Gonzalo Fierro

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Gonzalo Fierro
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Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Antonio Fierro Caniullán
Date of birth (1983-03-21) 21 March 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Right winger / Defender
Club information
Current team
Colo-Colo
Number 11
Youth career
Colo-Colo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Colo-Colo 213 (61)
2008–2011 Flamengo 47 (1)
2012– Colo-Colo 52 (14)
National team
2006– Chile 23 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 October 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 October 2012

Gonzalo Antonio Fierro Caniullán (born 21 March 1983) is a Chilean footballer. He currently plays as a right winger for the Chilean club Colo-Colo. Previously, he already had played for Chile's major club for almost seven seasons. In his native country he is known as "El Joven Pistolero", which means the young sniper, due to the accuracy of his shots.

Career[edit]

Colo-Colo[edit]

Fierro began his career with Chilean giants Colo-Colo, where he received the nickname "El Joven Pistolero" (The Young Gun). In 2005, he scored eleven goals and gave numerous assists while playing with other prominent players such as Humberto Suazo, the world's top international scorer in 2007 and the Mexican League's top scorer in 2008; Matias Fernandez, who preceded Carlos Tévez as the Americas's best player in 2007; and Alexis Sánchez, who went on to play in world-renowned club River Plate and is now at Italy's premier club, Udinese Calcio. However, he still found the back of the net, scoring ten goals in 2008. In his initial years, Fierro scored a dozen goals in the Chilean League as well as two 30 meter rockets in the Copa Sudamericana 2006. He scored three more goals at the Copa Libertadores 2007 and was a regular starter at the Copa Libertadores 2008, where he scored against Unión Atlético Maracaibo, and was a key man in 2–0 win against Boca Juniors, where he took a penalty kick.

Flamengo[edit]

On 26 August 2008, Fierro joined Brazilian Série A club Flamengo.[1] He became the first Chilean player in the club's history.[2] On 5 April 2009, Gonzalo played his first match as a starter on the Rio de Janeiro State League 1–1 draw against rivals Fluminense.[3]

Fierro had his second chance in the first team only on 12 July 2009, this time against Brazilian Série A defending champions São Paulo in Morumbi Stadium, he was the choice to replace Ibson after the end of his loan.[4] In this match he scored his first goal ever for Flamengo with only three minutes of playing after receiving a pass from Adriano.[5][6]

With the 2009 Brazilian Série A title Fierro joined Nelson Tapia, Elias Figueroa and his teammate Claudio Maldonado as the only Chilean players winners of Brazilian Série A.

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 5 December 2011)
Club Season Primera División Copa Chile Copa Libertadores Copa Sudamericana Other Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Colo-Colo 2002 16 2 ? - - - - - - - - - - - - 16 2 ?
2003 37 5 ? - - - 4 0 ? - - - 1 0 ? 42 5 ?
2004 30 6 ? - - - 6 0 ? - - - 1 0 ? 37 6 ?
2005 28 13 ? - - - - - - - - - - - - 28 13 ?
2006 38 12 ? - - - 1 0 0 10 1 ? - - - 49 12 ?
2007 37 17 ? - - - 7 3 ? 5 1 ? 1 0 ? 50 21 ?
2008 27 6 ? - - - 6 1 ? - - - - - - 33 7 ?
Total 213 61 ? 0 0 0 24 4 ? 15 2 ? 3 0 ? 255 67 ?
Club Season Brazilian Série A Copa do Brasil Copa Libertadores Copa Sudamericana Carioca League Total
Flamengo 2008 8 0 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - 8 0 1
2009 24 1 1 2 0 1 - - - 1 0 0 5 0 0 32 1 2
2010 4 0 0 - - - 6 0 0 - - - 12 1 1 22 1 1
2011 12 0 0 5 0 1 - - - 2 0 0 12 0 2 30 0 3
Total 47 1 2 7 0 2 6 0 0 3 0 0 29 1 3 92 2 7
Career total 260 62 ? 7 0 2 30 4 ? 18 2 ? 32 1 ? 348 69 ?

according to combined sources on the Flamengo official website,[7] Flaestatística[8] and Futpédia.[9]

National team[edit]

Fierro played for the Chilean National Team at the Copa América 2007 against Ecuador, Brazil and Mexico. He also played for the National Team in a tour of Europe with world-renowkn coach, Marcelo Bielsa, who won the gold medal at Athens 2004, won the most points for Argentina in any qualification process for 2002 and additionally brought his experience of managing champion teams in Mexico and his homeland of Argentina. Bielsa had so much faith in Fierro's abilities that he immediately took him into his new process, nominated him to play the two hosts of Euro 2008, Austria and Switzerland, where Chile won 2–0 and lost 2–1 in a game where Chile was inexplicably denied a legitimate goal. In a tour of Asia in 2007 where Chile played the two hosts of the 2002 World Cup, Fierro played and scored against South Korea in a 1–0 win and played the 90 minutes in the tie against Japan 0–0. In the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers, Fierro started in the 0–2 loss to Argentina, the 2–0 win against Peru, the historical 2–2 tie against Uruguay in Montevideo, and the 0–3 loss against Paraguay. Due to his demanding season he stayed out in the 2–0 win against Bolivia in La Paz, and the 3–2 win against Venezuela in Caracas. Fierro then played against Euro 2008's most entertaining squad, Turkey, in a tight 1–0 loss in Istanbul and has been nominated to play Brazil as well as Colombia on 7 and 10 September of this year.

International goals[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
30 January 2008 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  South Korea 0–1 0–1 International Friendly
9 January 2010 Kanyamazane Stadium, Mpumalanga, South Africa  New Zealand 0–1 0–2 Unnoficial friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Colo-Colo
Flamengo

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flamengo contrata atacante chileno Fierro" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2008. 
  2. ^ Estrangeiros do Flamengo (in Portuguese). Flapédia
  3. ^ "Fla-Flu decidido no fim garante novo confronto entre os rivais nas semifinais" (in Portuguese). Globoesporte.com. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  4. ^ Motivado por telefonema especial, Fierro teme comparação com Ibson (in Portuguese). Globoesporte.com.
  5. ^ Cuca aposta no chileno Fierro no Flamengo contra o São Paulo (in Portuguese) espn.com.br.
  6. ^ Na volta do Imperador ao Morumbi, São Paulo reage e empata com o Flamengo (in Portuguese). Globoesporte.com.
  7. ^ Flamengo official website (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ Fierro stats at Flaestatística (in Portuguese)
  9. ^ Futpédia (in Portuguese)

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