Samuel Caballero

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Samuel Caballero
Personal information
Full name Jorge Samuel Caballero Álvarez
Date of birth (1974-12-24) 24 December 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Puerto Lempira, Honduras
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991-1994 Deportivo Melgar
1994-2001 Olimpia 66 (11)
2001-2004 Udinese 25 (2)
2004 Salernitana 0 (0)
2004 Defensor 0 (0)
2005 Chicago Fire 17 (1)
2006-2010 Changchun Yatai 110 (11)
2011 Necaxa 0 (0)
National team
2008 Honduras U-23 3 (0)
1998-2008 Honduras 71 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2010 season.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2009-03-28
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Caballero and the second or maternal family name is Álvarez.

Jorge Samuel Caballero Álvarez (born 24 December 1974 in Puerto Lempira, Gracias a Dios department, Honduras) is a retired Honduran football defender.

He currently is the president of Honduran national league club Deportes Savio.

Club career[edit]

Caballero began his career with hometown club Deportivo Melgar. He then joined Olimpia, playing with the team from 1996 until transferring overseas in 2001. The central defender moved to Serie A to play for Udinese,[1] where his second season was hampered by a long knee injury lay-off. He would remain in Udine until moving to Salernitana in 2004. He only played in 2 cup games for them and then signed for Nacional in Uruguay,[2] but the move did not materialise since Nacional had too many foreigners in their squad, so he joined Defensor Sporting instead.[3] In Uruguay he was unlucky with injuries again.[4]

At the start of 2005, he moved to Major League Soccer and the Chicago Fire.[5] Caballero had a disappointing 2005 with the club, and was released. He spent the 2006 preseason with the Colorado Rapids.

China[edit]

Caballero had a lengthy spell with Chinese side Changchun Yatai and played in the 2008 AFC Champions League with them.[6] In the 2008-2009 Winter Market it was reported that two teams from Honduras, Marathon and Olimpia, were interested in the signing of Samuel Caballero after he publicly stated his desire to return to Honduras in order to be close to family and return to the National Team. However, the player still had a contract with the Chinese Club Changchun Yatai and stated that if he did not receive any offers he would return to the club and complete his contract.

Career end controversy[edit]

In summer 2011 he finally returned to Honduras to sign with Necaxa[7] and declared the team would be his final before retiring.[8] However, he would never play for the club since he was still contracted to Changchun Yatai[9] and they did not give him permission to play for Necaxa.[10]

International career[edit]

Caballero has played an important part at the national team setup for over 10 years, mostly playing alongside other Honduran greats like Amado Guevara, Julio César de León and Carlos Pavón. He made his debut for Honduras in a January 1998 friendly match against Costa Rica and has earned a total of 71 caps, scoring 11 goals. He has represented his country in 22 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[11] and played at the 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup[12] as well as at the 1998,[13] 2000,[14] 2005[15] and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[16] Also, he played at the 2001 Copa América.[17] and was one of three of Honduras' over-age players at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

His final international was a March 1999 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Trinidad & Tobago.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 March 1999 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Belize 1–0 5-1 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
2. 16 December 1999 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Zambia 2–0 7-1 Friendly match
3. 16 December 1999 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Zambia 7–1 7-1 Friendly match
4. 14 February 2000 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, USA  Jamaica 2–0 2–0 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
5. 3 June 2000 Estadio Francisco Morazán, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Haiti 4–0 4–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 17 June 2000 Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince, Haiti  Haiti 1–0 3–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 16 July 2000 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 1–1 5–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 2 September 2000 Estadio Francisco Morazán, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  El Salvador 5–0 5-0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 15 November 2000 Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6–0 7–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 25 April 2001 National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica  Jamaica 2–0 2-0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 12 July 2005 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, USA  Panama 1–0 1-0 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Retirement[edit]

In October 2012, Caballero was named president of Deportes Savio.[18]

Honours[edit]

C.D. Olimpia

Nacional

Changchun Yatai

References[edit]

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