Vladimir Quesada

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Vladimir Quesada
Personal information
Full name Vladimir Quesada Araya
Date of birth (1966-05-12) 12 May 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Playing position Rightback
Youth career
1978–1985 Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1999 Saprissa 412
National team
1989–1996 Costa Rica 31 (0)
Teams managed
2000 Saprissa
2001–2002 Saprissa
2004–2005 Fusión Tibás
2006–2007 Santos de Guápiles
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 October 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 October 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Quesada and the second or maternal family name is Araya.

Vladimir Quesada Araya (born 12 May 1966) is a former Costa Rican football player who played his entire career with Deportivo Saprissa, during the 1980s and 1990s.

Club career[edit]

Quesada came through the Saprissa youth system and made his professional debut for the club on 3 November 1985. With Saprissa, he won five national championships, as well as two CONCACAF Champions Cups. In August 1995, Quesada took over de captain's armband at Saprissa after Evaristo Coronado retired.[1]

He totalled 412 league games for Saprissa, playing a club record 51 games in one, the 1994-95, season.[2]

International career[edit]

He was part of the national team squad, that played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup held in Italy[3] but one of six players who did not get any playing time.[4] Nicknamed Muñequito, the defender collected 31 caps for the Tico's and represented his country at the 1991 UNCAF Nations Cup[5] and the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[6]

He played his final international on November 24, 1996 against Guatemala.

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring, he coached in Saprissa's minor league system[7] and took charge of the senior team twice on an interim basis,[8] before almost winning promotion with Fusión Tibás in 2005.[9] He signed in 2006 as Santos de Guápiles coach,[10] of Costa Rica's first division. He was dismissed by Santos in February 2007.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Quesada is married to Miss Teen 1991, Gabriela Ramírez and their eldest daughter María Alexandra also competes in beauty queen contests.[12] They also have a son, Alejandro.[13]


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