|Full name||José Luis Zalazar Rodríguez|
|Date of birth||26 October 1963|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Nicknamed El Oso (Bear), he played most of his career in Spain, especially with Albacete Balompié, being part of the club's most long tenure in La Liga. He was also notable for his strong and accurate right-foot shot, as demonstrated with several goals from long distance, particularly from free kicks.
Born in Montevideo, Zalazar started his career at local club C.A. Peñarol in 1982. After the 1986 FIFA World Cup he joined Mexican club Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara where, in his first year, he was the highest goalscorer of the tournament with 23 goals overall. He then moved to Spain, where he played with Cádiz CF one season before returning to Mexico for 1988–89, again with the Tecos.
In 1989 Zalazar returned to Spain, playing one year in its second division with RCD Español. He then joined Albacete Balompié, where he would have his most successful period, playing six seasons and being part of the squad known as Queso Mecánico ("Clockwork Cheese"). He started his spell at the Castile-La Mancha team in the second level, scoring 15 times in all 38 matches in an eventual promotion – namely two crucial ones against UD Salamanca.
During 1991–92's La Liga, Zalazar again played in all the games, adding 13 goals and helping Albacete finish in seventh place, the highest position ever reached by the club in the top division. His performances earned him the EFE Trophy by Spanish news agency EFE, awarded to the best Ibero-American player in the competition every year. During his career at Albacete, he also became the club's all-time leader in top level appearances, with 180 matches, and goals, with 57.
After Albacete was relegated back to division two at the end of 1995–96, Zalazar left for Racing de Santander for one single campaign. The following year he returned to Uruguay, playing the 1997 Apertura tournament for hometown's Club Nacional de Football and the Clausura for C.A. Bella Vista. After a brief retirement the 35-year-old rejoined Albacete, still in the second tier, leaving the game for good at the end of the season.
Zalazar obtained a total of 29 international caps for the Uruguay national team. Having made his official international debut on 13 June 1984 against England, in a 2–0 win, he was part of the squad at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, making his only appearance of the tournament during the second half of a group stage 1–6 loss to Denmark.
He also played six matches during the 1994 World Cup qualification process, his last representing Uruguay, which did not qualify.
- FortuneCity biography (Spanish)
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- Forlán, segundo uruguayo que gana el Trofeo EFE (Forlán, second Uruguayan to win the EFE Award); EFE, 24 October 2005 (Spanish)
- "Memoria de La Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional, temporada 2000/2001" [National Professional Football League flashback, 2000/2001 season] (PDF) (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2006. Retrieved 27 February 2007.
- "6–1: Dinarmarca enterró a Uruguay" [6–1: Denmark buried Uruguay] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 9 June 1986. Retrieved 2 December 2014.