Suazo playing for Monterrey in 2008
|Full name||Humberto Andrés Suazo Pontivo|
|Date of birth||10 May 1981|
|Place of birth||San Antonio, Chile|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Striker, second striker|
|2001-2002||San Antonio Unido|
|2010||→ Real Zaragoza (loan)||17||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Humberto Andrés Suazo Pontivo (Spanish pronunciation: [umˈberto ˈswaso]; born 10 May 1981 in San Antonio, Chile), nicknamed Chupete, is a Chilean football player, who currently plays as a striker in Monterrey. In 2006 he was awarded by IFFHS as the world's top goal scorer of the year. According to his 2010 FIFA World Cup profile, Suazo is known for his "keen positional sense and ability to finish with either foot".
At six years old, Suazo's father took him to play with Club Torino in his hometown of San Antonio. His father had made a name for himself playing with the same team. At the age of 14 he tried out for Catolica.
In December 1995, Suazo tried out for Universidad Católica. In March of the following year he was part of the club's youth system. However, Suazo's time spent there was troubled. He did not like to practice and at any given chance he would leave the facilities and return to San Antonio. Suazo now admits he wasted the opportunity the club gave him.
In 2000, Universidad Católica loaned Suazo out to Chilean second division, Ñublense. His professional debut came against Magallanes, the club he would later play for, and he scored his first goal. At the end of the year he fractured his fibula and was sidelined for seven months. The injury also kept him out of the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship. In 2000, he won the Milk Cup.
At the end of 2001, no longer part of Universidad Católica, Suazo played for Magallanes. He would go on to join his hometown club San Antonio Unido in 2002. In 2003 Suazo turned heads with his new club San Luis Quillota of the Chilean third division, when he scored 40 goals in one season.
The next two seasons, Suazo would spend with Audax Italiano. In early 2004, Suazo suffered another major injury which kept him out a significant amount of time. With Audax, Suazo scored 40 goals before being transferred to Colo-Colo.
Suazo began his career with Colo Colo just in time for the Copa Libertadores 2006. Even though Colo-Colo exited the tournament early, Suazo showed his ability by scoring a hat-trick against Chivas de Guadalajara.
Colo-Colo, with the help of Suazo's tournament-leading 10 goals in 12 games, reached the finals of Copa Sudamericana 2006. On the way to the finals, he netted a hat-trick against Gimnasia LP. Suazo dazzled fans and scouts alike throughout the tournament, which raised questions about him staying with the team in 2007. Teams such as Santos Laguna of Mexico and Calcio Catania of Italy were both rumored to be interested in the player. However, Colo-Colo put those rumors to rest when they bought the rest of Suazo's ownership from his former club, Audax, on 15 December 2006, for one million US dollars. Ten percent of that fee ($100,000) went to Suazo's pocket. The move also assured his services to the club until June 2007.
In the 2006 clasura tournament final, Colo-Colo played again against Suazo's former team Audax. Colo-Colo won the first leg 3–0, with Suazo scoring his thirteenth goal of the season, and the second leg 3–2, with Suazo scoring the first two goals .
In the 2007 Apertura tournament, Suazo finished as the leading goal scorer, also scoring in the final match against Palestino. His lone goal, coming in at the 79th minute, gave Colo-Colo their 26th tournament win, cementing his place in Colo-Colo history.
After months of speculation over where Suazo would end up after his contract expired in June, Suazo was finally sold for $5 million to a Mexican club, Monterrey. The fee paid by the Mexican team is one of the highest for a Chilean player coming out of Chile.
Suazo's performance during his first tournament wasn't what was expected (only three goals in twelve games) and combined with conflicts with teammates and coaches, it led to speculations that Suazo had been sold to Argentine club Independiente. However the deal fell through once the Argentine club refused to pay $8 million for the transfer. On 4 January, Humberto called for a press conference, and in front of television cameras and news media, he acknowledged the fact that his performance and attitude wasn't positive during his first 6 months with the club, but that from now and on, he was determined to change things. He was going to take responsibility for his actions and committed himself to work hard to achieve better results.
On 6 April Suazo scored four goals against Veracruz, in his team's victory 7–2. This feat is the most a player from Monterrey has achieved in one game (tied with Milton Carlos). In his second season at Monterrey, he ended up as top goalscorer of the Mexican tournament with a total of 13 goals in 17 games. Suazo then scored 3 more games at the playoffs, 1 in the quarter final's 1st leg against Chivas, and two more against Santos Laguna in the semifinals, though Monterrey was unable to advance to the final. The next tournament was a pretty poor one for both Suazo and Monterrey, failing to advance to the playoffs. The following tournament, Clausura 2009, Suazo helped Monterrey achieve quarter finals where they lost against Puebla. Suazo scored a goal in the 1st leg where Monterrey lost 3–1.
In the Apertura 2009 final, Suazo became a key player in the title. In the Final's first leg, he gave an extraordinary game and helped Monterrey get back from a 3–1 loss at halftime in their home stadium to win 4–3, with Suazo scoring 2 of the goals. In the 2nd leg, he made a pass for his colleague, Aldo de Nigris, and then scored a goal himself at injury time to secure the title. Rayados won by an aggregate score of 6–4 against Cruz Azul, taking the championship.
On 8 January 2010, he left Monterrey and signed for the Spanish club Real Zaragoza on a loan deal with an option for Zaragoza to buy Suazo for 10 million euros. He made his debut for Zaragoza in a 0–0 draw against Xerez at La Romareda stadium.
As of the 20 May 2010, Suazo's card still belongs to Monterrey and its worth has been raised to $25 million, provided that Real Zaragoza does not make valid their option to buy his card at $14 million.
Return to Monterrey
Suazo made a surprise return to Monterrey for the Apertura 2010, after Zaragoza decided not to pay for Suazo's card. In this tournament he exceeded all the expectations from fans and the media, scoring 10 goals in the tournament and giving Monterrey their fourth league title in December 2010, plus obtaining the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League against Real Salt Lake the following May, making Monterrey the CONCACAF representative in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.
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Suazo had also become a fixture with his international side. In 2006 he scored 17 goals in national and international matches, surpassing Peter Crouch by one goal for the "World's Top Goal Scorer Award". His four international goals all came in friendlies. He scored goals against New Zealand and Sweden. His other two goals came in the form of penalties versus Ivory Coast and Colombia. In January 2007 he was awarded world's top goal scorer of 2006 by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics in Salzburg, Austria. He was also awarded the Silver Football as world's second first league top scorer with 34 goals, behind Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Ajax Amsterdam with 35 goals.
Suazo played for Chile in the Copa América 2007, scoring three goals, two in his first match against Ecuador, and one in the quarter final match against Brazil. He finished as CONMEBOL's top scorer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification with 10 goals, one ahead Brazilian striker Luís Fabiano.
- Torneo Apertura (Chile) Top Scorer: 2006, 2007
- Torneo Clausura (Mexico) Top Scorer: 2008
- Copa Sudamericana: Top Scorer 2006
- 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL) : Top Goal Scorer (10 goals)
- Primera División de México Apertura 2009 Liguilla : Top Goal Scorer, Tied with teammate Aldo de Nigris (4 Goals)
- Primera División de México Apertura 2009 : Balon de Oro for Best Player of the Tournament.
- Apertura 2010 : Balon de Oro for Best Player of the Tournament.
- Best Striker of the tournament: Apertura 2010
- 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League : Top Goal Scorer (7 goals)
- IFFHS – Various Annual Awards. Rsssf.com (2007-08-02). Retrieved on 2011-11-28.
- "Player Profile". FIFA. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- "Humberto "Chupete" Suazo" – Familia.cl (Spanish)
- "2006 Apertura" – Emol.com (Spanish)
- "2006 Clasura" – Terra.cl (Spanish)
- Monterrey anunció oficialmente la contratación de Humberto Suazo. Radio Cooperativa. 12/06/2007 (in Spanish)
- FIFA.es – The fantastic return of 'Chupete'. Es.fifa.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-28.
- FIFA.es – Suazo triumphs with Monterrey. Es.fifa.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-28.
- (Spanish)Rayados de Monterrey salió en una tarde muy inspirada y con cuatro goles de Humberto Suazo goleó 7–2 a los Tiburones de Veracruz. ESPN Deportes. 5 April 2008
- Gloria rayada, Monterrey campeón. terra.com.mx. 13 December 2009
- ¡Monterrey Campeon! Rayados Claim Mexican League Title. Goal.com (2009-12-13). Retrieved on 2011-11-28.
- "World's Top Goal Scorer" – IFFHS
- EMOL. EMOL. Retrieved on 2011-11-28.
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