José Luis Soto

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José Luis Soto
Personal information
Full name José Luis Soto Quiróz
Date of birth (1932-09-13)September 13, 1932
Place of birth Alajuela, Costa Rica
Date of death February 11, 2006(2006-02-11) (aged 73)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1947–1949 Mosquito del Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1951 Moravia
1952–1953 Saprissa
1954–1956 Irapuato
1956–1958 Saprissa
1958 Alajuelense
1962–1963 FAS
1965 Atlético Marte
Español de Venezuela
National team
Costa Rica
Teams managed
Pérez Zeledón
Sagrada Familia
Santos de Guápiles
Unión Deportiva Tibaseña
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Luis Soto Quiróz (13 September 1932 – 11 February 2006) was a Costa Rican football player, who played as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Born in Alajuela, Soto played club football in Costa Rica, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela and Ecuador. He made his debut with Moravia in 1950.[1]

Soto signed with Mexican Primera División side Deportivo Irapuato in 1954.[2]

In 1958 he became Costa Rica Primera Division top goalscorer and was honoured athlete of the year. He won two league titles with Saprissa (1952 & 1953) and one with Alajuelense (1958).[1]

International career[edit]

Nicknamed Saningo, Soto represented his country in 4 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[3]

Managerial career[edit]

After he retired from playing, Soto became a football coach. He managed Cartaginés, Puriscal, Pérez Zeledón, Sagrada Familia, Golfito, Santos de Guápiles and Orión.[4]

He died, aged 73, in February 2006. He was survived by his wife and four children.[5]


  1. ^ a b Carrera deportiva de Saningo Soto - Nación (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Monge Meza, Jose Enrique (13 February 2006). "EL GRAN "SANINGO" SOTO DIJO ADIÓS" [The great "Saningo" Soto said goodbye] (in Spanish). La Nacion. Archived from the original on 16 January 2010.
  3. ^ José Luis SotoFIFA competition record
  4. ^ Quesada H., César Luis (23 June 2008). "Carrera deportiva de Saningo Soto" [Sports career of Saningo Soto] (in Spanish). La Nacion.
  5. ^ José Luis Soto Quirós: La última jugada de 'Saningo' - Nación (in Spanish)

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