Javier Wanchope

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Javier Wanchope
Personal information
Full name Javier Vicente Wanchope Watson
Date of birth (1968-08-10) August 10, 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth , Costa Rica
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Herediano
1986 Curridabat
1991–1993 Nacional
1993 Defensor Sporting
1994–1997 Saprissa
1997–1998 Carmelita
1998–1999 Suchitepéquez
1999–2002 Santa Bárbara
National team
1989–1996 Costa Rica 9 (0)
Teams managed
2006 El Roble de Alajuela
2010–2011 Herediano (assistant)
2011 Turrialba
2012–2013 Panama U20
2013– Atlético Chiriquí
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Javier Vicente Wanchope Watson (born 10 August 1968) is a former Costa Rican football striker, who played most of his career with Deportivo Saprissa.[1] He is the current manager of Panamanian club Atlético Chiriquí.

He was the second famous Wanchope soccer player to emerge in Costa Rica, after his dad Vicente, who played in the 1950s and 1960 with Herediano and Limonense.[2] His younger brother is international soccer forward Paulo Wanchope, and his uncle is current coach and former player Carlos Watson.

Club career[edit]

Javier began his career with Herediano, a team where all his soccer playing family members have played. He was transferred to Club Nacional de Football, where he played for 2 years in the Primera Division Uruguaya. He also played for Defensor Sporting. His style of playing was similar to his brother Paulo's, and was projecting himself to a successful international career when a knee injury cut his career short, and almost ended it before it even started. He returned to his country to play with Deportivo Saprissa, where he won two national championships, as well as two CONCACAF Champions Cups. He was an excellent scorer for Saprissa. He later had spells at Carmelita and Guatemalan side Suchitepéquez before finishing his career at Santa Bárbara.[3]

International career[edit]

He played with his national team, during two World Cup qualifiers, and was part of the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship held in China, the first FIFA World Cup tournament where Costa Rica ever appeared.[4]

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring, Wanchope became manager at second division El Roble and assistant manager at Herediano in 2010 alongside Marvin Obando.[5] In summer 2011 he took charge of Turrialba.[6]


He became coach of the Panama national under-20 football team in April 2012[7] and in June 2013 took the reins at Panamanian outfit Atlético Chiriquí after "Cholito" Méndez resigned.[8] With Chiriquí he won promotion to Panama's top tier in 2014.[9]


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