José Luis Villanueva

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Villanueva and the second or maternal family name is Ahumada.
Not to be confused with Luis Villanueva, a Venezuelan television executive
José Luis Villanueva
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Personal information
Full name José Luis Villanueva Ahumada
Date of birth (1981-11-05) November 5, 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Palestino 31 (22)
2001 Temuco (on loan) 12 (7)
2002 Ovalle (on loan) 36 (20)
2004 Cobreloa 16 (1)
2004–2005 Universidad Católica 36 (16)
2005–2006 Racing Club 31 (7)
2006 Morelia 16 (4)
2007 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 3 (1)
2008 Vasco 5 (0)
2008–2009 Bunyodkor 47 (28)
2010 Tianjin Teda 12 (2)
2011 Universidad Católica 23 (5)
2012 Deportes Antofagasta 8 (1)
2012–2013 Boca Unidos 23 (4)
2013–2015 Deportes Magallanes 46 (10)
National team
2003–2006 Chile 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 November 2010.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 24, 2007

José Luis Villanueva Ahumada (born November 5, 1981 in Santiago, Chile) is a former Chilean football (soccer) player. His last squad was Deportes Magallanes.

Second Division in Chile[edit]

In 2001, Palestino, a first division squad in Chile, loaned him out to second division squad Temuco (7 goals) where Villanueva helped the squad gain promotion to Chile's first division. The following year instead of returning to Palestino, Villanueava once again was loaned out to second division squad Ovalle. In 2002 with Ovalle, Villanueva scored twenty goals.


After a year 2002 campaign he was called to stay with his original team in first division. Villanueva continued his goal scoring during the 2003 season with Palestino by netting 22 goals in 34 games, including Pre-Sudamericana Cup. After the season Palestino once again loaned Villanueva out, this time to Universidad Católica. From 2004 to 2005, Villanueva added 16 more goals to his career total.[1]

Out of Chile[edit]

Palestino sold him to Argentine Racing Club in 2005 for $600,000 dollars. In Argentina he became a fan favorite immediately. In a match versus Quilmes, Villanueva scored two goals to lead Racing Club to a 4-1 victory. With less than a minute left in the match, Villanueva was taken out. As he left the pitch, the fans could be heard chanting "shileno, shileno", just how River Plate fans had chanted for Chilean legend Marcelo Salas and Alexis Sanchez years before.

Villanueva then had spells in South Korea for Ulsan Hyundai in 2007 and in Brazil for Vasco da Gama in 2008 before moving to Uzbekistan.[2]

International career[edit]

He has represented the Chilean national team at the U-20 level in 2001, U-23 level during the preolympic qualifications in 2004, and has occasionally represented the adult squad since 2003.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Currently José Luis writes a very popular "opinion piece" about football in PrensaFú He also is married with 30-year-old journalist, Fernanda Bünzli. José likes to travel around the world and he hopes he could write in the future about his experiences. He hopes to end his career with his favorite Chilean squad Universidad Católica and then study a professional career.



Universidad Católica


  1. ^ a b "José Luis Villanueva". 
  2. ^ Mercado: José Luis Villanueva apuesta a jugar en Católica - Jan 4, 2010 La Nación (Chile)
  3. ^ José Luis VillanuevaFIFA competition record

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