Mauricio Montero

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Mauricio Montero
Personal information
Full name Mauricio Antonio de la Trinidad
Montero Chinchilla
Date of birth (1963-10-19) 19 October 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Grecia, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1987 Ramonense 148
1987–1998 Alajuelense 408
Total 556
National team
1985–1996 Costa Rica 56 (3)
Teams managed
2001 Belén (assistant)
2003–2004 Municipal Grecia
2004–2005 Alajuelense (assistant)
2005–2007 Municipal Grecia
2007–2008 Carmelita
2010–2013 Alajuelense (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mauricio Antonio Montero Chinchilla (born 19 October 1963 in Costa Rica[1]) is a retired Costa Rican footballer.

Playing career[edit]


Montero came through the youth ranks of Ramonense and debuted for the senior team in 1980. He moved to Alajuelense in 1987 and retired on 15 September 1998 after a game against Atlético Bucaramanga.[2] During that match, Alajuelense retired his #20 jersey that he had used throughout his tenure with the club. Montero, however, did not exclusively use #20 during his Alajuelense tenure as he used #12 on occasion between 1990 and 1991, and #3 (belonging to fellow defender Hernán Fernando Sossa) at least once during the 1990-91 season—Montero himself mentioned that he did this out of need due to the actual #20 shirts not being readily available. He totalled 556 league games,[3] 408 of them for Alajuelense.[4]

The nickname El Chunche ('The thing') comes from his answer to what he would buy with a prize he had won. He answered 'Voy a comprarme un chunche' ('I will buy a thing') meaning he would like to buy a vehicle (Costa Ricans use the word "chunche" to refer to pretty much anything). He is one of the most charismatic soccer players in Costa Rica. He is the creator of El tiro del zoncho (The Vulture Shot), popular known play in which Montero headed to goal line, dribbled goalkeeper and shot powerfully above large pole of goal line approximately by 6 feet length from scoring line, the term derives of exaggeration popular told happening that the ball smashed a vulture, bringing it to ground.


Nicknamed El Chunche ('The Thing'), Montero made his debut for Costa Rica in 1985 and was part of the squad, that played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup held in Italy, and featured in all four games played.[5] The defender collected 56 caps, scoring 3 goals[6] He also represented his country at the 1991 and 1995 UNCAF Nations Cups as well as at the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[7]

He played his final international on June 5, 1996 against Canada.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 November 1991 Irving Stadium, Dallas, United States  United States 1–1 1–1 Friendly match
2. 27 May 1992 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica  Ecuador 2–1 Friendly match
3. 4 March 1992 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica  El Salvador 1–0 2–0 Friendly match

Managerial career[edit]

A few years after his retirement, Montero became assistant to manager Oscar Ramírez at Belén,[8] then coach with Municipal Grecia in the second division.[9][10] After two seasons there, he became assistant head coach in his beloved team, Alajuelense and gained the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 2004 and the national tournament in 2005. He was the coach of Carmelita from 2007[11] to October 2008.[12] He returned to Alajuelense to become the first coach assistant, again under Oscar Ramírez' management.[2] He was dismissed in August 2013[13] and put in charge of the club's U-15 team.[14]

He was a commentator for Canal 7 Teletica Deportes during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Montero is married to Luxinia Ávila and they have three children.[16]


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