Erick Lonnis

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Erick Lonnis
Personal information
Full name Erick Lonnis Bolaños
Date of birth (1965-09-09) September 9, 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Turrialba
1990–1991 Cartaginés 19
1992–1993 Carmelita 63
1993–2003 Saprissa 362
National team
1992–2002 Costa Rica 76 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Erick Lonnis Bolaños (born 9 September 1965 in San José[1]) is a retired Costa Rican football goalkeeper who played during the 1990s and early 2000s.

Club career[edit]

Lonnis made his debut in the Costa Rica Premier Division for Cartaginés on 22 July 1990 against Herediano and also played for Carmelita.[2] He however played the majority of his career for Deportivo Saprissa,[3] where he reached local stardom, becoming one of the most emblematic figures for the fans, either as Saprissa's or Costa Rica's national squad goalkeeper. He was the captain for Saprissa during several seasons, where he won four national championships, as well as two CONCACAF Champions Cup in 1993 and 1995. He totalled 362 games for the club.[4]

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Costa Rica in a December 1992 FIFA World Cup qualification match against St Vincent & the Grenadines and earned a total of 76 caps, scoring no goals. He holds the record for the goalkeeper with the most appearances for the senior Costa Rica national football team.[1][5] He represented his country in 9 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and was the captain of Costa Rica's team that played the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in Korea and Japan,[6] where he reaffirmed the leadership and excellent reflexes that characterized him through all his career. He also played at the 1993,[7] 1995,[8] 1997,[9] 1999[10] and 2001 UNCAF Nations Cups[11] as well as at the 1993,[12] 1998[13] and 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cups[14] and the 1997[15] and 2001 Copa América[16] tournaments.

His final international was the final 2002 World Cup match against Brazil.


After retiring in April 2003 due to injury,[17] Lonnis became the assistant of Costa Rica's national squad, due to his vast experience as a player and his leadership. On May 7 officially turned down Carmelita's offer to be their head coach.

Personal life[edit]

Lonnis married former beauty queen Tatiana Bolaños in 2002[18] but they later separated. However, their first child, daughter Isabella, was born in July 2013.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Figuras del Ayer: Érick Lonnis". UNAFUT. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
  2. ^ 2002 World Cup profile - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Me voy" • Lonnis dejará el futbol en mayo, cansado por lo vivido en los últimos días - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Lonnis se marchó dejando un record difícil de romper Archived 2015-01-04 at the Wayback Machine - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Appearances for Costa Rica National Team Archived July 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  6. ^ Erick LonnisFIFA competition record
  7. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1993 - RSSSF
  8. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1995 Archived May 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  9. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1997 - RSSSF
  10. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1999 - RSSSF
  11. ^ Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2001 - Details Archived October 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  12. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1993 - Full Details - RSSSF
  13. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1998 - Full Details Archived June 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  14. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2002 - Full Details Archived 2010-01-17 at WebCite - RSSSF
  15. ^ Copa América 1997 - RSSSF
  16. ^ Copa América 2001 Archived October 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  17. ^ Portero mundialista Erick Lonnis de Corea y Japón anuncia retiro - Nación (in Spanish)
  18. ^ Boda sin anuncios - Nación (in Spanish)
  19. ^ Ayer nació Isabella, fruto de su relación con Tatiana Bolaños Erick Lonis se convierte en papá por primera vez - Nación (in Spanish)

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