Juan Ulloa Ramírez (February 5, 1935 – February 11, 2017) was a Costa Rican football player, who used to play as a striker.

Juan Ulloa
Personal information
Full name Juan Ulloa Ramírez
Date of birth (1935-02-05)February 5, 1935
Place of birth Alajuela, Costa Rica
Date of death February 11, 2017(2017-02-11) (aged 82)
Place of death Alajuela, Costa Rica
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1948 El Carmen de Alajuela
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1963 Alajuelense (86)
1962 Real Betis (8)
1964–1965 Aurora
1965–1966 León
1966–1967 San Carlos
UD Canarias
Uruguay de Coronado
National team
1955–1961 Costa Rica[1] 27 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Ulloa started his career in 1948 at Third Division side El Carmen de Alajuela[2] and played the majority of his career for hometown club Alajuelense, but also had spells at Puntarenas, San Carlos, Uruguay de Coronado and Orión as well as abroad at Guatemalan side Aurora, in Mexico with León, four months with Real Betis[3] in Spain and Unión Deportiva Canarias in Venezuela.[4]

Ulloa was top scorer of the Primera División three times, in 1959, 1960 and 1966,[5] totalling 140 goals in the Costa Rica Primera División.[6] He scored a record total of 247 goals in all competitions (league, cup, national team and internal club matches).[7][8]

He retired in 1970.

International careerEdit

Ulloa was also part of the Ticos, playing 27 games and scoring 27 goals.[9] He was the national team's all-time goalscorer until Rolando Fonseca surpassed him in 2001.[4] He represented his country in 7 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[10]


On February 11, 2017, Ulloa was invited to receive a tribute in the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto before a match between Alajuelense and San Carlos, as he had played for both teams in his career. Former Alajuelense player Pablo Nassar took him back to his house, where Ulloa suffered a cardiorespiratory problem. He was taken to the San Rafael Hospital in Alajuela, where he died.[11]


  1. ^ Juan Ulloa - Goals in International Matches
  2. ^ Juan Ulloa y Carlos Ml. Barrantes Bienvenidos a la inmortalidad - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ juan ulloa ramirez - Real Betis (in Spanish)
  4. ^ a b Trayectoria de Juan Ulloa - Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Goleadores de Campeonato Nacional Archived 2013-10-30 at the Wayback Machine - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Club de los 100 Archived 2017-07-01 at the Wayback Machine - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  7. ^ A Víctor Núñez lo seduce otro récord de goleo - Nación (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Núñez va ahora tras los pasos de Juan Ulloa Archived 2015-01-04 at the Wayback Machine - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Goalscoring for Costa Rica National Team Archived 2009-07-06 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  10. ^ Juan UlloaFIFA competition record (archived)
  11. ^ Quesada, Eliseo (11 February 2017). "Exgoleador de Alajuelense Juan Ulloa fallece en el Hospital de Alajuela". La Nación. Retrieved 12 February 2017.

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