Francisco Silva

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Francisco Silva
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Silva playing for Chile in 2013
Personal information
Full name Francisco Andrés Silva Gajardo
Date of birth (1986-02-11) 11 February 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Quillota, Chile
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Club Brugge (on loan from Osasuna)
Number 5
Youth career
2000–2006 Universidad Católica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2013 Universidad Católica 120 (5)
2013–2014 Osasuna 47 (1)
2014– Club Brugge (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2007– Chile 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Francisco Andrés Silva Gajardo (born February 11, 1986) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Belgian side Club Brugge KV on loan from CA Osasuna as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Quillota, Silva joined Universidad Católica's youth setup in 2000, aged 14. In 2005 he made his senior debuts, while on loan at lowly Deportes Ovalle, and appeared twice for the first-team in the following year. In 2007 he joined Osorno in the same predicament, and was an ever-present figure in the promotion campaign.

After his return, Silva established himself as a regular for the UC, and scored his first goal on 7 November 2009, in a 4–1 home routing over Universidad Concepción.

In the 2010 summer Silva was linked to Lecce, but due to reductions in the non-EU registration quota (two for one during the summer)[1] the deal collapsed, as the club already signed Rubén Olivera.[2]

On 22 January 2013 Silva was loaned to La Liga strugglers CA Osasuna until June.[3] He made his debut abroad on 2 February, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 home win over Celta de Vigo.[4]

On 8 March Silva netted his first goal for Osasuna, but in a 1–2 loss at Real Betis;[5] on 4 June the Navarrese side exercised the buyout clause, paying 1.2 million for his services.[6] He featured regularly for the club during the 2013–14 campaign, which ended in relegation.

On 29 August 2014 Silva was loaned to Club Brugge KV, in a season-long deal with a buyout clause.[7]

International career[edit]

Silva made his main squad debut on 22 January 2011, starting in a 1–1 draw against United States at Home Depot Center.[8]


Universidad Católica


  1. ^ "Foreign player cap for Serie A". Sky Sports. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rebus Genoa: Felipe c' è, ma spunta Eduardo" [Genoa: Felipe it is, but take a look at Eduardo]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 4 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Francisco Silva llega cedido hasta final de temporada" [Francisco Silva arrives on loan until the end of the season] (in Spanish). Osasuna's official website. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Armenteros fires Osasuna to win". ESPN FC. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Betis fly up to fifth". ESPN FC. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Osasuna ejerce la opción de compra por el 'Gato' Silva" [Osasuna exercises the buyout clause for 'Gato' Silva] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Gato Silva jugará cedido en El Brujas" [Gato Silva will play on loan at Brugge] (in Spanish). Osasuna's official website. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Men's National Team Opens 2011 With 1–1 Draw Against Chile". US Soccer. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 

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