Alfredo Razon Gonzalez
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|Full name||Alfredo Fernando Razón Gonzalez|
|Date of birth||1 October 1978|
|Place of birth||Mandaluyong, Philippines|
|Loyola Meralco Sparks|
|2003||Ngân hàng Đông Á||15||(2)|
|2013–2015||Loyola Meralco Sparks||42||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:30, 28 February 2015 (UTC)|
Alfredo Fernando Razón "Freddy" Gonzalez (born 1 October 1978 in Parañaque) is a Filipino football player. He is a many-time member of the Philippines national football team, and he is also considered as the first ever Filipino professional football player in history and the Philippines' finest striker since the legendary Paulino Alcántara. Like Alcántara, Gonzalez is a Filipino of Spanish descent.
Gonzalez's mother, Terry Razón, enrolled him to Tomas Lozano's Makati Football School (MFS) at age six. He later became the high school football star of Colegio de San Agustin. Gonzalez earned himself a soccer scholarship to the University of Portland, then considered one of the most professionally run(football wise) and well coached university teams in the US. He stayed there for 2 years(1998/99) and honed his offensive skills playing for the Portland Pilots, the school soccer team.
Learning the game from Spanish expatriate, Tomas Lozano, Gonzalez tried out with French club Calais RUFC coached by Ladislas Lozano, Tomas' brother, in 2000. Gonzalez trained in France for two weeks but was sidelined due to a torn hamstring. By the time he was recovered from injury, Lozano had already accepted a coaching job in Morocco.
Due to impressing team manager Nguyen Tien Huy of the V-League club Ngân hàng Đông Á (East Asian Commercial Bank FC) for his play for the Philippines in the 2002 Tiger Cup in Jakarta, Gonzalez signed a one-year contract with the club in January 2003.
He also played for Komodo AS of Indonesia in 2004, being the only active Filipino professional player at that time. He was a part-time player in Europe and also played for Kaya in the Philippines. Unfortunately, right after his contract with the Vietnam professional club expired Gonzalez retired from playing football, concentrating more into his interest in surfing and other business ventures such as bringing in the Brazilian flip flops brand Havaianas into the Philippines.
Return to football
In January 2012, for the first time in almost half a decade of retirement, he played for Pachanga. He scored in his debut in the 4-0 win against Agila in the opening match.
In the mid of June 2012, he led the team to the championship in Division 2 having 123 goals in the league. He won the Division 2's Golden Ball and Golden Boot Awards together with teammate Kenneth Dolloso, which won the Best Goalkeeper Award.
On January 7, 2013, Gonzales transferred to Loyola before the start of 2013 PFF–Smart National Championship knockout stage and UFL 4th season.
Gonzalez made his debut for the Philippine national team in the 1997 South East Asian Games. He then played in the then "ASEAN Tiger Cup," (now Suzuki Cup), in Vietnam in 1998. He has, since then, represented the country in South East Asian Games (particularly the 1999 SEA Games in Brunei), in the Tiger Cup, and in any other invitational and qualifying tournaments.
- Scores and results list the Philippines' goal tally first.
|1.||29 August 1998||Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City||Thailand||1998 Tiger Cup|
|2.||31 August 1998||Myanmar|
|4.||17 December 2002||Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta||Myanmar||2002 Tiger Cup|
Gonzalez graduated with an Engineering degree. He is married to Regina Anne Marie Arcenas-Gonzalez, Managing Director of Terry S.A., Inc. (Official distributor of Havaianas, David & Goliath, Pininho, and Dupe in the Philippines). With his varied interests, he opened "Aloha Board Sports," a shop that catered to skaters and surfers. He also owned a skate shop at the Global City in Taguig called 5-O.
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- InterAKTV (2012-06-26). "Azkals de Murga, Younghusband win UFL top individual awards". interaksyon.com. TV5. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
- Decena, Karl (2013-01-07). "Former national team star Freddy Gonzalez joins Loyola Meralco Sparks". interaksyon.com. TV5. Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
- Burkert, Sturmius; Courtney, Barrie (2004-12-08). "ASEAN ("Tiger") Cup 2002 (Indonesia and Singapore)". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
Alfredo Razon Gonzalez at National-Football-Teams.com