Carlos Sánchez Moreno

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sánchez and the second or maternal family name is Moreno.
Carlos Sánchez
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Sánchez playing for Valenciennes in 2011
Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto Sánchez Moreno
Date of birth (1986-02-06) February 6, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Quibdó, Colombia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Luton Town
Number 24
Youth career
2003–2005 Danubio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 River Plate Montevideo 40 (1)
2007–2013 Valenciennes 178 (10)
2013–2014 Elche 30 (0)
2014– Aston Villa 3 (0)
National team
2007– Colombia 44 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2014

Carlos Alberto Sánchez Moreno (born 6 February 1986)[1] 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.

Club career[edit]


Born in Quibdó, Chocó, Sánchez began his career with Danubio, signing his first professional contract in 2003. 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.[2]

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[3] and West Ham United,[4] he failed to reach an agreement with any club, and subsequently rejoined his former club Valenciennes on 25 August 2012.[5]


On 16 August 2013, Sánchez signed a three-year deal with Elche CF, freshly promoted to La Liga,[6] for a 3.7 million fee.[7] He made his debut on the 24th, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Real Sociedad.[8]

Aston Villa[edit]

On 15 August 2014 Aston Villa announced the signing of Sánchez on a four-year contract for a reported fee of £4.7 million. His first Villa appearance came when he replaced Charles N'Zogbia as a substitute in the 62nd minute of the second game of the season - a goalless draw with Newcastle United.

International career[edit]

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. He played in all five of Colombia's matches in the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014.


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