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Elías Figueroa
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Full name Elías Ricardo Figueroa Brander
Date of birth October 25, 1946 (1946-10-25) (age 63)
Place of birth    Valparaíso, Chile
Playing position Centre Back
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Unión La Calera
Santiago Wanderers
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
030 0(0)
054 0(0)
241 0(6)
336 (26)
118 0(6)
022 0(0)
017 0(0)
818 (38)   
National team
1966–1982 Chile 047 0(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Elías Ricardo Figueroa Brander (born October 25, 1946 in Valparaíso) is a former football (soccer) player from Chile. He was considered the best player in America in 1974, 1975, 1976, and was voted the all-time best football player from Chile.

In 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1976 he was named as the best player in his position in the Brazilian National Championships, with the Bola de Prata (Silver Ball) award.

In 1972 (award not given but he had best evaluation) & 1976 he was voted the Bola de Ouro (Golden Ball) as the best player overall in the Brazil National Championship, the equivalent to a Footballer of the Year award.

He was designated Best Player of Uruguay in 1967 and 1968. Best Player in Chile in 1977 and 1978.

FIFA named him player of the year in 1975 and 1976.

He has subsequently been voted into the world's 125 best living soccer players and he was also voted at 8th in the IFFHS South America Top 50 Players of the Century.



Figueroa started and ended his career with Chilean clubs. He spent several years in Uruguay with Peñarol, in Brazil with Internacional, and in the US with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

His most successful period in domestic football came at Peñarol and Internacional, but in total he amassed an impressive 22 titles.

National team

He had 47 caps and scored two goals with the Chilean national football team.[1]

He was the captain of the Chile national football team on many occasions and captained the Chilean squad through their most successive era to date when they qualified for three World Cups, He played in the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England, the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany, and the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain.

He was also captain when they finished third in the South American Championship 1967 and a remarkable second place in the Copa América 1979.


With Peñarol

  • Champion of Primera División Uruguaya: 1967 and 1968
  • Winner of Intercontinental Champions Super Cup: 1969
  • Winner of Competencia Tournament: 1967
  • Winner of Honour Tournament: 1967
  • Winner of Cuadrangular Tournament: 1968 & 1970
  • Winner of Atlántico Sur Cup: 1972
  • Winner of Copa Principe Juan de España: 1972
  • Winner of Príncipe Juan de España Cup: 1972
  • Winner of Montevideo Cup: 1971

With Internacional

With Palestino

With Fort Lauderdale Strikers

With Colo Colo




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