Geovanny Jara

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Geovanny Jara
Personal information
Full name Geovanny Jara Granados
Date of birth (1967-07-20) July 20, 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–2004 Herediano 422
2004 Puntarenas
2005 Belén
2005–2006 Ramonense
National team
1990–2002 Costa Rica 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Geovanny Jara Granados (born July 20, 1967 in Puntarenas) is a former Costa Rican football player.

Club career[edit]


Jara made his debut for Herediano and played 422 league matches for them, a club record behind Germán Chavarría and Marvin Obando.[1] He totalled 452 matches including cup and international games.[2] In summer 2004 he left the club after 18 seasons after only being offered a six-month contract extension.[3] In 2008 Jara sued Herediano for outstanding payments and interests.[4]

He was dismissed by Puntarenas in November 2004 [5] and joined Belén in January 2005[6] only to move on to Ramonense later that year.[7]

In October 2002, he was reported as the most sent off-player of the Costa Rican league since 1970 with 23 expulsions.[8]

International career[edit]

He was part of the national team squad, that played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup[9] held in Italy but he did not play in any game, reportedly because he was dating the Italian daughter of the owner of the hotel where they stayed and who tempted him to go out at night.[10] He made his debut in a May 1990 Marlboro Cup match against Poland and collected 11 caps, scoring no goals for the Ticos. He played his final international on March 27, 2002 against Morocco, averaging only 1 international per year.[11] Jara also represented Costa Rica at the 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup[12] as well as in the 1997 Copa América, playing against Colombia on June 16, 1997.[13]

Also, he featured in the Costa Rica squad in the 1992 FIFA Futsal World Championship.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He is a son of Miriam Granados and brother of Herediano and national team hero Claudio Jara.


  1. ^ En el Herediano el record se llama Germán Chavarría - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Los inmortales de la alineación florense - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Geovanny Jara fuera de Heredia - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ No habrá partidos para el Herediano - Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Puntarenas hizo purga - Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ ¡Que ruede el balón! Equipos movieron sus fichas para el inicio del Clausura - Al Día (in Spanish)
  7. ^ ¿Quién puede ayudarlos? - Al Día (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Con más expulsiones - Nación (in Spanish)
  9. ^ a b Geovanny JaraFIFA competition record
  10. ^ Geovanny Jara no jugó en Italia 90 por una chica - Al Día (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Courtney, Barrie. "Costa Rica - Details International Matches 1993-2003". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  12. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1999 - RSSSF
  13. ^ Tabeira, Martín (2007-08-02). "Copa América 1997". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 

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