Santos Rivera

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Santos Noel Rivera
Personal information
Full name Santos Noel Rivera Ayala
Date of birth (1974-04-08) April 8, 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth San Luis de la Reina, El Salvador
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1990–1993 Santiagueño
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1999 ADET
2000–2004 Municipal Limeño
2005–2006 Águila
2006–2007 FAS
2007–2009 Águila 30 (0)
National team
1995–2005 El Salvador 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 2007.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 2007
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Rivera and the second or maternal family name is Ayala.

Santos Noel Rivera Ayala (born April 8, 1974 in San Luis de la Reina, El Salvador) is a former Salvadoran football goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Rivera started his career at Salvadoran second division side Santiagueño and moved to Premier Division outfit ADET in 1993. After six years there, he joined Municipal Limeño for another four years before he finally moved to one of the country's top teams for a short spell at Águila.[1] He returned to Águila after another short stint at FAS. He did not win a league title during his playing career and retired from the game in 2009 to become goalkeeper coach of Águila.[2]

International career[edit]

Nicknamed el Negro, Rivera made his debut for El Salvador in a November 1995 friendly match against Yugoslavia when he came on as a substitute for Raúl Antonio García. He has earned a total of 22 caps, scoring no goals. He has represented his country in 7 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[3] and played at the 2005 UNCAF Nations Cup,[4] as well as at the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup[5] and 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[6]

His final international game was a February 2005 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Costa Rica.

Managerial career[edit]

In May 2010 Rivera left his position of goalkeeper coach of Águila to become coach of the Águila reserves[7] but in summer 2011, he was dismissed despite his contract running until 2015.[8] In October 2011 he was named as successor to Luis Ramírez Zapata at the Department of Culture and Sports of the San Miguel mayorship.[9]


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