For the Shining Path leader, see Óscar Ramírez.
Óscar Ramírez Hernández (born 8 December 1964), nicknamed "El Machillo" (The Blondie), was a Costa Rican international footballer, whose great career is often considered as legendary in his native country. He played for the two most important teams in his country, LD Alajuelense and Deportivo Saprissa, becoming a star and an idol for both team's fans. With LD Alajuelense he won four national championships during the 1980s and early '90s, as well as a CONCACAF Champions Cup in 1986. During 1993's season, "El Machillo" switched to Alajuela's arch-rival team Saprissa, causing a commotion on Liga's fans. With Saprissa, he won a total of three more national championships and two CONCACAF Champions Cup titles.
Ramírez made 75 appearances for the Costa Rica national football team, representing his country in the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, and in the 1990 FIFA World Cup played in Italy. He also was part of the team that went to Copa América 1997 in Bolivia. After his retirement, he began working as Hernán Medford's assistant coach in Saprissa, winning in less than three years, a national championship, a UNCAF Cup title, and a CONCACAF Champions Cup title, thus earning a berth at the FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup. He is now the head coach of LD Alajuelense.
As of October 28, 2006, the Costa Rican Football Federation, or Federación Costarricense de Fútbol, announced that Hernan Medford and his coaching staff will take charge of the Costa Rica national football team. Thus making him the new assistant coach for the Costa Rica national football team.
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