Santiago Silva

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Santiago Silva
Personal information
Full name Santiago Martín Silva Olivera
Date of birth (1980-12-09) 9 December 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Lanús
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 Central Español 3 (1)
1999–2000 River Plate (Montevideo) 28 (15)
2001 Defensor Sporting 14 (8)
2002 Corinthians 5 (0)
2002 Nacional 7 (0)
2003 River Plate (Montevideo) 10 (0)
2003–2004 Energie Cottbus 32 (9)
2004–2005 Beira-Mar 30 (8)
2005 Newell's Old Boys 14 (4)
2006 Central Español 13 (3)
2006–2007 Gimnasia La Plata 35 (14)
2007–2011 Vélez Sarsfield 76 (34)
2009 Banfield (loan) 35 (22)
2011 Fiorentina 12 (1)
2012–2013 Boca Juniors 56 (20)
2013 Lanús 33 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Silva and the second or maternal family name is Olivera.

Santiago Martín Silva Olivera (born 9 December 1980) nicknamed The Tank,[1] is an Uruguayan football forward currently playing for Lanús in the Primera Division Argentina.

Career[edit]

Silva started his career in Uruguay playing for Central Español, River Plate Montevideo and Defensor Sporting.[2] He then had his first spell outside the country playing with Brazilian side SC Corinthians. However, after half a year he returned to Uruguay to play for Nacional[3] (where he won the 2002 Uruguayan Primera División), and a second period with River Plate.

Subsequently, Silva had two European spells with German Energie Cottbus and Portuguese S.C. Beira-Mar. In 2005, he had his first spell in Argentina playing half a season for Newell's Old Boys. After half a year back in Uruguay with his first team, Central Español, Silva returned to Argentina to play for Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata in 2006. Three years after his period at Gimnasia, the Uruguayan forward admitted to the press that the team lost on purpose a match against Boca Juniors, who were challenging the 2006 Apertura with Gimnasia's rivals Estudiantes de La Plata, after pressure from their own team's hooligans.[4]

Silva joined Vélez Sarsfield in 2007,[5] and was loaned to Banfield in 2009. He played 2 Short tournaments with Banfield scoring 22 goals in 35 games with the team. During the 2009 Apertura he scored 14 goals in 18 games,[6] including two in the victory on the derby against Lanús.[7] Silva helped Banfield obtain their first Argentine Primera División title of their history and finished as the tournament's top scorer in the process. During his time in Banfield, he played along fellow Uruguayan player Sebastián Fernández as his striking partner.

In January 2010, he returned from his loan to Vélez Sársfield.[8] He made a strong striking partnership with Juan Manuel Martínez during the 2010 Apertura (in which Vélez was runner-up). Silva started the 19 games and scored 11 goals,[9] while Martínez scored a further 10 in 19. The Uruguayan forward also finished the tournament as league top scorer, along Tigre's Denis Stracqualursi.[10]

The following semester, Silva won his second Argentine league title (first with Vélez) playing 13 games and scoring 7 goals during the 2011 Clausura.[11] However, he was not the team's top goalscorer, due to David Ramírez finishing the tournament one goal ahead. He also helped his team reach the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores, playing 9 games and scoring 4 times.

Silva started the 2011–12 season with Vélez, playing two games and scoring once. However, on August 23, Fiorentina paid his contract's buyout clause of €1.73 million.[12] Silva decided to join the Italian club citing personal reasons (he wanted a second chance in European football), despite there not being an economical difference between the contract offered by Fiorentina and the renewal offered by Vélez.[13]

Later on in 2012, he played for the Argentine team Boca Juniors. He made his first goal against Estudiantes (LP) and in the Copa Libertadores 2012 he scored a goal against Unión Española scoring his first goal in the tournament with Boca Juniors. After Boca qualified to the Quarter Finals they played against Brazilian team Fluminense were Silva in the second game leading by the 90 minute, scored the 1-1 which made Boca Juniors qualify to the Semi Finals. He later scored against Universidad de Chile which qualified Boca Juniors to the Finals, where they lost 2-0 against Corinthians which became champions in Copa Libertadores 2012.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Nacional
Banfield
Vélez Sársfield
Boca Juniors
Lanús

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://elobservador.com.uy/noticia/223332/el-34tanque34-silva-le-dio-el-triunfo-a-boca/
  2. ^ Francisco Connio (2001-01-13). "Santiago Silva jugará en Defensor Sporting". La República (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  3. ^ "Santiago Silva, Fernando Machado y Limberg Gutiérrez son los refuerzos". La República (in Spanish). 2002-07-10. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  4. ^ "Santiago Silva admitió haberse dejado ganar por amenazas de hinchas de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata". El Tiempo (in Spanish). 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  5. ^ "Silva ya está en Vélez". La Razón (in Spanish). 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  6. ^ "Profile". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  7. ^ "Los goles de Silva aúpan al Banfield al segundo puesto". Marca (in Spanish). 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  8. ^ "Santiago Silva se entrena con Vélez". ESPN Deportes (in Spanish). 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  9. ^ "Opening '10 statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  10. ^ Diego Morini (2010-12-17). "En Vélez cuando se habla de gol, se habla de Silva". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  11. ^ "Closing '11 statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  12. ^ "Vélez, el nuevo millonario". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  13. ^ "Fiorentina paga la cláusula y se lleva los goles de Silva". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 

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