Ricardo James

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Ricardo James
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Emir James Rayo
Date of birth (1966-05-07) May 7, 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Bocas del Toro, Panama
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Guabito de Bocas
1993–2005 Platense 123 (0)
2005–2007 Olimpia 127 (9)
National team
1993–2004 Panama 43 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2006.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2005
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is James and the second or maternal family name is Rayo.

Ricardo Emir James Rayo (born May 7, 1966 in Bocas del Toro) is a retired Panamaian footballer.

Club career[edit]

James played for local side Guabito de Bocas but never in the ANAPROF league,[1] since he spent most of his career in Honduras playing for Platense and Olimpia. He yielded a humorous goal to Wilmer Velasquez while playing for Platense in the 1998–99 season.[2]

He retired aged 40, after winning a 5th Honduran league title with Olimpia.[3]

International career[edit]

James made his debut for Panama in a March 1993 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Honduras and has earned a total of 43 caps, scoring no goals.[4] He represented his country in 17 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[5] and played at the 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[6]

His final international was an August 2004 FIFA World Cup qualification match against El Salvador.


After retiring, James became goalkeeping coach at Platense[7] and later Sporting San Miguelito.[3]

Honours and awards[edit]


C.D. Platense
C.D. Olimpia


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