Shirley Cruz

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Shirley Cruz Traña
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Shirley Cruz Traña during PSG-Montpellier (season 2012-2013)
Personal information
Full name Shirley Cruz Traña[1]
Date of birth (1985-08-28) 28 August 1985 (age 34)[1]
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
L. D. Alajuelense
Number 10
Youth career
1997–1999 CF Universidad
1999–2000 AD Goicoechea
2000–2002 CS Desamparados
2002–2005 UCEM Alajuela
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2012 Lyon 115 (24)
2012–2018 Paris Saint-Germain 91 (16)
2018 Jiangsu Suning 0 (0)
2019– Alajuelense FF 0 (0)
National team
2002– Costa Rica 78[2] (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 February 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 November 2017

Shirley Cruz Traña (born 28 August 1985) is a Costa Rican football player who plays for the Costarican Club Liga Deportiva Alajuelense in the UNIFFUT Soccer Feminine Union. Cruz joined Lyon in January 2006 having previously played for the women's section of Costa Rican UCEM Alajuela and plays as a creative midfielder, often acting as a deep-lying playmaker. She is also a member of the Costa Rica women's national football team making her first major tournament appearance with her nation at the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, which served as a qualifying tournament for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.[2] Ms Costa Rica 2019-2020


Cruz was born in the capital city of San José and discovered and learned the sport of football from her seven brothers. She began her football career at CF Universidad in San Pedro, San José. Cruz made a name for herself following her performance at the 1999 edition of the Los Juegos Deportivos Nacionales de San Carlos, translated as the National Sporting Games of San Carlos. She later played for local clubs AD Goicoechea, CS Desamparados, and UCEM Alajuela. With Alajuela, Cruz won three league titles and also earned the top scorer award once.[3][4]

Due to her performances locally, she signed with UCEM Alajuela and, in January 2006, moved abroad signing with Division 1 Féminine club Olympique Lyonnais. With her move, she became only the second Costa Rican women's football player, alongside Gabriela Trujillo, to play league football outside the country. Due to joining the club mid-season, Cruz appeared in only seven league matches scoring three goals. The 2006–07 season saw her playing time increase to 12 matches and also saw Lyon win their first league title under their new emblem. In the Challenge de France, Cruz was instrumental in helping Lyon reaching the final, where they lost to Montpellier on penalties scoring four goals in five appearances. The next season saw Lyon win the double following their league title and 3–0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Challenge de France. Cruz appeared in 32 total matches, which included appearances in the UEFA Women's Cup.

Cruz appeared in all 22 league matches (starting 20) during the 2008–09 season, which saw Lyon win their third straight title. She also appeared in all seven UEFA Women's Cup matches, where Lyon suffered elimination in the semi-finals after losing 2–4 on aggregate to German club FCR 2001 Duisburg. On 18 September 2009, Cruz, for the first time, signed with Lyon under professional terms (previously contracts were semi-professional) after agreeing to a two-year contract, which will keep her at the club until 2011.[5] Cruz got off to a quick start for the 2009–10 season scoring a hat trick in the opening league match against AS Montigny-le-Bretonneux, which ended in a 6–0 victory.[6]

Cruz signed with Chinese Women's Super League team Jiangsu Suning in January 2018.[7]

International career[edit]

Cruz has earned caps with the Costa Rican under-19 and under-20 women's teams. Her first appearance with the senior team occurred at the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, which served as a qualifying tournament for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. Following a match in 2004 against Canada, in which she suffered a sprained right knee, Cruz did not feature with the national team for the next two years, due to commitments with her football club. In 2006, she made herself available for selection making her return to the team during qualification for the 2006 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup.[8]

Costa Rica qualified for its first ever FIFA Women's World Cup tournament and Cruz captained the team at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, playing all three of Costa Rica's matches.[9][10]



San José FF

  • First Women's Division of Costa Rica (1): Winner 2000

UCEM Alajuela

  • First Women's Division of Costa Rica (2): Winner 2003, 2004

Alajuela FF

  • First Women's Division of Costa Rica (1): Winner 2019


Jiangsu Suning[13][14]

  • Chinese FA Cup (1): Winner 2018
  • Regional cup (1): Winner 2018


Costa Rica


  1. ^ a b c "List of Players - 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Calvo, Rodrigo (22 April 2017). "Buzón de Rodrigo: Exitosa trayectoria de Shirley Cruz - Cronica Costa Rica". Cronica Costa Rica (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  3. ^ Talentosa jugadora exportó sus goles a francia Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Shirley Cruz fue elegida como la mejor jugadora en fase de grupos del Mundial de Canadá". La Nación, Grupo Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Shirley Cruz sigue dos años más en Francia".
  6. ^ "TDMás on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  7. ^ AFP, Agencia. "Shirley Cruz deja el París SG para jugar en el Jiangsu Suning de China". La Nación, Grupo Nación.
  8. ^ Calvo, Rodrigo (21 April 2017). "Shirley Cruz ilusionada por su octava semifinal de Champions (galerías) - Cronica Costa Rica". Cronica Costa Rica (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  9. ^ "FIFA player's stats". FIFA. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  10. ^ Cruz, Shirley (24 June 2016). "El sueño mundialista de Shirley Cruz hecho realidad - Cronica Costa Rica". Cronica Costa Rica (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  11. ^ "66 goles, 293 partidos, 11 años: Shirley Cruz marca historia en Europa |". | Periodico Digital | Costa Rica Noticias 24/7 (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  12. ^ "COFFUF on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Shirley Cruz levantó su segundo título de campeona en China". La Nación, Grupo Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Shirley Cruz cosecha su primer título en fútbol de China" (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Diario Extra - Buzón de Rodrigo". (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 November 2018.

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