Walter Centeno

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Wálter Centeno Corea
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Personal information
Full name Wálter Centeno Corea
Date of birth (1974-10-06) 6 October 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Palmar Sur, Costa Rica
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
Deportivo Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2002 Saprissa (19)
1995–1996 Belen (loan) 52 (3)
2002–2003 AEK Athens 18 (4)
2003–2012 Saprissa 251 (47)
National team
1995–2010 Costa Rica 137 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Wálter Centeno Corea, (born 6 October 1974 in Palmar Sur) is a retired Costa Rican midfielder who is one of Costa Rica's best players in the past decade. He had sublime vision and passing skills. He also had good dribbling abilities, great technique and a top eye for goal. He was the regular member of the national team. He holds the record for appearances with the Costa Rican national team, having gained 137 caps ( 135 FIFA official caps) and scored 24 goals along the way.

Club career[edit]


Before played Saprissa, Centeno played for Belén, also Costa Rican to loan of Saprissa, and AEK Athens F.C. of Greece. He was named the Best player of the 2003–04 Costa Rican season by the Costa Rican sports media, after scoring 9 goals while orchestrating Saprissa's offense, helping the team to win the league.

With Saprissa, he has won 10 national championships and 1 CONCACAF Champions Cup, won the title with a 3–2 aggregate win over Mexico's UNAM Pumas in the final, and was part of the team that played the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup, where Saprissa finished third behind São Paulo Futebol Clube and Liverpool F.C.. His appearance at this tournament was considered as outstanding by FIFA experts.

AEK Athens[edit]

While playing for AEK Athens F.C. of Greece, he participated in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage managing to score in the team's away home draws against Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (2–2) and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico (1–1).

International career[edit]

Centeno played his first game for the Costa Rican national team on 27 September 1995 against Jamaica. He has been a fixture for the team for the last thirteen years, playing in the Pan American Games held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 1995; the Copa América tournaments of 1997, 2001 and 2004; plus the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2006.[1] On 1 April 2009, he surpassed the record of caps for Costa Rica (held then by Luis Marín, 124 caps, 5 goals) as at 18 November 2009 he has 137 caps and 24 goals.[2] He was the captain of Costa Rica national football team for the last part of 2010 Fifa World Cup qualifications. Rodrigo Kenton, the appointed manager replacing the fired Hernan Medford, chose him for covering this important role in the team because of his experience, hardening and leadership. Centeno played his last game on the national team on 18 November 2009, where they tied 1–1, in which he scored. The game meant that Costa Rica will not be in World Cup 2010. Centeno's goal was his last with as a International player, and it also marked the last goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage.

Shortly after that game, he announced his quitting from national team.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 7 Setiembre 2003 Costa Rica San José  Jamaica 9–0 Friendly
2 19 Noviembre 2003 Costa Rica Alajuela  Slovakia 4–0 Friendly
3 12 Junio 2004 Costa Rica Alajuela  Panama 5–1 Friendly
4 4 Setiembre 2005 Honduras San Pedro Sula  Panama 2–1 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
5 4 Setiembre 2005 Honduras San Pedro Sula  El Salvador 1–1 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
6 7 Setiembre 2005 United States Miami  Haiti 2–1 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
7 9 Noviembre 2005 El Salvador San Salvador  Colombia 1–2 Friendly
8 11 Febrero 2006 Panama Panama City  Guatemala 1–1 2003 UNCAF Nations Cup
9 2 Setiembre 2006 United States Boston  Cuba 3–0 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
10 2 Setiembre 2006 United States Boston  El Salvador 5–2 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
11 24 Marzo 2007 United States Boston  El Salvador 5–2 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
12 24 Marzo 2007 United States Boston  El Salvador 5–2 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
13 21 Junio 2008 Costa Rica San José  Haiti 3–3 Friendly
14 20 Agosto 2008 Panama Panama City  Panama 3–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)
15 3 Junio 2009 Costa Rica San José  Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)
16 6 Junio 2009 United States Miami  Canada 1–2 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
17 27 Junio 2009 United States Miami  Haiti 1–1 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
18 19 Julio 2009 United States Miami  Guadeloupe 1–0 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
19 18 octubre 2007 Costa Rica San José  Haiti 1–1 Friendly
20 19 Julio 2009 Suriname Paramaribo  Suriname 4–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)
21 3 Junio 2009 Costa Rica San José  El Salvador 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)
22 6 Junio 2009 United States Florida  Canada 2–2 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
23 27 Junio 2009 Costa Rica San José  Trinidad and Tobago 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)
24 19 Julio 2009 Uruguay Montevideo  Uruguay 1–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)





  1. ^ Walter CentenoFIFA competition record
  2. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Walter Centeno Corea – Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 May 2009.