Winston Parks

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Winston Parks
Personal information
Full name Winston Antonio Parks Tifet
Date of birth (1981-10-12) 12 October 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Limón, Costa Rica
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position(s) Second Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Limonense 49 (12)
2001–2002 Udinese 0 (0)
2002Ascoli (loan) 3 (0)
2003–2006 Lokomotiv Moscow 35 (6)
2005Saturn Moscow (loan) 11 (3)
2006–2007 Slovan Liberec 17 (1)
2007–2008 Alajuelense 23 (3)
2008–2011 Politehnica Timişoara 49 (6)
2010–2011Khazar Lankaran (loan) 25 (8)
2011–2012 FC Baku 30 (9)
2013 Uruguay Coronado 5 (1)
2014 Limón 14 (2)
2015–2016 Santos de Guápiles 23 (5)
Total 235 (44)
National team
1999–2001 Costa Rica U20 10 (7)
2001–2011 Costa Rica 27 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:46, 11 September 2014 (UTC+1)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:41, 5 June 2010 (UTC+1)

Winston Antonio Parks Tifet (born 12 October 1981) is a Costa Rican former football striker.

He previously played in Europe for Udinese, Ascoli, Slovan Liberec, Lokomotiv Moscow, FC Saturn Ramenskoe, Politehnica Timişoara and FC Baku.

Club career[edit]

Winston made his debut in the Costa Rican Primera División in 1999 with only in 17-year-old, playing with his hometown team Limonense and scored his first goal back on 28 November of the same year, he played this season mostly as a substitute, because he was competing at that moment against some players that succeeded during the next few years, like Kurt Bernard, Andy Herron, Rayner Robinson and Ricardo Douglas for a place in the starting line-up. The following season and after the sale of most of the players mentioned before, it was usual to see him in the starting line-up making a dangerous offensive triplet with Victor Núñez and Andy Herron.

His high internationally performances led the Italian club Udinese to purchase the player for $2.1 million from Limonense.[1] However, due to injuries Parks was unable to earn a place in the club's first team,[2] he was loaned for six months to Ascoli[3] and eventually moved on to Lokomotiv Moscow,[4] he was again loaned to FC Saturn Ramenskoe and then he was sold to Slovan Liberec.[5]

After spending six years in Europe he decided to moved back to Costa Rica looking for more minutes on the field in other the get in shape and find again his game and ability. He signed with Alajuelense in summer 2007,[6] but he has had a lot of injuries and only scored two goals in the Apertura's tournament.

Politehnica Timișoara[edit]

He returned to Europa and signed for the Romanian club in summer 2008.[7] Parks made his debut in an away match against FC Argeş where he played just one minute. He scored his first two goals against CS Otopeni in a 2–2 draw. In an away match at Gloria Bistriţa he made his worst match of his career and was criticized by the chairman Marian Iancu and put him on transfer list.

Khazar Lankaran[edit]

On 13 August 2010, he was loaned out to FK Khazar Lankaran with option to buy him at end of the season. He was the goalscorer of the team on 2010–11 season.

FK Baku[edit]

Parks joined Baku from at the start of the 2011–12 season. After 9 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions for Baku, he left the club at the end of the 2012/13 season.[8]

Uruguay Coronado[edit]

In September 2013, Parks joined Costa Rican Primera División side Uruguay Coronado.[9]

Ahead of the 2014 Verano season, Parks moved to second division side Siquirreña[10] and in summer 2014 he returned to his hometown to play for Limón.[11] He joined Santos de Guápiles in January 2015.[12]

International career[edit]

Parks gained recognition as an exceptional youth player, appearing in FIFA World Youth Championships U-17 in 1999 held in Nigeria and U-20 in 2001 held in Argentina, and leading Costa Rica during the 2001 U-20 tournament, with four goals.[13]

After making his full national team debut in a November 2001 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Jamaica, he made the roster for the 2002 World Cup, where he appeared in two games as a substitute.[13] Against Turkey he scored the equalizing goal, but failed to score on a second opportunity. he also had a great game against Brazil. His lack of playing time and injuries have, however, resulted in Parks seeing little time during 2006 World Cup qualifying.

He earned a total of 27 caps, scoring 6 goals and represented his country at the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[14]

His final international was a November 2011 friendly match against Spain.[15]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.[15]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 April 2002 International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan  Japan 1 – 1 1–1 Friendly
2 9 June 2002 Incheon Munhak Stadium, Incheon, South Korea  Turkey 1 – 1 1–1 2002 FIFA World Cup
3 29 March 2003 Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica  Paraguay 2 – 1 2–1 Friendly
4 4 June 2004 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, Tibás, San José, Costa Rica  Nicaragua 2 – 0 5–1 Friendly
5 4 June 2004 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, Tibás, San José, Costa Rica  Nicaragua 4 – 0 5–1 Friendly
6 1 June 2010 Stade Tourbillon, Sion, Switzerland   Switzerland 0 – 1 0–1 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Parks married Josefina Adriana Rivera on 19 June 2002.[3]



Season Club Title
2004 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow Russian Premier League
2005 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow Russian Super Cup
2010–11 Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran Azerbaijan Cup
2011–12 Azerbaijan FC Baku Azerbaijan Cup


  1. ^ Winston al Udinese - Nación (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Se recupera de lesión Winston quiere jugar - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ a b Renace y crece legión tica•Winston Parks será prestado seis meses al Áscoli italiano - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Costarricense Winston Parks podría ser fichado por el Lokomotiv ruso - Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Tico Parks ficha con el Liberec checo - Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Winston Parks a la Liga - Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Winston Parks jugará en Rumanía - Nación (in Spanish)
  8. ^ "Reform has started in Baku". Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  9. ^ Winston Parks ya está listo para jugar con el Uruguay de Coronado - CR Hoy (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Winston Parks jugará con Siquirreña - Futbol en Costa Rica (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Limón se ganó tres puestos en el Torneo de Invierno al vencer 3-1 a Santos - Nación (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Winston Parks, nuevo refuerzo del Santos de Guápiles - Teletica (in Spanish)
  13. ^ a b Winston ParksFIFA competition record
  14. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2003 - Full Details - RSSSF
  15. ^ a b c Winston Parks at (in Romanian) and

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