Rónald Alfonso González Brenes (born August 8, 1970 in San Carlos ) is a retired [1 ] Costa Rican footballer who is currently manager of Saprissa.
Club career [ edit ]
González made his professional debut for
Saprissa on 14 July 1989 against Uruguay de Coronado but left them to move abroad and play for [2 ] Dinamo Zagreb in Yugoslavia. He also had a short spell on loan at Vorwärts Steyr in Austria. He returned to play for Saprissa and won almost everything he could pursue, as the team's captain. During the late 90's and early 2000s, he starred for the [3 ] Comunicaciones of Guatemala where he was captain and champion of the Guatemalan tournament several times as well. In his playing days with Saprissa, he won five national championships and three CONCACAF Champions Cup, and was part of the team that played the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup, where Saprissa finished third behind São Paulo and Liverpool. [4 ]
He played a total of 318 games for Saprissa, scoring 26 goals.
He retired in October 2006. [5 ] [6 ]
International career [ edit ]
He played for Costa Rica at the
1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia where he scored a goal against Colombia. [4 ]
González made his senior debut for
Costa Rica in a May 1990 warm-up match against Poland, just ahead of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. There, at 19 years of age, he scored a goal against Czechoslovakia, becoming the youngest player to score a goal in that World Cup. He earned a total of 65 caps, scoring 5 goals [4 ] and represented his country in 19 [7 ] FIFA World Cup qualification matches and at the [4 ] 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup as well as at the [8 ] 1993 and 1997 UNCAF Nations Cups. Also, he was his country's captain during the [9 ] 1997 Copa América and was a non-playing squad member at the [10 ] 2001 Copa América.
His final international was an August 2000
friendly match against Venezuela.
Managerial career [ edit ]
After retiring as a player, González took up coaching and was in charge of the
Costa Rica national under-20 football team and acted as caretaker for the senior national team. In December 2011 he was announced as manager of his former club [11 ] Comunicaciones. In December 2012, González was reported to leave Comunicaciones for [12 ] Saprissa with whom he became the 61th Costa Rica league title winning manager in May 2014. [13 ] [14 ]
Personal life [ edit ]
He is married to Yuliana Gaitán and they have two children.
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