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|Full name||Oswaldo Javier Sánchez Ibarra|
|Date of birth||September 21, 1973|
|Place of birth||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Oswaldo Javier Sánchez Ibarra (born September 21, 1973 in Guadalajara, Jalisco) is a Mexican footballer. He plays as a goalkeeper for Santos Laguna in the Liga MX, where he is also the team captain. He has 99 caps for Mexico. He was also the cover of the North American edition of FIFA Football 2005.
Oswaldo Sánchez debuted with Club Atlas at the age of 20 on October 30, 1993 against CD Veracruz where the teams tied the game at 1–1. He debuted by entering as a sub when the goalkeeper injured himself in a strong accidental play. Two years after his debut, he was a starter on the team and led Atlas to the Quarterfinals where they were eliminated by CD Veracruz. In the summer of 1996, Sánchez was transferred to Club América. The following season, Sánchez was benched and replaced as goalkeeper by Hugo Pineda. Sánchez played three out of 19 games, including the quarterfinals where América was eliminated by Monarcas Morelia. The following season, Sánchez went back into the starting line-up and led America. In the summer of 1999, Sánchez left América for rival Chivas de Guadalajara. Little did he know that many would consider him as one of the best goalkeepers of Mexico.
C. D. Guadalajara
At Guadalajara, Sánchez became the team's captain. Sanchez became a big key player to Chivas along with many other players. This was during the time when Guadalajara were at their best. Chivas reached the semi finals of the Copa Libertadores 2006. Sánchez scored a goal in the 2000 Copa Merconorte match against Club Deportivo El Nacional of Ecuador.
In 2007 he signed a contract onto Santos Laguna and he has played against his ex-team and ex-team members Chivas de Guadalajara in a 3-2 loss. In the first season with Santos, he led them to the Quarterfinals of the Clausura 2007 tournament.He also led his team to 2nd place in the both Apertura and Clausura 2010. Sanchez led the team to win the Clausura 2008 championship and Clausura 2012.
Sánchez played for the Mexican Youth National team in 1993's international FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia Coached by Juan de Dios Castillo. Sánchez has also constantly been called up[vague] to play for the Mexican national team since his debut in 1996, against Bolivia. He has been part of three FIFA World Cups, in France 1998, 2002 and 2006. Argentine Coach Ricardo La Volpe called up Sánchez once again on April 2, 2006, to be the starting goalkeeper for the Mexican National Team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. During preparing for the 2006 World Cup, Sánchez father died of a heart attack on June 7, aged 56. Sánchez flew home to Guadalajara, but he returned to Germany in time for the team's first game against Iran, which they won by a score of 3-1.
In 2007, he was called up once again by new coach Hugo Sanchez to play for Mexico in the Gold Cup and 2007 Copa América. Sánchez was selected to represent Mexico in friendlies against Ghana and China, his 1st callups since the 2007 Copa América.
Sanchez was not called up to the World Cup 2010 and didn't play a single match for the Mexican national football team in 2010.Sánchez played his 99th and last international match for Mexico on October 11, 2011 in a 2–1 loss to Brazil. He was substituted by Alfredo Talavera in the 88th minute, marking his official national football retirement.
- CONCACAF Gold Cup: 1996, 2003
- USA Cup: 1996
- FIFA Confederations Cup 2005: 4th Place
- Copa America 2007: 3rd Place
- Footballer with most apparences in Primera Division de Mexico (701).
- Primera Division de Mexico Best Goalkeeper (7): 1995/96, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2003/2004, 2004/2005, 2005
- Primera División de México Best Player (2): 2003/2004, 2005
- CONCACAF Gold Cup 2003: Best Goalkeeper
- FIFA Confederations Cup 2005: Best Goalkeeper
- CONCACAF Champions League 2012-2013: Best Goalkeeper
- "Oswaldo Javier Sachez - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
- David Adams (2004-10-04). "IGN: FIFA 2005 Gets Covered". IGN. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
- "¡Felices XV, Oswaldo Sánchez!". Televisa Deportes. 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
- "Mexico coach hails keeper Sanchez". BBC News. 2006-06-11. Retrieved 2007-06-10.
- Football Database.com provides Oswaldo Sánchez's profile and stats
- Oswaldo Sánchez Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)
|Chivas de Guadalajara captain
Francisco Gabriel de Anda
|Santos Laguna captain
2007 — Present