Álvaro Mesén

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Álvaro Mesén
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Mesén Murillo
Date of birth (1972-12-24) December 24, 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Alajuela, Costa Rica
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Carmelita
1993–2004 Alajuelense 207 (1)
2004–2006 Herediano
2006–2007 Brujas 28 (0)
2007–2010 Liberia Mía 63 (0)
National team
1999–2006 Costa Rica 38 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Mesén and the second or maternal family name is Murillo.

Álvaro Mesén Murillo (born December 24, 1972) is a retired Costa Rican footballer.

Club career[edit]

Mesén made his league debut for Carmelita on 6 March 1993 against Turrialba[1] during the 1992-93 season[2] before heading off to Costa Rica giants Alajuelense. He went on to play 207 league games for Liga,[3] scoring one goal, a penalty in the 1999-2000 season.[1]

He also played for Herediano and Brujas before finishing his career at Liberia Mía, after joining them in 2007.[4]

International career[edit]

Mesén made his debut for Costa Rica in a November 1999 friendly match against Slovakia[1] and earned a total of 38 caps, scoring no goals.[5] He represented his country in 15 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[6] and was a non-playing squad member at the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.[2]

He also played at the 2003 UNCAF Nations Cup[7] as well as at the 2002,[8] 2003[9] and 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[10] He also was a non-playing squad member at the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[11]

His final international was a May 2006 friendly match against the Czech Republic.

He has also become known for his activism, having been appointed as a FIFA ambassador in 2001 and supporting the 2002 FIFA World Cup Global March Against Child Labour campaign.[12]


After retiring in 2010, Mesén became the new secretary-general of Fedefutbol in September 2012. He has a master's degree in business administration.[13] He resigned from Fedefutbol in February 2013.[14]


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