Leonidas Flores

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Leony Flores
Personal information
Full name Leonidas Flores Reyes
Date of birth (1965-01-24) January 24, 1965 (age 55)
Place of birth La Palma de Abangares, Costa Rica
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1988 Puntarenas (93)
1989 Saprissa
1989–1992 Montreal Supra
1992–1994 San Carlos
1995 Limonense
1995–1996 Guanacasteca
1996 San Carlos
Total - (118)
National team
1984 Costa Rica U23 2
1984–1996 Costa Rica 30 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Leonidas Flores Reyes (born 24 January 1965[1]) is a retired Costa Rican professional footballer.

He played for Puntarenas, Saprissa, Guanacasteca and San Carlos.[2]

Club career[edit]

Born in La Palma de Abangares, Guanacaste, Flores started his career at Puntarenas in 1983[3] and won the 1986 Primera Division de Costa Rica title with them. He is also the club's all-time leading scorer with 93 goals[4] and scored a total of 118 career goals,[5] placed in position 17th all time Costa Rican strikers. He was the league's top goalscorer in 1986 with 19 goals.[6]

He had a three-year spell abroad, at Canadian Soccer League side Montreal Supra.[7]

International career[edit]

Flores made 30 appearances for the Costa Rica national football team from 1984 to 1996.[1] He also played at the 1984 Olympic Games in two games as sub.[8][9]

Flores scored two goals as Costa Rica won the 1989 CONCACAF Championship, besides having his best performance, was left out from the Italy 1990 World Cup roster.[10] According to Flores, he has never been explained why.[11] Finally was able to return for the 1991 UNCAF Nations Cup and 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[12]

His final international was a September 1996 friendly match against Costa Rica.

Retirement[edit]

After his football career he became a traffic policeman in Guanacaste.[13] In September 2012, Flores was arrested on suspicion of charging "bribes" to drivers in exchange for not fining them for violating the traffic law.[14]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Iris Ocampos.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Figuras del ayer: Leonidas Flores". UNAFUT. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
  2. ^ Leoni corazón - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Regreso a un viejo amor Sorpresivo llamado de Leoni Flores a Selección - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Feliz cumpleaños al gran Municipal Puntarenas Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Minor Díaz se integra a la lista - UNAFUT
  6. ^ Puntarenas en breve - Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Figuras del ayer: Leoni Flores - Nación (in Spanish)
  8. ^ "Leonidas Flores". Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 2020-02-23. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
  9. ^ Leonidas FloresFIFA competition record
  10. ^ "International Matches 1989: North and Central America and Caribbean". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
  11. ^ Leonidas Flores: ‘Quiero saber por qué’ - Al Día (in Spanish)
  12. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1991 - Full Details Archived 2013-10-16 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  13. ^ El exjugador Leonidas Flores tiene 48 años y vive en Guanacaste. Desde 1997 trabaja como Policía de Tránsito - Al Día (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Exjugador de futbol y 12 agentes de Tránsito caen por ‘mordidas’ - Nación (in Spanish)
  15. ^ Leonny Flores rechaza cargos por los que fue detenido. “Hay que tener valor para estar solo en una celda de esas, porque es impresionante - Al Día (in Spanish)

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