Rónald González Brenes
|Full name||Rónald Alfonso González Brenes|
|Date of birth||August 8, 1970|
|Place of birth||San Carlos, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|1991||→ Vorwärts Steyr (loan)||11||(1)|
|2008–2011||Costa Rica U20|
|2010||Costa Rica (caretaker)|
|2011||Costa Rica (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
González made his professional debut for Saprissa on 14 July 1989 against Uruguay de Coronado but left them to move abroad and play for Dinamo Zagreb in Yugoslavia. He also had a short spell on loan at Vorwärts Steyr in Austria. He returned to play for Saprissa and won almost everything he could pursue, as the team's captain. During the late 90's and early 2000s, he starred for the Comunicaciones of Guatemala where he was captain and champion of the Guatemalan tournament several times as well. In his playing days with Saprissa, he won five national championships and three CONCACAF Champions Cup, and was part of the team that played the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup, where Saprissa finished third behind São Paulo and Liverpool.
González made his senior debut for Costa Rica in a May 1990 warm-up match against Poland, just ahead of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. There, at 19 years of age, he scored a goal against Czechoslovakia, becoming the youngest player to score a goal in that World Cup. He earned a total of 65 caps, scoring 5 goals and represented his country in 19 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and at the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup as well as at the 1993 and 1997 UNCAF Nations Cups. Also, he was his country's captain during the 1997 Copa América and was a non-playing squad member at the 2001 Copa América.
- Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
|1.||23 June 1990||Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy||Czechoslovakia||1–1||1–4||1990 FIFA World Cup|
|2.||4 March 1992||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica||El Salvador||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|3.||15 November 1992||Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||1–0||1–0||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||25 August 1996||Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Briceño, Liberia, Costa Rica||Chile||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|5.||5 February 1997||Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica||Slovakia||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
After retiring as a player, González took up coaching and was in charge of the Costa Rica national under-20 football team and acted as caretaker for the senior national team. In December 2011 he was announced as manager of his former club Comunicaciones. In December 2012, González was reported to leave Comunicaciones for Saprissa with whom he became the 61st Costa Rica league title winning manager in May 2014.
On Tuesday September 30, Saprissa announced that has cut González from managing the team.
He is married to Yuliana Gaitán and they have two children.
- Ronald González y su historia Archived 2014-08-08 at the Wayback Machine. - Mario Segura (in Spanish)
- Cara a cara Fonseca y González miden fuerzas en el Morera Soto - Nación (in Spanish)
- Rónald González volvería a Austria - Nación (in Spanish)
- Rónald González Brenes – FIFA competition record (archive)
- González regresa a casa Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine. - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
- González: "Desde mi retiro sabía que volvería al Saprissa - Al Día (in Spanish)
- Appearances for Costa Rica National Team - RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1991 - Full Details - RSSSF
- UNCAF Tournament 1997 - RSSSF
- Copa América 1997 - RSSSF
- "González, Rónald". National Football Teams. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- Ronald González empezó proceso con la Selección Juvenil de futbol - Nación (in Spanish)
- El costarricense Ronald González es el nuevo entrenador del Comunicaciones - El País (in Spanish)
- Ronald González deja a Comunicaciones por el Saprissa de Costa Rica - Prensa Libre (in Spanish)
- Rónald González es el técnico 61 en alzar la copa Archived 2014-12-19 at the Wayback Machine. - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-09-30.
- Rónald González Brenes at National-Football-Teams.com
- González's Dossier at Deportivo Saprissa official site
- Rónald González Brenes at Footballdatabase