Jose Francisco Porras in August 2007
|Full name||José Francisco Porras Hidalgo|
|Date of birth||November 8, 1970|
|Place of birth||Grecia, Alajuela, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|1987||Costa Rica U17|
|1989||Costa Rica U20|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 June 2006.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:53, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
Currently, he is the technical secretary at Saprissa.
Porras made his debut in Costa Rica's Primera División for Herediano on 3 February 1991 against Guanacasteca and conceded his first league goal three days later against Saprissa. He played for Belén, Puntarenas and Carmelita during the 90s, before joining Saprissa in 1996. He returned to Carmelita in 2000 but rejoined Saprissa in 2002.
Porras spent several years on Saprissa's bench before being given his opportunity to shine. However, because Erick Lonnis, the star goalkeeper for Saprissa and Costa Rica, was at the pinnacle of his career, Porras had to patiently wait for his chance. After Lonnis's retirement, Porras managed to establish himself in both Saprissa's and the national team's goal. With Saprissa, he won three national championships, a UNCAF Cup and a CONCACAF Champions Cup title. With Porras in goal, Saprissa finished third in the FIFA Club World Championship 2005, behind São Paulo and Liverpool. He ended up playing 213 games for Saprissa.
In January 2009, Porras announced his retirement at the end of the 2009 Verano season. He won 9 league titles during his career, 8 with Saprissa and 1 with Herediano.
He made his senior debut for Costa Rica in a June 2004 friendly match against Nicaragua and earned a total of 33 caps, scoring no goals. He represented his country in 7 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup after being named in coach Alexandre Guimarães's squad. He also played at the 2005 and 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup, as well as at the 2005 and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cups and the 2004 Copa América.
Porras is a son of Naín Porras and Edith Hidalgo. He is married to Karla Sánchez and they have a daughter, Karol Sofía.
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- José Porras – FIFA competition record
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- Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2005 - Details - RSSSF
- Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2007 - Details - RSSSF
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- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 - Full Details - RSSSF
- Copa América 2004 - RSSSF
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- José Porras at National-Football-Teams.com