Óscar Emilio Rojas

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Oscar Emilio Rojas
Personal information
Full name Oscar Emilio Rojas Ruíz
Date of birth (1979-04-27) 27 April 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Carmelita
2000–2002 La Piedad 27 (8)
2002 Tigrillos Saltillo 15 (2)
2003 Irapuato 7 (2)
2003–2005 Dorados 57 (10)
2005–2006 Veracruz 33 (2)
2006–2008 Jaguares 74 (13)
2009– Morelia 13 (0)
2009–2010 Mérida (loan) 31 (7)
2010–2011 Indios (loan) 27 (3)
2011 Neza (loan) 14 (0)
2012 Herediano (loan) 17 (2)
2012–2013 La Piedad (loan) 25 (7)
2014–2015 Estudiantes Altamira 24 (2)
2015 Zacatepec XII (loan) 12 (1)
2015– Venados 15 (2)
National team
2001–2012 Costa Rica 28 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 November 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 February 2013

Oscar Emilio Rojas Ruíz (born April 27, 1979 in San José)[1] is a Costa Rican-Mexican naturalized football midfielder or forward, who currently plays for Venados de Mérida of the Ascenso MX.

Club career[edit]

Rojas made his professional debut in 1999 for Carmelita[2] before moving abroad to play in the Primera División with La Piedad in the 2001 Invierno. He had a stint at second division Tigrillos de Nuevo León and has also played for Irapuato.

He made his return to the Primera División in 2004, joining Dorados for the 2004 Apertura. He was a mainstay in midfield with the team, starting 16 of 17 games, and scoring three goals. Rojas subsequently moved to Veracruz in summer 2005[3] and Jaguares Chiapas in 2006. He remained with until the end of 2008, helping the club reach the playoff series twice. He left them for a brief spell at Morelia,[4] then dropped into the second division to play for Mérida, Indios[5] and Toros Neza before returning to Costa Rica with Herediano ahead of the 2012 Verano championship.[6]

Return to Mexico[edit]

In summer 2012, Rojas returned to La Piedad,[2] with the club being relocated to Veracruz and recalled Tiburones Rojos. His debut was postponed when Morelia, who still owed him, did not immediately agree on the transfer.[7] He left the club in summer 2013 after they told him he did not fit in their plans after winning promotion to Mexico's top tier.[8] After a few months out of a club, he joined another Mexican second division side, Estudiantes Altamira.[9]

International career[edit]

Óscar Rojas made his debut for Costa Rica in a 1-0 World Cup qualification victory over Jamaica on November 11, 2001 and earned a total of 28 caps, scoring 1 goal. He represented his country in 9 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[10] and appeared at the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup,[11] but missed out on the 2002 FIFA World Cup as one of the last cuts by national coach Alexandre Guimaraes. Absent from the national team for three years, he returned to the selection in 2005, first under Jorge Luis Pinto and then under the reappointed Guimaraes and he played at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[12] Again, however, he was not chosen for the World Cup squad in 2006. His first international goal came against Peru national football team on August 22, 2007.

He announced his retirement from the national team on April 10, 2009.[13] However, he was once again selected by Pinto for a match against Jamaica on March 21, 2012, making his return to the national team just weeks before his thirty-third birthday. His final international was a September 2012 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Mexico

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 August 2007 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica  Peru 1–0 1–1 Friendly match

Personal life[edit]

Rojas is married to Jessica Tencio and they were expecting their fourth child in October 2014.[14]


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