Franklin Salas

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Franklin Salas
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Personal information
Full name Franklin Agustín Salas Narváez
Date of birth (1981-08-30) August 30, 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Santo Domingo, Ecuador
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Forward / Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1995–2001 LDU Quito
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2007 LDU Quito 187 (41)
2007–2008 Red Star Belgrade 4 (0)
2008–2010 LDU Quito 47 (7)
2011 Imbabura (loan) 19 (9)
2011 Godoy Cruz (loan) 2 (0)
2012 LDU Loja 28 (8)
2013–2014 Olmedo 26 (3)
2015 Deportivo Quito 26 (5)
National team
2000–2011 Ecuador 26 (2)
Teams managed
2017– LDU Quito
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 14, 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 February 2012

Franklin Agustín Salas Narváez (born August 30, 1981) is a retired Ecuadorian football forward.

His nickname is El Mago, meaning wizard or magician.

Club career[edit]

Salas began his career in the youth ranks of LDU Quito, and in 2000 made his debut with the senior side. Noted for his skillful dribbling skills and his pace, his hard shot from 25 yards won the award for the goal of the tournament in the 2005 Copa Sudamericana. In late 2006, Salas had a trial with PSV Eindhoven, but Ronald Koeman did not offer him a contract.[1]

On 16 July 2007, Salas was presented along with Argentine Hernán Barcos and Colombian Mauricio Molina, as the three new South American players for Red Star Belgrade, former European Cup champions.[2] In 2008, Salas made a return to LDU Quito after a bad run with the Serbian club.

After half-a-year on loan at Imbabura, Salas joined Godoy Cruz in the Argentine Primera División.

International career[edit]

Salas was called for the Ecuador national under-20 football team to play the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, where he made three substitutes appearances.

Subsequently, he was a regular member of the Ecuador national football team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification phase, but was not called up to the World Cup squad due to a serious knee injury which required surgery. He scored the winning goal against Colombia in World Cup qualification on 2 June 2004.

Franklin was also voted as one of the 3 best players of the 2004 Copa América, along Robinho and Carlos Tevez.


LDU Quito


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