Marvin Obando

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Obando and the second or maternal family name is Obando.
Marvin Obando
Personal information
Full name Marvin Obando Obando
Date of birth (1960-04-04) 4 April 1960 (age 56)
Place of birth Palmar Sur, Costa Rica
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Defender, Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1983 Herediano
1984 San Carlos
1985–1990 Herediano
1991 Cartaginés
1992 Saprissa
1992–1993 Herediano
1995 Herediano
1995–1997 Turrialba
1997–1998 Herediano
1998–1999 Ramonense
1999–2000 Municipal Puntarenas
Total 685 (70)
National team
1980–1994 Costa Rica 51 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marvin Obando Obando (born 4 April 1960 in Puntarenas Province) is a former Costa Rican football player who played most of his career for Herediano.

Born in Palmar Sur,[1] Obando served a total of 21 years in the Primera Division of Costa Rica, between 1979 and 2000, and participated in 685 football games, being the Costa Rican footballer the one most often played, beating for one game to Julio Fuller.[2] He scored 70 goals in the process.[3]

Club career[edit]

Obando holds the record as the most-capped player in the Costa Rican Primera División with 685 appearances. He made his professional debut on 22 July 1979 for Herediano against Municipal Puntarenas[1] and scored his first goal on 9 September 1979 against San José.[4] He played from 1979 to 2000 with Herediano, scoring 48 goals[5] for them in 480 matches,[6] San Carlos, Cartaginés, Saprissa, Ramonense, Turrialba and Municipal Puntarenas.[7]

International career[edit]

Obando made his debut for Costa Rica in a March 1980 friendly match against Honduras[4] and competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[8]

He was part of the national team squad, that played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup held in Italy.[9] The defender collected 51 caps, scoring 1 goal for the Tico's.[10]

He played his final international on January 19, 1994 against Norway.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 June 1980 Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica  Cuba 3–0 Friendly match

Managerial career[edit]

He has moved into the coaching side of the game currently coaching a 2nd division team in Costa Rica (Barrio Mexico). Also, he is now training a new soccer academy for kids of 14 years, called Buffalos Soccer Academy in Costa Rica. He works with Roberto Castro.

Personal life[edit]

He has two kids; a son who is also named Marvin and a Daughter named Paola.[11]

Marvin Jr. currently plays for Heredia in the Costa Rican 1st Division, he debuted with Heredia when he was 17 years old.


  1. ^ a b El arte de perseverar - Nación (Spanish)
  2. ^ Marvin Obando es el que disputó más partidos en Primera División - Nación (Spanish)
  3. ^ Un Obando dejó huella en el Team, el otro sigue sus pasos - Nación (Spanish)
  4. ^ a b El regreso de Obando - Nación (Spanish)
  5. ^ Goleadores del C. S. Herediano - Nación (Spanish)
  6. ^ En el Herediano el record se llama Germán Chavarría - UNAFUT (Spanish)
  7. ^ Rivera, Arnoldo (10 March 2012). "Marvin Obando, el dueño de la marca" [Marvin Obando, the owner of the record] (in Spanish). La Nacion. 
  8. ^ "Marvin Obando". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  9. ^ Marvin ObandoFIFA competition record
  10. ^ "Costa Rica - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  11. ^ Don Marvin pidió un “panta” de corduroy - Al Día (Spanish)

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