José Pedro Fuenzalida

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José Pedro Fuenzalida
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Personal information
Full name José Pedro Fuenzalida Gana
Date of birth (1985-02-22) February 22, 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Right Back
Winger
Club information
Current team
Boca Juniors
Number 26
Youth career
1996–2003 Universidad Católica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Universidad Católica 84 (9)
2008–2014 Colo-Colo 124 (24)
2008–2009 O'Higgins (loan) 52 (14)
2014– Boca Juniors 27 (1)
National team
2005 Chile U20 8 (3)
2008 Chile U23 4 (2)
2008– Chile 26 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 June 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2015

José Pedro Fuenzalida Gana (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse ˈpeðɾo fwensaˈliða]; born 22 February 1985) is a Chilean footballer who currently plays for Argentine Primera División club Boca Juniors.

Club career[edit]

Product of Universidad Católica youth system, Fuenzalida was promoted to the first-adult team in 2004 aged nineteen. He debuted in a 4–0 defeat with Unión Española at San Carlos de Apoquindo for the Torneo Apertura, moment which was considered as one of the club's biggest sports crisis following Oscar Garré dismissal, team's coach.[1]

During 2007 winter, Fuenzalida aged twenty-two decided to take a break as footballer to study comercial engineering at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.[2]

After six month studying he returned to professional football[3] and joined rivals Colo-Colo, which reached a four-year deal. Fuenzalida debuted on 13 January 2008 against Universidad de Concepción[4] and scored his first goal in a 2–1 home win over Deportes Antofagasta.[5] A mid year, he joined O'Higgins[6] on loan after an unsuccessful season which only completed seven games and one goal during the tournament.

During his spell at Rancagua-based team, he usually played as right winger in coach Jorge Sampaoli's 4–3–3 scheme, scoring 14 goals in 52 appearances during it.

In December 2009, it was reported that Fuenzalida finished his loan spell at O'Higgins and would return to Colo-Colo to face the next season. Years later, he helped to won the Torneo Apertura 2014, being a key player in the title obtention which was his first honour in the club.

On 29 July 2014, Fuenzalida reached a one-and-half year with Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors.[7]

International career[edit]

International goals[edit]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Universidad Católica
Colo-Colo

International[edit]

Chile

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Unión Española le pegó en el suelo a Universidad Católica". Radio Cooperativa. 10 April 2004. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "José Pedro Fuenzalida anuncia su retiro momentáneo del fútbol". Emol.com (Emol). 18 June 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "José Pedro Fuenzalida regresa definitivamente al fútbol". Radio Cooperativa. 28 December 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Marcador Virtual: Colo-Colo v Universidad de Concepción". Radio Cooperativa. 13 February 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Colo Colo impuso su jerarquía frente a un frágil Antofagasta". Radio Cooperativa. 23 March 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "O'Higgins confirma llegada de Fuenzalida y Caroca". La Tercera. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Boca Juniors confirma el fichaje de Fuenzalida". Fichajes.net. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 

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