Manuel Villalobos

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Manuel Villalobos
Personal information
Full name Manuel Arturo Villalobos Salvos
Date of birth (1980-10-15) October 15, 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Iquique, Chile
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Deportes Iquique
Number 10
Youth career
1990–1999 Colo-Colo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Colo-Colo ? (?)
2000 Fernández Vial (loan) ? (?)
2001 O'Higgins (loan) 8 (0)
2001 Deportes Naval (loan) ? (?)
2002 Deportes Iquique 32 (20)
2003 Dragões Sandinenses ? (?)
2003 San Marcos de Arica ? (?)
2004 Deportes Copiapó ? (?)
2005–2007 Ñublense 103 (45)
2008–2009 Universidad de Chile 70 (27)
2010–2012 Huachipato 99 (38)
2013– Deportes Iquique 119 (43)
National team
1997 Chile U17 3 (1)
2013 Chile 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2017.

Manuel Arturo Villalobos Salvos (born October 15, 1980 in Iquique, Chile) is a Chilean footballer, who currently played for Deportes Iquique.[1]

Career[edit]

Villalobos joined Colo-Colo's youth squad at the age of ten in 1990. In 1997, he made his professional debut. In 2000, he was loaned to Fernández Vial to gain more playing time and experience. During his time with Fernández Vial he was the second leading scorer of the Primera B (Chilean Second Division). After his impressive season Villalobos was loaned six months to Primera División (Chilean First Division) squad O'Higgins. He then spent the next six months with Deportes Talcahuano. During these two years Villalobos was rejected a chance to return to his original club, Colo-Colo. In 2002 Colo-Colo's coach Jaime Pizarro released him from his contract due to indiscipline.

In 2002 Villalobos signed with Deportes Iquique. The following year Villalobos signed with Portuguese club S.C. Dragões Sandinenses, where he was primarily used as a reserve. The following two years Villalobos spent in the Chilean Third Division where he scored in abundance. However since he was not owned by any first division club, his accomplishments were not taken serious. During this time he thought hard about leaving football for good.

Ñublense, another third division squad, signed Villalobos. Ñublense quickly gained promotion to the Primera B and Villalobos began to regain his interest in football. At the end of the 2006, with Villalobos as the team's top goal scorer and team captain, Ñublense was promoted to the Primera División. In the 2007 Clausura tournament, Villalobos was the second leading scorer of the competition with 13 goals. His good form led Universidad de Chile (Colo-Colo's rival) to sign him to a 2-year contract at the beginning of 2008. Villalobos has said in interviews he hopes to score many goals against Colo-Colo. In the January pre-season matches, Villalobos scored in almost every game. In the 2008 Apertura tournament Villalobos has scored four goals in the first six games. On January 11 he signed a 1-year contract with Huachipato of Chile.

Villalobos played for Chile at the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Egypt.[2]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Universidad de Chile
Huachipato

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Profile at Soccerway