Nicolás Canales

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Nicolás Canales
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Personal information
Full name Nicolás Sebastián Canales Calas
Date of birth (1985-06-27) 27 June 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Neftchi Baku
Number 11
Youth career
Universidad de Chile
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Universidad de Chile 10 (1)
2006 Benfica B 12 (3)
2006–2007 Gondomar 26 (8)
2007–2010 CFR Cluj 1 (0)
2008 Unión Española (loan) 18 (3)
2009 Cobresal (loan) 23 (13)
2010–2012 Palestino 73 (34)
2012–2013 Neftchi Baku 31 (26)
2013– 2014 Colo-Colo 7 (3)
2014 Santiago Wanderers (loan) 12 (2)
2014– Neftchi Baku 8 (2)
National team
2005 Chile U-20 13 (6)
2012– Chile 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 February 2013

Nicolás Sebastián Canales Calas (Spanish pronunciation: [nikoˈlas kaˈnales], born 27 June 1985) is a Chilean footballer that is currently Neftchi Baku. He plays as striker.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Canales debuted with Universidad de Chile where he won the Apertura in 2004 and reached the final of the Clausura in 2005.

He scored five goals in nine matches in the Liga de Honra while playing for Benfica B.

On 1 August 2007 he signed with Romanian squad CFR Cluj by £450.000. However his time there was short, because at the beginning of 2008 Canales returned to Chile to play for Unión Española.

Palestino[edit]

In 2010, he was transferred to Palestino where he scored 34 times in 73 appearances. Their great performances give him the chance to play with the Chilean national football team.

Neftchi Baku[edit]

In June 2012, he signed for Neftchi Baku of the Azerbaijan Premier League in a one year deal.[1] He played his first game for Neftchi in a friendly against Dinamo București. He made his competitive debut in a UEFA Champions League fixture against Zestafoni on 17 July. He scored the third goal of the 3–0 home victory. In the 2012–13 Azerbaijan Premier League edition, he played in 31 games and scored 26 goals, helping his team win the Azerbaijan Premier League and becoming the top goalscorer of the championship.He also won the Azerbaijan Cup in the 2012–13 edition playing five games and scoring one goal in the competition.

Colo-Colo[edit]

On August 13, 2013, he signed for Colo-Colo of the Chilean Primera División in a one year deal.[2]

Neftchi Baku Return[edit]

On 14 August 2014, Canales resigned for Neftchi Baku on a one-year contract, with the option of a second year.[3]

International career[edit]

Canales made his senior international debut in the 2–0 defeat by Paraguay on 15 February 2012.[4] He also participated in the U-20 2005 Sudamericano in Colombia. He went on to later play at the 2005 U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 November 2014
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Europe Total
2005–06 Benfica B Segunda Divisão – Série D 12 3 0 0 0 0 12 3
2006–07 Gondomar 26 8 0 0 0 0 26 8
Romania League Cupa României Europe Total
2007–08 CFR Cluj Liga I 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Chile League Copa Chile South America Total
2008 Unión Española (Loan) Primera División 18 3 0 0 0 0 18 3
2009 Cobresal (Loan) 23 13 0 0 0 0 23 13
2010 Palestino 29 13 2 0 0 0 31 13
2011 29 16 1 0 0 0 30 16
2012 15 5 0 0 0 0 15 5
Azerbaijan League Azerbaijan Cup Europe Total
2012–13[6] Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Premier League 31 26 5 1 12 3 48 30
Chile League Copa Chile South America Total
2013–14 Colo-Colo Primera División 7 3 1 0 8 3
Santiago Wanderers (loan) 12 2 0 0 12 2
Azerbaijan League Azerbaijan Cup Europe Total
2014–15 Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Premier League 8 2 0 0 2 0 10 2
Total Portugal 38 11 0 0 0 0 38 11
Romania 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Chile 133 55 4 0 0 0 137 55
Azerbaijan 39 28 5 1 14 3 58 32
Career total 211 94 9 1 14 3 234 98

Honours[edit]

Universidad de Chile
Neftchi Baku
Individual

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