Víctor Núñez

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Víctor Núñez
Personal information
Full name Víctor Amaury Núñez Rodríguez
Date of birth (1980-04-15) 15 April 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Heredia U17 Manager
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Saprissa 48 (11)
2000–2001Limonense (loan) 31 (21)
2002–2003Santa Bárbara (loan) 18 (16)
2003–2008 Alajuelense 57 (26)
2004–2006Cartaginés (loan) 53 (29)
2008–2010 Liberia Mía 51 (31)
2010–2015 Herediano 105 (52)
2015 Real España 19 (2)
2015–2016 Santos de Guápiles 21 (11)
2016–2017 Herediano 48 (13)
2018 Santos de Guápiles 6 (1)
2018– Cibao 5 (0)
National team
2006–2013 Costa Rica 27 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 January 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2008

Víctor Amaury Núñez Rodríguez (born 15 April 1980) is a retired professional footballer who played as a forward for multiple clubs, including C.S. Herediano, L.D. Alajuelense, and Deportivo Saprissa. He currently serves as assistant coach at C.S. Herediano.

He has the all-time record for the number of goals in Costa Rica's first division.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Núñez moved to Costa Rica at age 9.[1] He was naturalised there on 31 January 2003,[1] and subsequently opted to play internationally for the Costa Rica national team.

Club career[edit]

Nuñez came out of the minor league system of Deportivo Saprissa where he played his first seasons. He made his professional debut in a league match against Goicoechea on 16 December 1999.[1]

Nuñez scored his first goal on 12 October 2000 against Alajuelense while playing on loan for Limonense.[1] He has led the league in goal-scoring four times (Invierno 2007, Invierno 2008, Invierno 2009 and Verano 2013) and became the top active league goalscorer in March 2009[2] while becoming the second player to score more than 200 league goals in November 2013.[3] He simultaneously amassed a total of 217 goals in all games, only 30 short of Costa Rican recordholder Juan Ulloa.[4]

His nickname, El Mambo, references the traditional rhythm of his home country (mambo).

He never fully earned trust at Saprissa so he was loaned again once he went back to them. After a few bad disappointing seasons with Saprissa but with a high recognition in the country, he was signed by Saprissa's archrival Alajuelense. He did not have a lot of options during his first year, so he was, again, loaned to Cartaginés and after an amazing campaign he returned to Alajuelense and finally became an important piece of the team. In July 2010, he joined Herediano from Águilas Guanacastecas.[5] After four years with Herediano, Núñez moved abroad to play for Honduran side Real España.[6]

He is a strong and decisive player who has a great ability to dribble rivals and has score amazing goals, he is usually very accurate on his shots.[citation needed]

On 23 June 2018, he was signed by Cibao FC in his natal country, Dominican Republic,[7] where he will not occupy a place of foreigners.[8]

International career[edit]

Núñez made his debut for Costa Rica in a February 2006 friendly match against South Korea[9] and has, as of May 2014, earned a total of 28 caps, scoring 6 goals. He represented his country in 7 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[10] and was part of the Costa Rica squad for 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany, making him the first Dominican Republic-born athlete to compete in a FIFA World Cup.[citation needed].

He also played at the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup[11] and 2011 Copa Centroamericana [12]

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 September 2007 National Soccer Stadium, Toronto, Canada  Canada 1–0 1–1 Friendly
2. 13 October 2007 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 1–0 2–2 Friendly
3. 21 November 2007 Estadio Rod Carew, Panama City, Panama  Panama 1–1 1–1 Friendly
4. 14 June 2008 Grenada National Stadium, St. George's, Grenada  Grenada 2–2 2–2 World Cup qualifier
5. 15 October 2008 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San José, Costa Rica  Haiti 2–0 2–0 World Cup qualifier
6. 14 January 2011 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Honduras 1–0 1–1 Uncaf 2011


  1. ^ a b c d "Sonría, "Mambo"". Al Día. 6 November 2005. Archived from the original on 13 November 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2008.
  2. ^ Mambo , máximo goleador activo en Primera División - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Calvo C., Rodrigo (21 November 2013). "Errol Daniels y Víctor 'Mambo' Núñez, dos leyendas del gol" (in Spanish). Nacion. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  4. ^ A Víctor Núñez lo seduce otro récord de goleo - Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ “Mambo” Núñez jugará con Herediano - Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Víctor Mambo Núñez ahora es menos letal; se va del Herediano al Real España - Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "Cibao FC anuncia el fichaje del jugador dominicano Víctor "El Mambo" Núñez" (in Spanish). Cibao FC. 23 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Víctor 'Mambo' Núñez jugará en República Dominicana". La Nación (in Spanish). 22 June 2018.
  9. ^ "International Friendly Matches 2006". RSSSF. Retrieved 17 October 2008.
  10. ^ Víctor NúñezFIFA competition record
  11. ^ UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2009 - Details - RSSSF
  12. ^ Copa Centroamericana 2011 (UNCAF Nations Cup) - RSSSF

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