Rolando Fonseca

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Rolando Fonseca
Personal information
Full name Rolando Fonseca Jiménez
Date of birth (1974-06-06) 6 June 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Second striker
Striker
Youth career
Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1995 Saprissa 28 (33)
1996 Pachuca 27 (9)
1996 Independiente Medellín 12 (7)
1997 América de Cali 22 (0)
1997 Alajuelense 11 (2)
1998–2000 Comunicaciones 40 (44)
2000–2001 Saprissa 34 (18)
2001–2002 La Piedad 12 (5)
2002–2007 Alajuelense 117 (61)
2003 Comunicaciones (loan) 23 (10)
2006 Comunicaciones (loan) 17 (4)
2007 Municipal Liberia 15 (5)
2008–2011 Comunicaciones 79 (36)
2012 Carmelita 3 (0)
Total 440 (234)
National team
1992–2011 Costa Rica 113 (47)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 April 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 May 2010
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Fonseca and the second or maternal family name is Jiménez.

Rolando Fonseca Jiménez (born 6 June 1974 in San José) is a retired Costa Rican footballer who played as a striker.

Nicknamed El Principito (The little prince)[1] and El Rolo,[2] Fonseca usually plays just off the main striker and is renowned for his ability to create opportunities for his teammates and his fierce long shot.[3]

Fonseca is Costa Rica's national team all-time top goalscorer.[4]

Club career[edit]

Fonseca played for Comunicaciones in Guatemala, Independiente Medellín and América de Cali in Colombia, Pachuca and Pachuca in Mexico, as well as having home spells with Saprissa, Alajuelense and Municipal Liberia.

In Costa Rica, he played a total of 271 games, scoring over 100 goals, between the league's two best teams, Saprissa and Alajuelense. His debut was with Deportivo Saprissa, on 1 June 1991, against ASODELI, and scored his first goal against San Carlos on 28 August.[5] He also won Costa Rican championships in 1993–94, 1994–95 (Saprissa), and 1996–97, 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2004–05 (Alajuelense), adding three CONCACAF Champions' Cups in 1993, 1995 (Saprissa), and 2004 (Alajuelense).[6] Outside Costa Rica, Fonseca won league titles with Comunicaciones in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2008, and 2010, and with América de Cali in 1997.[6]

After solid performances with Alajuelense and the national team, Fonseca received offers in 2007 from China, Chile, Turkey and Major League Soccer, but finally settled, as co-owner, player and captain of Municipal Liberia.[7] Although he was having a great season, he left the project a few days before finishing the Apertura tournament, apparently due to personal issues and some differences with then co-owner Mario Sotela.[8] Rumors surfaced that Fonseca would return to Alajuelense, but they were all quickly discarded.

After failed negotiations with Brujas, Fonseca returned to Comunicaciones, a team he had already represented on two other spells, remaining as one of side's best imports ever. Fonseca retired in January 2011, but a year and seven months later, he made his return to professional football by joining Asociación Deportiva Carmelita on 19 August 2012.[9] After three matches with Carmelita, he was released in September 2012. Coach Orlando de León cited that Fonseca has been busy with his other activities besides football.[10]

International career[edit]

Fonseca has also been a fixture on the Costa Rica national team since 1992. He played in more than 100 internationals, and is currently the nation's all-time scorer, with 47 goals.[4]

Fonseca earned his first cap at the age of 17 on 27 May 1992, in a friendly match against Ecuador.[4] By November of that year, he appeared in a 1994 World Cup qualifier against St. Vincent and the Grenadines,[11] the first of his five World Cup qualifying campaigns for Costa Rica.[4][12] The following year saw Fonseca's first international goal, which came on 9 March in an UNCAF Nations Cup match against Panama.[13][4]

By late 1996, Fonseca had become a regular in the national team, playing four World Cup qualifiers in the fall.[4] He scored a hat trick against Honduras in the 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup,[14] the first of three in his international career.[4] He earned a call to the squad for the Copa América in Bolivia, but he appeared only in the first-round match against Mexico as the team lost all three group games.[15]

At the turn of the millennium, Fonseca was entering the highest-scoring stretch of his international career; he scored eight times for Costa Rica in 1999, six times in 2000, and twelve times in 2001.[4] During the same period, Costa Rica rose fast in CONCACAF, finishing in first place in World Cup qualifying.[16] At the 2001 Copa América, Fonseca appeared in all four matches and scored against Bolivia, as the Costa Ricans won their first-round group with a team that also included Paulo César Wanchope, Walter Centeno, and Hernán Medford.[17] Fonseca played in two games for the team at the 2002 World Cup, appearing in the first-round matches against China[18] and Brazil.[19]

Fonseca remained in the national team after the World Cup, playing in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup and scoring twice against the United States,[20] but he was limited to only one cap in 2004 and two in 2005.[4] He was excluded from the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad selected by Alexandre Guimarães.[21] Upon the appointment of former teammate Medford as national coach, however, Fonseca returned to the national team in early 2007.[22] He appeared only once for Costa Rica during the two-year span after the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but he was recalled late in 2009 for the last stages of World Cup qualifying by coach René Simões.[23] Fonseca played his final competitive international match in the intercontinental playoff match against Uruguay on 18 November 2009, coming off the bench for the last 26 minutes.[4][24]

His 47th and last international goal came against Chile, in a spectacular strike with his back to the goal, which also meant the number 1000 for Costa Rica in international matches.[25] The all-time top scorer in the UNCAF Nations Cup with 19 goals,[26] Fonseca was voted the tournament's best player in 1999, adding five goals.[27]

On 26 March 2011, Rolando Fonseca played on the first game of the new Costa Rican Estadio Nacional against China.[1] He substituted Álvaro Saborío in the 78th minute.[28] This was his last game with the Costa Rica national football team, as he retired from international play as Costa Rica's all-time leading scorer.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 9 March 1993 Costa Rica Honduras  Panama 2–0 1993 UNCAF Nations Cup
2 31 March 1993 Colombia Medellín  Colombia 1–3 Friendly
3 23 June 1993 Costa Rica San José  Panama 3–1 Friendly
4 1 December 1995 El Salvador San Salvador  Belize 2–1 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup
5 7 December 1995 El Salvador San Salvador  Honduras 1–1 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup
6 10 December 1995 El Salvador San Salvador  El Salvador 1–2 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup
7 23 April 1997 Guatemala Guatemala City  Honduras 4–0 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup
8 23 April 1997 Guatemala Guatemala City  Honduras 4–0 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup
9 23 April 1997 Guatemala Guatemala City  Honduras 4–0 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup
10 27 April 1997 Guatemala Guatemala City  Guatemala 1–1 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup
11 24 February 1999 Costa Rica San José  Jamaica 9–0 Friendly
12 24 February 1999 Costa Rica San José  Jamaica 9–0 Friendly
13 17 March 1999 Costa Rica San José  Belize 7–0 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
14 17 March 1999 Costa Rica San José  Belize 7–0 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
15 24 March 1999 Costa Rica San José  Guatemala 1–0 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
16 26 March 1999 Costa Rica San José  Honduras 1–2 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
17 28 March 1999 Costa Rica San José  El Salvador 4–0 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
18 18 August 1999 Uruguay Montevideo  Uruguay 4–5 Friendly
19 1 July 2000 Costa Rica San José  Panama 5–1 Friendly
20 1 July 2000 Costa Rica San José  Panama 5–1 Friendly
21 1 July 2000 Costa Rica San José  Panama 5–1 Friendly
22 23 July 2000 Costa Rica San José  United States 2–1 World Cup qualifier
23 3 September 2000 Costa Rica San José  Barbados 3–0 World Cup qualifier
24 15 November 2000 Guatemala Mazatenango  Guatemala 1–2 World Cup qualifier
25 6 January 2001 United States Miami  Guatemala 5–2 World Cup qualifier
26 6 January 2001 United States Miami  Guatemala 5–2 World Cup qualifier
27 28 February 2001 Costa Rica San José  Honduras 2–2 World Cup qualifier
28 19 April 2001 Costa Rica Alajuela  Venezuela 2–2 Friendly
29 23 May 2001 Honduras San Pedro Sula  Belize 4–0 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
30 23 May 2001 Honduras San Pedro Sula  Belize 4–0 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
31 23 May 2001 Honduras San Pedro Sula  Belize 4–0 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
32 16 June 2001 Mexico Mexico DF  Mexico 2–1 World Cup qualifier
33 1 July 2001 Honduras Tegucigalpa  Honduras 3–2 World Cup qualifier
34 19 July 2001 Colombia Medellín  Bolivia 4–0 2001 Copa América
35 5 September 2001 Costa Rica San José  United States 2–0 World Cup qualifier
36 5 September 2001 Costa Rica San José  United States 2–0 World Cup qualifier
37 17 January 2002 United States Miami  Martinique 2–0 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
38 19 January 2002 United States Miami  Trinidad and Tobago 1–1 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
39 8 June 2003 Costa Rica San José  Chile 1–0 Friendly
40 26 July 2003 United States Miami  United States 2–3 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
41 26 July 2003 United States Miami  United States 2–3 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
42 9 October 2004 Costa Rica San José  Guatemala 5–0 World Cup qualifier
43 4 February 2007 Costa Rica Alajuela  Trinidad and Tobago 4–0 Friendly
44 9 February 2007 El Salvador San Salvador  Honduras 3–1 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup
45 9 February 2007 El Salvador San Salvador  Honduras 3–1 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup
46 16 February 2007 El Salvador San Salvador  El Salvador 2–0 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup
47 28 March 2007 Chile Talca  Chile 1–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Calvo, Rodrigo. "Rolo llegó a los 20 títulos y superó los 360 goles". La Nación, 7 January 2009. Retrieved on 26 May 2013.
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  5. ^ Calvo, Rodrigo. "El Buzón de Rodrigo". La Nación, 16 April 2001. Retrieved on 26 May 2001.
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  23. ^ FIFA. "Simoes: It's not impossible". 9 October 2009. Retrieved on 26 May 2013.
  24. ^ FIFA. "Match Report – Uruguay – Costa Rica 1:1 (0:0)". 18 November 2009. Retrieved on 26 May 2013.
  25. ^ La Nación. "Con un lujo de Fonseca, la Tricolor se plantó en Chile". 29 March 2007. Retrieved on 26 May 2013.
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  28. ^ Rivera, Arnoldo. "La Selección desentonó en el estreno de su nueva casa". La Nación, 27 March 2011. Retrieved on 26 May 2013.

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