Marcelo Salas

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Marcelo Salas
Marcelo Salas 2015.jpg
Salas in 2015
Personal information
Full name José Marcelo Salas Melinao
Date of birth (1974-12-24) 24 December 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Temuco, Chile
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1989–1992 Deportes Temuco
1992–1993 Universidad de Chile
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Universidad de Chile 77 (50)
1996–1998 River Plate 53 (24)
1998–2001 Lazio 79 (34)
2001–2006 Juventus 18 (2)
2003–2005River Plate (loan) 32 (10)
2005–2006Universidad de Chile (loan)
2006–2008 Universidad de Chile
National team
1994–2007 Chile 70 (37)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Marcelo Salas Melinao (American Spanish: [maɾˈselo ˈsalas]; born 24 December 1974 in Temuco), dubbed as El Matador (due to his goalscoring celebrations),[1] El Fenómeno,[2] and Shileno, is a retired Chilean footballer who played as a striker.

He has played in Chile, Argentina and Italy, winning titles with each club with whom he has played, and was voted South American Footballer of the Year in 1997. A powerful and tenacious forward, with good technique, who was well-known for his deft touch with his left foot, as well as his aerial ability, Salas had a prolific goalscoring record throughout his career;[2][3][4][5][6] with 37 goals in 70 international appearances between 1994 and 2007, he is the Chilean national team's second-highest goalscorer of all time, behind only Alexis Sánchez. He appeared for the Chilean national team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, where he scored four goals in four matches, leading his nation to the second round of the competition. As well as that World Cup, Salas played for Chile at two Copa América tournaments, helping his nation to a fourth-place finish in the 1999 edition of the tournament.

Club career[edit]

Universidad de Chile[edit]

Salas was a youth product of the Deportes Temuco youth team until his father took him to Santiago de Chile to be incorporated into Universidad de Chile.

Salas made his debut playing for Universidad de Chile in 1993 and became a starter on 4 January 1994 against Cobreloa where he would also score a goal. Salas helped the team win back to back titles in 1994 and 1995 leaving a trail of 74 goals which included a strong 1996 campaign in the Copa Libertadores.

River Plate[edit]

Later in 1996, Salas moved on to Argentina to play with River Plate of the Argentine first division, a move that was met with some criticism by the Argentine press as a Chile born player had never really had an impact playing in Argentina. The move was also criticised by Argentine great Diego Maradona as Salas was scouted by arch rival Boca Juniors prior to joining River. Salas quickly silenced his critics and won over Argentine fans, as a major contributor to one of the club's greatest runs ever. From 1996–1998 Salas scored 26 goals in 51 games, helping River to win the Torneo de Apertura 1996, the Clausura 1997, the Apertura 1997 and the 1997 Supercopa Sudamericana. These accomplishments would cement his legacy in Argentina as one of its greatest foreign born players earning the nickname, "El shileno (sic) Salas".

Lazio and Juventus[edit]

In the same year, on the strength of his performances both in Argentina and the World Cup, he was sold to S.S. Lazio in Italy for US$18 million.[citation needed]

Salas played in Italy for five years, three with S.S. Lazio (1998–2001), a key catalyst in helping turn around a Lazio team that hadn't won a Scudetto since the 1973–1974 season. His first Serie A appearance was on 4 October 1998. He scored his first goal playing for Lazio a few days later against Inter. With Lazio he won an Italian cup, a Cup Winners' Cup and a European Super Cup, scoring the match's only goal in the latter, in a 1–0 win over Manchester United. In 2001, he was transferred to Juventus F.C. for 55 billion lire[7] (€28.4 million by fixed exchange rate; 22 billion lire cash plus Darko Kovačević[7][8]) where Salas would endure the worst moments of his career; he was hampered by injuries, allowing him to participate in only 14 games and scoring just 2 goals.

Return to River Plate[edit]

In 2003 Salas was loaned back to River Plate[9] but was unable to regain his old form as he was still hampered by injuries. Constantly in and out of the lineup and only able to score 17 goals in 43 matches Salas considered retiring from football, but decided he would make one final push with River. His return would spark River to a semi-final appearance in the Copa Libertadores (Salas scoring a hat-trick en route) but they lost to eventual champions Sao-Paulo.

Salas in 2008

Universidad de Chile[edit]

In late July 2005, it was confirmed that he would return to his original football team, Universidad de Chile on a temporary deal from Juventus,[10] and the never-ending love of the fans of Universidad de Chile for Salas was evident. Although the press was tough on him for being an injury-prone player (Salas played just 10 games in 2005), he carried Universidad de Chile to the cup finals. The 2005 final was decided on a shootout, won by Universidad Católica. After retirement rumors flourished in the summer of 2006, Salas began campaign with Universidad de Chile and led the team to the final one more time, which saw Universidad de Chile dropping the title to archrivals Colo-Colo on penalties.

After a 6-month layoff, Salas confirmed he would return to his beloved team with a contract for a year and a half, thus continuing the whirl-wind that has been his career.

Salas announced his retirement on 26 November 2008, at the age of 33.

Retirement[edit]

Salas played his farewell game on 2 June 2009. Amongst the invited players were his friends from the 1993–1996 Universidad de Chile squads, River Plate, Juventus, plus members of Chile's France '98 World Cup squad. More than 50,000 people showed up to pay him one final salute. Playing for both sides, he managed to score three goals.[11]

International career[edit]

In 1994, Salas debuted for the Chile national football team as a 19-year-old, scoring his first international goal in a 3–3 draw with Argentina.

During the 1998 World Cup qualification campaign, Salas scored 11 times, including hat-tricks against Colombia and Peru, as the team qualified for the finals for the first time since 1982.[12]

Salas' farewell match on 2 June 2009 at the Estadio Nacional

In the build up to the 1998 World Cup finals, Salas scored both goals as Chile beat England 2–0 in a friendly match at Wembley Stadium. At the tournament, Salas scored four times in four matches. His two goals against Italy gave la Roja a 2–2 draw with the 1994 runners-up. He scored a consolation goal as Chile were defeated 4–1 by Brazil in the second round.[12]

Due to his injury problems, Salas's appearances for Chile became limited after the 1999 Copa América. He scored four goals in nine appearances during the team's unsuccessful 2002 World Cup qualification campaign and during the 2006 World Cup qualifiers overtook Iván Zamorano as the nation's all-time top goalscorer with his 35th goal against Bolivia.[12]

On 18 November 2007, Salas scored his final goals for Chile during qualification for the 2010 World Cup, as la Roja drew 2–2 with Uruguay.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chile League Copa Chile South America Total
1993 Universidad de Chile Primera División 15 1 15 1
1994 25 27 15 12 6 2 46 41
1995 27 17 4 0 7 5 38 22
1996 10 5 5 2 12 5 27 12
Argentina League Cup South America Total
1996–97 River Plate Primera División 26 11 - 4 0 30 11
1997–98 27 13 - 10 7 37 20
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1998–99 Lazio Serie A 30 15 7 5 6 3 43 23
1999–00 28 12 3 0 11 5 42 17
2000–01 21 7 2 1 9 0 32 8
2001–02 Juventus Serie A 7 1 2 0 2 0 11 1
2002–03 11 1 2 1 2 1 15 3
Argentina League Cup South America Total
2003–04 River Plate Primera División 17 6 - 4 2 21 8
2004–05 15 4 - 7 5 22 9
Chile League Copa Chile South America Total
2005 Universidad de Chile Primera División 10[citation needed] 5 - 10 5
2006 28[citation needed] 13 - 28 13
2007 14[citation needed] 8 - 14 8
2008 30[citation needed] 11 30 11
Total Chile 159 87 24 14 25 12 208 113
Argentina 85 34 25 14 110 48
Italy 97 36 16 7 30 9 143 52
Career total 333 155 40 21 80 35 453 248[13]

International[edit]

[14][15]

Chile national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 3 1
1995 12 4
1996 11 6
1997 7 9
1998 10 10
1999 5 0
2000 7 2
2001 2 2
2002 0 0
2003 0 0
2004 4 0
2005 3 1
2006 0 0
2007 6 2
Total 70 37

International goals[edit]

Score and Result lists Chile's goals first
# Date Venue Opponent Score Competition
1 18 May 1994 Santiago  Argentina 3–3 International match
2 29 March 1995 Los Angeles  Mexico 2–1 International match
3 22 April 1995 Temuco  Iceland 1–1 International match
4 28 May 1995 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton  Canada 2–1 Canada Cup
5 11 October 1995 Concepción  Canada 2–0 International match
6 14 February 1996 Coquimbo  Peru 4–0 International match
7 26 May 1996 Santiago  Bolivia 2–0 International match
8 26 May 1996 Santiago  Bolivia 2–0 International match
9 6 July 1996 Santiago  Ecuador 4–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 25 August 1996 Liberia  Costa Rica 1–1 International match
11 12 November 1996 Santiago  Uruguay 1–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 8 June 1997 Quito  Ecuador 1–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 5 July 1997 Santiago  Colombia 4–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
14 5 July 1997 Santiago  Colombia 4–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 5 July 1997 Santiago  Colombia 4–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
16 10 September 1997 Santiago  Argentina 1–2 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
17 12 October 1997 Santiago  Peru 4–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
18 12 October 1997 Santiago  Peru 4–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
19 12 October 1997 Santiago  Peru 4–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
20 16 November 1997 Santiago  Bolivia 3–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
21 11 February 1998 Wembley Stadium, London  England 2–0 International match
22 11 February 1998 Wembley Stadium, London  England 2–0 International match
23 22 April 1998 Santiago  Colombia 2–2 International match
24 24 May 1998 Santiago  Uruguay 2–2 International match
25 31 May 1998 Montélimar  Tunisia 3–2 International match
26 4 June 1998 Avignon  Morocco 1–1 International match
27 11 June 1998 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux  Italy 2–2 1998 FIFA World Cup
28 11 June 1998 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux  Italy 2–2 1998 FIFA World Cup
29 17 June 1998 Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne  Austria 1–1 1998 FIFA World Cup
30 27 June 1998 Parc des Princes, Paris  Brazil 1–4 1998 FIFA World Cup
31 29 June 2000 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago  Paraguay 3–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
32 15 August 2000 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago  Brazil 3–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
33 14 August 2001 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago  Bolivia 2–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
34 14 August 2001 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago  Bolivia 2–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
35 4 June 2005 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago  Bolivia 3–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
36 18 November 2007 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo  Uruguay 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
37 18 November 2007 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo  Uruguay 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Universidad de Chile
Club Atlético River Plate
S.S. Lazio
Juventus F.C.

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Matador dice addio, Salas lascia il calcio" (in Italian). Sky.it. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Riath Al-Samarrai (14 November 2013). "Those Chileans weren't half hot... A look at the five best players to emerge from the South American country". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Marcelo Salas". Britannica. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Alan Nixon (17 November 1997). "Football: Ferguson looks to South America for pounds 10m deal on Salas". The Independent. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Stefano Petrucci (3 January 1999). "Lazio, la coppia atomica" [Lazio, the atomic pair] (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Stefano Bedeschi (25 December 2015). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Marcelo SALAS" [The heroes in black and white: Marcelo Salas] (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "E' ufficiale la cessione di Marcelo Salas alla Juve e l'acquisto di Darko Kovacevic" (Press release) (in Italian). Rome: S.S. Lazio. 24 August 2001. Archived from the original on 7 September 2001. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "Salas joins Juventus". BBC Sport. 17 August 2001. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Reports and Financial Statements at 30 June 2004" (PDF). Juventus F.C. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 December 2008. 
  10. ^ "Six-Monthly Report at 31 December 2005" (PDF). Juventus F.C. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 December 2008. 
  11. ^ "La Nación - Diario La Nación". Archived from the original on 6 October 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Marcelo SALAS". FIFA. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  13. ^ S.A., COPESA, Consorcio Periodistico de Chile. "Los 10 más grandes goleadores de Chile - Deportes - La Tercera Edición Impresa". 
  14. ^ "Marcelo Salas". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 
  15. ^ "José Marcelo Salas - Goals in International Matches". 

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