Óscar Duarte (Costa Rican footballer)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Duarte and the second or maternal family name is Gaitán.
Óscar Duarte
Oscar Duarte Club Brugge.jpg
Duarte training with Club Brugge in 2014
Personal information
Full name Óscar Esaú Duarte Gaitán
Date of birth (1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Catarina, Nicaragua
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
Deportivo Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 Deportivo Saprissa 52 (2)
2010 Puntarenas (loan) 15 (1)
2013–2016 Club Brugge 117 (9)
2016– Espanyol 14 (1)
National team
2010– Costa Rica 31 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2016

Óscar Esaú Duarte Gaitán (born 3 June 1989) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Spanish club RCD Espanyol and the Costa Rica national team as a central defender.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Duarte was born in Catarina, Masaya, Nicaragua.[3] After making 52 appearances in five years at Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa, Duarte joined Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League in 2013.[4]

International career[edit]

Duarte made his debut for the Costa Rica national football team against Jamaica on 17 November 2010, and played for the team at the 2011 Copa Centroamericana, where they lost to Honduras in the final.[4]

In June 2014, Duarte was named in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,[5] becoming the first Nicaragua-born player at a World Cup finals.[3]

In the team's opening match, he scored his first goal for Los Ticos in a 3–1 defeat of Uruguay.[6] In the second match, Duarte and his central defensive colleagues Giancarlo González and Michael Umaña kept a clean sheet against Italy in a 1–0 win that qualified Costa Rica for the knockout stage.[7] Costa Rica completed the group stage unbeaten, recording a second consecutive clean sheet in a 0–0 draw with England in Belo Horizonte.[8] On 29 June, Duarte was sent off for receiving two yellow cards in Costa Rica's round of 16 match against Greece, although the team advanced via a penalty shootout to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history, where they lost on penalty shoot-out against Netherlands.[9]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
Óscar Duarte: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 June 2014 Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil  Uruguay 2 – 1 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
2 14 October 2014 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  South Korea 3 – 1 3–1 Friendly


Título Club País Año
1 Verano 2008 Deportivo Saprissa Costa Rica Costa Rica 2008
2 Invierno 2008 Deportivo Saprissa Costa Rica Costa Rica 2008
Club Brugge


  1. ^ "Profile". Goal.com. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Oscar Durate". Sky Sports. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Nica Oscar Duarte debuta en el Mundial con la Selección de Costa Rica – El Nuevo Diario (Spanish)
  4. ^ a b "Oscar DUARTE". FIFA. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Costa Rica World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Uruguay 1–3 Costa Rica". BBC. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Italy 0–1 Costa Rica". BBC. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Taylor, Daniel (24 June 2014). "England end disappointing World Cup with barren draw against Costa Rica". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Costa Rica 1–1 Greece". BBC. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 

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