José Luis Garcés

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Garcés and the second or maternal family name is Rivera.
José Luis Garcés Rivera
Personal information
Full name José Luis Garcés Rivera
Date of birth (1981-05-09) May 9, 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Puerto Caimito, Panama
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Plaza Amador
Youth career
1991–1998 Ind. La Chorrera
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Ind. La Chorrera 25 (8)
2001 Sporting '89 12 (4)
2002–2003 Árabe Unido 29 (9)
2003–2005 San Francisco 67 (24)
2004 Grêmio
2005–2006 Nacional (loan) 15 (1)
2006–2007 Belenenses (loan) 12 (4)
2007–2008 CSKA Sofia 14 (3)
2008–2009 Académica 10 (1)
2009 Al-Ittifaq (loan) 1 (0)
2010 Árabe Unido
2011–2014 San Francisco 57 (12)
2014–2015 Tauro 24 (4)
2015– Plaza Amador
National team
2000–2009 Panama 32 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 30, 2008.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2015

José Luis Garcés Rivera (born 9 May 1981 in Puerto Caimito, La Chorrera) is a Panamanian footballer that currently plays for Panamanian Football League side Plaza Amador

Club career[edit]

At club level, Garcés plays in the striker position. Nicknamed el Pistolero, he played for clubs in Brazil,[1] Uruguay,[2] Bulgaria,[3] and Portugal[4] before he returned to Panama because he was not being paid in his club Académica de Coimbra.

Criminal charges[edit]

He later signed a loan deal with Arabian club Al-Ittifaq but later returned to Panama to play for Árabe Unido,[5] where he got arrested a couple of times[6] and in April 2011 spent time in jail. He was later released in July 2011 and signed with San Francisco, making his return to football during the CONCACAF Champions League match against Seattle Sounders.

In July 2012 Garcés was again sentenced to serve time in jail on appeal for the alleged assault in 2011 on a woman who subsequently lost her baby,[7] but in November 2012 he was again released after spending 5 months in prison.[8] In March 2013 he was reportedly targeted by armed men in Puerto Caimito but came out unharmed.[9]

In June 2014, Garcés joined Tauro,[10] who released him in June 2015.[11] He subsequently moved to Plaza Amador.[12]

International career[edit]

Garcés made his international debut for the Panama national football team in 2000 in a match against Canada and has earned a total of 32 caps, scoring 9 goals. He represented his country in 10 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[13] and played at the 2007[14] and 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[15]

His final international was a July 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against the United States.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 June 2003 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Cuba 2–0 2–0 Friendly match
2 28 January 2004 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 1–0 1–1 Friendly match
3 17 November 2004 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  El Salvador 3–0 3–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 26 March 2007 National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica  Jamaica 1–0 1–1 Friendly match
5 8 June 2007 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, United States  Honduras 3–1 3–2 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
6 10 June 2007 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, United States  Cuba 1–0 2–2 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
7 1 June 2008 Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, United States  Guatemala 1–0 1–0 Friendly match
8 4 June 2008 Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, United States  Canada 2–1 2–2 Friendly match
9 22 June 2008 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 1–0 1–3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification


CSKA Sofia
National team


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