Farlen Ilama

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Farlen Ilama
Personal information
Full name Farlen Ilama Solís
Date of birth (1972-08-25) 25 August 1972 (age 48)
Place of birth San Isidro de El General,
Costa Rica
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Pérez Zeledón
1997–2000 Saprissa 79 (16)
2000–2001 Pérez Zeledón
2001–2002 Carmelita
2002–2003 Municipal Osa
2003 Pérez Zeledón
2004–2005 Ramonense
2007–2008 Carmelita
Total 399 (97)
National team
1992–1997 Costa Rica 12 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Farlen Ilama Solís (born 25 August 1972 in San Isidro de El General) is a retired Costa Rican football player, who played the majority of his career for Pérez Zeledón.

Club career[edit]

A short-built striker, Ilama made his professional debut on 19 January 1992 for hometown club Pérez Zeledón against Alajuelense[1] and played a total of 221 games for the club, scoring 70 goals.[1] He had trials with German Zweite Bundesliga sides Carl Zeiss Jena, Wattenscheid and Waldhof Mannheim in 1995,[2] but no transfer materialized.[3] He also played for Costa Rica giants Saprissa, joining them in summer 1997,[4] as well as Carmelita, Municipal Osa before returning at Pérez Zeledón in 2003, six months after leaving an alcohol clinic.[5] He then moved to Ramonense in 2004[6] and finished his career in 2005. He however returned to Carmelita in 2007.[7]

As of March 2003, Ilama totalled 367 league games, scoring 90 goals,[1] ending up with 399 games and 97 goals.[8] During his career, Ilama battled an alcohol addiction.[9]

International career[edit]

Ilama made his debut for Costa Rica in a May 1992 friendly match against Ecuador and earned a total of 12 caps, scoring 2 goals.[10] He represented his country in 2 FIFA World Cup qualification matches,[11] scoring in his final international game.

His final international was a November 1997 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Canada.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 May 1995 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States  United States 1–0 2–1 Friendly match
2. 16 November 1997 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Canada 2–0 3–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

He has a daughter, Anyale Kharina, from his first marriage and another child with his second wife.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Ilama revive y sueña - Nación (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Farlen despierta simpatías - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Farlen regresa... pero gustó - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Ilama respira tranquilo - Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Todos apoyan el regreso de Farlen - Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Gol revive la pasión de Ilama - Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Generaleno Farlen Ilama Vuelve al futbol nacional - Perezzeledon (in Spanish)
  8. ^ A las puertas del club de los grandes goleadores Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  9. ^ La fama de los “chicos malos” - Al Día (in Spanish)
  10. ^ ¿Quiero saber el historial de Farlen Ilama en la Primera División? - Nación (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Farlen IlamaFIFA competition record
  12. ^ Farlen Ilama: “No culpo al fútbol” - Al Día (in Spanish)

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