- Walter Centeno
Infobox Football biography
playername = Walter Centeno
fullname = Walter Centeno Corea
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1974|10|6
height = height|m=1.74
clubnumber = 8
years = 1994-1996
AD Belén Deportivo Saprissa
nationalyears = 1995-
nationalteam = Costa Rica
nationalcaps(goals) = 107 (18)
Walter Centeno Corea (born
October 6, 1974in Palmar Sur, Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican midfielder, who currently plays for Deportivo Saprissa. He is one of Costa Rica's best players in the past decade. He has sublime vision and passing skills. He also has good dribbling abilities, great technique and a top eye for goal. He has dictated play for the National Team for a long time.
Before joining Saprissa, Centeno played for Belen and
Goicoechea, also Costa Rican, and AEK Athens FCof Greece. While playing for AEK Athens FChe participated in the UEFA Champions LeagueGroup Stage managing to score in the team's away home draws against Real Madrid(2-2) and AS Roma (1-1). He was named the best player of the 2003-04 Costa Rican season by the Costa Rican sports media, after scoring 9 goals while orchestrating Saprissa's offense, helping the team to win the league.
Centeno played his first game for the Costa Rican national team September 27, 1995 against Jamaica. He has been a fixture for the team for the last ten years, playing in the 1994
Pan American Games, the 1997 and Ca|2004s, and the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and approaches the century mark as at May 18 2006he has 91 caps and 15 goals.
With Saprissa, he has won five national championships and two
CONCACAF Champions Cup, and was part of the team that played the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup, where Saprissafinished third behind São Paulo Futebol Clubeand Liverpool F.C.. His appearance at this tournament was considered as outstanding by FIFAexperts.
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