Elías Ricardo Figueroa
|Full name||Elías Ricardo Figueroa Silva|
|Date of birth||January 26, 1988|
|Place of birth||Paysandú, Uruguay|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2015–2016||El Tanque Sisley||18||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 July 2015.
Figueroa began his career in 2005 with Liverpool de Montevideo after impressing in Uruguay´s youth divisions. His outstanding performances in the Uruguay U-17 team helped him to travel to London in March 2006 to make a two-week test in Chelsea F.C., but finally he did not stay at the club. Other clubs such as Racing de Santander, Sporting Braga and Atlético Mineiro put their eyes on this young talent, but they never ended acquiring him.
In mid 2010, it was rumored that the Australian club Sydney FC was interested in signing the striker for the 2010-11 A-League season. According to Uruguayan news, he signed for Sydney FC on June 21, 2010. However, this was denied by Sydney FC, admitting they had been looking at Figueroa as a possible signing, but had not signed him.
In March 2014, he returned to Uruguayan football to play for Central Español in the Uruguayan Segunda División. During 2014 he attended a special sports clinic to stop drinking alcohol, after having several problems with it during his career.
Figueroa played for the Uruguay U-17 team at the 2005 South American Under 17 Football Championship held in Venezuela, he scored 6 goals finishing as the second leading goal scorer in the tournament. Uruguay went on to qualify for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup held in Peru and Figueroa was selected for the squad to play in the tournament. Uruguay finished bottom of their group with 0 points, Elías played in all three of the matches, scoring one goal against Turkey and Australia.
Two years later, he played for the Uruguay U-20 team at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, Uruguay qualified for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Figueroa was selected for the tournament playing alongside Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani. Uruguay finished in third place in their group and progressed to the knock out stages; however, Figueroa only played in the final group stage game and was substituted off the field after 21 minutes of the game. Uruguay played against the United States in the Round of 16 and would end up losing 2-1 in extra time, Figueroa was substituted on to the field in the 108th minute.
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