José Pedro Fuenzalida

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José Pedro Fuenzalida
Personal information
Full name José Pedro Fuenzalida Gana
Date of birth (1985-02-22) February 22, 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Boca Juniors
Number 26
Youth career
1996–2003 Universidad Católica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Universidad Católica 84 (9)
2008–2014 Colo-Colo 124 (24)
2008–2009 O'Higgins (loan) 52 (14)
2014– Boca Juniors 13 (0)
National team
2008– Chile 23 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 February 2015

José Pedro Fuenzalida Gana (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse ˈpeðɾo fwensaˈliða]; born February 22, 1985, in Chile) is a Chilean footballer also known as "Chapita". Fuenzalida is a midfielder, who currently plays for Boca Juniors in the Argentine First Division.

Career[edit]

He went through the Universidad Católica's youth system, until 2005 when he made his professional debut with the adult squad at the age of 19. In the summer of 2007 at the age of 22, Fuenzalida retired in order to concentrate on his school work. Therefore he did not play in the 2007 Chilean Clausura tournament. In January 2008, Fuenzalida returned to professional football and was expected to play for his team of always Universidad Católica. However in a surprise move he signed for archrival Colo-Colo, which angered Universidad Católica's management and caused them to ask for $210,000 for the signing ($30,000 for each year Fuenzalida was in the youth ranks).

Fuenzalida was an integral part of the Chilean squad at 2005 South American Youth Championship in Colombia, which qualified for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. During the FIFA World Youth Championship, Fuenzalida scored two goals in Chile's 7–0 victory over Honduras.[1]

Fuenzalida scored two goals the prestigious U-23 2008 Toulon Tournament, where he scored one goal in the 5–3 win against France and another in the 2-0 win against the Netherlands. He then went on to start in the 2-0 win against Japan. He played in all five of the team's games in the tournament playing many different positions.

For the 2008 Clausura tournament, Jose Pedro Fuenzalida was loaned to O'Higgins, the reason being most likely that Colo Colo had a large squad and had to loan some players who were not in the plans of the team's coach at the time. Fuenzalida went on to be an important player in O'Higgins before returning to Colo Colo.[citation needed]

Pedro scored his first goal in Boca Juniors against Rosario Central for the Copa Sudamericana on September 18, the match ended 3 - 0.

International goals[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ José Pedro FuenzalidaFIFA competition record