Luis Antonio Marín Murillo (born 10 August 1974) is a retired professional Costa Rican footballer and former national captain. He is currently the manager of San Carlos.

Luis Marín
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Personal information
Full name Luis Antonio Marín Murillo
Date of birth (1974-08-10) August 10, 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
San Carlos (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Carmelita 13 (1)
1993–1998 Alajuelense 104 (6)
1998–1999 USAC 15 (0)
1999–2000 River Plate 6 (0)
2000–2006 Alajuelense 222 (8)
2006–2009 Maccabi Netanya 93 (2)
2009–2011 Alajuelense 69 (3)
Total 523 (21)
National team
1993–2009 Costa Rica 128 (-15)
Teams managed
2011 LD Alajuelense (assistant)
2011–2018 Costa Rica (assistant)
2014–2015 Costa Rica U21 (assistant)
2019– San Carlos
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marin was regarded to be one of the finest Costa Rican footballers of his generation.

Club careerEdit

Marín was born in the Calderón Guardia Hospital in San José, Costa Rica and grew up in Concepción de Tres Ríos.[1] He made his professional debut for Carmelita on 13 September 1992 against Alajuelense,[2] before moving to Alajuelense themselves. In 1998, he moved abroad to play for Guatemalan side USAC alongside compatriots Try Bennett and Benjamín Mayorga[3] and in 1999 he played in Uruguay for River Plate.[4] In 2000, he returned to Alajuelense.

In 2006, Marín left Liga for another spell abroad, moving to Israeli outfit Maccabi Netanya.[5] After 3 seasons with Netanya, winning a total of 113 caps, scoring 2 goals in all club competitions and becoming a fan favorite earning the nickname "superman", Marin left the club in summer 2009 for a final spell at Alajuelense.[6] He announced his retirement in April 2011.[2]

International careerEdit

Marín made his debut for Costa Rica in a June 1993 friendly match against Panama[7] and earned a total of 128 caps, scoring 5 goals.[8] He represented his country in 41 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played in all 3 games during both the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.[9] He also played at the 1997,[10] 1999,[11] 2001[12] and 2003 UNCAF Nations Cups[13] as well as at the 1993,[14]1998,[15] 2002[16] and 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cups[17] and the 2001[18] and 2004 Copa Américas.[19] He also was a non-playing squad member at the 1997 Copa América.[20]

He played his final game for the national team on November 18, 2009, where they tied 1–1 to Uruguay. The game meant that Costa Rica would not be in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In Israel his nickname was "Superman".

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 November 1997 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica   Canada 3–1 3–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 23 May 2001 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras   Belize 3–0 4–0 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
3. 20 June 2001 Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica   Jamaica 1–0 2–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 19 November 2003 Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica   Finland 1–0 2–1 Friendly match
5. 11 July 2004 Estadio Universidad Nacional San Agustín, Arequipa, Peru   Brazil 1–4 1–4 2004 Copa América

Managerial careerEdit

After retiring in May 2011, Marín was appointed assistant to manager Oscar Ramírez at Alajuelense[21] and was named assistant national coach for the 2014 UNCAF Nations Cup would Jorge Luis Pinto decide to resign as national team manager.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Marín is married to Elizabeth Chavarría and they have two daughters and a son.[23]


Team honours with LD AlajuelenseEdit

Marín as assistant coach of Óscar Ramírez in Alajuelense

Team honours with Maccabi NetanyaEdit

Team honours with Costa RicaEdit



  1. ^ Perfil de jugadores de la Selección Nacional Luis Antonio Marín - Nación (in Spanish)
  2. ^ a b Marín anunció retiro del futbol Although he was known for being a great defender, he was also known for consistently scoring accidental own goals.Archived 2014-12-20 at - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Sorpresa a la tica • Luis Marín, Try Bennett y Mincho Mayorga convierten a la Universidad de San Carlos en la revelación del torneo chapín - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Marín dice que Centenario no asusta a los futbolistas - Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Optimismo, el blindaje de Luis Marín en Israel - Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Costarricense dice adiós al Medio Oriente Luis Marín cierra hoy un ciclo fructífero en Israel - Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Juegos con la Selección mayor Centeno empatará el récord de Marín - Nación (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Luis Antonio Marín Murillo - Century of International Appearances - RSSSF
  9. ^ Luis MarínFIFA competition record
  10. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1997 - RSSSF
  11. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1999 - RSSSF
  12. ^ Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2001 - Details Archived 2008-10-24 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  13. ^ Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2003 - Details Archived 2010-01-17 at WebCite - RSSSF
  14. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1993 - Full Details Archived 2004-12-24 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  15. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1998 - Full Details Archived 2009-06-10 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  16. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2002 - Full Details Archived 2010-01-17 at WebCite - RSSSF
  17. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2003 - Full Details Archived 2008-10-24 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  18. ^ Copa América 2001 Archived 2013-10-19 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  19. ^ Copa América 2004 - RSSSF
  20. ^ Copa América 1997 - RSSSF
  21. ^ Luis Marín será asistente en la Liga - Nación (in Spanish)
  22. ^ Paulo Wanchope y Luis Marín serían los técnicos de la Selección Nacional en la Uncaf - Nación (in Spanish)
  23. ^ Luis Marín jugará un torneo más con el Maccabi Netanya - Nación (in Spanish)

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