Costa Rican defender Umana signs for Persepolis

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Costa Rica's defender Michael Umana celebrates after wining a Round of 16 match between Costa Rica and Greece at Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 29, 2014
Costa Rica's defender Michael Umana celebrates after wining a Round of 16 match between Costa Rica and Greece at Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 29, 2014 (AFP Photo/Aris Messinis)

Tehran (AFP) - Costa Rica international defender Michael Umana has signed a two-year deal with Iranian club Persepolis.

The 32-year-old Umana has been capped 86 times by his country and was one of the pillars in defence in Costa Rica's advance to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Brazil.

He was one of the players, however, to miss his penalty when thst quarter-final match against the Netherlands went to penalties, the Dutch going on to win 4-3.

Umana signed for Persepolis from Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa, having also played in the United States with Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas.

"I'm very happy to join Persepolis and I hope to pass a good moment with the team," Umana was quoted in local media as saying.

The Tehran-based Persepolis are, along with city rivals Esteghlal, one of the giants of the Iranian league, finishing second last season.