Manuel Salazar

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This article is about the footballer. For the artist and former convict, see Manuel Salazar (artist).
Manuel Salazar
Personal information
Full name Manuel Alejandro Salazar Rivas
Date of birth (1986-01-23) January 23, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth San Salvador, El Salvador
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Telecom
2005–2011 Luís Ángel Firpo
2010 FAS 4 (1)
2011 Luís Ángel Firpo
National team
2007–2010 El Salvador 50 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 21, 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 12, 2010
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Salazar and the second or maternal family name is Rivas.

Manuel Alejandro Salazar Rivas (born January 23, 1986 in San Salvador) is a retired Salvadoran footballer.

He represented the Salvadoran national team.

Club career[edit]

Salazar started his career at Salvadoran second division side Telecom before joining Luís Ángel Firpo in 2005.[1]

In December 2008, Salazar along with his club and national team teammate Carlos Monteagudo, both were invited to train with Mexican Primera División A team Monterrey 1a. A (effectively CF Monterreys reserve team),[2] with the hopes of signing with the clubs second division side. After the two-week trial, both players returned to El Salvador, with the promise from head coach Gerardo Jiménez, that he would look to open negotiations to transfer them to the club, whether on a full-time basis, or on loan however neither player was ever signed. On July 1, 2010, Salazar signed a six-month contract with FAS[3] only to rejoin Firpo for the 2011 Clausura claiming FAS owing him three months wages.[4]

International career[edit]

Salazar received his first call up to the national team in January 2007 and made his debut for El Salvador in a February 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Nicaragua. He earned a total of 50 caps, scoring no goals, and has represented his country in 18 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[5] He has played at the 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup,[6] as well as at the 2007[7] and 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[8]

His final international game was an October 2010 friendly match against Costa Rica.

Retirement from football[edit]

On May 18, 2011, Salazar decided to retire from the sport due to long-standing knee problems and to focus on his academic and business ventures (he owns a restaurant).[9][10]


  1. ^ Profile - El Gráfico (Spanish)
  2. ^ Con la vista en México - El (Spanish)
  3. ^ Manuel Salazar está de vuelta en FAS - La Prensa Gráfica (Spanish)
  4. ^ Manuel Salazar demandará al FAS - El Gráfico (Spanish)
  5. ^ Manuel SalazarFIFA competition record
  6. ^ UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2007 - RSSSF
  7. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 - Full Details - RSSSF
  8. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2009 - Full Details - RSSSF
  9. ^ ¿Manuel Salazar se retira del fútbol? - La Prensa Gráfica (Spanish)
  10. ^ Manuel Salazar se retiró del fútbol - El (Spanish)

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