The Big Interview: Bryan Ruiz, the new Costa Rican football sensation at Fulham Football Club

After the most successful year in his footballing career, 26-year-old Bryan Ruiz moved from Holland’s FC Twente to London’s Fulham FC earlier this year. The Costa Rican arrives to England having been named Dutch League Player of the Season and Top Scorer (24 goals). With the help of Ruiz’s skills, goals and general play, FC Twente won the 2010 Dutch League, Dutch Cup and Dutch Super cup. He scored one of the goals of the season in his first full game for Fulham with a delicate chip over Everton FC Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and hopes to make a strong impact in English football for the coming years while representing Costa Rican grassroots football internationally.

He began his professional career at 18 playing for Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, in Costa Rica’s top division. He formed a trio with 2 strikers, Rolando Fonseca and Froylan Ledezma, where he built a reputation as a goalscorer and a play maker. In Alajuelense, Bryan was nicknamed “la comadreja” (the weasel), for his ball-control ability.He was on the team when it won regional titles such as the UNCAF Cup and the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. To coincide with the celebration of Ruiz’s contributions to FC Twente and his transfer to Fulham, a Europe League match between the two sides was played on December 1st 2011. In yesterday’s Premier League match against Fulham FC, he helped set up the goal that earned Fulham a draw against Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge.

Ruiz’s Costa Rica is a multilingual, multiethnic and multicultural country in Central America, bordered byNicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Find out more about Costa Rica at http://www.visitcostarica.com .

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