Wanchope with Tokyo in 2007
|Full name||Pablo César Wanchope Watson|
|Date of birth||31 July 1976|
|Place of birth||Heredia, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|1999–2000||West Ham United||35||(12)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Pablo César Wanchope Watson (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaulo ɣanˈtʃope]; born 31 July 1976), more commonly known as Paulo Wanchope, is a Costa Rican former professional footballer. As of February 2009, Wanchope is the second most prolific goalscorer in the history of the Costa Rica national football team, behind Rolando Fonseca, with 45 goals in 73 international matches.
Wanchope marked his debut for Derby scoring a memorable goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford, beating four United players before slotting past Peter Schmeichel during a 3–2 win – the goal was later voted the greatest in the club's history by the Derby fans as part of the club's 125th Anniversary Celebrations.
He scored 13 league goals in 1997–98 as Derby finished ninth – their highest finish since 1989 – and helped them go one better in 1998–99 when his nine goals that season helped the Rams finish eighth.
West Ham United
Wanchope made his debut for West Ham on 28 July 1999, at Upton Park, against Heerenveen in the Intertoto Cup. His first West Ham goal came on 4 August 1999 in the away leg of the same tie. He scored 15 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions; his final game coming on 14 May 2000, at home to Leeds United. During his one year at Upton Park Wanchope formed a deadly partnership with Paolo Di Canio, the two scored a combined 31 league goals in the 1999-2000 season, and West Ham finished 9th in the Premier League, putting them in the top nine for the third consecutive season. He was eventually sold to Manchester City at the start of the 2000-01 season, following the arrivals of Davor Šuker and Frédéric Kanouté, for a fee of £3.65million.
Wanchope earned a starting position at Manchester City, but was unable to help them survive immediate relegation back to Division One at the end of the 2000–01 season, despite scoring nine league goals.
The following season was a mixed one for Wanchope. Despite missing large chunks of it through injury, he still managed 12 goals in just 15 games and often showed his best form. After City's return to the top flight as Division One champions he played almost no part, with injury once again keeping him on the sidelines – he missed the entire 2002–03 season.
However, he returned to play a vital part at the end of 2003–04 and scored some vital goals to help avoid relegation, including the winning goal against Newcastle United, which effectively made City safe. He managed six goals from 22 league games that campaign. 
He was remembered as an extravagant talent by City fans, and his celebration of a goal at Southampton, when he grabbed a TV microphone and joyfully screamed into it, added to his character status.
In 2005, ESPN declared Wanchope's goal against Numancia the best of the entire 2004/05 Spanish First Division. In 2006, following the World Cup in Germany and short but successful stints with Al-Gharrafa in Qatar and Herediano in his native Costa Rica, he signed with Argentine club Rosario Central., scoring 5 goals in 14 games.
On 29 December 2006, J. League club FC Tokyo announced the acquisition of Wanchope on a transfer from Rosario Central. Along with local prospect Sota Hirayama, Wanchope allowed FC Tokyo to utilise a pair of large (190 cm+) strikers. He was released by FC Tokyo and subsequently signed a one year deal with MLS team Chicago Fire.
On 16 November 2007, after a 13 year career in football, Wanchope decided to put an end to his career, primarily based on how his old knee injury was affecting his performance on the field, the same injury that made him lose large parts of his career with Manchester City, making him unable to reach his best physical shape, an argument that was commonly criticized by the press during recent years in every club he played for. At his retirement press conference he manifested his interest in becoming a professional coach, looking forward to accomplishing it in England.
Wanchope was hugely important to the Costa Rican national team, playing for the team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and several Gold Cups. On 8 October 2005, Wanchope became the all-time leading goal scorer for Los Ticos when he scored the first goal in a home win over the USA in the qualifying match that sent Los Ticos to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Wanchope has twenty plus World Cup qualifier goals to his name.
On 9 June 2006, he scored twice in the opening game of the 2006 World Cup, a 4–2 loss to Germany. These two goals made Wanchope the first Costa Rican to score twice in one World Cup match, and put him alongside Rónald Gómez as the only Costa Ricans ever to score more than one World Cup goal. After the defeat to Germany, Costa Rica were defeated by both Ecuador and Poland. Thus Costa Rica finished last in their group and failed to qualify for the second round. Wanchope played his last game for his country in January 2008 when Sweden had come to visit Costa Rica. He played 25 minutes and then he was substituted.
- Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.
Wanchope is currently working as an assistant to the current Costa Rica national team coach, Jose Luis Pinto. He managed Club Sport Herediano from 2008 to 2009. He resigned citing that the team's performance was low, and that he wanted to further his studies in England. Having left Herediano, he expressed his dissatisfaction with the administration of the club.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1996–97||Derby County||Premier League||5||1|
|1999-00||West Ham United||Premier League||35||12|
|2000–01||Manchester City||Premier League||27||9|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercopa de España||Europe||Total|
|Qatar||League||Emir of Qatar Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|Costa Rica||League||Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|Argentina||League||Cup||League Cup||South America||Total|
|2006–07||Rosario Central||Primera División||14||5|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2007||FC Tokyo||J. League Division 1||12||2||-||4||1||-||16||3|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2007||Chicago Fire||Major League Soccer||12||2|
International career statistics
|Costa Rica national team|
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- Wanchope renuncia a la direccion tecnica de Heredia, Retrieved from la Nacion, 11 March 2009.
- Wanchope denunció que recibio amenazas. Retrieved from La Nacion, 12 March 2009.
- Paulo Wanchope - Goals in International Matches