Rónald González Brenes

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Rónald González Brenes
Personal information
Full name Rónald Alfonso González Brenes
Date of birth (1970-08-08) August 8, 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth San Carlos, Costa Rica
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Costa Rica (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Saprissa
1990 Dinamo Zagreb 5 (0)
1991 Sturm Graz 0 (0)
1991Vorwärts Steyr (loan) 11 (1)
1991–1998 Saprissa
1998–2001 Comunicaciones
2001–2003 Herediano
2003–2006 Saprissa
National team
1990–2000 Costa Rica 65 (5)
Teams managed
2008–2011 Costa Rica U20
2010 Costa Rica (caretaker)
2011 Costa Rica (caretaker)
2012 Comunicaciones
2013–2014 Saprissa
2016 Uruguay Coronado
2017–2018 Comunicaciones
2019– Costa Rica
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rónald Alfonso González Brenes (born August 8, 1970 in San Carlos[1]) is a retired Costa Rican footballer who is currently the manager of the Costa Rica national team.

Club career[edit]

González made his professional debut for Saprissa on 14 July 1989 against Uruguay de Coronado[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

He played a total of 318 games for Saprissa, scoring 26 goals.[5] He retired in October 2006.[6]

International career[edit]

He played for Costa Rica at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia where he scored a goal against Colombia.[4]

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.[4] He earned a total of 65 caps, scoring 5 goals[7] and represented his country in 19 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[4] and at the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup[8] as well as at the 1993 and 1997 UNCAF Nations Cups.[9] Also, he was his country's captain during the 1997 Copa América[10] and was a non-playing squad member at the 2001 Copa América.

His final international was an August 2000 friendly match against Venezuela.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.[11]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring as a player, González took up coaching and was in charge of the Costa Rica national under-20 football team[12] and acted as caretaker for the senior national team. In December 2011 he was announced as manager of his former club Comunicaciones.[13] In December 2012, González was reported to leave Comunicaciones for Saprissa[14] with whom he became the 61st Costa Rica league title winning manager in May 2014.[15]

On Tuesday September 30, Saprissa announced that has cut González from managing the team.[16]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Yuliana Gaitán and they have two children.


  1. ^ Ronald González y su historia Archived 2014-08-08 at the Wayback Machine - Mario Segura (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Cara a cara Fonseca y González miden fuerzas en el Morera Soto - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Rónald González volvería a Austria - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ a b c d Rónald González BrenesFIFA competition record
  5. ^ González regresa a casa Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  6. ^ González: "Desde mi retiro sabía que volvería al Saprissa - Al Día (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Appearances for Costa Rica National Team - RSSSF
  8. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1991 - Full Details - RSSSF
  9. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1997 - RSSSF
  10. ^ Copa América 1997 - RSSSF
  11. ^ "González, Rónald". National Football Teams. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  12. ^ Ronald González empezó proceso con la Selección Juvenil de futbol - Nación (in Spanish)
  13. ^ El costarricense Ronald González es el nuevo entrenador del Comunicaciones - El País (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Ronald González deja a Comunicaciones por el Saprissa de Costa Rica - Prensa Libre (in Spanish)
  15. ^ Rónald González es el técnico 61 en alzar la copa Archived 2014-12-19 at the Wayback Machine - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-09-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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