Joel Reyes

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Reyes and the second or maternal family name is Zúñiga.
Joel Reyes
Personal information
Full name Joel Antonio Reyes Zúñiga
Date of birth (1972-04-08) 8 April 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Peñaflor, Chile
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Colchagua ? (?)
1999–2001 Santiago Morning 73 (5)
2002–2003 Colo-Colo 34 (0)
2004 U. de Concepción 23 (0)
2005–2006 Unión Española 53 (3)
2007 Everton 36 (0)
2008–2010 Ñublense 85 (1)
2011 Santiago Morning 8 (0)
National team
2000–2005 Chile 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 September 2008

Joel Antonio Reyes Zúñiga (born 8 April 1972) is a Chilean former footballer who played as defensive midfielder. His last professional club was Santiago Morning.

Reyes was the first signing of a Chilean club in bankruptcy after accepting play for Colo-Colo in 2002, year which was champion.[1] He has received five caps with the Chilean national team.[2]

He is nicknamed Pelao, which means bonehead in Chilean Spanish.

Club career[edit]

Born in Peñaflor, he started his career at Chilean second tier side Deportes Colchagua in January 1999 aged 26, a very late age for began to play football. However, on mid-year, Reyes was signed by first-tier club Santiago Morning, being the following season runner–up of the 2000 Copa Chile.

In 2002, he joined Chilean powerhouse Colo-Colo and helped the team to win the Torneo Clausura during club’s bankruptcy period.[1] Then he completed his spell with the club after moving to Universidad de Concepción in 2004 to play the Copa Libertadores, which was the first ever participation of VIII Region–based side.

In January 2005, after a year in Concepción he signed for Unión Española where added another honour to his palmares, reaching again the Torneo Apertura title. At the end of 2006 season Reyes ended his contract with the Spaniards and joined Everton.

On 8 January 2008, after reaching an agreement to terminate his contract with Everton, Reyes signed a contract with Ñublense.[3] An undisputed starter in Chillán–based side, he became the team’s captain[4] and was part of the club’s only one team that play an international tournament after appear playing the Copa Sudamericana.

In December 2010, he ended his contract with Ñublense[4] and then joined first-tier Santiago Morning, which was his last club after the team’s relegation.



Santiago Morning
Unión Española


  1. ^ a b "Quebrado y todo el Colo se aperó con pelao Joel Reyes". La Cuarta. 15 February 2002. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Joel Reyes — National Football Teams". National Football Teams. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ñublense reforzó su mediocampo con Alejandro Osorio y Joel Reyes". Radio Cooperativa. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "El capitán se va: Joel Reyes no seguirá en Ñublense". CDF. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 

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