Edgar Estrada

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Edgar Estrada
Personal information
Full name Edgar Eladio Estrada Solís
Date of birth (1967-11-16) November 16, 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Guatemala City, Guatemala
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1994 Aurora FC
1995–2001 CSD Comunicaciones
2001–2002 CSD Municipal
2002–2005 CSD Comunicaciones
2005–2006 CD Suchitepéquez
2007–2008 Deportivo Petapa
National team
1995–2003 Guatemala 80 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 January 2010.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 January 2010

Edgar Eladio Estrada Solís (born November 16, 1967), popularly known as El Gato (The Cat) is a Guatemalan footballer who has played goalkeeper for several clubs in Guatemala's top division. He was capped 80 times for the Guatemala national football team.

Club career[edit]

"El Gato" started his professional career at Aurora FC, winning the domestic league title in the 1992-93 season. He would remain there until 1996, when he joined CSD Comunicaciones. He helped that club win four consecutive league titles. In 2001, he signed with CSD Municipal, where he won two more titles.[1] He then had a second stint with Comunicaciones. On May 11, 2003, he scored his first career goal via a penalty kick. He repeated such action one year later, against his former club Aurora.[2]

After having retired due to a spine injury, he surprisingly returned to play in 2005 for Comunicaciones. He then joined Deportivo Suchitepéquez, of whom he was a member until the end of 2006. As of the 2008 Clausura tournament, he was playing for Club Petapa,[3] which he joined in 2007. He retired after that season but in June 2008 it was said he would perhaps continue his career at Deportivo Zacapa.[4]

Estrada was the leading goalkeeper in terms of goals against average in 11 consecutive league tournaments.[5]

International career[edit]

Estrada defended the Guatemala national team between 1995 and 2003, appearing in 80 international matches and becoming the most capped player ever for the country, until Juan Carlos Plata surpassed his mark in 2005. Estrada participated in the qualification processes for the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, receiving 25 goals in 20 matches.

In January 2001, after allowing 5 goals in a defeat against Costa Rica, which eliminated Guatemala from the 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign, he was highly criticised, to the extent of receiving death threats.[6] He would not play any other official international matches that year. He appeared in three more official matches for Guatemala, before retiring from the national team in 2003.

Estrada played in three editions of the UNCAF Nations Cup and in five editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has represented his country in 20 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ López, Fernando; Pérez, César Augusto. ""Édgar Estrada vuelve a la cancha"" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  2. ^ Recinos, Eddy. ""Cremas sufren"" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  3. ^ Source: http://prensalibre.com/pl/2008/marzo/28/228646.html
  4. ^ Edgar Estrada también podría jugar en Zacapa - Lared (Spanish)
  5. ^ Recinos, Eddy. ""Edgar Estrada con once títulos al hilo"" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  6. ^ BBC News (2001-01-08). "Goalkeeper receives death threat". BBC. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  7. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA