José Carlos Chaves

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José Carlos Chaves
Personal information
Full name José Carlos Chaves Innecken
Date of birth (1958-09-03) 3 September 1958 (age 59)
Place of birth Atenas, Costa Rica
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Leftback or Midfielder
Youth career
1976–1977 Buchtell High School
1977–1980 Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1990 Alajuelense
1990–1992 Inter Bratislava 20 (1)
1992–1994 Herediano
National team
1988–1994 Costa Rica
Teams managed
1996–1999 Herediano (sporting director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 June 2014

José Carlos Chaves Innecken (born 3 September 1958 in Atenas) is a retired Costa Rican football player who played for Alajuelense.

Club career[edit]

After spending a year at a high school in Ohio and some time in the youth teams of Saprissa, Chaves joined Alajuelense in 1980[1] and moved abroad to play for Inter Bratislava in the Czechoslovak First League during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons. He returned to Costa Rica to win the 1992-93 league title with Herediano.[2]

International career[edit]

He was one of the eldest members of the national team squad, that played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup held in Italy.[3] Before the tournament, Chaves quit the national team since he was unhappy with coach Marvin Rodríguez, prompting de FA to replace Rodríguez by Bora Milutinovic who immediately recalled Chaves.[4]

The left-sided defender or defensive midfielder played his final international game on 27 March 1994 against Norway.

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Chaves became assistant coach at Alajuelense and then sporting director at Herediano.[5] In 2012, he became a director at Alajuelense junior league team.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Chaves is married to Lourdes González Rojas and they have three children.[1]


  1. ^ a b El mundialista ateniense Archived 2010-02-18 at the Wayback Machine. - Atenas Online (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Buzón de Rodrigo - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ José Carlos ChavesFIFA competition record
  4. ^ La decisión de Chaves Innecken - Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Solano fuera de Heredia - Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Liga llegó con tres bajas para el debut - Nación (in Spanish)

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