Jairo Zulbarán

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Jairo Zulbarán
Personal information
Full name Jairo Luís Zulbarán
Date of birth (1970-01-07)7 January 1970
Place of birth Santa Marta, Colombia
Date of death 15 March 2002(2002-03-15) (aged 32)
Place of death Santa Marta, Colombia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Unión Magdalena
Independiente Medellín
1997–1998 Unicosta
Total 243 (51)
National team
1992 Colombia Olympics
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jairo Luís Zulbarán known as Calanche (7 January 1970 – 15 March 2002) was a Colombian football forward.


Born in Santa Marta, Zulbarán began his professional football career with Unión Magdalena and would play for Sporting de Barranquilla, Independiente Medellín, Millonarios and Unicosta.[1] He is one of Unicosta's all-time leading goal-scorers.[2] He ended his career early after having problems with his knee ligaments.[3]

Zulbarán competed for Colombia at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.[4]


In March 2002, Zulbarán was shot dead in a public market in downtown Santa Marta.[5]


  1. ^ Ruiz M., Juan Guillermo (7 January 2012). "Un día como hoy en el fútbol: Enero 7" [On this day in football: January 7]. GolGolGol Futbol. 
  2. ^ Ballesteros, Frank (21 February 2004). "Colombia - All-Time Topscorers". RSSSF. 
  3. ^ "ASESINAN A EX JUGADOR DEL UNIÓN" [Former Unión footballer assassinated] (in Spanish). El Tiempo. 16 March 2002. 
  4. ^ "Jairo Calanche Bio Stats, and Results". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "EL FINAL TRISTE DE MUCHOS FUTBOLISTAS" [The sad end of many players] (in Spanish). El Colombiano. January 2006. 

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