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Rolando Fonseca
Personal information
Full name Rolando Fonseca Jímenez
Date of birth June 6, 1974 (1974-06-06) (age 35)
Place of birth    San Jose, Costa Rica
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Comunicaciones
Number 7
Youth career
Deportivo Saprissa
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Deportivo Saprissa
CF Pachuca
Independiente Medellin
America Cali
Deportivo Saprissa
La Piedad
Comunicaciones (loan)
Comunicaciones (loan)
Municipal Liberia
112 (32)
027 0(?)
012 0(?)
022 0(?)
011 0(2)
159 (94)
034 (18)
012 0(5)
072 (43)
023 (10)
017 0(4)
015 0(5)
025 (16)   
National team2
1992– Costa Rica Costa Rica 110 (47)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of December 31, 2008.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of December 31, 2008.
* Appearances (Goals)

Rolando Fonseca Jiménez (born June 6, 1974 in San José) is a Costa Rican footballer who currently plays as a striker for Comunicaciones of the Guatemalan National League. He is regarded as one of the country's most talented players of all time.

Nicknamed El Principito (The little prince), Fonseca usually plays just off the main striker and is renowned for his ability to create opportunities for his teammates and his fierce long shot.

Football career

Fonseca played for Comunicaciones in Guatemala, Independiente Medellín and America de Cali in Colombia, C.F. Pachuca and CF La Piedad in Mexico, as well as having home spells with Deportivo Saprissa, LD Alajuelense and Municipal Liberia.

In Costa Rica, he played a total of 271 games, scoring over 100 goals, between the league's two best teams, Saprissa and Alajuelense. His debut was against Deportivo Saprissa, in June 1, 1991, against ASODELI, and scored his first goal against San Carlos on August 28th. He also won Costa Rican championships in 1993-94, 1994-95 (Saprissa), and 1996-97, 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2004-05 (Alajuelense), adding three CONCACAF Champions' Cups in 1993, 1995 (Saprissa), and 2004 (Alajuelense).

Fonseca has also been a fixture on the Costa Rica national team since 1992. He played in more than 100 internationals, and is currently the nation's all-time scorer, with 47 goals.

The 47th successful strike came against Chile, in a spectacular strike with his back to the goal, which also meant the number 1000 for Costa Rica in international matches. Fonseca played in two games for the team at the 2002 World Cup. Also the all-time top scorer in the UNCAF Nations Cup with 19 goals, Fonseca was voted the tournament's best player in 1999, adding five goals.

After solid performances with Alajuelense and the national team, Fonseca received offers in 2007 from China, Chile, Turkey and the Major League Soccer, but finally settled, as co-owner, player and captain of Municipal Liberia. Although he was having a great season, he left the project a few days before finishing the Apertura tournament, apparently due to personal issues and some differences with then co-owner Mario Sotela. Rumors surfaced Fonseca would return to Alajuelense, but they were all quickly discarded.

After failed negotiations with Brujas F.C., Fonseca returned to Comunicaciones, a team he had already represented on two other spells, remaining as one of side's best imports ever.


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