Paulo Wanchope

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Paulo Wanchope
Paulo Wanchope 2007 2.jpg
Wanchope with Tokyo in 2007
Personal information
Full name Pablo César Wanchope Watson[1]
Date of birth (1976-07-31) 31 July 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Heredia, Costa Rica
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Costa Rica (Interim)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Herediano
1996–1999 Derby County 72 (23)
1999–2000 West Ham United 35 (12)
2000–2004 Manchester City 64 (27)
2004–2005 Málaga 25 (6)
2005 Al-Gharafa 6 (2)
2006 Herediano 10 (3)
2006 Rosario Central 14 (5)
2007 F.C. Tokyo 12 (2)
2007 Chicago Fire 12 (2)
Total 250 (83)
National team
1996–2008 Costa Rica 73 (45)
Teams managed
2014– Costa Rica (Interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Wanchope and the second or maternal family name is Watson.

Paulo 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.

Club career[edit]

Derby County[edit]

Born in Heredia, Wanchope began his career with CS Herediano moving to England to play with Derby County along with fellow Costa Rican Mauricio Solís on 27 March 1997. He cost Derby £600,000.[2]

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.[3]

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.

After scoring 28 goals in 83 games within 2 seasons for Derby, Wanchope was sold to West Ham United for £3.5 million on 28 July 1999.

West Ham United[edit]

Wanchope made his debut for West Ham on 28 July 1999, at Upton Park, against Heerenveen in the Intertoto Cup.[4] His first West Ham goal came on 4 August 1999 in the away leg of the same tie.[5] He scored 15 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions; his final game coming on 14 May 2000, at home to Leeds United.[6] 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.

Manchester City[edit]

On 23 August, 2000 he scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 win against Sunderland.[7] 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. [8]

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.[citation needed]

Post-Premier League[edit]

In August 2004, Wanchope was sold to Málaga CF of the Spanish La Liga for ₤500,000. He played 26 games for the club, scoring 6 goals.

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.,[9] 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.[10]

Retirement[edit]

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.[11]

International career[edit]

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.[12] 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.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 14 December 1996 Costa Rica San José  United States 2–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 21 December 1996 Costa Rica Cartago  Trinidad and Tobago 2–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 21 December 1996 Costa Rica Cartago  Trinidad and Tobago 2–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 9 March 1997 Costa Rica San José  Cameroon 5–0 Friendly
5 9 March 1997 Costa Rica San José  Cameroon 5–0 Friendly
6 9 March 1997 Costa Rica San José  Cameroon 5–0 Friendly
7 11 May 1997 Costa Rica San José  Jamaica 3–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 11 May 1997 Costa Rica San José  Jamaica 3–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 9 November 1997 Mexico Mexico DF  Mexico 3–3 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 4 February 1998 United States Oakland  Cuba 7–2 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
11 4 February 1998 United States Oakland  Cuba 7–2 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
12 4 February 1998 United States Oakland  Cuba 7–2 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
13 4 February 1998 United States Oakland  Cuba 7–2 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
14 17 March 1999 Costa Rica San José  Belize 7–0 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
15 28 March 1999 Costa Rica San José  El Salvador 4–0 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
16 17 February 2000 United States Los Angeles  South Korea 2–2 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
17 20 February 2000 United States San Diego  Trinidad and Tobago 1–2 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
18 1 July 2000 Costa Rica Alajuela  Panama 5–1 Friendly
19 9 July 2000 Costa Rica San José  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 7–1 Friendly
20 9 July 2000 Costa Rica San José  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 7–1 Friendly
21 15 August 2000 Costa Rica Alajuela  Guatemala 2–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
22 15 August 2000 Costa Rica Alajuela  Guatemala 2–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
23 6 January 2001 United States Miami  Guatemala 5–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
24 28 March 2001 Costa Rica Alajuela  Trinidad and Tobago 3–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
25 28 March 2001 Costa Rica Alajuela  Trinidad and Tobago 3–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
26 20 June 2001 Costa Rica Alajuela  Jamaica 2–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
27 1 July 2001 Honduras Tegucigalpa  Honduras 3–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
28 13 July 2001 Colombia Medellín  Honduras 1–0 2001 Copa América
29 16 July 2001 Colombia Medellín  Uruguay 1–1 2001 Copa América
30 19 July 2001 Colombia Medellín  Bolivia 4–0 2001 Copa América
31 19 July 2001 Colombia Medellín  Bolivia 4–0 2001 Copa América
32 22 July 2001 Colombia Armenia  Uruguay 1–2 2001 Copa América
33 30 January 2002 United States Pasadena  South Korea 3–1 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
34 30 January 2002 United States Pasadena  South Korea 3–1 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
35 13 June 2002 South Korea Suwon  Brazil 2–5 2002 FIFA World Cup
36 8 September 2004 Costa Rica San José  Canada 1–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
37 9 October 2004 Costa Rica San José  Guatemala 5–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
38 9 October 2004 Costa Rica San José  Guatemala 5–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
39 9 October 2004 Costa Rica San José  Guatemala 5–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
40 13 October 2004 Canada Edmonton  Canada 3–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
41 9 February 2005 Costa Rica San José  Mexico 1–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
42 8 June 2005 Costa Rica San José  Guatemala 3–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
43 8 October 2005 Costa Rica San José  United States 3–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
44 9 June 2006 Germany Munich  Germany 2–4 2006 FIFA World Cup
45 9 June 2006 Germany Munich  Germany 2–4 2006 FIFA World Cup

Managerial career[edit]

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.[13] Having left Herediano, he expressed his dissatisfaction with the administration of the club.[14]

Wanchope became an an assistant to the Costa Rica national team coach, Jorge Luis Pinto.[15] Upon Pinto's departure after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Wanchope took over as interim national team coach.

In September 2014, he won the Copa Centroamericana with the Costa Rican national football team.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1996–97 Derby County Premier League 5 1
1997–98 32 13
1998–99 35 9
1999-00 West Ham United Premier League 35 12
2000–01 Manchester City Premier League 27 9
2001–02 First Division 15 12
2002–03 Premier League 0 0
2003–04 22 6
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2004–05 Málaga La Liga 25 6
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup League Cup Asia Total
2005–06 Al-Gharafa Qatari League 6 1
Costa Rica League Cup League Cup North America Total
2005–06 Herediano Primera División 10 3
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
Total England 171 62
Spain 25 6
Qatar 6 1
Costa Rica 10 3
Argentina 14 5
Japan 12 2 - 4 1 - 16 3
USA 12 2
Career total 250 81

International career statistics[edit]

[17]

Costa Rica national team
Year Apps Goals
1996 7 3
1997 7 6
1998 2 4
1999 5 2
2000 12 7
2001 11 10
2002 7 3
2003 1 0
2004 6 5
2005 9 3
2006 5 2
2007 0 0
2008 1 0
Total 73 45

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 638. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ Culley, Jon (3 November 1997). "Football: Smith the great motivator". www.independent.co.uk. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rams Top Ten: the programme". BBC - Derby - Sport. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  4. ^ West Ham 1 Heerenveen 0 www.sportinglife.com
  5. ^ Heerenveen 0 West Ham 1 (Agg: 0–2) www.sportinglife.com.
  6. ^ Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics Paulo Wanchope www.westhamstats.info
  7. ^ Rich, Tim (24 August 2000). "Wanchope's hat-trick ends agony for City". The Independent (London). Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Football photographic encyclopedia, footballer, world cup, champions league, football championship, olympic games & hero images by sporting-heroes.net
  9. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 10 February 2007. 
  10. ^ "Wonchope To Fire-Red Card Blog". Luis Arroyave's Chicago Tribune Red Card Blog. 23 July 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2007. 
  11. ^ "Injury-hit Wanchope ends career" news.bbc.co.uk/sport Retrieved on 16 November 2007
  12. ^ Germany 4–2 Costa Rica from bbc.co.uk
  13. ^ Wanchope renuncia a la direccion tecnica de Heredia, Retrieved from la Nacion, 11 March 2009.
  14. ^ Wanchope denunció que recibio amenazas. Retrieved from La Nacion, 12 March 2009.
  15. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/former-premier-league-striker-paulo-wanchope-talks-to-simon-hill-about-costa-rica/story-e6frf423-1226762237973
  16. ^ "Central American Cup". concacaf.com. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Paulo Wanchope - Goals in International Matches

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