|Full name||Paulo Cesar Wanchope Watson|
|Date of birth||July 31, 1976|
|Place of birth||Heredia, Costa Rica|
|Height||1. Events 30 BC - Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian 's forces but most of his army subsequently Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Heredia is a city located in the Heredia province of Costa Rica and is the capital of that province Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica ( Spanish: Costa Rica or República de Costa Rica,) is a Country in 93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Striker (retired)|
West Ham United
|1996-2007||Costa Rica||76 (45)|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Paulo Cesar Wanchope Watson (pronounced [ˈpaulo ɰanˈt̪ʃope])(born July 31, 1976 in Heredia) , also known as "Chope" or as "La Cobra" in South America, is a former Costa Rican footballer. Events 30 BC - Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian 's forces but most of his army subsequently Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Heredia is a city located in the Heredia province of Costa Rica and is the capital of that province South America is a Continent of the Americas, situated entirely in the Western Hemisphere and mostly in the Southern Hemisphere, with a Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica ( Spanish: Costa Rica or República de Costa Rica,) is a Country in Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered As of November 2007, Wanchope is the second most prolific goalscorer in the history of the national football team, behind Rolando Fonseca, with 45 goals in 75 international matches. The Costa Rica national football team, nicknamed La Sele, is the national team of Costa Rica and is controlled by the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol Rolando Fonseca Jiménez (born June 6, 1974 in San José) is a Costa Rican football player who plays as a Striker He is the main reference for the Costa Rica's football and is considered by a large group of fans as one of the best players the region has ever had, and the most important and recognize player in the history of the country.
Wanchope began his career with CS Herediano, until he went to England to play with Derby County, in 1997, and for whom he scored a memorable goal against Manchester United on his debut, beating four United players before slotting past Peter Schmeichel. Club Sport Herediano History Club Sport Herediano is a football club for Costa Rica's Primera División, which plays in Heredia and is England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Derby County Football Club is a professional football club based at Pride Park Stadium in Derby England. Peter Bolesław Schmeichel MBE (born 18 November 1963 in Gladsaxe, Denmark) is a retired Danish professional footballer After scoring 28 goals in 83 games within 2 seasons for Derby, Wanchope was sold to West Ham United for £5. } West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in Upton Park, London Borough of Newham, East London, who have played 5 million. He never quite settled in at West Ham, despite scoring 15 goals in 46 games, and was eventually sold to Manchester City. TalkManchester City FC before changing verbs to singular --> Manchester City Football Club is an English professional football club Wanchope earned a starting position at Man City, and helped lead the team to promotion to the FA Premier League. The Premier League, colloquially referred to as the Premiership, is an English professional league for football clubs Although at times scintillating, Wanchope may have been something of a disappointment in English football because of a reputation for inconsistency due to an injury on his knee that made him loose the whole season. He played virtually no part of the 2002/03 season, upon City's return to the top flight. However, he came back strongly at the end of 2003/04, and scored some vital goals to help avoid relegation. At the end of the season, Wanchope was sold to Málaga CF of the Spanish league for ₤500. Málaga Club de Fútbol is a Spanish football club based in Málaga, Andalusia. 000, playing 26 games and scoring 6 goals.
Wanchope was hugely important to the Costa Rican national team, playing for the team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and several Gold Cups. The 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 17th staging of the World Cup, was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the main football competition of the men's national football teams governed by CONCACAF. On October 8, 2005, Wanchope became the all-time leading goal scorer for Los Ticos when he scored the first goal in a home win over the USA in the qualifying match that sent Los Ticos to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Events 314 - Roman Emperor Licinius is defeated by his colleague Constantine I at the Battle of Cibalae, and loses Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States men's national soccer team is the national Soccer team of the United States for men and is controlled by the United States Soccer Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for North Central America and Caribbean. The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament
In 2005, ESPN declared Wanchope's goal against Numancia the best of the entire 2004/05 Spanish First Division. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to Club Deportivo Numancia de Soria is a Spanish Sports club from Soria. The Primera División of the es Liga de Fútbol Profesional ( Professional Football League) commonly known as La Liga or On 9 June 2006, he scored twice in the opening game of the 2006 World Cup, a 4-2 loss to Germany. Events 53 - Roman Emperor Nero marries Claudia Octavia 62 - Claudia Octavia commits Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The German national football team (Die deutsche Fußballnationalmannschaft From 1950 to 1990 the team was also informally called West Germany in English as since These two goals made Wanchope the first Costa Rican to score twice in one World Cup match, and put him alongside Rónald Gómez as the only Costa Ricans ever to score more than one World Cup goal. Rónald Gómez (born January 24, 1975 in Puntarenas) is a Costa Rican Football (soccer forward. After the defeat to Germany, Costa Rica were defeated by both Ecuador and Poland. The Ecuador national football team is the national team of Ecuador and is governed by the Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol. The Poland national football team (Reprezentacja Polski w piłce nożnej is the national football team of Poland, under the auspices of the Polish Thus Costa Rica finished last in their group and failed to qualify for the second round. Wanchope played his last game for his country in the defeat to Poland. In 2006, following the World Cup in Germany, he signed with Argentine club Rosario Central. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Argentina topics. Club Atlético Rosario Central (usually simply Central) is a football club in Rosario, Argentina. , scoring 5 goals in 14 games.
On 29 December 2006, J. League first division club FC Tokyo announced the acquisition of Wanchope on a transfer from Rosario Central. Events 1170 - Thomas Becket: Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The, or, is the top professional Football (soccer league in Japan and one of the most successful leagues in Asian club football is a Japanese football (soccer club playing in J League Division 1 Along with prospect Sota Hirayama, Wanchope gave FC Tokyo a pair of large (190cm+) strikers. is a Japanese footballer who currently plays for FC Tokyo. He has represented Japan 's U-20 team at the 2003 and 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship He was recently released by FC Tokyo and subsequently signed a one year deal with MLS team Chicago Fire. Major League Soccer ( MLS) is the top-flight professional Soccer league in the United States and Canada with 14 teams 13 in the U 
Finally, on Friday 16 November 2007, after a 13 year trajectory in football, Wanchope decided to put an end to his career, primarily based on how his old knee injury was affecting his performance on the field, the same injury that made him lose the entire 2004 season with Manchester City, making him unable to reach his best physical shape, an argument that was commonly criticized by the press during recent years in every club he played for. Events 534 - A second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. TalkManchester City FC before changing verbs to singular --> Manchester City Football Club is an English professional football club At his retirement press conference he manifested his interest in becoming a professional coach, looking forward to accomplish it in England. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland