Edwin Westphal

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Edwin Westphal
Personal information
Full name Edwin Rodolfo Westphal Véliz
Date of birth (1966-03-04) 4 March 1966 (age 51)
Place of birth Puerto Barrios, Guatemala
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position striker
Youth career
Azucareros Sta Lucia Cotzumalguapa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1990 Bandegua/Del Monte
1990–1993 Izabal JC (51[1])
1993–1996 Aurora FC (48[1])
1996–1999 Comunicaciones
2000–2001 USAC[2] ? (43)
2001–2002 Comunicaciones
2002–2004 Antigua GFC
National team
1985–1998 Guatemala ? (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 April 2010.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 April 2010
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Westphal and the second or maternal family name is Véliz.

Edwin Rodolfo Westphal Véliz (born 4 March 1966) is a Guatemalan former professional football forward.

As a member of several clubs, he was a prolific goalscorer in the Guatemalan top-flight, especially during the 1990s. He was also a member of the Guatemala national team.

Club career[edit]

A native of Puerto Barrios, Westphal began his career playing for local club Bandegua (Bananera de Guatemala, later renamed DelMonte), making his Liga Mayor debut in 1985 at the age of 18.[3] While playing for Bandegua, the big striker was the top scorer of the 1987 championship.[4] Later, he played for Izabal JC, where he won another goalscoring title.[5] In the 1993-94 season, he played for Aurora FC, and after that he joined Comunicaciones, where he was part of three championship-winning teams. After an unsuccessful stint with USAC, he returned to Comunicaciones, before ending his career playing for Antigua GFC. He retired from professional football in 2004 and had a farewell match in 2005.[6] With 201 career league goals, he is the fourth-highest goalscorer in the history of the Guatemalan league.

International career[edit]

Westphal was a member of the Guatemala national team for more than a decade, representing the country in three World Cup qualification processes (1990, 1994, and 1998).[7] He also played at the Gold Cup tournaments of 1991, 1996, and 1998. Overall, he scored 16 international goals.

His final international was a February 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Jamaica.