Luis Ramírez Zapata

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Luis Ramírez Zapata
Personal information
Full name Luis Baltazar Ramírez Zapata
Date of birth (1954-01-06) 6 January 1954 (age 65)
Place of birth San Salvador, El Salvador
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1966–1968 Córdova
1968–1969 La Predilecta
1969–1971 Dragón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1976 Águila (182)
1977–1978 Cartaginés (11)
1978 Puebla
1979 Alianza
1979 Platense
1980–1992 Águila
1990 Washington Diplomats
1992 Atlético Marte
National team
1971–1989 El Salvador 58 (16)
Teams managed
2007 Águila
2009 Atlético Balboa
2010 ADI F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2007
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 December 2006

Luis Baltazar Ramírez Zapata (born 6 January 1954) is a retired Salvadoran footballer.

Club career[edit]

Nicknamed El Pelé, he spent nearly 20 years playing for Salvadoran club Águila. He started with Águila, after being recommended by Brazilian technical director Arnaldo Da Silva, under the legendary Juan Francisco Barraza[1] before leaving to join other clubs and later in his career make a return to the San Miguel based club. He also would go on to play for Atlético Marte and Alianza in his homeland El Salvador and spent time abroad playing for Cartaginés in Costa Rica, scoring 11 goals,[2] and Puebla in Mexico. In 1990, he played for the Washington Diplomats of the American Professional Soccer League.[3]

International career[edit]

Ramírez represented El Salvador at the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico.[4] He also represented his country in 24 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[5] and was a member of the El Salvador team at the 1982 World Cup in Spain. During the tournament, he scored their only goal in World Cup history.[6] It came in the infamous 10–1 defeat to Hungary on 15 June 1982, which remains the single biggest loss for a team in the competition's history.

Ramírez Zapata scored 16 goals for the El Salvador national football team from 1971 to 1989.[7]

His final international game was an August 1989 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Trinidad & Tobago.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list El Salvador's goal tally first.[8]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 September 1971 Estadio Nacional Flor Blanca, San Salvador, El Salvador  Nicaragua 1–0 1–0 1971 CONCACAF Championship qualification
2. 9 February 1976 Estadio Nacional Flor Blanca, San Salvador, El Salvador  Hungary 1–? 1–2 Friendly
3. 2 May 1976 Estadio Revolución, Panama City, Panama  Panama 1–0 1–1 1977 CONCACAF Championship qualification
4. 1 August 1976 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvdor  Panama 1–0 4–1 1977 CONCACAF Championship qualification
5. 2–0
6. 4–0
7. 15 December 1976 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica  Costa Rica 1–1 1–1 1977 CONCACAF Championship qualification
8. 8 October 1977 Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey, Mexico  Canada 1–0 2–1 1977 CONCACAF Championship
9. 2–0
10. 30 September 1980 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Guatemala 2–1 3–2 Friendly
11. 15 June 1982 Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, Elche, Spain  Hungary 1–5 1–10 1982 FIFA World Cup
12. 27 June 1984 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Guatemala 3–1 3–1 Friendly
13. 5 August 1984 Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium, Bayamón, Puerto Rico  Puerto Rico 1–0 3–0 1985 CONCACAF Championship qualification
14. 27 February 1985 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Suriname 2–0 3–0 1985 CONCACAF Championship
15. 16 October 1988 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Netherlands Antilles 4–0 5–0 1989 CONCACAF Championship qualification
16. 5–0

Managerial career and personal life[edit]

His first job as a manager was at Águila, where he replaced Panamanian coach Gary Stempel in 2007. After his own dismissal, he coached Atlético Balboa and Salvadoran second division side ADI F.C., before joining the Department of Culture and Sports of the San Miguel mayorship.[9] He was sacked by the municipal council in October 2011.[10]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ EL KINDER DE BARRAZA Archived 30 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine – Aguilaonline (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Eliseo Quintanilla, el primer cuzcatleco aquí en 20 años - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ 1990 Washington Diplomats
  4. ^ Pan-American Games 1975 (Mexico) - Match Details
  5. ^ Luis Ramírez ZapataFIFA competition record
  6. ^ "Se habla más del 10–1 que de mi gol" – El Diario de Hoy (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Owsianski, Jarek (18 April 2004). "El Salvador – Record International Players". RSSSF.
  8. ^ "Ramírez Zapata, Luis". National Football Teams. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  9. ^ ¿Qué PASó con... "EL PELÉ" ZAPATA? – El Salvador.com (in Spanish)
  10. ^ El “Pelé” Zapata denuncia despido injustificado en PGR – La Prensa Gráfica (in Spanish)

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