Carlos Sánchez Moreno
Sánchez playing for Valenciennes in 2011
|Full name||Carlos Alberto Sánchez Moreno|
|Date of birth||February 6, 1986|
|Place of birth||Quibdó, Colombia|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2005–2007||River Plate Montevideo||40||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 April 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Carlos Alberto Sánchez Moreno (born 6 February 1986) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Aston Villa as a defensive midfielder. He is nicknamed La Roca (The Rock), due to his strength on the pitch.
He began his career at River Plate Montevideo before moving to Valenciennes in 2007, where he made 178 Ligue 1 appearances and scored ten goals across six seasons. After one campaign in La Liga with Elche, he joined Aston Villa in 2014.
Born in Quibdó, Chocó, Sánchez moved to a football school in Medellín and then onto Uruguayan clubDanubio, where he signed his first professional contract in 2003 and was a teammate of Edinson Cavani. However, he was released two years later, making no first-team appearances.
In the summer of 2005, Sánchez joined fellow league team River Plate Montevideo. He featured in 40 matches during his two-year spell, scoring once.
In July 2007 Sánchez was bought by a group of investors and was assigned to Rangers de Talca, subsequently moving abroad for the first time in his career, by agreeing to a five-year deal with French Ligue 1 side Valenciennes. He made his debut on 4 August, starting in a 3–1 home win against Toulouse.
Sánchez featured regularly for the side in his debut campaign, and was an ever-present figure during the following seasons. In March 2010, he damaged his anterior cruciate ligament, being sidelined nearly a year.
After making 148 appearances for the club, scoring 8 goals in the league, Sánchez left the club in the summer of 2012 when his contract expired. After long negotiations with Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United, he failed to reach an agreement with any club, and subsequently rejoined his former club Valenciennes on 25 August 2012.
On 16 August 2013, Sánchez signed a three-year deal with Elche CF, freshly promoted to La Liga, for a €3.7 million fee. He made his debut on the 24th, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Real Sociedad.
On 15 August 2014 Aston Villa announced the signing of Sánchez on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee reported at around £4.7 million. His first Villa appearance came eight days later when he replaced Charles N'Zogbia as a substitute in the 62nd minute of a goalless draw with Newcastle United at Villa Park. He made his first start for the club in their 0–3 home defeat against Arsenal on 20 September, after illness had ruled out some of his teammates. On 11 April 2015, he was sent off for two yellow cards as the team won 1–0 away to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, causing him to miss their victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final eight days later. Sánchez scored his first goal for Villa on 25 April, an 85th-minute volleyed equaliser away to title holders Manchester City, but Fernandinho later netted a winner for City.
He made his international debut against Panama on 9 May 2007. He was then included in the 34-man provisional squad for the Copa América 2007, but later dropped for the final list. He was in the first team for all of Colombia's matches for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification including the 2–1 victory over Argentina on November 20, 2007 in Bogotá. At the 2011 Copa América, he started three of Colombia's four matches as they reached the quarter-finals, coming into the team at the expense of Gustavo Bolívar after the opening game. He played in all five of Colombia's matches in the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014, playing a defensive role which allowed James Rodríguez and Juan Cuadrado to be attacking midfielders.
Sánchez is married to Noelia, whom he met in Montevideo.
- As of match played 25 April 2015
|River Plate Montevideo||2005–06||Uruguayan Primera División||14||0||—||—||14||0|
|2006–07||Uruguayan Primera División||26||1||—||—||26||1|
|Aston Villa||2014–15||Premier League||28||1||3||0||1||0||32||1|
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