Paulo Wanchope

Where is Paulo Wanchope now?

Adored by the fans of all three English Premier League clubs which he played for, Paulo Wanchope bowed out of professional football after a 13-year career whilst playing in the MLS with Chicago Fire.

Playing for 14 seasons and making over 300 appearances, he played for nine clubs across the globe in countries such as the USA, Qatar, Spain, Argentina and Spain.

He was also an important member of the Costa Rica national side making 73 appearances and representing them in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup finals.
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Wanchope had always expressed a desire to move into management once he retired from playing and had brief coaching spells at South American sides Uruguary Coronado and Herediano before joining the Costa Rican national side as their assistant manager in 2013.

After a successful World Cup in Brazil in 2014 where the Costa Rican team reached the quarter finals, Wanchope was made interim manager after the departure of Jorge Luis Pinto.

He was caretaker manager for the next six Costa Rican international games before his appointment as their permanent manager in February 2015.

In August 2015 he resigned from his role after a video of him having a brawl with a security guard during an under-23’s Olympic qualifying match went viral.

Three months later in November 2015, Wanchope was back in football management when he was unveiled as the new head coach of Costa Rican side Saprissa.

He left the club in August 2017 and is currently back in England where he is completing his coaching qualifications.

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Paulo Wanchope: Premier League Statistics

NationalityCosta Rican
Yellow Cards34
Red Cards1
Premier League Teams Played forDerby County, Manchester City, West Ham United

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