Michael Barrantes

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Barrantes and the second or maternal family name is Rojas.
Michael Barrantes
Personal information
Full name Michael Barrantes Rojas
Date of birth (1983-10-04) 4 October 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Heredia, Costa Rica
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Aalesund
Number 31
Youth career
2003–2004 Ramonense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Belén 27 (5)
2005–2007 Puntarenas 49 (3)
2007–2010 Deportivo Saprissa 74 (4)
2010 Aalesund (loan) 7 (2)
2011– Aalesund 98 (24)
National team
2006– Costa Rica 50 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 January 2014

Michael Barrantes Rojas (born 4 October 1983 in Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican football midfielder. He currently plays for Aalesund, and the Costa Rica national football team.[1]

On 6 November 2011 he scored two goals for Aalesund in the 2011 Norwegian Cup Final, in a 2–1 win against Brann, and was awarded the man of the match award.[2] He won the Kniksen award as the best midfielder in the 2011 Tippeligaen.[3]

Club career[edit]

Deportivo Saprissa[edit]

Barrantes started his professional career with his native side A.D. Belén in 2003. Barrantes later joined the Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa after first playing two seasons for Puntarenas F.C. in 2007,[4] much to the disappointment of Puntarenas fans.[5] The following season he secured for his team the 2008 league title when he scored the winning goal in the last playoff match against LD Alajuelense.[6][7] In May the following season he sustained a left knee injury that left him out for eight weeks.[8]

Aalesunds FK[edit]

In July 2010, after delivering an impressive display during Saprissa's European tour,[9] he was signed by Norwegian side Aalesunds FK on loan, joining his compatriot Pablo Herrera who was already at the club.[10][11] After some initial hurdles with the paperwork,[12] Barrantes quickly became a favorite both with the players and coaching staff.[13] He received his starting debut with Aalesunds on 12 September in an away loss against Odd Grenland, during which he caused a penalty 50 seconds into the match.[14] And it became evident that the midfielder needed time to adjust to the European style of playing.[15] The following season proved to be much more successful for Barrantes, as his game play not only saw him become the center piece of the Aalesunds midfield, the club also decided to make the loan-spell permanent, six months ahead of time.[16][17]

In the run-up to the 2011 season, Barrantes' qualities on the pitch was praised by both commentators[18] and coaches such as Ole Gunnar Solskjær.[19] The high expectations were matched by at times very good performances. He was credited with orchestrating the 2–3 away win against IK Start,[20] as well as the 2–0 home win against Viking FK, where he netted the final goal.[21] He was subsequently named Man of the match in the next four consequtive AaFK matches, and the local newspaper Sunnmørsposten crowned him King of the midfield.[22] Despite a mid-table position for Aalesunds, Barrantes helped the team advance to the playoffs at the Europa league qualifiers.[23] In addition he crowned the season with winning the domestic cup when Aalesunds beat SK Brann 2–1 in the finals, with Barrantes scoring twice and securing the title.[24][25] At the end of the season, he was given the award "Midfielder of the year" by Norsk Toppfotball, despite speaking neither Norwegian nor English.[26]

In the following 2012 season, despite being watched closely by a number of clubs, Barrantes remained in Aalesunds.[27] With his opponents now familiar with his style of play, it proved to be much harder for him to dominate than in the previous season.[28] Much to his frustration, the season turned out to be mixed for the team.[29] However on 13 May, he was made awarded the Captaincy for the first time, in the 3–1 home win against Strømsgodset IF.[30] A week later, in a repeat scenario of the cup-final, Barrantes scored again against SK Brann to secure a 2–0 home win.[31] On 15 July he again scored two goals in the home win against Fredrikstad FK, the match Barrantes claimed, was his best match that year.[32] He repeated the feat in the away win against Fredrikstad a month later with an impressive left-foot goal from 30 meters,[33] and again in the home win against Vålerenga Fotball with two goals on 21 October.[34] In October with the season coming to an end, the club revealed that Barrantes had in fact been struggling with a pelvic injury throughout much of the 2012 season that kept him out of the pre-season, and that was the main reason behind his mixed success.[35] However the club stated that when he is 100% well, he will again be the able to dominate the midfield.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club Division League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010 Aalesund Tippeligaen 7 2 0 0 0 0 7 2
2011 29 6 7 6 7 5 43 17
2012 28 9 3 0 2 1 33 10
2013 26 7 3 0 0 0 29 7
2014 15 2 2 2 0 0 17 4
Career Total 105 26 15 8 9 6 129 40

International career[edit]

Barrantes made his debut for Costa Rica in a February 2007 friendly match against Trinidad & Tobago and has, as of 1 January 2014, earned 50 caps, scoring 4 goals. He has represented his country in 14 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[37] and played at the 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup[38] as well as the 2007[39] and 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[40]

International goals[edit]

Score and Result lists Costa Rica's goals first
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 January 2010 Estadio Ingeniero Hilario Sánchez, San Juan  Argentina 1–1 2–3 Friendly
2 3 September 2010 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City  Panama 1–0 2–2 Friendly
3 9 July 2013 Jeld-Wen Field, Portland  Cuba 1–0 3–0 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4 3–0


Personal life[edit]

Barrantes lives with his wife, Andrea in Ålesund.[41][42] In August 2012, they announced that they were expecting their first child.[43] The child, a baby boy named Arjen (after Dutch winger Arjen Robben),[44] was born in February 2013 in Ålesund.[45]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Aalesund

Individual[edit]

  • Norwegian Midfielder of the Year (1): 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ Skuseth, Helge (5 September 2012). "Travel "pause" for AaFK's utlendinger". smp.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.nettavisen.no/sport/fotball/tippeligaen/article3267550.ece
  3. ^ http://www.tv2.no/sport/fotball/tippeligaen/moa-fikk-kniksenprisen-som-aarets-spiller-en-bekreftelse-paa-at-jeg-har-gjort-noe-riktig-3646041.html
  4. ^ "Futbol Michael Barrantes: ‘Tengo confianza en mis cualidades’". La Nación (in Spanish). 5 August 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Keith, Isaac Zuniga (21 September 2007). "Le tiraron duro a Michael Barrantes". Al Dia (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Saprissa Beats Alajuelenses For 27th National Title". Tico Times. 6 June 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Calvo, Rodrigo (5 May 2009). "Michael Barrantes queda fuera del campeonato". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Calvo, Rodrigo (5 May 2009). "Saprissa pierde a Michael Barrantes: estará ocho semanas fuera del futbol". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Leandro C., Harold (13 July 2012). "Saprissa cerró con victoria gira por Europa". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Valverde, Esteban (15 July 2010). "Aalesund contrataría a Michael Barrantes". Al Dia (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Vågnes, Stig (15 July 2010). "På plass i Aafk". 100% Fotball (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  12. ^ Løvoll, Karl Petter (2 August 2010). "Ikke klar for AaFK". 100% Fotball (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Skuseth, Helge (22 August 2010). "Rekdals nye favoritt". Smp.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  14. ^ Baugerud, Tom Eik (12 September 2010). "Rekdal skjelte ut dommeren". 100% Fotball (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Hjelvik, Eirik Nesset (24 January 2011). "Blir han årets komet?". smp.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  16. ^ Hjelvik, Eirik Nesset (22 February 2011). "Aalesund går for Barrantes". 100¤ Fotball (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  17. ^ Vågnes, Stig (14 March 2011). "Nå har Barrantes signert". smp.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  18. ^ Vågnes, Stig (21 March 2011). "Endelig attraktiv fotball". smp.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  19. ^ Hjelvik, Eirik Nesset (14 March 2011). "Solskjær: En meget god spiller". 100% Fotball (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  20. ^ Karlsen, Håvard (8 April 2011). "Costaricansk magi og estisk krutt senket start". Fvn.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  21. ^ Stenerud, Kristian (30 April 2011). "Rekdal kjempet seg til Barrantes". Smp.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  22. ^ Mauren, Arnfinn (11 May 2011). "Konge i midten". 100% Fotball (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  23. ^ Vågnes, Stig (25 August 2011). "Defensivt Aafk lag mot AZ". smp.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  24. ^ Lyngøy, Roar (6 November 2011). "Det Oransje Mareritt". Bt.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  25. ^ Rise, Ole Marius (6 November 2011). "Fantastisk Barrantes avgjorde cupfinalen". 100% Fotball (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  26. ^ Nedregrotten, Sveinung. "Barrantes fikk kniken prisen". Smp.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  27. ^ Hjelvik, Eirik Nesset (17 February 2012). "- Barrantes kan fortsatt bli bedre". smp.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  28. ^ Hjelvik, Eirik Nesset (27 April 2012). "- Barrantes advarer: skal lage show mot RBK". smp.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  29. ^ Skuseth, Helge (6 May 2012). "Barrantes tørster etter suksess". 100% Fotball (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  30. ^ Hjelvik, Eirik Nesset (14 May 2012). "Barrantes fikk kapteinsnerver". 100% Fotball (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  31. ^ Bøyum, Kim (20 May 2012). "Barrantes er Branns store mareritt". BT.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  32. ^ Nedregrotten, Sveinung (15 July 2012). "Barrantes: Min beste kamp i år". smp.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  33. ^ Bye, Are (27 August 2012). "Rekdals første borteseier på 20 kamper". smp.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  34. ^ Lilleheim, Pål Are (21 October 2012). "God andre omgang sikret Ålesund seier". Budstikka.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  35. ^ Godø, Øyvind (15 July 2012). "Derfor har ikke Barrantes slått til i år". 100% Fotball.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  36. ^ Stenerud, Kristian (27 October 2012). "Aalesund holdt Barrantes skade skjult". smp.,no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  37. ^ Michael BarrantesFIFA competition record
  38. ^ UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2007 - Details - RSSSF
  39. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 - Full Details - RSSSF
  40. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2013 - RSSSF
  41. ^ Hundstad, Per Rich (3 August 2011). "Skitt fiske med Enar og Michael". Nyttiuka (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  42. ^ Kvatningen, Roy (16 March 2012). "Klart jeg ville vurdert det". Nettavisen.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  43. ^ Stenerud, Kristian (3 October 2012). "Barrantes friskmelder seg selv mot Viking". Smp.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  44. ^ Stenerud, Kristian. "Michael Barrantes: – Jeg følte meg misforstått". 100% Fotball (in Norwegian). Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  45. ^ Bakke, Pål. "Aalesunds viktigste spiller vil bort". tv2.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 20 February 2013. 

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