Pedro Morales (footballer)
Morales playing for Dinamo Zagreb
|Full name||Pedro Andrés Morales Flores|
|Date of birth||25 May 1985|
|Place of birth||Hualpén, Chile|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|2007–2008||Universidad de Chile||40||(15)|
|2012||→ U. de Chile (loan)||17||(1)|
|2013||→ Málaga (loan)||7||(3)|
|2014–||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||12||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Morales began his career with Huachipato in 2004, quickly developing into an important player for the club. His outstanding performance in the U-20 World Cup helped Morales make the switch from Huachipato to Universidad de Chile, one of Chile's oldest and most popular clubs. He made his debut in the summer of 2007, right before the Chilean Clausura tournament. His presence, quick feet and leadership skills allowed him to regularly play alongside Chile's top national team scorer, ex Juventus and Lazio center forward, Marcelo Salas. Morales finished the 5-month tournament as the second top scorer in the league, with 13 goals.
Morales signed a five-year contract with GNK Dinamo Zagreb on 11 June 2008. After a first season of average performances, in his second season with Croatian club he soon established himself as one of Dinamo's main players. During his time at Dinamo he helped the club to three straight league titles.
After disappointing performances and injury problems, Dinamo loaned Pedro Morales to Universidad de Chile. He regained his best form in Chile helping Universidad in capturing the 2012 Apertura and that led him to another loan, this time back to Europe where he joined Málaga CF. On 11 June 2013, he signed a two-year contract with Málaga 
In January 2008, Morales was called up to the Chilean national team by the world-renown and former Argentina coach, Marcelo Bielsa. The tour consisted of 2 friendlies where Chile beat the South Korean national team 1–0 in Seoul and tied the Japanese national team 0–0 in Nissan Stadium, widely known for having hosted the 2002 World Cup final. Morales's outstanding performances allowed him to play the full 90 minutes in both encounters, giving Bielsa a nearly perfect first impression. A month later, Morales was called up to represent Chile in the prestigious 8-team, U23 Toulon tournament in France. It was there where he really "stepped up his game". He was chosen the 2nd best player of the tournament and scored what was voted as the tournament's best goal, thanks to a mind-boggling strike from the behind the half in a semifinal against Cote d'Ivoire. Morales's size, technique, goals, and assists allowed Chile to make it to the final where they conceded a 1–0 loss to Italy, in a highly-contested encounter where Morales was able to rid himself of all nearby defenders and shoot a 25-yard rocket that hit the Italian post in the dying minutes of the game. In June 2008, Morales's immense skill allowed him to participate in two extremely important 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa qualifying games against Bolivia and Venezuela. He went on to start in Chile's historical 2–0 win against Bolivia National Team. (The game was played 3600 meters above sea level in La Paz, in what is the highest stadium in the planet). Yet, the altitude factor was not an issue for Morales who was able to fire a 40-yard shot that bounced off the top corner of the right post, resulting in the game's opening goal. Additionally, Morales had an active participation in the 3–2 away win against Venezuela National Team, an entertaining game where he also started. These wins helped Chile climb to a respectable 2nd place position in the qualifying table, one point below 5-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil national football team. He has not been called up since.
|1.||5 May 2010||Tierra de Campeones, Iquique, Chile||Trinidad and Tobago||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||9 October 2010||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||United Arab Emirates||0–2||0–2||Friendly|
|3.||12 October 2010||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman||Oman||0–1||0–1||Friendly|
- Morales signs for Dinamo Zagreb
- OFICIAL: El Málaga ficha al chileno Pedro Morales.. todomercadoweb.es. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- Morales es el primero. LaOpiniondeMálaga.es (Spanish)
- Ya es oficial la salida de Pedro Morales del Málaga.. marca.com. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
- Pedro Morales – FIFA competition record
- Pedro Morales at National-Football-Teams.com
- Pedro Morales at nogometni-magazin (Croatian)
- Boris Bilas (18 June 2009). "Pedro Morales u Čileu obolio od svinjske gripe" [Morales contracts swine flu in Chile] (in Croatian). Nacional (weekly). Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.