|Full name||Mayer Andrés Candelo García|
|Date of birth||February 20, 1977|
|Place of birth||Cali, Colombia|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|2001||→ América de Cali (loan)||7||(0)|
|2002||→ Cortuluá (loan)||15||(2)|
|2002–2003||→ Millonarios (loan)||34||(7)|
|2003–2004||→ Deportivo Cali (loan)||29||(6)|
|2004||→ Cortuluá (loan)||6||(1)|
|2005||→ Deportes Tolima (loan)||16||(1)|
|2006||→ Universidad de Chile (loan)||21||(3)|
|2009||→ Juan Aurich (loan)||38||(13)|
|2010||→ César Vallejo (loan)||30||(11)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2016.
This experienced offensive midfielder, debuted at Deportivo Cali in 1995, club in which he performed the lower. His appearance in Colombian football was highly anticipated, since he handled his left leg very well and was a typical 10. He was selected to integrate the selection of minors. Already in the year 1999 became the driver of Deportivo Cali, which led to the final of the Copa Libertadores de America, which lost with Palmeiras of Brazil.
After his debut with Deportivo Cali was loaned to the llanero club for a season, there he scored his first goal as a professional in 1996 at the Estadio Luis A. Duque Peña in Girardot.
America and Millonarios
Then, Candelo returned to Colombia and continued his career in Cortuluá, América de Cali and Millonarios, a team that came out after a controversial performance in the semifinals in 2003 against Centauros Villavicencio in which the "10" albiazul missed a penalty In his first period in Millonarios I disputed 35 games and scored 7 bravGoals.
Universidad De Chile
At the beginning of 2006 was fichado by Universidad de Chile, equipment with which it reached the end of the Opening Torture of that year. In this final the Colombian would live one of its most controversial moments, where the U faced by the title to his most competing rival, Colo-Colo. Although the Universidad de Chile played better matches in the final, it could not get the title on court (in the first Colo-Colo won 1-2 in quality of visit, and on the return the Universidad de Chile won the tie Of the key gaining of visit by 0-1), having to define the title by means of penal launches. Candelo was in charge of defining the third penalty, the blues were 2-1 under the marker, but goalkeeper Miguel Pinto had just contained the shot of Luis Mena, so if the Colombian converted equaled the batch (formerly the goalkeeper Albo Claudio Bravo had contained the weak shot of the blue Hugo Droguett). Mayer weakly chopped the ball in the middle, while the goalie albo rushed to his left, which resulted in one of the most remembered scenes of Chilean football, as Claudio Bravo, in a feline reaction managed to recover from the ground and reached To maneuver the ball, diverting it to the club and bouncing out.1 This decision cost the championship to the blue team, as Colo-Colo did not miss any penalties from that point on and ended up winning 4-2 at Universidad de Chile . This penalty kick cost Candelo, who in addition to being fired from the U, received total repudiation of the fans, even receiving death threats. To this day is remembered that penalty by the fans of both teams, for better or worse.
In the second half of 2006 he arrives at the Club Universitario de Deportes, where he participates in the Clausura Tournament of that year, coming to play the final against Cienciano that would end in defeat thus losing the opportunity to dispute the national title of that season. In 2007, an injury to his left eye would keep him out of the courts for a few months.2 In 2008, with Ricardo Gareca as coach of the team, he won the 2008 Apertura Tournament. For the Closing, the team would fall into his game and would not dispute The play-off and finish second. After the departure of Gareca and the arrival of Juan Reynoso, Candelo would have no place in the team due to football differences with the new coach.
In 2011, he returned to Millonarios, where he was named captain of the team. Mayer Candelo was a key and fundamental bastion for the Millonarios that won the Copa Colombia scoring the goal that would sentence the 2-0 final aggregate result against Boyacá Chico thus cutting a drought of 10 years without official titles that the blue team had. Besides that, the magician like captain was champion of the Torneo Finalizacion 2012 where the blue team would obtain it's fourteenth league title. On April 6, 2013, in the 270th classic against Santa Fe, a match that ended 3-1 in favor of Millonarios, Mayer scored his 100th goal in his sports career. On May 28, 2015 he scored his first goal in the Torneo Apertura 2015 on the first game of the semifinals where his team won 3-2 over Deportivo Cali scoring the victory goal in the 87th minute after a 30 meter strike. He would bid farewell to the club in the 2015 Finals after five years and with two titles, remaining in the club ambassador's history with 299 games played and 31 goals scored (including those on his first stint in 2002-2003).
In January 2016 returns to Cortulua like its last reinforcement. It would be the leader of the team that would reach the semifinals of the Apertura Tournament next to the Strike Miguel Angel Borja, are eliminated in penalties by Independiente Medellín. He would play 22 games and score three goals in the six months he was there.
On June 15, he returns to retire in the team of which he is a fan, Deportivo Cali.5 In his debut on July 3, he would score the first goal of the 3-1 win over his former team the Cortulua. He would again score his second goal on August 24 in a 2-0 win at Deportes Tolima for the first leg of the Copa Colombia 2016 quarter-finals where he would also make an assist.
Colombia National Team
Candelo was part of the Colombia Sub-23 Team that participated in the Pre Olympic Tournament of Brazil, which was played in the month of January of the year 2000, previous to the games of Sydney. In that competition Candelo shone with his own light and scored three goals (two in the game that Colombia won 4-2 to Ecuador and one more in the rout 5-1 against Chile.Months later would be summoned by Luis Augusto "Chiqui" Garcia to the senior team for the games against Peru and Ecuador for the World Cup Qualifiers in Korea and Japan in 2002.