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Hernán Evaristo Medford Bryan (/ɜːrˈnɑːn ˈmɛdfərd/; Spanish: [eɾˈnan meðˈfoɾ(ð)]; born May 23, 1968) is a retired Costa Rican football player and coach.

Hernán Medford
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Personal information
Full name Hernán Evaristo Medford Bryan
Date of birth (1968-05-23) 23 May 1968 (age 51)
Place of birth San Jose, Costa Rica
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker/Winger
Youth career
1980–1985 Barrio México
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986 Sagrada Familia 35 (2)
1987–1990 Saprissa 85 (35)
1990 Dinamo Zagreb 14 (4)
1991 Rapid Wien 14 (5)
1991–1992 Rayo Vallecano 30 (6)
1992–1993 Foggia 12 (1)
1993–1994 Saprissa 35 (18)
1994–1997 Pachuca 126 (36)
1997–2000 León 92 (18)
2000–2002 Necaxa 20 (6)
2002–2003 Saprissa 21 (8)
National team
1985 Costa Rica U17 11 (8)
1987–2002 Costa Rica 89 (18)
Teams managed
2003–2006 Saprissa
2006–2008 Costa Rica
2009 León
2010 Liberia Mía
2010–2011 Limón
2011–2013 Xelajú
2013–2014 Real España
2014 Honduras
2015 Real España
2015–2016 Xelajú
2016–2017 Herediano
2018 Municipal
2019 Herediano
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 June 2006
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 June 2006


Playing careerEdit


Nicknamed Pelicano, or Pelican, Medford made his league debut for Sagrada Familia on 28 September 1986 against Cartaginés and scored his first goal on 4 January 1987 against Limonense.[1] In Costa Rica's first division, he played for Deportivo Saprissa, where he won three national championships and the 1993 CONCACAF Champions Cup.[1] After three years at Saprissa he played in several different leagues worldwide, including Serie A of Italy (Foggia Calcio), the Yugoslav First League (Dinamo Zagreb), the Austrian Bundesliga (SK Rapid Wien), La Liga in Spain playing for Rayo Vallecano, and the Mexican Primera Division, with Pachuca, León and Necaxa.[2] Pachuca decided to retire Medford's number 17 after he scored his 100th goal in his career.[3]


Medford was part of the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship held in China,[4] 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. He made his senior debut for Costa Rica in a February 1987 friendly match against South Korea and earned a total of 89 caps, scoring 18 goals.[5] He represented his country in 37 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played in two World Cups, Italy 1990 and Japan-Korea 2002.[4] He scored a goal against Sweden in the 1990 World Cup, which resulted in qualification for the second round. He also scored the winning goal at the Azteca Stadium against Mexico in the qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The match, known as the Aztecazo, is one of only two World Cup qualifiers that Mexico have ever lost on home soil. He also played at the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup[6] as well as at the 1991,[7] 2000,[8] and 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cups[9] and the 1997[10] and 2001 Copa Américas.[11] His final international was a June 2002 FIFA World Cup match against Turkey.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.[12]
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 31 July 1988 Estadio Revolución, Panama City, Panama   Panama 2–0 2–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 20 June 1990 Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy   Sweden 2–1 2–1 1990 FIFA World Cup
3. 1 July 1991 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States   Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 1–2 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4. 13 December 1992 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2–0 5–0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 17 November 1996 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica   Guatemala 2–0 3–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 23 March 1997 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica   United States 1–1 3–2 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 19 June 1997 Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera, San José, Bolivia   Mexico 1–1 1–1 1997 Copa América
8. 9 November 1997 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   Mexico 1–2 3–3 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 29 December 1999 Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica   Honduras 1–0 1–1 Friendly match
10. 17 February 2000 LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States   South Korea 2–2 2–2 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
11. 9 July 2000 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2–0 7–1 Friendly match
12. 9 July 2000 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3–0 7–1 Friendly match
13. 9 July 2000 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4–1 7–1 Friendly match
14. 23 July 2000 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica   United States 2–1 2–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
15. 3 September 2000 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica   Barbados 3–0 3–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
16. 16 June 2001 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   Mexico 2–1 2–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
17. 11 January 2002 Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica   Cameroon 2–1 2–1 Friendly match
18. 18 January 2002 Orange Bowl, Miami, United States   Martinique 1–0 2–0 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Managerial careerEdit

After retiring from professional football in 2003, he entered coaching.[13] 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.[14] 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.

After leaving Club León Medford decided to take a break in coaching and decided to work as an administrator/manager but he was appointed manager of Liberia Mía in December 2009.[15] In 2010 Hernan Medford signed with Limón, a club team from the province of Limon. He signed also as an administrator. The team seemed to have benefited from his previous experience as administrator. In June 2011 Carlos Pascal the team’s chairman was arrested due to accusations of drug trafficking leaving the club without a president. Medford tried to help the team survive this set back since without Pascal the team was left without financial support. Medford endured a difficult season with Limon F.C. In August 2011 Medford resigned, claiming it had nothing to do with the financial problems the club had suffered, but because of personal decisions.[16] He took charge of Guatemalan side Xelajú in September 2011.[17]

In May 2013, he was unveiled as the new manager of Honduran giants Real España.[18] Under his direction Real España became the 2013 champion of the Honduran league. In July 2014 Medford was appointed the new national team manager of Honduras,[19] leaving the post later in December due to the poor performance of the team during his tenure.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Medford is a son of Herman Medford Sterling and Gloria Bryan Givans and has two sisters. He is married to Arlene Lewis and they have two daughters themselves.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Las vivencias de Hernán Medford en su trajinar por el futbol mundial - Nación ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  2. ^ Medford al Necaxa - Nación ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  3. ^ Se fue la 17 Hernán Medford se despidió del Pachuca con un gol - Nación ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  4. ^ a b Hernán MedfordFIFA competition record
  5. ^ Passo Alpuin, Luis Fernando (2009-08-12). "Costa Rica - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  6. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1995 Archived 2011-05-14 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  7. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1991 - Full Details Archived 2013-10-16 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  8. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2000 - Full Details - RSSSF
  9. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2002 - Full Details Archived 2010-01-17 at WebCite - RSSSF
  10. ^ Copa América 1997 - RSSSF
  11. ^ Copa América 2001 Archived 2013-10-19 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  12. ^ Hernán Evaristo Medford - International Appearances
  13. ^ Medford y Ramírez Reencuentro de amigos - Nación ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  14. ^ El Pelícano asumió ayer Medford se llevará cuatro ticos al León - Nación ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  15. ^ Hernán Medford es el nuevo técnico de Liberia Mía -
  16. ^ Hernán Medford dejó hoy la gerencia de Limón F.C. - Nación ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  17. ^ Hernán Medford es el nuevo técnico del Xelajú de Guatemala - Nación ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  18. ^ Hernán Medford, nuevo entrenador del Real España - La Prensa ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  19. ^ Hernán Medford es el nuevo técnico de la Selección de Honduras - Nación ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  20. ^ Roca, Gustavo (2 December 2014). "Hernán Medford queda fuera de la selección de Honduras!". Diez. Retrieved 4 December 2014.

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