes from his answer to what he would buy with a prize he had won. He answered 'Voy a comprarme un chunche' ('I will buy a thing') meaning he would like to buy a vehicle (Costa Ricans use the word "chunche" to refer to pretty much anything). He is one of the most charismatic soccer players in Costa Rica. He is the creator of "El tiro del zoncho" (The Vulture Shot), popular known play in which Montero headed to goal line, dribbled goalkeeper and shot powerfully above large pole of goal line approximately by 6 feet length from scoring line, the term derives of exaggeration popular told happening that the ball smashed a vulture, bringing it to ground.

In 1998, during Montero's retirement match, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense retired his number 20 jersey that he had used throughout his tenure with the club.

A few years after his retirement, Montero became coach with Municipal Grecia in the second division. After two seasons there, he became assistant head coach in his beloved team, L.D. Alajuelense and gained the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 2004 and the national tournament in 2005. He was the Coach of AD Carmelita from 2007 to 2008. On 2010 return to L.D. Alajuelense and is the current first coach assistant, under Oscar Ramirez management.


  1. ^ "Figuras del ayer: Mauricio Montero". UNAFUT. 2008-11-11. Retrieved 2008-12-01.