Andrés Chitiva

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Chitiva and the second or maternal family name is Espinoza.
Andrés Chitiva
Personal information
Full name Andrés Chitiva Espinoza
Date of birth (1979-08-13) 13 August 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Bogotá, Colombia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Millonarios 52 (7)
2001–2011 Pachuca 230 (34)
2008 Indios (loan) 12 (0)
2009 América (loan) 7 (1)
2010 Atlas (loan) 7 (2)
2011 Veracruz (loan) 13 (0)
National team
2005–2011 Colombia 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 June 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andrés Chitiva Espinoza (born August 13, 1979 in Bogotá) is a retired Colombian footballer who last played for CF Pachuca on the Primera División Mexicana. He was a pacy left winger who possessed great speed, dribbling skills and crossing ability.

Career[edit]

Chitiva started his top-flight career in 1997 playing for Millonarios in his hometown of Bogotá in Colombia. In 2001, Chitiva was signed by Mexico's C.F. Pachuca, at the recommendation of the team's Colombian goalkeeper and captain Miguel Calero. Chitiva has been an everpresent in the Pachuca side ever since and a driving force in the team's four domestic Mexican titles (2001, 2003, 2006,2007) since his arrival. Chitiva's ability to deliver the killer cross and finish in the box with timely runs have made him a hero to the Pachuca fans.

Most recently, Chitiva helped lead Pachuca to its historic capture of the South American Cup Copa Sudamericana - the first intercontinental title victory for a Mexican side. Chitiva recently applied and received dual citizenship in Mexico so that Pachuca no longer has to use a foreigner spot for him in their roster. Chitiva remains, however, fiercely loyal to his Colombian heritage and has stated his desire to play for his nation's full national team on numerous occasions.

Former Colombian coach, Jorge Luis Pinto, capped the Pachuca player for two friendly matches against Switzerland and Paraguay in late March 2007. Although he entered as a substitute late in the Switzerland game, he helped finish the Colombian win with a final 3rd goal. He was also a crucial element in the 2-0 defeat against Paraguay three days later on March 28, 2007.

In July 2011 he returned to Pachuca for the Apertura 2011 to finally retire as one of the most notable players in Pachuca´s history.[1]

Club Honors[edit]

Mexico C.F. Pachuca

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrés Chitiva se retira (3 December 2011). "Ballinas, Diana" [Andrés Chitiva retires] (in Spanish). Esto. 

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