|Full name||Claudio Miguel Jara Granados|
|Date of birth||6 May 1959|
|Place of birth||Heredia, Costa Rica|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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. He totalled 375 matches for the club. 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.
In 1994, he returned to Heredia, but quickly moved to El Salvador to play one season with Alianza. Next, he returned to Costa Rica and played for Guanacasteca and Carmelita, retiring from football after suffering a serious knee injury in 1996.
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. The striker made his debut for the Ticos in 1983 and collected 46 caps, scoring 11 goals.
He played his final international on December 17, 1994 against Saudi Arabia.
After he retired from playing football, Jara became a football coach. He was appointed manager of Sagrada Familia in January 2010. In December 2012 he resigned at Herediano after 4 months at the helm.
- Statistics at Golgolgol.net
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- Retana Cuendis, Pedro (9 January 2010). "El máximo goleador de la historia del Herediano debuta hoy en el banquillo del equipo sagradeño ante el campeón Barrio México" [The top goal-scorer in the history of Herediano debuts on the bench of Sagrada Familia against the champion ante Barrio México] (in Spanish). Diario Extra. Archived from the original on 2012-02-29.
- Guanacasteca del torneo 1995-1996 - Nación (Spanish)
- Hernández Cerdas, Kenneth (20 July 2011). "Nunca me hicieron despedida" [I never did bounce] (in Spanish). Al Día.
- Claudio Jara – FIFA competition record
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