Javier Margas

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Javier Margas
Personal information
Full name Javier Luciano Margas Loyola
Date of birth (1969-05-10) 10 May 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1995 Colo-Colo 160 (10)
1995–1996 Club América 9 (1)
1996 Colo-Colo 7 (0)
1997–1998 Universidad Católica 21 (2)
1998–2001 West Ham United 24 (1)
Total 221 (14)
National team
1990–2000 Chile 63 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 April 2008

Javier Luciano Margas Loyola (born 10 May 1969) is a retired Chilean football defender.



Margas was born in Santiago de Chile. He experienced the most successful period in his career with his first club Colo-Colo, where he was part of four league championship winning squads. He was also part of the club's famous Copa Libertadores win in 1991, and also won two other international tournaments.

Club América[edit]

In 1995 Margas joined Club América in Mexico but didn't settle, returning to Colo-Colo in 1996.

Universidad Católica[edit]

Margas then joined Universidad Católica, where he was part of the squad that won the 1997 Apertura.

West Ham United[edit]

Margas' last years as a player were spent with West Ham United. He scored once during his spell with West Ham, in a 5–0 win over Coventry City in April 2000.[1] Margas gained notoriety for disappearing from England without a trace and many weeks passed before he was found in his home country.[2] Margas retired in 2001 and returned to Chile.

Personal life[edit]

Margas was famous for dyeing his hair in different colours and shapes (most notably with the Chilean flag colours).

Since retiring from football, Margas has worked as a youth coach at Colo-Colo, appeared on a reality TV show called Expedición Robinson, ran his own business, and bought former President Augusto Pinochet's armoured car.[3]

International career[edit]

Margas played 63 times for the Chile national team.[4] He played in Chile's four games at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

International goals[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
3 February 1996 Cochabamba, Bolivia  Bolivia 1–1 International Friendly
2 June 1996 Barinas, Venezuela  Venezuela 1–1 FIFA World Cup qualifier
9 October 1996 Asunción, Paraguay  Paraguay 2–1 FIFA World Cup qualifier
7 November 1997 Antofagasta, Chile  Guatemala 4–1 International Friendly
22 April 1998 Santiago  Colombia 2–2 International Friendly
26 April 2000 Lima, Peru  Peru 1–1 FIFA World Cup qualifier




  1. ^ Sills, Adam (22 April 2000). "'Genius' Di Canio oddly out of the reckoning". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Best and worst South American XI". Www.teamtalk.com. 28 July 2011. Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Javier Margas se adjudica en remate automóvil de Pinochet". www.emol.com. 29 August 2001. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  4. ^ rsssf: Chile record international footballers

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