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Juan Arnoldo Cayasso Reid (born 24 June 1961 in Limón) is a former Costa Rican football player who played during the 1980s and 1990s.

Juan Cayasso
Juan Cayasso at the Big Boy Stadium.jpg
Cayasso at the Big Boy Stadium in Limón
Personal information
Full name Juan Arnoldo Cayasso Reid
Date of birth (1961-06-24) 24 June 1961 (age 58)
Place of birth Limón, Costa Rica
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder, Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1987 Alajuelense 225 (62)
1988–1990 Saprissa
1990–1992 Stuttgarter Kickers 53 (11)
1992–1993 Carmelita
1993–1995 Saprissa 104 (27)
1996 Turrialba 4 (0)
1996 Belén 2 (0)
1996–1997 Goicoechea 14 (1)
1997–2000 Carmelita 88 (14)
2000–2001 MC Oran 25 (10)
Total 515 (140)
National team
1983–1993 Costa Rica 49 (9)
Teams managed
El Roble
2005 Limonense
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2014

In 2014, the film Italia 90 was shot with actor Winston Washington featuring as Cayasso.[1]

Club careerEdit

Cayasso played for the two biggest teams in Costa Rica, starting out in Alajuelense in the early 80's, and later switching to their arch-rivals Saprissa before the 1988 season. His transfer caused a lot of national attention because he was considered one of the most talented players in Costa Rica at the time. He made his debut for Alajuelense on 21 July 1981 against Ramonense and scored his first goal against Cartaginés on 11 April 1982.[2] He played 225 matches for Alajuelense, scoring 62 goals. He played 104 games in total for Saprissa, scoring 27 goals.[3]

Cayasso won several national championships, both with Saprissa and Alajuela, as well as a two CONCACAF Champions Cup titles, with Alajuelense in 1986 and with Saprissa in 1995. During the early 90's, Cayasso played in the German Bundesliga with Stuttgarter Kickers, and later came back to Saprissa, where helped his team win several titles more. In January 1996 he moved to Turrialba after finding it hard to get playing time at Saprissa[4] and in November 1996, Cayasso joined Goicoechea.[5]

He scored his 100th league goal on 18 March 1998 for Carmelita[3] but was released by them in March 2000.[6] He was given a testimonial match in November 2000.[7]

International careerEdit

Nicknamed el Nene (the Kid),[8] he made his debut for Costa Rica in 1983 and has earned a total of 49 caps, scoring 9 goals.[9] He has represented his country in 10 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[10] and is mostly remembered for scoring the first Costa Rican goal ever in a World Cup,[11] against Scotland during the 1990 World Cup finals played in Italy.[10] That game was won by the Ticos, against all predictions.

His final international was a July 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Jamaica. He also played at the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles.[10][12]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 31 July 1988 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama   Panama 1–0 2–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 11 June 1989 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica   Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 1–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 25 June 1989 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador   El Salvador 1–0 4–2 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 2 February 1990 Orange Bowl, Miami, United States   United States 1–0 2–0 Marlboro Cup
5. 22 February 1990 Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States   Soviet Union 1–0 1–2 Marlboro Cup
6. 11 June 1990 Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy   Scotland 1–0 1–0 1990 FIFA World Cup
7. 15 July 1993 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   Mexico 1–0 1–1 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup
8. 18 July 1993 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   Martinique 2–1 3–1 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup
9. 18 July 1993 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   Martinique 3–1 3–1 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Managerial careerEdit

After coaching second division side El Roble, Cayasso took the reins at Limonense in January 2005, working for free since his hometown club was heavily in debt.[13] Later he became sports director and administrator at Limonense.[14] From 2012 he is a member of the Sports Committee of the canton Limón.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

He is one of nine children of Arnoldo Cayasso Joseph and Muriel Reid Carr. He married 1988 to Marta Zamora and had 2 children, Jose Cayasso and Naomi Cayasso. He later divorced, remarried, and had another son, Juan Gabriel Cayasso.[3]


  1. ^ Juan Cayasso está feliz con su doble – Al Día (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Juan Cayasso "El futbol no tiene memoria" – Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ a b c Nene en blanco y negro (Biography) – Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Juan Cayasso a Turrialba – Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Experiencia por una oportunidad Cayasso se incorpora a Goicoechea – Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Carmelita aplica el látigo – Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Despedida para Juan Cayasso•Cayasso se retira mañana en un show futbolístico, en el Estadio Nacional – Nación (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Juan Cayasso – Al Día (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "Costa Rica – Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ a b c Juan CayassoFIFA competition record
  11. ^ Cero Poses Juan Cayasso: Ángel de ébano – Nación (in Spanish)
  12. ^ "Juan Cayasso". Retrieved 29 March 2008.
  13. ^ Técnico de Limonense Juan Cayasso trabaja de gratis – Al Día (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Hacia el gol aquel – Nación (in Spanish)
  15. ^ Ciclistas tomarán el Caribe el fin de semana – CRHoy (in Spanish)

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