Macnelly Torres

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Torres and the second or maternal family name is Berrío.
Macnelly Torres
Personal information
Full name Macnelly Torres Berrío
Date of birth (1984-11-01) 1 November 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Barranquilla, Colombia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Youth career
1994–2001 Junior
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Junior 79 (11)
2005–2008 Cúcuta 94 (11)
2008–2011 Colo-Colo 81 (15)
2011–2013 Atlético Nacional 79 (13)
2011 San Luis (loan) 16 (1)
2013–2014 Al Shabab 22 (1)
National team
2003 Colombia U20 5 (0)
2007– Colombia 37 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 August 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 March 2013

Macnelly Torres Berrío (born 1 November 1984) is a Colombian footballer. He is best known for his very accurate through passes. Torres' first name, Macnelly, was given to him by his father after a baseball star he admired.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Torres debuted for Atlético Junior as a professional in 2002, in where realizated very good seasons. In the 2004 season he won the Finalización Tournament, being this his first professional title in his career. Macnelly was part of a "golden generation" for Junior, also including players like Martín Arzuaga and Omar Sebastián Pérez. For Cúcuta Deportivo in the Copa Libertadores 2007, the neat attacking midfielder continually split defences and put his strikers through on goal with inspired passes.

Colo-Colo[edit]

After the Argentine player of Boca Juniors, Jesús Datolo failed to sign in the Chilean club Colo-Colo, Macnelly became in the new target of Colo-Colo. He completed his move after long negotiations of the Chilean club with Cúcuta, both clubs reached an agreement for a fee of US$2.4 million, being this transaction the most expensive of the Chilean football. The previous record was the $1.2 million transfer of Néstor Gorosito from San Lorenzo de Almagro to Universidad Católica. On 7 February 2008, Torres was presented as new player of the club during a press conference alongside the club's coach Claudio Borghi.

He arrived as a replacement for his compatriot Giovanni Hernández, who had problems with the club's board and then signed for Atlético Junior and Colo-Colo confirmed that Macnelly will join on June because he had to play the 2008 Copa Libertadores with Cúcuta.

International career[edit]

Part of the Colombia squad that reached the semi-finals of the 2003 World Youth Cup and has now graduated with honours in senior football.

Torres made his international debut in the defeat against Paraguay in the Copa America 2007 on 28 June 2007.

Despite being heavily criticized for leaving Atletico Nacional to join Al-Shabab Riyadh, Torres was still called up to dispute the 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Ecuador and Uruguay. His decision to join the Arabic club was considered to decrease his chances in making the 2014 World Cup.[2][3]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results lists Colombia's goal tally first.[4]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 February 2009 Estadio Hernán Ramírez Villegas, Pereira, Colombia  Haiti 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 29 March 2009 Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá, Colombia  Bolivia 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 22 March 2013 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Bolivia 1–0 5–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Junior

Cúcuta Deportivo

Colo-Colo

Atlético Nacional

Al-Shabab Riyadh

References[edit]

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