Agustín Delgado

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Delgado and the second or maternal family name is Chalá.
Agustín Delgado
Personal information
Full name Agustín Javier Delgado Chalá
Date of birth (1974-12-23) 23 December 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Ambuquí, Imbabura, Ecuador
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 ESPOLI 12 (6)
1994–1995 Barcelona SC 11 (2)
1995–1996 El Nacional 30 (18)
1997–1998 Barcelona SC 34 (15)
1998 Cruz Azul 8 (2)
1999–2001 Necaxa 83 (35)
2001–2004 Southampton 11 (1)
2004 Aucas 13 (7)
2005 UNAM 7 (1)
2005 Barcelona SC 37 (10)
2006–2009 LDU Quito 69 (24)
2009 Emelec 8 (0)
2010 Valle de Chota 7 (0)
Total 330 (121)
National team
1994–2006 Ecuador 71 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Agustín Delgado
Member of the National Assembly for Imbabura Province
Assumed office
14 May 2013
Personal details
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.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.

In late 2001, after scoring nine times as Ecuador qualified for its first World Cup, Necaxa accepted a £3.5m bid from English Premier League club Southampton.[1]


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.[2] 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."[3]

However, Delgado scored the winning goal for Southampton in a 3–2 home victory over the then Premiership champions Arsenal.[4] He also scored a goal against Liverpool in the League Cup.[5]

Later career[edit]

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.[6]

Delgado was then involved in a scandal at a night club on New Year's Eve[citation needed] 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,[7] and Delgado was allowed to resume his playing career after 6 months' suspension.

In 2008, he was part of the squad that won the Copa Libertadores, although he did not play in the final decisive game.

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.[8]

International career[edit]

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.

International goals[edit]

List of Agustín Delgado's international goals[9]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 October 1996 Estadio Bellavista, Ambato  Jamaica 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2 4 October 1996 Estadio Bellavista, Ambato  Jamaica 2–1 2–1 Friendly
3 5 February 1997 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City  Mexico 3–1 3–1 Friendly
4 17 February 1997 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Uruguay 2–0 4–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
5 17 February 1997 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Uruguay 3–0 4–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
6 4 June 1999 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton  Guatemala 2–1 3–1 1999 Canada Cup
7 15 June 1999 Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal  Venezuela 0–2 3–2 Friendly
8 29 March 2000 Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria, Quito  Venezuela 1–0 2–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
9 25 June 2000 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Panama 1–0 5–0 Friendly
10 25 June 2000 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Panama 3–0 5–0 Friendly
11 16 August 2000 Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria, Quito  Bolivia 1–0 2–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
12 16 August 2000 Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria, Quito  Bolivia 2–0 2–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
13 8 October 2000 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Chile 1–0 1–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
14 28 March 2001 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Brazil 1–0 1–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
15 24 April 2001 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Paraguay 1–1 2–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
16 24 April 2001 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Paraguay 2–1 2–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
17 2 June 2001 Estadio Monumental, Lima  Peru 1–2 1–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
18 17 July 2001 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla  Venezuela 1–0 4–0 2001 Copa América
19 17 July 2001 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla  Venezuela 4–0 4–0 2001 Copa América
20 6 October 2001 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz  Bolivia 0–2 1–5 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
21 8 May 2002 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford  Yugoslavia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
22 8 June 2002 Miyagi Stadium, Miyagi  Mexico 0–1 2–1 2002 FIFA World Cup
23 2 June 2004 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Colombia 1–0 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
24 5 June 2004 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Bolivia 2–1 3–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
25 7 July 2005 Estadio Elías Aguirre, Chiclayo  Argentina 1–1 6–1 2004 Copa América
26 13 July 2005 Estadio Miguel Grau, Piura  Mexico 1–2 1–2 2004 Copa América
27 4 June 2005 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Argentina 2–0 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
28 3 September 2005 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz  Bolivia 0–1 1–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
29 3 September 2005 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz  Bolivia 1–2 1–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
30 9 June 2006 FIFA WM Stadion Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen  Poland 0–2 0–2 2006 FIFA World Cup
31 15 June 2006 FIFA WM Stadion Hamburg, Hamburg  Costa Rica 2–0 3–0 2006 FIFA World Cup



El Nacional
LDU Quito



Political career[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11]


  1. ^ "Agustin Delgado". BBC. 10 April 2002. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Saints end Delgado contract". BBC Sport. 17 June 2004. Retrieved 17 May 2007. 
  3. ^ Bandini, Paolo (25 June 2006). "Maybe those world rankings do make sense". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Saints shock Arsenal". BBC Sport. 23 November 2002. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Kirkland thwarts Saints". BBC. 6 November 2002. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Levantan suspensión de un año a Agustín Delgado (Spanish)". ESPN Deportes. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2007. 
  8. ^ "El Adiós del Tin Delgado" [The farewell of Tin Delgado] (in Spanish). 16 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Agustín Delgado – Goals in International Appearances". RSSSF. 6 December 2006. Archived from the original on 8 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  10. ^ Mariela Rosero (19 February 2013). "Alianza País podría controlar 2/3 de la Asamblea". El Comercio. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Mercedes Alvaro (February 13, 2015). "Ecuador Orders Newspaper and Cartoonist to Publish Apology". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 

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