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Byran Oviedo

Bryan Josué Oviedo Jiménez (born 18 February 1990) is a Costa Rican footballer, currently playing for Everton in the Premier League.[1] Oviedo has previously represented Saprissa, FC Copenhagen and Nordsjælland. He has represented Costa Rica at U17, U20 and full international level. Bryan Josué Oviedo Jiménez (born 18 February 1990) is a Costa Rican footballer, currently playing for Everton in the Premier League.[1] Oviedo has previously represented Saprissa, FC Copenhagen and Nordsjælland. He has represented Costa Rica at U17, U20 and full international level.

Club careerEdit

Deportivo SaprissaEdit

After his outstanding performance in U-20 World Cup 2009 in Egypt, he had the opportunity to play in the first team, playing some games before leaving for Europe.

F.C. CopenhagenEdit

In early 2010 he began his European adventure, Copenhagen buying his services until 2013. In his first months, he was loaned to FC Nordsjælland and had more participation, even managed to win the 2010–11 Danish Cup. Bryan returned again to the Danish capital for the 2011–2012 season, and made his first official team appearance on 5 May 2010, when Copenhagen finally secured the Danish championship with a 4–0 victory against HB Køge. In the first half of the 2011–2012 season, he managed to break into the starting lineup, benching Pierre Bengtsson.

EvertonEdit

On 31 August 2012, Oviedo signed for English Premier League side Everton for an undisclosed fee.[2] He made his debut as a 85th minute substitute during a 3–0 away league win over Swansea City in September.[3]

International careerEdit

In 2007, Oviedo represented Costa Rica at the CONCACAF U17 Tournament (a precursor to the CONCACAF U17 Championship). Oviedo played in all three games, beating Trinidad and Tobago 2–0, drawing 0–0 with Canada and losing 2–1 to United States. Costa Rica finished in second place in Group B and successfully qualifying for the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[4] Oviedo was not selected in the U17 World Cup squad.

Two years later Oviedo was named in the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship squad. Oviedo's Costa Rica beat Mexico 1–0 in their opening game, drew 0–0 with Trinidad and Tobago and beat Canada 2–1 in the final group stage game. Oviedo was not named in the team for the semi-final against Honduras but played in the final where Costa Rica beat USA 3–0.[5] Due to the successful campaign in the U-20 Championship, Costa Rica qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Oviedo retained his place in the national under 20 team and was named in the squad for the U-20 World Cup.

The U20 World Cup didn't get off to the best of starts, Oviedo featured in the team lost 5–0 to Brazil in Costa Rica's opening game in Group E. In the second game he helped Costa Rica defeat Australia 3–0 and was also named in the team that lost their final group game against Czech Republic 3–2. The three points were enough to qualify and Costa Rica defeated hosts Egypt 2–0 in front of 81,860 in the knock out stage. Costa Rica beat United Arab Emirates 2–1 after extra time in the quarter finals and lost to Brazil 1–0 at the semi-final stage. The Costa Rican's met Hungary in the third place playoff where they were defeated on penalties after a 1–1 draw.[6]

He played his first match with the Costa Rican national team against Argentina on 26 January 2010.

Oviedo was named in the Costa Rican squad for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Costa Rica finished third in Group A after opening with a 5–0 win against Cuba, a 1–1 draw with El Salavador ensuring qualification before losing 5–1 to Mexico in the final group stage game. Costa Rica were knocked out of the competition following a penalty shootout after a 1–1 draw with Honduras.[7]

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 February 2010 Estadio Olímpico Luis Ramos, Puerto la Cruz  Venezuela 0 – 1 2–2 Friendly

HonoursEdit

Copenhagen
FC Nordsjælland
Costa Rica U-20

IndividualEdit

Copenhagen

Danish Cup Player of the Year
  • Winner: 2012 .[8]