Carlos Salcido

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Not to be confused with Carlos Salcedo.
Carlos Salcido
Salcido with PSV in 2008
Personal information
Full name Carlos Arnoldo Salcido Flores
Date of birth (1980-04-02) 2 April 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Guadalajara 105 (2)
2006–2010 PSV 121 (3)
2010–2012 Fulham 23 (0)
2011–2012 UANL (loan) 37 (1)
2012–2014 UANL 62 (4)
2014– Guadalajara 54 (0)
National team
2012 Mexico Olympic 9 (0)
2004–2014 Mexico 124 (10)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 June 2014

Carlos Arnoldo Salcido Flores (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkarlos arˈnaldo salˈsiðo ˈfloɾes]; born 2 April 1980) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays for Liga MX club Guadalajara. Mainly a defensive midfielder, he can perform equally as a left back, and central defender.

After emerging through Guadalajara's youth system, he went on to be a mainstay for PSV Eindhoven, acting as vice-captain for the Dutch team and was the first player from Mexico to be champion in the Eredivise. Salcido also played a season for Fulham before returning to Mexico.

Internationally, Salcido competed with the Mexico national team in three World Cups: 2006, 2010, 2014 and three Gold Cups: 2005, 2007, 2011, He was a member of Mexico's team that won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He made his first appearance at the age of 24 in 2004. In 2014, Salcido officially retired from the national team.

Club career[edit]


Carlos Salcido began his football career at his nearby home town team Chivas. He progressed through the ranks having successful seasons with the youth teams until he was called up to the senior team in 2001, making his official debut in the Primera División de México on 22 July 2001 in a 1–1 draw against La Piedad in 2001. Salcido disappeared from Chivas' first squad until 2003, when he regained trust as a good defender. He would go on to play five half-seasons registering two goals in 105 matches.[2] Salcido was a 2005 and 2006 Copa Libertadores Semifinalist with Guadalajara and a Runner-Up in Primera División (First Division), losing against UNAM Pumas in penalty shoot-outs in 2004. Salcido made his final league appearance for Guadalajara on 1 April 2006 against Pachuca in a 3-2 win.

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

In June and July following the 2006 FIFA World Cup, press speculation linked Salcido to several clubs in Europe, with one report claiming that he had agreed to sign for FA Premier League club Arsenal F.C.[3] However, these speculations proved false as he signed a four-year contract with Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven on 10 July 2006.

Salcido was a first team regular in the Eredivisie under Coach Ronald Koeman, starting 33 of 34 league games in his first season at the club, which saw PSV crowned Dutch champions. On 18 November 2006, he scored his first goal in Europe, a spectacular long-distance goal in a match against Excelsior Rotterdam that ended 4–0. Salcido also appeared in the 2006-07 UEFA Champions League. In total Salcido played 48 Eredivisie and Champions League games that season, finishing 46 of them. For the 2007–08 season, Salcido was awarded the number 3 shirt, previously worn by Michael Reiziger. He was also named the team Vice-Captain[4] after Timmy Simons was promoted to team Captain following the departure of former captain Phillip Cocu. In his second season at PSV Salcido played 33 games in the Dutch League, and 6 games in the Champions League, Salcido was crowned champion for the second straight year with PSV. In his third season with the club he played 28 games in the Dutch League scoring two goals. In 2009–10 Salcido played 27 Eredivisie matches and 9 UEFA Europa League matches. Salcido was a substitute for the beginning of the 2010–11 Eredivisie and the Europa League, where he did not appear in any matches but was soon transferred to Fulham of England.


After a good performance with Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it was reported that Liverpool wanted to sign Salcido.[5]

On 26 August 2010 it was announced that Fulham had agreed a £3.6 million deal with PSV to sign the player but the deal was still subject to the player agreeing terms. The deal was then finalised the next day.[6] He made his debut against Blackburn Rovers on 18 September 2010. He contributed an assist in the 56th minute, when his cross pass fell to American player Clint Dempsey, who headed it into the net from 8 yards to level the game at 1–1. He played all 90 minutes.[7] He left the club in August 2011 on loan to club Tigres UANL.[8]

Tigres UANL[edit]

Salcido with Tigres UANL in 2011

On 17 August 2011, it was announced that Salcido was transferred to Mexican side Tigres UANL on a season-long loan. After a robbery at his home in Claygate, London, Salcido requested to be transferred back to Mexico due to his family feeling unsettled.[9] In his first season back in Mexico, Salcido helped Tigres win their third league title, and their first title in over thirty years.

On 7 March 2012, Fulham confirmed that Salcido had joined Tigres on a permanent basis.[8]

Return to Guadalajara[edit]

On 20 May 2014, Guadalajara officially announced the signing of Salcido.[10] After his participation at the World Cup, Salcido made his debut for Chivas de Guadalajara in a pre-season friendly match July 9, 2014 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Against Cruz Azul, the match ended in a 2–1 win for Guadalajara, with Salcido playing the entire match.[11][12] Salcido made his first league appearance for Guadalajara July 20, 2014 in a match against Chiapas disputing all 90' minutes of the match.

International career[edit]

Salcido playing for Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup vs. South Africa.

Salcido debuted with Mexico September 8, 2004 in a 2006 world cup qualifying match against Trinidad and Tobago, he soon established himself with the number 3 shirt as the national sides first choice left back. He has gone on to appear in several international competitions with Mexico. In 2005, he played in the Confederations Cup in Germany, helping the Mexico national team to a fourth-place finish, where he appeared as a starter in all five matches. During a semi-final match against Argentina, Salcido scored a goal in extra time. He recovered the ball in the Mexican area, dribbled it past three defenders while going the entire length of the pitch, then scored after the shot fooled keeper Germán Lux when it bounced off Fabricio Coloccini.

Salcido was included in the 24-man squad selected on 2 April 2006, by head coach Ricardo Lavolpe, to play for the Mexico national team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Salcido played all four matches during the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

Salcido was called up by former Mexican international Hugo Sánchez for the 2007 Gold Cup. On 21 June 2007 he played the semifinals in the 2007 Gold Cup. The day after the game he announced that he would not participate in the 2007 Copa America with the Mexico national team because he needed rest. He played in the final of the Gold Cup, but did not fly with the team to Venezuela for the Copa America. Mexico ended the season in third place in the Copa America losing against Argentina in the semi-finals.

Salcido played all four games at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.[6]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 29 August 2014[13][14]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mexico League Cup League Cup North America Total
200102 Guadalajara Primera División 1 0 1 0
200203 0 0 0 0
200304 42 1 42 1
200405 33 1 33 1
200506 29 0 4[15] 0 33 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006–07 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 33 1 9 0 42 1
2007–08 33 0 12 0 45 0
2008–09 28 2 6 0 34 2
2009–10 27 0 9 0 36 0
2010–111 0 0 0 0 0 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Fulham Premier League 23 0 2 0 1 0 26 0
Mexico League Copa MX League Cup North America Total
2011-12 Tigres UANL Liga MX 37 1 - 37 1
2012–13 30 2 - 30 2
2013–14 32 2 6 1 38 3
Mexico League Copa MX SuperCopa MX North America Total
2014-15 Guadalajara Liga MX 31 0 - 31 0
Total Mexico 225 7 6 1 4 0 234 8
Netherlands 121 3 0 0 0 0 36 0 157 3
England 23 0 2 0 1 0 26 0
Total Club 369 10 8 1 1 0 40 0 417 11

1.^ Salcido was an unused substitute in 4 Eredivisie and 2 Europa League matches.[13]





  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
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  3. ^ Salcido Linked to Arsenal
  4. ^ "Salcido, Vice-Captain for PSV" 18 Jul 2007,
  5. ^ "Liverpool join race for PSV defender Carlos Salcido". Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Fulham and PSV agree Carlos Salcido deal". BBC Sport. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Cross, Jeremy (18 September 12010). "Blackburn 1 Fulham 1". Fanhouse. Archived from the original on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ a b "Salcido Departs". Fulham FC. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Fulham's Carlos Salcido joins Tigres on season-long loan". British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Retrieved 17 August 2011.
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  13. ^ a b "Carlos Salcido stats at Soccernet". ESPNSoccernet. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "Carlos Salcido stats at". Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Includes Copa Libertadores
  16. ^ [hottp:// "¡CHIVAS CAMPEÓN DE LA COPA MX APERTURA 2015!"]. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  17. ^ "¡Chivas Campeón de la SuperCopa MX!". 10 July 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 

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