Max Villalobos

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Max Villalobos
Personal information
Full name Maximiliano Villalobos Miranda
Date of birth (1928-01-26) 26 January 1928 (age 89)
Place of birth Heredia, Costa Rica
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1949 Herediano
1949–1952 Universidad de Bogotá[1] 83 (0)
1953 Cúcuta Deportivo[2] 19 (0)
1955–1955 Herediano
1955–1968 Irapuato
National team
1955 Costa Rica 6 (0)
Teams managed
1969 Irapuato
1973 Deportivo México
1983 Alajuelense
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Maximiliano Villalobos Miranda (born 26 January 1928) is a Costa Rican former footballer who played professionally in the Colombian Professional Football League and Mexican Primera División. He also represented Costa Rica at international level.



Born in Heredia, Villalobos played as a defender. He began his career with Herediano, making his Costa Rican Primera División debut in 1947. He helped the club win three titles, two of them in his first stint with the club.[3]

Villalobos began playing professional football in Colombia with Universidad de Bogotá in 1949. After three seasons with Universidad, he joined Cúcuta Deportivo for one season before returning to Herediano.[3]

Villalobos would sign with Mexican Primera División side Deportivo Irapuato in 1955.[4] He would play with Irapuato for 13 seasons, becoming an important part of the team for over a decade.[5]


Villalobos made six appearances for the Costa Rica national football team, captaining the side to the 1955 CCCF Championship title.[3]


After he retired from playing, Villalobos became a football coach. He led Deportivo Irapuato a few months after finishing playing for the club. He was manager of Deportivo México in 1973[6] and he also led L.D. Alajuelense during the 1983 season, unexpectedly leaving while the club led the league with 14 matches remaining.[7] He retired in 1983.

Personal life[edit]

Villalobos is married to Colombian Ligia Castañeda. They have 2 daughters and a son.[8]


  1. ^ Universidad statistics[permanent dead link] @
  2. ^ Cúcuta statistics @
  3. ^ a b c Calvo C., Rodrigo (17 January 2004). "Max Villalobos fue ídolo en Irapuato" [Max Villalobos was an idol in Irapuato] (in Spanish). La Nacion. 
  4. ^ "Max Villalobos se Ira para Mexico" [Max Villalobos to Ira in Mexico] (in Spanish). La Nacion. 1 October 1955. 
  5. ^ "Max Villalobos, una de las principales figuras del Irapuato de Mexico" [Max Villalobos, one of the principal figures in Irapuato of Mexico] (in Spanish). La Nacion. 26 February 1962. 
  6. ^ DEPORTIVO MÉXICO DE 1970 A 1973 - Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Rivera J., Arnoldo (9 December 2011). "Soto toca a la puerta de un club de privilegiados" [Soto knocks on the door of a privileged club] (in Spanish). La Nacion. 
  8. ^ Max en corto - Nación (in Spanish)