Júnior Díaz

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Júnior Díaz
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Personal information
Full name Júnior Enrique Díaz Campbell
Date of birth (1983-09-12) 12 September 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Heredia, Costa Rica
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
SV Darmstadt 98
Number 15
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Herediano 129 (10)
2008–2010 Wisła Kraków 66 (5)
2010–2012 Club Brugge 13 (0)
2011–2012 Wisła Kraków (loan) 20 (1)
2012–2015 FSV Mainz 57 (2)
2015– Darmstadt 98 0 (0)
National team
2002 Costa Rica U20 6 (0)
2003–2004 Costa Rica U23 17 (4)
2003– Costa Rica 70 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 July 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Díaz and the second or maternal family name is Campbell.

Júnior Enrique Díaz Campbell (born 12 September 1983) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for SV Darmstadt 98 and the Costa Rica national team. At a top speed of 33.8 kph, he was deemed by FIFA as the fastest player of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Heredia, Costa Rica,[2] Díaz started his career at local side Herediano before moving abroad to join Polish side Wisła Kraków in January 2008.[3] He moved on to Belgian club Club Brugge in September 2010[4] and was snapped up by German Bundesliga outfit FSV Mainz in summer 2012.[5]

In 2015, after three years in Mainz, Díaz joined Darmstadt 98, a newly promoted team for the 2015–16 season.[6]

International career[edit]

Júnior Díaz made his first appearance for the senior Costa Rica national football team in a friendly against China on 7 September 2003.[7] Díaz made one appearance at Copa América 2004, entering as a second-half substitute against Chile.[8] He appeared in all four matches as Costa Rica won the UNCAF Nations Cup 2005 tournament.[9] Díaz also appeared in one match at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup finals.[10]

Díaz was a member of the Costa Rica national football team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 15 October 2008 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San José, Costa Rica  Haiti 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

He is a son of former Costa Rican national team footballer Enrique Díaz and Yamileth Campbell, who divorced when he was 12. He has two brothers, Jefferson and Reydel.[2]

Honours[edit]

Wisła Kraków
International

UNCAF Nations Cup: 2005

Statistics[edit]

(correct as of 8 July 2013)
Club Season League Domestic League Domestic Cups Continental Cups Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Herediano 2003–04 Primera División 36[11] 1 36 1
2004–05 16 1 4 0 20 1
2005–06 26 3 26 3
2006–07 33 2 33 2
Apertura 2007 18 3 18 3
Total 129 10 4 0 133 10
Wisła Kraków 2007–08 Ekstraklasa 7 1 9 0 16 1
2008–09 28 2 5 2 5 1 38 5
2009–10 27 2 5 1 2 0 34 3
2010–11 4 0 0 0 3 1 7 1
Club Brugge 2010–11 Pro League 13 0 0 0 4 0 17 0
Wisła Kraków 2011–12 Ekstraklasa 20 1 4 0 12 0 36 1
Total 86 6 23 3 22 2 131 11
1. FSV Mainz 05 2012–13 Bundesliga 18 1 3 0 21 1
2013–14 20 0 0 0 20 0
2014–15 19 1 1 0 20 1
Total 57 2 4 0 61 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Junior Díaz: la madurez marcó el rumbo de un niño con convicción - Nación (Spanish)
  3. ^ Junior jugará en Polonia - Nación (Spanish)
  4. ^ Junior Díaz jugará en la liga belga - Nación (Spanish)
  5. ^ Díaz se abre paso en la Bundesliga alemana - Nación (Spanish)
  6. ^ "Costa-ricanischer Nationalspieler Júnior Díaz unterschreibt bei den Lilien". Darmstadt 98 (German). Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Cazal, Jean-Michel (2 February 2005). "2003 Matches Intercontinental". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Tabeira, Martín (6 December 2012). "Copa América 2004". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Courtney, Barrie (2 March 2005). "Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2005 - Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Courtney, Barrie; Saaid, Hamdan (30 July 2005). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Doesn't include these matches:
    22 February 2004 Herediano – Guanacasteca 2–0
    29 February 2004 Herediano – Saprissa 1–2
    28 April 2004 Herediano – Alajuelense 2–0

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