Jorge Hernán Monge

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Jorge Hernán Monge
Personal information
Full name Jorge Hernán Monge Mora
Date of birth (1938-02-14) February 14, 1938 (age 80)
Place of birth Desamparados, Costa Rica
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1951–1953 Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1967 Saprissa 136 (93)
National team
1955–1961 Costa Rica[1] 26 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jorge Hernán Monge Mora (born 14 February 1938) is a former Costa Rican football player. He is still considered in his country as one of the top strikers ever to have played the game.[2]

Club career[edit]

Better known as Cuty, he debuted with Saprissa at the young age of 15. He was part of the Deportivo Saprissa team that went on a World Tour in 1959, becoming the first Latin American team to ever do such a trip. Cuty was the top goal scorer of Deportivo Saprissa during the 50s and beginnings of the 60s.

Cuty won a total of 6 Costa Rican national championships, and was the best goal scorer in several seasons. He still holds the Costa Rican record for most goals scored by a player in a single game, with 6, in 1958 against Club Sport La Libertad.[2]

His career was cut short in 1968, when injuries caused by a car accident forced him to retire. He was only 28 when he quit the fields.[2] He played 136 league games, scoring 93 goals for Saprissa.[3]

International career[edit]

During those years, he played the same role in Costa Rica's national squad, team where he played his first game being just 16 years old. In 27 matches, he scored 23 goals, and is still in the top 5 among the best scorers in the Costa Rica national football team.[4] He played in the qualifying rounds of the 1962 FIFA World Cup[5] and was part of the so-called Chaparritos de Oro team that ended 3rd in the 1956 Panamerican Championship.[6]

Legacy[edit]

The football stadium in his hometown of Desamparados was named in his honour.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jorge Hernán "Cuty" Monge - Goals in International Matches
  2. ^ a b c "JORGE HERNAN "CUTY" MONGE MORA". Salón de la Fama del Deporte Costarricense. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  3. ^ A las puertas del club de los grandes goleadores - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Costa Rica - Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  5. ^ Jorge Hernan MongeFIFA competition record
  6. ^ Los Chaparritos de Oro en 1956 - Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Brujas no podrá usar el Cuty Monge - Nación (in Spanish)