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Álvaro Saborío
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Alberto Saborío Chacón
Date of birth March 25, 1982 (1982-03-25) (age 27)
Place of birth Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Real Salt Lake
Number 15
Youth career
Tigres B
0000–2001 Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Saprissa 149 (95)
2006–2010 FC Sion 87 (36)
2009–2010 Bristol City (loan) 21 (2)
2010– Real Salt Lake 0 (0)
National team
2002– Costa Rica 55 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 17, 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 12, 2008

Álvaro Alberto Saborío Chacón (born March 25, 1982) is a Costa Rican footballer, who currently plays as a striker for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer.




Deportivo Saprissa

Saborio began his professional career with Saprissa in his native Costa Rica, although he played for a couple of seasons in some youth Mexico's clubs.[1] Saborío was the leading goal-scorer of the 2003-2004 Costa Rican season, finishing the year with 25 goals, five above Whayne Wilson.

With Saprissa, he has won a league title and a CONCACAF Champions Cup, and was part of the team that played the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup, where Saprissa finished third behind São Paulo and Liverpool. At the tournament, he scored two goals and ended up tied with three other players as the top scorers.

FC Sion

He moved to Switzerland outfit FC Sion after playing for Costa Rica at the 2006 World Cup. He has formed a good partnership at FC Sion with Poland's Zbigniew Zakrzewski.

His performances in Switzerland have reportedly caught the eye of Stoke City's manager Tony Pulis who aimed to sign him in the summer of 2009, however he instead joined Bristol City on loan.

Álvaro's Signature

Bristol City

Saborío played his first game for Bristol City in a Championship match on Septermber 13 against Coventry City making an impact by setting up fellow striker Nicky Maynard. Saborío also picked up his first yellow card in English football as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.[2] Saborio scored his first goal for Bristol City in their 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe United.[3]

He left Bristol City and his contract was terminated with FC Sion in February 2010 so that he could return to Costa Rica.

Real Salt Lake

Saborío signed with Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake in March 2010[4].

International career

He is also an important player for the Costa Rica national football team at numerous levels. He represented the U-23 team at the 2004 Olympics, scoring the Qualifying goal that took them there, and subsequently starting three of four games for the team, scoring a goal against Portugal. He has also been capped for the full national team 22 times bagging 7 goals, playing for the team during 2006 World Cup Qualifying.

Saborío, better known as "le Gigì", has been notably recognized for his accomplishments with Deportivo Saprissa, and the high amount of goals he has scored in a short period. But after a year at the club his Costa Rican Coach got a hold of him and he took part in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was mostly a substitute for Costa Rica national football team, behind Rónald Gómez and former Man City forward Paulo César Wanchope. He has 53 caps for Costa Rica and has managed to score 18 goals.[5]

Personal life

Saborío can speak five languages: Mekatelyu, Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.[6]

Career League Statistics

Updated on January 19 2010

Season Team Apps Goals
Saprissa 2001/02 24 11
2002/03 36 27
2003/04 37 25
2004/05 21 15
2005/06 31 17
Total 149 95
FC Sion 2006/07 31 14
2007/08 34 17
2008/09 22 5
Total 87 36
Bristol City (Loan) 2009/10 21 2
Career League Total 242 132



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