Erwin Sánchez

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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 Freking.
Erwin Sánchez
Personal information
Full name Erwin Sánchez Freking
Date of birth (1969-10-19) 19 October 1969 (age 44)
Place of birth Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1981–1986 Tahuichi Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Destroyers 67 (23)
1988–1990 Bolívar 34 (13)
1990–1992 Benfica 15 (1)
1991–1992 Estoril (loan) 28 (8)
1992–1997 Boavista 105 (25)
1997–1999 Benfica 26 (6)
1998–1999 Boavista (loan) 22 (0)
1999 Benfica B 2 (2)
2000–2004 Boavista 92 (19)
2004–2005 Oriente Petrolero 38 (10)
Total 429 (107)
National team
1989–2005 Bolivia 57 (15)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Boavista
2006–2009 Bolivia
2012–2013 Oriente Petrolero
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Erwin Sánchez Freking (born 19 October 1969) is a Bolivian retired footballer. Dubbed Platini, he played as an attacking midfielder with scoring range.

Most of his professional career was spent in Portugal, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 288 games and 59 goals over the course of 13 seasons mainly in representation of Boavista and Benfica. Retiring in 2005, he subsequently became a coach.

From 2006 to 09, Sánchez managed the Bolivian national team after having appeared as a player in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the country's third participation.

Club career[edit]

Born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Sánchez started his career at hometown's Club Destroyers, then moved to Club Bolívar. He became the first Bolivian to play professionally in Europe, when he was signed by Sport Lisboa e Benfica for the 1990–91 season, but was not very successful there, also being loaned to Lisbon neighbours G.D. Estoril Praia.

Released in 1992, Sánchez signed with Boavista Futebol Clube, eventually becoming one of the team's best players. This prompted a 1997 return to Benfica, but the player again failed to settle, returning to the Axadrezados (chequereds)[1] and being crucial to the club's only league conquest in 2001, with nine goals in 33 games.[2]

After a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury,[3] Sánchez eventually lost importance in Boavista and left the club in 2004 after a coaching spell,[4][5] returning home for a final season with Oriente Petrolero and retiring as a player at the age of 36. In his last appearance, on 14 March 2005 against Club Blooming, he assaulted referee Wilson Aliaga, being suspended for 18 months.[6]

International career[edit]

Sánchez was a leading player for Bolivia, being crucial to the nation's qualification for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Bolivia exited the competition in the group stage, and he scored the nation's only goal of the tournament in a 1–3 loss against Spain;[7] this was also Bolivia's first and only goal in three appearances in World Cup tournaments.

Sánchez appeared in a total of 57 international matches over 16 years, scoring 15 goals.[8][9] In 2006 he was named national team manager,[10] being sacked after the unsuccessful 2010 World Cup qualification campaign.

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