Juan Carlos Olave

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Juan Carlos Olave
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Olave
Date of birth (1976-02-21) 21 February 1976 (age 43)
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2002 Belgrano 38 (0)
1998Bolívar (loan) 8 (0)
2002–2004 Gimnasia LP 73 (0)
2004–2007 Murcia 12 (0)
2006River Plate (loan) 0 (0)
2006–2007Gimnasia LP (loan) 12 (0)
2007–2016 Belgrano 331 (0)
Total 474 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Juan Carlos Olave (born 21 February 1976) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He spent most of his professional career with Belgrano.[1]

Football career[edit]

Born in Córdoba in the namesake province, Olave started playing professionally with hometown's Club Atlético Belgrano, also having a brief loan spell in Bolivia with Club Bolívar. After the former was relegated to the second division in 2002 he moved to Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, where he first established as a Primera División player.

In 2004, Olave joined Real Murcia in the Spanish second level, where he served as backup. Upon returning to Gimnasia he continued as a starter, but was relegated to the bench after several off-key performances; his replacement, Carlos Kletnicki, did not convince new manager Francisco Maturana, who required that a new goalkeeper be acquired in the next transfer window, and Sebastián Cejas was brought in from Colo-Colo.

Olave then returned for another spell at Belgrano, in the winter of 2007 – previously, he had been transfer listed by the club which had the player's rights, Murcia, with Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield being the main contender for his services.[2] He moved to Belgrano, however, and on 13 March 2009 reached league the 100-game mark with the side, who still competed in division two.

Belgrano eventually returned to the top flight. On 26 June 2011, in the relegation playoffs against Club Atlético River Plate, he saved a penalty from Mariano Pavone in an eventual 1–1 away draw, with his team winning 3–1 on aggregate and sending the opposition to the second division for the first time in their history.[3]

In November 2012, during a game against Club Atlético Independiente, Olave was hit by a firecracker thrown onto the field by a fan. The match was suspended.[4] On 18 December 2016, after a further five top flight seasons with his main club, the 40-year-old retired from the game.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Olave was a cousin to musician Rodrigo.[6]

After retiring[edit]

From 30 April 2017 until 7 March 2019, Olave was the sporting director of Belgrano.[7]




  1. ^ "Juan Carlos Olave: Belgrano es hoy una isla en el fútbol" [Juan Carlos Olave: Belgrano is an island in football today]. La Voz del Interior (in Spanish). 13 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Mucha calma" [Keeping it cool]. Olé (in Spanish). 20 July 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Belgrano y los penales, una combinación imposible para River" [Belgrano and penalties, impossible combination for River]. Clarín (in Spanish). 20 October 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Video: Goalkeeper hit by flare, Argentine match suspended". Newshub. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  5. ^ "La sensación de Olave ni bien se retiró de Belgrano" [Olave's sensations the minute he retired from Belgrano]. La Voz del Interior (in Spanish). 19 December 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  6. ^ ""A Rodrigo lo llevo en el corazón"" ["I carry Rodrigo in my heart"] (in Spanish). Gente. 25 September 2001. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  7. ^ Juan Carlos Olave ya no será más el director deportivo de Belgrano, mundod.lavoz.com.ar, 7 April 2019

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