José Luis Villanueva
- Not to be confused with Luis Villanueva, a Venezuelan television executive
|Full name||José Luis Villanueva Ahumada|
|Date of birth||November 5, 1981|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|2001||→ Temuco (on loan)||12||(7)|
|2002||→ Ovalle (on loan)||36||(20)|
|2007||Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i||3||(1)|
|* 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
Second Division in Chile
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.
Out of Chile
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.
Currently José Luis writes a very popular "opinion piece" about football in PrensaFútbol.com. 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
- Copa Chile: 2011
- "José Luis Villanueva".
- Mercado: José Luis Villanueva apuesta a jugar en Católica goal.com - Jan 4, 2010 La Nación (Chile)
- José Luis Villanueva – FIFA competition record