Pablo Chinchilla

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Pablo Chinchilla
Pablo Chinchilla - LASK Linz (hoch).jpg
Personal information
Full name Pablo Chinchilla Vega
Date of birth (1978-12-21) December 21, 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Escazú, Costa Rica
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
FC Koblach (player-manager)
Youth career
1997–1998 Rheindorf Altach (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Alajuelense 179 (8)
2005 Los Angeles Galaxy 19 (1)
2005–2006 Alajuelense 8 (0)
2006–2008 Rheindorf Altach 64 (2)
2008 Liberia Mía 10 (1)
2009–2011 LASK Linz 53 (3)
2011–2013 SV Lochau
2013–present FC Koblach
National team
1999–2008 Costa Rica 39 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2010.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 April 2009

Pablo Chinchilla Vega (born December 21, 1978 in Escazú)[1] is a Costa Rican footballer who currently is the player-manager of Austrian lower league side FC Koblach.



Chinchilla began his career in the youth system of Primera División de Costa Rica team Alajuelense. He was loaned to Austrian side Altach for a season[2] before summoned back by Liga[3] and he eventually graduated to their senior side making his professional debut for them on 15 August 1999 against Carmelita. He then scored his first goal on 12 September 1999 against San Carlos.[1] After five years with the Rojinegros, during which time he won the 2004 CONCACAF Champions' Cup, he joined Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer prior to the 2005 season. His stay in the USA was largely unsuccessful and he returned to Alajuelense after just one season.

In summer 2006 Chinchilla rejoined Austrian club SC Rheindorf Altach,[4] and spent two years playing with them in the Austrian Football Bundesliga. After a brief spell back home in Costa Rica at Liberia Mía[5] Chinchilla returned to Austria by signing with LASK Linz in January 2009.[6] He went amateur when he joined lower league side Lochau.

In summer 2013, Chinchilla left Lochau and moved to Austrian Landesklasse side Koblach to become player manager[7] and extended his contract with a year in March 2014.[8]


At junior level, Chinchilla played at the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship and the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship.[9]

He made his debut for Costa Rica in a November 1999 friendly match against Slovakia and earned a total of 39 caps, scoring 1 goal.[10] He was a late addition to their 2002 World Cup squad, replacing the injured Reynaldo Parks[11] and represented his country at the 2003 UNCAF Nations Cup[12] as well as at the 2000[13] and 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[14] He was a non-playing squad member at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[15]

His final international was a February 2008 friendly game against Jamaica.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 November 2002 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador  Ecuador 1–0 2–2 Friendly match


Los Angeles Galaxy


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