|Full name||Pablo César Wanchope Watson|
|Date of birth||31 July 1976|
|Place of birth||Heredia, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|1999–2000||West Ham United||35||(12)|
|2010–2014||Costa Rica (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Paulo César Wanchope Watson (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpawlo wanˈtʃope]; born 31 July 1976), more commonly known as Paulo Wanchope, is a Costa Rican former professional footballer and former head coach of the Costa Rica national football team.
Wanchope is the second most prolific goalscorer in the history of the Costa Rica national football team, behind Rolando Fonseca, with 45 goals in 73 international matches. Having scored against Brazil in 2002 and a brace against Germany in 2006, Wanchope is the top goalscorer for Costa Rica in the FIFA World Cup, a record he shares with Rónald Gómez.
Wanchope marked his debut for Derby on 5 April 1997 with a memorable goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford, beating four United players before slotting past Peter Schmeichel during a 3–2 win – the goal was later voted the greatest in the club's history by the Derby fans as part of the club's 125th Anniversary Celebrations.
He scored 13 league goals in 1997–98 as Derby finished ninth – their highest finish since 1989 – and helped them go one better in 1998–99 when his nine goals that season helped the Rams finish eighth.
West Ham United
Wanchope made his debut for West Ham on 28 July 1999, at Upton Park, against Heerenveen in the Intertoto Cup. His first West Ham goal came on 4 August 1999 in the away leg of the same tie. He scored 15 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions; his final game coming on 14 May 2000, at home to Leeds United. During his one year at Upton Park Wanchope formed a deadly partnership with Paolo Di Canio, the two scored a combined 31 league goals in the 1999–2000 season, and West Ham finished 9th in the Premier League, putting them in the top nine for the third consecutive season. He was eventually sold to Manchester City at the start of the 2000–01 season, following the arrivals of Davor Šuker and Frédéric Kanouté, for a fee of £3.65million.
On 23 August 2000 he scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 win against Sunderland. Wanchope earned a starting position at Manchester City, but was unable to help them avoid immediate relegation back to Division One at the end of the 2000–01 season, despite scoring nine league goals.
The following season was a mixed one for Wanchope. Despite missing large chunks of it through injury, he still managed 12 goals in just 15 games and often showed his best form. After City's return to the top flight as Division One champions he played almost no part, with injury once again keeping him on the sidelines – he missed the entire 2002–03 season.
However, he returned to play a vital part at the end of 2003–04 and scored some vital goals to help avoid relegation, including the winning goal against Newcastle United, which effectively made City safe. He managed six goals from 22 league games that campaign. 
In 2005, ESPN declared Wanchope's goal against Numancia the best of the entire 2004–05 Spanish First Division. In 2006, following the World Cup in Germany and short but successful stints with Al-Gharafa in Qatar and Herediano in his native Costa Rica, he signed with Argentine club Rosario Central, scoring five goals in 14 games.
On 29 December 2006, J1 League club FC Tokyo announced the acquisition of Wanchope on a transfer from Rosario Central. Along with local prospect Sota Hirayama, Wanchope allowed FC Tokyo to utilise a pair of large (190 cm+) strikers. He was released by FC Tokyo and subsequently signed a one-year deal with MLS team Chicago Fire.
On 16 November 2007, after a 13-year career in football, Wanchope decided to put an end to his career, primarily based on how his old knee injury was affecting his performance on the field, the same injury that made him lose large parts of his career with Manchester City, making him unable to reach his best physical shape, an argument that was commonly criticized by the press during recent years in every club he played for. At his retirement press conference he manifested his interest in becoming a professional coach, looking forward to accomplishing it in England.
Wanchope would become hugely important to the senior Costa Rica national team, after making his debut in an October 1996 friendly match against Venezuela and playing for the team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and several Gold Cups. On 8 October 2005, Wanchope became the all-time leading goal scorer for Los Ticos when he scored the first goal in a home win over the USA in the qualifying match that sent Los Ticos to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Wanchope has twenty plus World Cup qualifier goals to his name.
On 9 June 2006, he scored twice in the opening game of the 2006 World Cup, a 4–2 loss to Germany. These two goals made Wanchope the inaugural Costa Rican to score twice in one World Cup match, and put him alongside Rónald Gómez as the sole Costa Ricans ever to score more than one World Cup goal. After the defeat to Germany, Costa Rica were defeated by both Ecuador and Poland. Thus Costa Rica finished last in their group and failed to qualify for the second round. Wanchope played his last game for his country in January 2008 when Sweden had come to visit Costa Rica. He played 25 minutes and then he was substituted.
He managed Club Sport Herediano from 2008 to 2009. He resigned citing that the team's performance was low, and that he wanted to further his studies in England. Having left Herediano, he expressed his dissatisfaction with the administration of the club.
On 12 August 2015, Wanchope resigned as manager of Costa Rica's national team following a post-match brawl with a steward.
Wanchope is a son of Costa Rican former international striker Vicente Wanchope and Patricia Watson and both his brothers, Javier and Carlos, also played for the national team. He is married to Brenda Carballo and they have a son and daughter.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Derby County||1996–97||Premier League||5||1||0||0||0||0||—||5||1|
|West Ham United||1999–2000||Premier League||35||12||1||0||3||0||8||3||47||15|
|Manchester City||2000–01||Premier League||27||9||1||0||3||1||—||31||10|
|Al-Gharafa||2005–06||Qatar Stars League||6||1||—||6||1|
|Rosario Central||2006–07||Primera División||14||5||—||—||14||5|
|FC Tokyo||2007||J1 League||12||2||—||4||1||—||16||3|
|Chicago Fire||2007||Major League Soccer||12||2||0||0||1||0||—||13||2|
- Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Wanchope goal.
|1||1 December 1996||San José, Costa Rica||United States||2–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||21 December 1996||Cartago, Costa Rica||Trinidad and Tobago||2–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||9 March 1997||San José, Costa Rica||Cameroon||5–0||Friendly|
|7||11 May 1997||San José, Costa Rica||Jamaica||3–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9||9 November 1997||Mexico DF, Mexico||Mexico||3–3||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10||4 February 1998||Oakland, United States||Cuba||7–2||1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|14||17 March 1999||San José, Costa Rica||Belize||7–0||1999 UNCAF Nations Cup|
|15||28 March 1999||San José, Costa Rica||El Salvador||4–0||1999 UNCAF Nations Cup|
|16||17 February 2000||Los Angeles, United States||South Korea||2–2||2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|17||20 February 2000||San Diego, United States||Trinidad and Tobago||1–2||2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup (goal contested with W Sunsing)|
|18||1 July 2000||Alajuela, Costa Rica||Panama||5–1||Friendly|
|19||9 July 2000||San José, Costa Rica||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||7–1||Friendly|
|21||15 August 2000||Alajuela, Costa Rica||Guatemala||2–1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|23||6 January 2001||Miami, United States||Guatemala||5–2||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|24||28 March 2001||Alajuela, Costa Rica||Trinidad and Tobago||3–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|26||20 June 2001||Alajuela, Costa Rica||Jamaica||2–1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|27||1 July 2001||Tegucigalpa, Honduras||Honduras||3–2||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|28||13 July 2001||Medellín, Colombia||Honduras||1–0||2001 Copa América|
|29||16 July 2001||Medellín, Colombia||Uruguay||1–1||2001 Copa América|
|30||19 July 2001||Medellín, Colombia||Bolivia||4–0||2001 Copa América|
|32||22 July 2001||Armenia, Colombia||Uruguay||1–2||2001 Copa América|
|33||30 January 2002||Pasadena, United States||South Korea||3–1||2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|35||13 June 2002||Suwon, South Korea||Brazil||2–5||2002 FIFA World Cup|
|36||8 September 2004||San José, Costa Rica||Canada||1–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|37||9 October 2004||San José, Costa Rica||Guatemala||5–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|40||13 October 2004||Edmonton, Canada||Canada||3–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|41||9 February 2005||San José, Costa Rica||Mexico||1–2||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|42||8 June 2005||San José, Costa Rica||Guatemala||3–2||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|43||8 October 2005||San José, Costa Rica||United States||3–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|44||9 June 2006||Munich, Germany||Germany||2–4||2006 FIFA World Cup|
West Ham United
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En septiembre 2014, Wanchope condujo a Costa Rica al título de la Copa Centroamericana