Claudio Jara

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Jara and the second or maternal family name is Granados.
Claudio Jara
Personal information
Full name Claudio Miguel Jara Granados
Date of birth (1959-05-06) 6 May 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Heredia, Costa Rica
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1992 Herediano 375 (98)
1992–1994 Alajuelense
1994 Bucaramanga[1] 10 (1)
1994–1995 Herediano
1995 Alianza
1995–1996 Guanacasteca
1996 Carmelita
National team
1983–1994 Costa Rica 46 (11)
Teams managed
2010 Sagrada Familia
2012 Herediano
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Claudio Miguel Jara Granados (born 6 May 1959) is a former Costa Rican football striker who played more than a decade for Herediano and participated in the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals.

Club career[edit]

Born in Heredia, Jara began playing football with local side Herediano. He made his debut in 1982, and became Herediano's all-time leading goal-scorer, with 98 league goals during his 11 years with the club.[2] He totalled 375 matches for the club.[3] He spent 15 seasons playing in the Costa Rican Primera División with Herediano, Alajuelense, Guanacasteca and Carmelita. In 1992, Jara left Herediano to sign with Alajuelense. A six-month spell with Colombian side Atlético Bucaramanga followed.[4]

In 1994, he returned to Heredia, but quickly moved to El Salvador to play one season with Alianza.[5] Next, he returned to Costa Rica and played for Guanacasteca[6] and Carmelita, retiring from football after suffering a serious knee injury in 1996.[7]

International career[edit]

He was part of the national team squad, that played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup held in Italy and featured in all four games played.[8] The striker made his debut for the Ticos in 1983 and collected 46 caps, scoring 11 goals.[9]

He played his final international on December 17, 1994 against Saudi Arabia.

Managerial career[edit]

After he retired from playing football, Jara became a football coach. He was appointed manager of Sagrada Familia in January 2010.[5] In December 2012 he resigned at Herediano after 4 months at the helm.[10]

Personal life[edit]

His brother Geovanny Jara played 422 matches for Herediano[3] and also played for the national team.


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