Ramon Maradiaga
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Ramon Maradiaga

Ramón Maradiaga
Personal information
Full name Ramón Enrique Maradiaga Chávez
Date of birth (1954-10-30) 30 October 1954 (age 65)
Place of birth Amapala, Honduras
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975-1982 Motagua
1983 Águila
1984 Tenerife 15 (1)
1985 Alianza
1985-1986 Independiente
1986-1990 Águila
1989-1990 Motagua
1990-1991 Real España
1991-1992 Tela Timsa
National team
1973-1985 Honduras 47 (1)
Teams managed
1992-1993 Petrotela
1993-1998 Motagua
1993 Marathón
1998-2002 Honduras
2002-2003 Motagua
2003 Águila
2004 Victoria
2004-2005 Guatemala
2006-2007 Motagua
2008 Guatemala
2009 Real España
2009-2011 Motagua
2012 Marathón
2012-2013 Municipal
2014-2015 Vida
2015-2016 El Salvador[1][2][3][4]
2017 Real España
2018 Juticalpa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ramón Enrique Maradiaga Chávez (born 30 October 1954 in Amapala, Honduras) is a retired Honduran football player who currently serves as coach for Real España.[5]

Club career

Nicknamed Primitivo, Maradiaga has played as a midfielder amongst others for F.C. Motagua as well as Salvadoran giants Águila and Alianza. He also had half a season in Europe, playing 15 games in the Spanish Segunda División for Tenerife in 1984.[6] He scored 23 goals in total for Motagua, making him one of the most prolific midfielders in the club's history.[7]

He finished his career at Tela Timsa after the 1991-1992 season and took the reins at the club the next season, also changing their name to Petrotela.[8]

International career

A stocky defensive midfielder, Maradiaga represented Honduras at the 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship. He went on to play for his country in 24 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and he was captain of the Honduras squad that took part in the 1982 FIFA World Cup.[9]

Managerial career

After his playing career ended, he has been rather successful as a coach. He has coached Motagua, Victoria, Águila and the Honduras national football team.

Guatemala national team

He had been in charge of the Guatemala national football team until 2006, but his contract was terminated after they failed to reach the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification play-offs. He returned however for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification in March 2008[10] but was dismissed by the Chapines for a second time in October 2008.[11]

He resigned in October 2009 as coach of Real España[12] and in September 2011, he was dismissed as coach of Motagua,[13] with whom he won four league titles.[14] He was revealed as the new Marathón coach in January 2012[15] but was replaced by Manuel Keosseián in August 2012.[16]

In September 2012, Maradiaga was presented as the new manager of Guatemalan giants Municipal.[17]

El Salvador national team

In September 2015 he accepted the position of coach of the El Salvador national football team. On 6 September 2016, his team revealed that they had all been approached, and had turned down, an offer to ensure that their result against Canada saw Honduras progress to the next round[18], but Maradiaga was later fined 20,000 Swiss francs and banned from football for two years for not disclosing the approach.[19]

International recognition

On 7 January 2011 the International Federation of Football History & Statistics published a list of the World's Best Coach of the 1st Decade (2001-2010) and Maradiaga appeared on the list ranking 167th.[20][21]

Personal life

Primi is married to Lesby Vargas, who is 19 years younger than him. They have two sons, Martín and Javier.[22]

Honours and awards


C.D. Motagua
C.D. Real Espana


  1. ^ "Ramón Maradiaga estudia no apelar sanción de la FIFA y habla del fin de su carrera".
  2. ^ "Jugador del Atlético de Madrid fue suspendido por nueve juegos".
  3. ^ "Ortiz satisfecho con afluencia de turistas".
  4. ^ "Gilberto Yearwood dice que sanción al "Primi" Maradiaga es injusta".
  5. ^ Ramón Maradiaga renuncia del Real España, diariomas.hn, 23 October 2017
  6. ^ Stats - BD Fútbol
  7. ^ GOLEADORES 18.07.65 - 01.04.12 Archived 5 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine - Ciclohn
  8. ^ Desafíe a ismael Archived 2 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine - La Prensa (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Ramón Maradiaga - FIFA competition record
  10. ^ 'Primitivo' Maradiaga es el nuevo entrenador de la Selección Chapina - Mediotiempo (in Spanish)
  11. ^ 'Primitivo' Maradiaga despedido de la Selección Chapina - Mediotiempo (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Primitivo Maradiaga renuncia al del Real España - Nación (in Spanish)
  13. ^ "Sigo sorprendido por mi salida" Ramón Maradiaga - Fútbol de Honduras (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Campeones/Sub Campeones Liga Nacional, 1965 a la fecha -Fútbol de Honduras (in Spanish)
  15. ^ Primitivo Maradiaga es el nuevo técnico del Marathón - El Heraldo (in Spanish)
  16. ^ Marathón despide a Maradiaga tras fracaso en inicio del torneo - La Prensa (in Spanish)
  17. ^ Ramón Maradiaga, nuevo técnico de Municipal - Siglo21 (in Spanish)
  18. ^ "World Cup 2018 qualifying: El Salvador 'refuse bribe to fix match'". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ "Fifa bans former El Salvador coach for two years for involvement in match-fixing case". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ IFFHS.de - The World's Best Coach of the 1st Decade (2001-2010) - 7 January 2011
  21. ^ Diez.hn - "Primitivo" Maradiaga, entre los mejores de la década Archived 3 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine - 7 January 2011
  22. ^ Esposa de Primitivo Maradiaga: "Es un romántico y hogareño" - La Prensa (in Spanish)

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