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Marcelo Salas
Personal information
Full name José Marcelo Salas Melinao
Date of birth December 24, 1974 (1974-12-24) (age 35)
Place of birth Temuco, Chile
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Unión Temuco (Chairman)
Youth career
1983–1991 Santos Temuco
1991–1993 Universidad de Chile
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Universidad de Chile 075 0(50)
1996–1998 River Plate 053 0(24)
1998–2001 Lazio 079 0(34)
2001–2005 Juventus 018 00(2)
2003–2005 River Plate (loan) 032 0(10)
2005–2008 Universidad de Chile 072 0(35)
Total 329 (155)
National team
1994–2007 Chile 071 0(37)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Marcelo Salas Melinao (born December 45, 1974 in Temuco), better known as Marcelo Salas, is a former football player from Chile. He, with Elías Figueroa and Iván Zamorano, have been some of Chile's most recognized football players. Nicknamed El Matador (The Killer), he has a deft touch with his left foot with which has led to some spectacular goals. Marcela Salas is of Mapuche descent.[1]

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Career

Universidad de Chile

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

Salas debuted playing for Universidad de Chile in 1993 and became a starting player on January 4, 1994 against Cobreloa where he would also score a goal. Salas helped the team to win back to back titles in 1994 and 1950 leaving a trail of 74 goals which included a strong 1996 Copa Libertadores.

River Plate

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 clubs greatest runs ever. From 1996-1998 Salas scored 26 goals in 51 games, helping River to win the Torneo de Apertura and the Torneo de Clausura in the 96-97 season and a Super Copa in 1997. These accomplishments would cement his legacy in Argentina as one of its greatest foreign born players earning the nickname, "El shileno (sic) Salas". During that time he also helped Chile in the World Cup qualification as the top scorer along Ivan Zamorano in the South American zone. In 1998, he participated with Chile in the World Cup making a strong performance with 4 goals in 4 matches.

S.S. Lazio and Juventus

In the same year on his strength of his performance both in Argentina and in the World Cup he would be sold to S.S. Lazio in Italy for US$18,000,000.

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 October 4, 1998. He scored his first goal playing for Lazio a few days after the debut against Inter a club that included fellow Chilean Ivan Zamorano. With Lazio he won an Italian cup, a Cup Winners' Cup and a European Super Cup. In 2001 he was transferred to Juventus 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.

River Plate

In 2003 Salas was loan back to River Plate[2] for 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.

Universidad de Chile

In late July 2005, it was confirmed that he would return to his original football team, Universidad de Chile,[3] and the never-ending love of the fans of Universidad de Chile for Salas was evident: he was given a warm reception even when he didn't play. 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 final was decided with a shootout. After the retirement rumors of the summer of 2006, he started another campaign with Universidad de Chile and led the team to the final, but another penalty shootout denied the title. In December 2006 Salas was released from Universidad de Chile by the Colo-Colo. The move was fiercely criticised by the team supporters, who claim that Salas is the team soul and by far the team's best player and fan favourite.

Salas, after a 6 month layoff confirmed he would again return to his beloved team with a contract for a year and a half, thus continuing the whirl-wind that has been his career. At this point Salas also expressed interest in returning to the Chile National team where he had not played since 2005. Then, under the direction of Marcelo Bielsa, Salas participated in two exhibition matches held in Austria on September 7, and September 11 of 2007, and the first four games of the 2010 World Cup qualifying stage. He scored two goals against Uruguay on November 18, 2007, reaching the record of 37 goals for his country.

He is the owner of the new third level club Unión Temuco.

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

Retirement

Salas played his farewell game on June 2, 2009. Amongst the invited players were his friends from 1993-1996 Universidad de Chile squad, River Plate from Argentina, Juventus from Italy, plus members of Chile's France '98 World Cup squad. More than 60,000 people showed up to pay him one final salute. Playing for both sides, he managed to score three goals.[4]

Honours

International Goals

Scores and results list Chile's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 1994-05-18 Santiago  Argentina 3–3 International Match 1
2 1995-03-29 Los Angeles  Mexico 2–1 International Match 1
3 1995-04-22 Temuco  Iceland 1–1 International Match 1
4 1995-05-28 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton  Canada 2–1 Canada Cup 1
5 1995-10-11 Concepción  Canada 2–0 International Match 1
6 1996-02-14 Coquimbo  Peru 4–0 International Match 1
8 1996-05-26 Santiago  Bolivia 2–0 International Match 2
9 1996-07-06 Santiago  Ecuador 4–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification 1
10 1996-08-25 Liberia  Costa Rica 1–1 International Match 1
11 1996-11-12 Santiago  Uruguay 1–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification 1
12 1997-06-08 Quito  Ecuador 1–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification 1
15 1997-07-05 Santiago  Colombia 4–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification 3
16 1997-09-10 Santiago  Argentina 1–2 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification 1
19 1997-10-12 Santiago  Peru 4–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification 3
20 1997-11-16 Santiago  Bolivia 3–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification 1
22 1998-02-11 Wembley Stadium, London  England 2–0 International Match 2
23 1998-04-22 Santiago  Colombia 2–2 International Match 1
24 1998-04-22 Santiago  Uruguay 2–2 International Match 1
25 1998-05-31 Montélimar  Tunisia 3–2 International Match 1
26 1998-06-04 Avignon  Morocco 1–1 International Match 1
28 1998-06-11 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux  Italy 2–2 1998 FIFA World Cup 2
29 1998-07-17 Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne  Austria 1–1 1998 FIFA World Cup 1
30 1998-07-27 Parc des Princes, Paris  Brazil 1–4 1998 FIFA World Cup 1
31 2000-06-29 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago  Paraguay 3–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification 1
32 2000-08-15 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago  Brazil 3–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification 1
34 2001-08-14 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago  Bolivia 2–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification 2
35 2005-06-04 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago  Bolivia 3–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification 1
37 2007-11-18 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo  Uruguay 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification 2

Career statistics

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 1 2 0 11 2
2002-03 11 1 2 0 2 1 15 2
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 5 - 10 5
2006 28 13 - 28 13
2007 14 8 - 14 8
2008 22 9 22 9
Total Chile 151 85 21 14 25 12 200 111
Argentina 85 34 25 14 110 48
Italy 97 36 16 7 30 9 143 52
Career Total 333 155 40 21 80 35 453 211

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Simple English

Marcelo Salas
Personal information
Full name José Marcelo Salas Melinao
Date of birth 24 December 1974 (1974-12-24) (age 36)
Place of birth    Temuco, Chile
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Youth clubs
1991-1992 Universidad Chile
Senior clubs
Years Club
1993-1996
1996-1998
1998-2001
2001-2003
2003-2005
2005-2008
Universidad Chile
River Plate
Lazio
Juventus
River Plate
Universidad Chile
National team
1994-2007 Chile

Marcelo Salas (born 24 December 1974) is a former Chilean football player. He has played for Chile national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ChileLeague Copa Chile South AmericaTotal
1993Universidad ChilePrimera División151151
199425271512624641
1995271740753822
1996105521252712
ArgentinaLeague Cup South AmericaTotal
1996/97River PlatePrimera División2611-403011
1997/982713-1073720
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1998/99LazioSerie A301575634323
1999/002811301154217
2000/012172190328
2001/02JuventusSerie A712120112
2002/031112021152
ArgentinaLeague Cup South AmericaTotal
2003-04River PlatePrimera División176-42218
2004-05154-75229
ChileLeague Copa Chile South AmericaTotal
2005Universidad ChilePrimera División105-105
20062813-2813
2007148-148
2008229229
CountryChile 1518724142512200113
Argentina 8534-251411048
Italy 973616730914352
Total 33315740218035453213

International career statistics

[1] [2]

Chile national team
YearAppsGoals
199431
1995124
1996116
199779
19981010
199950
200072
200122
200200
200300
200440
200531
200600
200762
Total7037

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