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Hernán Medford
Personal information
Full name Hernán Evaristo Medford Bryan
Date of birth May 23, 1968 (1968-05-23) (age 41)
Place of birth    San Jose, Costa Rica
Height 1.79 m
Playing position Manager (former striker)
Club information
Current club Liberia Mía
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1980–1985
1986
1987–1990
1990
1991
1991–1992
1992–1993
1993–1994
1994–1997
1997–2000
2000–2002
2002–2003
Barrio México
AD Sagrada Familia
Deportivo Saprissa
Dinamo Zagreb
SK Rapid Wien
Rayo Vallecano
Foggia Calcio
Deportivo Saprissa
C.F. Pachuca
León
Necaxa
Deportivo Saprissa



14 0(4)
14 0(5)
30 0(6)
12 0(1)


92 (18)
20 0(6)
21 0(8)   
National team2
1987–2002 Costa Rica 89 (18)
Teams managed
2003–2006
2006–2008
2009
Deportivo Saprissa
Costa Rica
Club León

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 20 June 2006.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 20 June 2006.
* Appearances (Goals)

Hernán Evaristo Medford Bryan (born May 23, 1968) is a Costa Rican soccer player and coach. He is currently the head coach of Club León in the Primera Division A of Mexico.

Nicknamed "Pelicano", or "Pelican", he played in several different leagues worldwide, including Serie A of Italy (Foggia Calcio), the Yugoslavian first division (Dinamo Zagreb), the Austrian Bundesliga (SK Rapid Wien), La Liga in Spain playing for Rayo Vallecano, and the Mexican premier league, with C.F. Pachuca, León and Necaxa. Pachuca decided to retire Medford's number 17 after he scored his 100th goal in his career.

In Costa Rica's first division, he played for Deportivo Saprissa, were he won three national championships and the 1993 CONCACAF Champions Cup. He was part of the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship held in China, the first FIFA World Cup tournament where Costa Rica ever appeared, and scored the first goal ever for his home country in this type of tournaments. Medford also represented Costa Rica's national squad 89 times,[1] playing in two World Cups, Italy 1990 and Japan-Korea 2002. He scored a goal against Sweden in the 1990 World Cup, which resulted in qualification for the second round, Costa Rica's best World Cup performance. He also scored the winning goal at the Azteca Stadium against Mexico in the qualification for the 2002 World Cup, the only home World Cup qualifier game that Mexico has ever lost.

After retiring from professional football in 2003, he entered coaching. He first coached Deportivo Saprissa with great success, where he has won several championships, including 2 national tournaments, the Uncaf Cup and the CONCACAF Champions Cup, giving Saprissa the right to compete in the second FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup in Japan, in December 2005, in which Saprissa finished 3rd.

As of October 28, 2006, the Costa Rican Football Federation, or Federación Costarricense de Fútbol, announced him as the new head coach for the Costa Rica national football team. He was sacked on 28 June 2008 after a string of poor results and only a few wins, and showing unprecedent bias in favor of his old former players of Saprissa.

He took the reins of Club León for the Clausura 2009 season. His first game as head coach was against Tampico Madero, ending in a 1-1 tie. He was fired as manager by the president of the club owing to poor results in the pre-season and the season itself.

References

  1. ^ Passo Alpuin, Luis Fernando (2009-08-12). "Costa Rica - Record International Players". RSSSF. http://rsssf.com/miscellaneous/cos-recintlp.html. Retrieved 2009-08-18.  
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