Ántony de Ávila

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Ántony de Ávila
Personal information
Full name Ántony Wílliam de Ávila Charris
Date of birth (1962-12-21) December 21, 1962 (age 51)
Place of birth Santa Marta, Colombia
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1987 América de Cali 470 (total) (201)
1987–1988 Unión de Santa Fe 37 (17)
1988–1995 América de Cali (see above)
1996–1997 MetroStars 31 (15)
1997–1999 Barcelona SC 52 (27)
2009 América de Cali 9 (2)
National team
1983–1998 Colombia 53 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is De Ávila and the second or maternal family name is Charris.

Ántony Wílliam de Ávila Charris (born December 21, 1962 in Santa Marta, Colombia) is a Colombian former soccer striker, who last played for América de Cali.

Career[edit]

De Ávila spent his career with four clubs: América de Cali in his native Colombia, the MetroStars of Major League Soccer, Unión de Santa Fe of Argentina [2] and Barcelona SC of Ecuador. His 25 goals for América in 1990 led Colombia.

De Ávila's MLS career spanned a season and a half, as he joined the Metros midway through the 1996 season as a replacement for colossal disappointment Rubén Darío Hernández. With the club playing on AstroTurf for parts of the season, El Pitufo was surprisingly adept at what was called "ping-pong soccer".[3] He scored 15 goals and added 11 assists in his time in the league, plus another two goals and an assist in the playoffs.

De Ávila retired in 1999, but returned to competitive football at the age of 46 with América de Cali,[4] eventually finishing his career with a club record 208 goals.[1] His 29 goals in the Copa Libertadores ranked him sixth highest scorer in the history of the tournament.[1]

International career[edit]

De Ávila also scored 13 in 54 appearances for the Colombia national team between 1983 and 1998.[5] He played for his country in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups. De Ávila made his senior debut on July 26, 1983.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.[6]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 June 1989 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  Haiti
4–0
4–0
Friendly
2. 3 July 1989 Estádio Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil  Venezuela
3–0
4–2
1989 Copa América
3. 3 February 1991 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  Switzerland
2–0
2–3
1991 Miami Cup
4. 25 June 1991 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Costa Rica
1–0
1–0
Friendly
5. 7 July 1991 Estadio Playa Ancha, Valparaíso, Chile  Ecuador
1–0
1–0
1991 Copa América
6. 13 July 1991 Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile  Brazil
1–0
2–0
7. 21 July 1991 Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile  Argentina
1–2
1–2
8. 31 March 1993 Estadio Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia  Costa Rica
2–0
4–1
Friendly
9. 17 April 1994 Estadio Centenario, Armenia, Colombia  Nigeria
1–0
1–0
10. 5 May 1994 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  El Salvador
2–0
3–0
1994 Miami Cup
11. 7 July 1996 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Uruguay
3–1
3–1
1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
12. 20 July 1997  Ecuador
1–0
1–0
13. 20 August 1997  Bolivia
1–0
3–0

Personal[edit]

Nicknamed El Pitufo ("The Smurf") or El Pipa, he was known as much for his short height of 1.57m (5 ft 3 in) as for his goal-scoring prowess.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ántony Wílliam de Ávila Charris" (in Spanish). América de Cali. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  2. ^ BDFA profile
  3. ^ Ping-pong soccer
  4. ^ "Former MetroStar De Avila, 46, Signed By Colombian Club". SoccerAmerica.com. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  5. ^ rsssf: Colombia record international footballers
  6. ^ "Ántony de Ávila International Matches"., 11v11.com Retrieved on 8 August 2014

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