Carlos Chacana

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Carlos Chacana
Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto Chacana
Date of birth (1976-06-23) 23 June 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
San Martín de Tucumán
Number 14
Youth career
1992-1997 San Martín de Tucumán
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997-2001 San Martín de Tucumán 70 (11)
2001-2002 River Plate 0 (0)
2002 Quilmes 6 (0)
2003 Al Arabi Kuwait ? (?)
2003-2004 Hapoel Nazareth Illit ? (?)
2004-2005 Hapoel Ashkelon 30 (15)
2005 Hapoel Kfar Saba 1 (0)
2006 Ironi Kiryat Shmona 13 (4)
2006-2008 Hapoel Ramat Gan 64 (10)
2008-2009 NK Celje 15 (2)
2009-2013 Hapoel Ramat Gan 118 (11)
2013- Hapoel Ashkelon 35 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 22, 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).

Carlos Chacana (born 23 June 1976 in San Miguel de Tucumán) is an Argentine-Israeli professional football (soccer) player who is currently contracted to San Martín de Tucumán.


Early life[edit]

Carlos Chacana was raised in Tucumán Province in Argentina by his mother and grandfather, after his father left when he was a child. He says that after every goal he scores, he says a prayer for his grandfather.[1] Chacana began to play football in his neighborhood and local tournaments. He was scared at first about playing actual club football though because he did not have enough money for shoes.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Start in Argentina[edit]

At the age of 16, Chacana began training with Club Atlético San Martín de Tucumán after being pressured to by his grandfather. The club supplied Chacana with a pair of football boots and occasionally with transportation to training. In 1997, he played his first professional match for San Martín in a Primera B Nacional match. Slowly, he cracked the first team and started to score goals. During a league match against Club Atlético Tucumán, officials from River Plate were impressed by his play. The next day Chacana found himself on a bus to Buenos Aires.

The players at River Plate gave him the nickname, "El Burrito de Tucumán" because of the resemblance between him and Ariel Ortega.[1] Because Chacana entered though in midseason, he could only take part in Copa Libertadores matches. At the end of the season, Ramón Díaz was appointed manager and Chacana left for Quilmes.


After a short time at Quilmes, Chacana made his first departure to the Middle East. His time at Al Arabi was cut short due to the Iraq War.[2]


In 2003, he arrived at Liga Artzit side Hapoel Nazareth Illit. Club officials told him that since his wife, Priscila Radusky, is Jewish, he would receive special benefits as a new immigrant under the Law of Return. Originally, Chacana was not interested in immigrating, but was later convinced.[1] After just one season, he was released by Nazareth Illit. He returned to San Martín de Tucumán but felt that he needed to return to Israel in order to prove people wrong. Israeli agent, Gilad Katsav, arranged for him to join Hapoel Ashkelon where he became an instant success and fan favorite. He was given a new nickname in Ashkelon, "El Loco Lindo" and achieved celebrity in the city. During his season at Ashkelon, the club reached the semi-final of the Israel State Cup and gained promotion to the Liga Leumit[1]

After a short term at Hapoel Kfar Saba, Chacana left for Ironi Kiryat Shmona. When the season ended, Chacana signed a US $50,000 contract with Hapoel Ramat Gan of the Liga Leumit, despite having an offer from F.C. Ashdod in the Israeli Premier League.[3] The primary reason for Chacana's signing with Ramat Gan, was because a fan of the club was willing to pay for the entire treatment of his sons bout with leukemia.[4]

When his contract ended with Hapoel Ramat Gan, he had an unsuccessful trial with Maccabi Petah Tikva.[5] Though having more offers from Israeli clubs, Chacana signed a new one year deal with Slovenian side, NK MIK CM Celje.[6] During his debut match against NK Maribor, he scored his team's second goal in a 3:3 draw.[7] His family remained in Israel though, where his son underwent further treatments at Sheba Medical Center.[7]




  • Liga Artzit Leading Scorer: 2004/05


  1. ^ a b c d e Zelicovitz, Taviv (2005-05-03). צ'קאנה והחלום הישראלי (in Hebrew). Walla!. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  2. ^ Garcia Soto, Fernando. "To return to house: Chacana returned of Kuwait". Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  3. ^ Hagai, Idan (2006-06-27). אלון חזן: "קרלוס צ'קאנה לא ישחק במ.ס. אשדוד" (in Hebrew). Ma'ariv. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  4. ^ Kashav, Sharon (2006-06-28). קרלוס צ'קאנה חתם לשנתיים בהפועל ר"ג (in Hebrew). Sport 5. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  5. ^ Itzhaki, Itzik (2008-07-09). קרלוס צ'קאנה ייבחן במכבי פ"ת (in Hebrew). Walla!. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  6. ^ Ben Dor, Doron (2008-08-18). קרלוס צ'קאנה חתם לעונה בקבוצה בסלובניה (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  7. ^ a b Bar Dayan, Shirley (2008-08-24). צ'קאנה כבש, בנו יעבור ניתוח נוסף (in Hebrew). Sport 5. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 

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