Arturo Sanhueza

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sanhueza and the second or maternal family name is Medel.
Arturo Sanhueza
Sanhueza in 2014
Personal information
Full name Héctor Arturo Sanhueza Medel
Date of birth (1979-03-11) 11 March 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Concepción, Chile
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 17
Youth career
1996–1999 Fernández Vial
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Fernández Vial
2000 Everton 15 (1)
2001–2004 Santiago Wanderers 143 (6)
2005–2010 Colo-Colo 240 (7)
2011–2012 Deportes Iquique 47 (1)
2012 U. de Concepción 15 (0)
2013–2016 Deportes Temuco 101 (7)
2017– Cobreloa 25 (2)
National team
2001–2007 Chile 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 August 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 August 2007

Héctor Arturo Sanhueza Medel (born 11 March 1979) is a Chilean footballer who currently plays for Cobreloa as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Concepción, Bío-Bío Region, Sanhueza started his career at hometown club Fernández Vial before moving to Everton, where he would spend an entire season. After Vina del Mar team's relegation, he moved to crosstown rivals Santiago Wanderers, led by Jorge Garcés, where he helped to win the 2001 league title.[1]

Following three seasons at Valparaíso-based team, in 2005, he signed for Chilean powerhouse Colo-Colo after rejecting an offer from Mexico's Atlante.[2] Nevertheless, with Claudio Borghi arrival to the bench, Sanhueza became an undisputed player in the Apertura and Clausura titles as well as in the Copa Sudamericana which Colo-Colo was runner-up.[1]

In December 2006, he was heavily linked with Argentinian giants Boca Juniors which wanted sign him to replace Fernando Gago, who left Boca for Real Madrid.[3]

After other four seasons playing for Colo-Colo where won four league titles as captain, in December 2010 he wasn't considered by coach Diego Cagna and the club held a farewell for him during a press conference.[1][4]

In 2011 Sanhueza moved to Deportes Iquique, freshly promoted to the top division after failing to join Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai F.C., being only 20 days in this country.[5] Following a season and half, in June 2012 he signed for Universidad de Concepción.[6] However, after only six months playing, in December he announced his retirement from football.[1]

On 8 January 2013, Sanhueza reversed his decision to retire and joined Primera B club Deportes Temuco.[7] Three years later he, as captain, achieved the 2015–16 second-tier title and thereby the promotion to Primera División. Nevertheless he left Temuco and joined Cobreloa, Chilean powerhouse team which lost the category in 2015 and failed to achieve the promotion to first-tier.



Santiago Wanderers
Deportes Temuco



  1. ^ a b c d "Los cinco momentos que marcaron la carrera de Arturo Sanhueza". 26 February 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Arturo Sanhueza ya es albo". 26 December 2004. 
  3. ^ "Arturo Sanhueza: "Sé que podría rendir muy bien en Boca Juniors"". 23 November 2006. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Un afectado Arturo Sanhueza hizo oficial su salida de Colo Colo". 21 December 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Arturo Sanhueza duró 20 días en China y se juntaría con Meléndez en Iquique". 28 January 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Arturo Sanhueza jugará por la Universidad de Concepción en el Torneo de Clausura". 7 June 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Arturo Sanhueza vuelve al fútbol para ser nuevo jugador de Deportes Temuco". 21 June 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 

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