José Porras

José Francisco Porras
Jose Francisco Porras.jpg
Jose Francisco Porras in August 2007
Personal information
Full name José Francisco Porras Hidalgo
Date of birth (1970-11-08) November 8, 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Grecia, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Herediano 23 (0)
1993–1994 Belén 18 (0)
1994–1995 Puntarenas 29 (0)
1995–1996 Carmelita 20 (0)
1996–2000 Saprissa 29 (0)
2000–2002 Carmelita 31 (0)
2002–2008 Saprissa 124 (0)
2009 Carmelita 15 (0)
Total 289 (0)
National team
1987 Costa Rica U17
1989 Costa Rica U20
2004–2008 Costa Rica 33 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 June 2006
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:53, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

José Francisco Porras Hidalgo (born 8 November 1970) is a Costa Rican retired footballer who last played for Carmelita in Costa Rica.

Currently, he is the technical secretary at Saprissa.[1]

Club career

Porras made his debut in Costa Rica's Primera División for Herediano on 3 February 1991 against Guanacasteca and conceded his first league goal three days later against Saprissa.[2] He played for Belén, Puntarenas and Carmelita during the 90s, before joining Saprissa in 1996. He returned to Carmelita in 2000 but rejoined Saprissa in 2002.[3]

Porras spent several years on Saprissa's bench before being given his opportunity to shine. However, because Erick Lonnis, the star goalkeeper for Saprissa and Costa Rica, was at the pinnacle of his career, Porras had to patiently wait for his chance. After Lonnis's retirement, Porras managed to establish himself in both Saprissa's and the national team's goal. With Saprissa, he won three national championships, a UNCAF Cup and a CONCACAF Champions Cup title. With Porras in goal, Saprissa finished third in the FIFA Club World Championship 2005, behind São Paulo and Liverpool.[4] He ended up playing 213 games for Saprissa.[5]

In January 2009, Porras announced his retirement at the end of the 2009 Verano season. He won 9 league titles during his career, 8 with Saprissa and 1 with Herediano.[6]

International career

Porras was a non-playing squad member at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia.[7]

He made his senior debut for Costa Rica in a June 2004 friendly match against Nicaragua and earned a total of 33 caps, scoring no goals.[8] He represented his country in 7 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup after being named in coach Alexandre Guimarães's squad.[4] He also played at the 2005[9] and 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup,[10] as well as at the 2005[11] and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cups[12] and the 2004 Copa América.[13]

His final international was a November 2007 friendly match against Panama.

Personal life

Porras is a son of Naín Porras and Edith Hidalgo. He is married to Karla Sánchez and they have a daughter, Karol Sofía.[14]


  1. ^ Porteros de Saprissa van al sicólogo - Al Día (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Porras, monumento a la paciencia - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Campeonato 2002-2003: Saprissa, apuesta al equilibrio - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ a b José PorrasFIFA competition record
  5. ^ Lonnis se marchó dejando un record difícil de romper Archived 2015-01-04 at the Wayback Machine - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Chico Porras dirá su adiós con Carmelita - Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Costa Rica squad list - FIFA
  8. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Costa Rica - Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  9. ^ Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2005 - Details Archived 2010-01-17 at WebCite - RSSSF
  10. ^ Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2007 - Details Archived 2008-10-24 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  11. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details Archived 2008-10-24 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  12. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 - Full Details Archived 2008-10-24 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  13. ^ Copa América 2004 Archived 2008-10-22 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  14. ^ Porras para José Francisco Éste es Porras - Al Día (in Spanish)

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