|Full name||Agustín Javier Delgado Chalá|
|Date of birth||23 December 1974|
|Place of birth||Ambuquí, Imbabura, Ecuador|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2010||Valle de Chota||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
|Member of the National Assembly for Imbabura Province|
14 May 2013
|Political party||PAIS Alliance|
Agustín Javier Delgado Chalá (born 23 December 1974 in Ambuquí, Imbabura) is a retired Ecuadorian footballer. Nicknamed Tín, Delgado is the all-time top scorer for the Ecuadorian national team with 31 goals in 71 games. He played professional club football in Ecuador, Mexico and England.
Delgado started his career in his native Ecuador with Club Deportivo ESPOLI in 1991 before joining Barcelona SC in 1994, where he played for one year, winning the Ecuadorian Serie A in 1995. He then joined El Nacional and again won the Ecuadorian league title, before returning to Barcelona and securing a third consecutive league winner's medal.
In 1998, Delgado moved to Mexico where he had a brief spell at Cruz Azul. He joined CONCACAF champions Necaxa in 1999 and represented the club at the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship, scoring against South Melbourne in the group stage and Real Madrid in the third-place play-off.
Delgado moved to Southampton in 2001. Unfortunately, Tin – as he is affectionately known to his legion of fans – was dogged by injuries which restricted him to only a few games during his time with the Saints. Southampton tried to get him back to fitness after the injury he picked in Necaxa prior to the 2002 World Cup Qualifiers, but to no avail.
It might have been a different story had the striker refused to play while injured during the 2002 World Cup. The pressure on him to play was enormous, as Ecuadorians believed that, with 9 goals during the 2002 World cup qualifying campaign, he was indispensable; and naturally, Delgado dreamed of playing in a FIFA World Cup. All that led to his decision to play despite injury while heavily medicated on painkillers. Upon return to England, it was found that his injury had become chronic, effectively destroying his future in Europe. He also alienated manager Gordon Strachan by refusing to learn English, and Strachan felt the player had been forced on the club and was very high maintenance. When pressed for his plans for the Ecuadorian, Strachan replied "I've got more important things to think about. I've got a yoghurt to finish by today, the expiry date is today. That can be my priority rather than Agustin Delgado."
After the unhappy spell at Southampton, he was released and returned to Ecuador to play for a Quito based club Aucas, which was topping the Ecuador Serie A with the likes of René Higuita and Gustavo Figueroa leading the way. He played an impressive half season and his return to form led to his joining Mexican club UNAM Pumas, where he helped the team win the league championship.
Delgado was then transferred to Barcelona SC from UNAM Pumas on 1 January 2005 for an undisclosed fee. While at Barcelona de Guayaquil, he teamed up with his preferred Ecuador strike partner Iván Kaviedes. With these two formidable strikers leading the attack, the Guayaquil based club were expected to not only win championships, but to dominate the league. This did not happen. Delgado started strongly, but ended the season with only 7 goals. He was subsequently accused by the club president, Isidro Romero Carbo, of not taking the club seriously despite earning top wages. Following reports that Tin was partying late at wild clubs with teammates Edwin Villafuerte and Walter Ayovi, prompting their exits from the prestigious club.
Delgado then joined Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito, a team regularly featuring in the Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores. With his new club, Tin again returned to scoring form and with his goal exploits, he helped Liga surprisingly reach the quarterfinals of the 2006 Copa Libertadores. Delgado was one of eleven players banned for between 2 and 12 months for taking part in a vicious brawl at the end of LDU's 1–1 draw at home to Barcelona on 17 December 2006. Four Barcelona players were injured in the incident on the last day of the season which shocked the country and overshadowed the title won by El Nacional. The Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) said on its web site that the incident started with a clash between Delgado and his marker, Víctor Montoya. Montoya later denied that he had deliberately kicked Delgado's injured knee and received no sanction from the FEF. Delgado later said in the National Congress of Ecuador that he had been persecuted by the FEF.
Delgado was then involved in a scandal at a night club on New Year's Eve and left the country to try to continue his career in Major League Soccer. However, FIFA later blocked this by extending the playing ban internationally. The suspension was subsequently changed at an Extraordinary Congress of the FEF, and Delgado was allowed to resume his playing career after 6 months' suspension.
In March 2009, the forward signed for Emelec until December 2009. During the 2010 season, he was a player/administrator at Valle del Chota in his native town. He helped guide the club to promotion from the Segunda Categoria to the Serie B for the 2011 season. In February 2011, he announced his retirement from professional football to focus on administering the club.
Delgado's first goal at the 2002 FIFA World Cup was also the first goal for the Ecuadorian team in a World Cup, against Mexico. Delgado was joint top scorer (with Hernán Crespo) in the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the tournament with 9 goals.
Delgado was known for being a strong player and an excellent finisher with either foot, but especially for his aerial prowess towering over opposing defences. He had a superb sense of positioning in the box and excellent field awareness. All this has given Tin an iconic status in Ecuador, and he obtained a reputation as one of the most feared South American strikers.
He helped Ecuador qualify once again for the World Cup, contributing 5 goals in 10 games but stated that Germany 06 would be his last. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Delgado scored in the 80th minute in Ecuador's shock 2–0 win in their opening match against Poland. In the following game, he scored in the 55th minute goal in their 3–0 victory over Costa Rica, enabling Ecuador to qualify alongside hosts Germany for the last 16.
After the 2006 World Cup, Delgado announced his retirement from international football. He finished his international career with 71 caps and a record 31 goals for the national team.
- Serie A: 1995, 1997
- Serie A: 1996
- Primera División: 2004 Apertura
In the Ecuadorian general election of 2013 Delgado was chosen as member of the National Assembly for Imbabura Province. Delgado serves as member of PAIS Alliance. Ulises de la Cruz and Iván Hurtado, former teammates of Delgado at the national team also serve for the Pais Alliance in the National Assembly. Delgado, who has African ancestry, stutters and has been the object of ridicule on social media and by the cartoonist Xavier Bonilla in the newspaper El Universo. The cartoonist and the newspaper were sanctioned by La SUPERCOM, La Superintendencia de la Información y Comunicación, an Ecuadorean agency that regulates communications. According to Freedom House, a Washington, DC based NGO, the sanction was evidence of censorship by the Correa government.
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- "Saints shock Arsenal". BBC Sport. 23 November 2002. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
- "Kirkland thwarts Saints". BBC. 6 November 2002. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
- "AGUSTÍN DELGADO DENUNCIÓ PERSECUCIÓN POR PARTE DE LA FEDERACIÓN ECUATORIANA DE FÚTBOL (Spanish)". Congreso Nacional de la República del Ecuador. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2007.
- "Levantan suspensión de un año a Agustín Delgado (Spanish)". ESPN Deportes. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2007.
- "El Adiós del Tin Delgado" [The farewell of Tin Delgado] (in Spanish). futbolecuador.com. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
- "Agustín Delgado – Goals in International Appearances". RSSSF. 6 December 2006. Archived from the original on 8 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- Mariela Rosero (19 February 2013). "Alianza País podría controlar 2/3 de la Asamblea". El Comercio. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- Mercedes Alvaro (February 13, 2015). "Ecuador Orders Newspaper and Cartoonist to Publish Apology". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
- Agustín Delgado career statistics at Soccerbase
- Agustín Delgado at National-Football-Teams.com
- International statistics at rsssf
- Agustín Delgado shot a goal against Costa Rica at Worldcup 2006
- Vicious soccer brawl
- Player's own website (Spanish)
- Official Myspace