Jacques in 2015
|Full name||Odir Jacques Ferreira|
|Date of birth||April 2, 1946|
|Place of birth||Cantagalo, Brazil|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Before moving to Costa Rica, Jacques Ferreira started at Bangu in Brazil's Carioca League, then played for several years in El Salvador with Club Deportivo FAS. Although he failed to win any trophys in his time with FAS, he did help them to reach the championship final for three consecutive seasons in 1967/68, 1969 and 1970. He was very well known and popular with the clubs supporters as he was a very effective and consistent striker. In his few years in El Salvador he scored a total of 126 goals, and is currently still listed as one of the highest goalscorers of all time. He holds a scoring record still remaining untouched, scoring 30 goals in 36 games in 1968 with Alianza.
From FAS, Ferreira moved to Saprissa, where he won several national championships, including the famous six consecutive championships won by Saprissa from 1972 to 1977, a record both in Costa Rica as well as in the American continent. He also played with Alajuelense and Herediano, before retiring at age 33.
Jacques was an excellent goal scorer, very quick and gifted, with great skills for shooting especially free kicks. He is always remembered by Saprissa's fans, because of his unique talents.
He was the best goal scorer in the 1972 Costa Rica's first division tournament, in which he scored 18 goals. He scored 5 goals in one game against Puntarenas in May 1972. He totalled 82 goals in the Costa Rican top tier.
He is considered by many experts, as the best foreigner to ever play in the Costa Rica's first division.
After retiring, he began a very successful coaching career in Costa Rica, where he managed the three most important teams in the country, Deportivo Saprissa, Alajuelense and Herediano, becoming the only person to win a championship as a player and as a coach at the same time with Herediano in 1978. He won 3 championships with Herediano and 1 championship with Alajuelense under his coaching tenure. He also coached the Costa Rica's national squad in 1985. As a coach, he discovered Costa Rica national team player greats such as Oscar Ramirez, Rolando Fonseca and Mauricio Wright among others. He had a spell again in El Salvador with FAS whom he joined in June 2000 before returning to Costa Rica where he was dismissed by Municipal Liberia in March 2005.
In January 2006 he moved to El Salvador again to take charge at Alianza. He retook the reigns at Herediano in March 2012, left them for Cartaginés in August 2012 and coached them into the middle of 2013. Later that year he coached Perez Zeledón in the playoffs.Odir Jacques es el nuevo técnico de Pérez Zeledón – Nación (in Spanish)</ref> but on already in May 2013 after only 4 games in the dug out.
Jacques is the manager who led Herediano during the most matches, 234 in total and is the winningest coach in Herediano´s history leading the red and yellow squad to an unprecedented 5 championships(most by any coach in the franchise history).
He met his wife Ana Cecilia in El Salvador and they have three children.
- El brasileño que marcó huella en cuatro años – La Prensa Gráfica (in Spanish)
- Logró galardones en 1978, 1981 y 1985 Odir Jacques está a un título de igualar récord florense (Bio) – Nación (in Spanish)
- Coto Cover, Gerardo. "Costa Rica – List of Topscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved May 13, 2009.
- Marca goleadora – Nación (in Spanish)
- Odir Jacques, nuevo técnico de FAS – El Diario de Hoy (in Spanish)
- Sustituye a Odir Jacques Liberia confía su futuro a Flores – Nación (in Spanish)
- Odir en El Salvador – Nación (in Spanish)
- Odir Jacques es el nuevo técnico de Herediano – Nación (in Spanish)
- Fichaje de novela pone a Odir en el Cartaginés Jacques sustituirá a Johnny Chaves, quien fue removido del banquillo azul – Nación (in Spanish)
- Odir Jacques fuera del Cartaginés – Nación (in Spanish)
- Éxito y fracaso: Marvin Solano y Odir Jacques cambian de bando – Nación (in Spanish)
- Odir Jacques maneja el timón histórico del Herediano – UNAFUT (in Spanish)