Marvin Rodríguez

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Marvin Rodríguez
Personal information
Full name Marvin Rodríguez Ramírez
Date of birth 26 November 1934
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Date of death 16 October 2017 (aged 82)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1959 Saprissa
1960 Alajuelense
1961–1964 Municipal
1965–1966 Saprissa
National team
1955–1961 Costa Rica 43 (7)
Teams managed
1964–1965 Municipal
1968–1970 Cartaginés
1969 Costa Rica
1971–1976 Saprissa
1978 Aurora
1978–1980 Herediano
1981–1984 Real España
1984–1986 Puntarenas
1989 Costa Rica
1990–1991 FAS
1995–1996 Xelajú
1999–2000 Costa Rica
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marvin Rodríguez Ramírez (26 November 1934 – 16 October 2017) was a Costa Rican football coach and midfielder.

He coached the Costa Rican national team to its first World Cup participation in 1990.



Born in barrio Don Bosco, San José,[1] Rodríguez was a local star playing for Deportivo Saprissa back in the 1950s and 1960s. He was part of the Saprissa team that went on a world tour in 1959, becoming the first Latin American team to do such a trip. He also played for Municipal of Guatemala between 1961 and 1964, where he became player-manager. He retired as a player with Saprissa in 1966 after breaking his ankle.[1]


In addition to his club career, Rodríguez made 43 playing appearances for the Costa Rica national football team,[2] scoring 7 goals.[1] In the 1950s, he was part of the team known as Chaparritos de Oro,[3] which against all odds won a silver medal at the Pan-American Games held in Buenos Aires. He represented his country in 14 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[4]


As a coach, Rodríguez managed his former playing club Saprissa during different stints in the 1970s and early 1980s. He won four national championships coaching Saprissa in the 1970s,[5] to add to the several championships that he had won previously with the team as a player. Most significantly, he led unfashionable Puntarenas to the 1986 league title. As of August 2013, he had coached 683 matches and won 6 Costa Rican league games.[6]

In 1988, he coached Costa Rica's national squad, guiding the team to its first World Cup qualification. Despite such success, he did not coach the team during the 1990 World Cup finals, as Bora Milutinovic was assigned that duty[7] by the Costa Rican Football Federation. Later, Rodríguez coached Municipal, Aurora and Xelajú in Guatemala, winning the national league title with each team as well.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Rodríguez was married to Flor de María Vega Durán until his death and they had 4 children together.[9]


Rodríguez died on 16 October 2017.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Breve historial de Marvin Rodríguez - Nación (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Costa Rica - Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  3. ^ La Selección de los ‘Chaparritos de Oro’ en 1956 - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Marvin RodríguezFIFA competition record
  5. ^ Saprissa ganó 16 de sus títulos con gente de la casa - Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Marvin Rodríguez es el técnico más ganador de todos - Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Los de Italia 90 no tuvieron despedida - Al Día (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Marvin Rodríguez Coleccionista de títulos - Nación (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Marvin aspira a seguir - Nación (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Muere técnico que llevó a la Sele a Italia 1990 (in Spanish)