Nelson San Martín
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Nelson (second right below) in Kedah FA
|Full name||Nelson Marcelo San Martín Arriagada|
|Date of birth||May 17, 1980|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|2000–2001||Universidad de Chile||16||(0)|
|2003–2004||Universidad de Chile||11||(0)|
|2004–2005||Unión San Felipe||26||(4)|
|2005||Estudiantes de Santnder||15||(0)|
|2005–2006||Club Provincial Curicó Unido||39||(7)|
|2010–2011||Home United FC||36||(21)|
|2011–2012||Athletic Club Barnechea||17||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 3, 2013.
The former Universidad de Chile midfielder who began to pitch his tent in Alor Star in November 2006 has been playing an influential role for Kedah FA. He excels in his role as the playmaker of the team with his accurate distribution of the ball. In his first year at his new club, he managed to capture the eyes of most Kedah FA fans with his superb passing and vision, and also with an excellent free kick delivery.
Alongside his teammates, Ahmad Fauzi Saari, Marlon Alex James, Mohd Khyril Muhymeen Zambri, they played the most attractive football in Malaysia. Two years playing for the Canaries, Nelson assisted them to win historical double treble titles.
Eventually, after seeing the domination of foreign footballers in Malaysian football, Football Association of Malaysia ordered all the clubs to release all imports player for the M.League 2009 season. Martín played his last game for Kedah FA on 23 August 2008, which was Malaysia Cup showdown against Selangor FA. He set up a goal for Marlon Alex James and struck a high-quality goal in the match which ended with Kedah won 3-2. Upon his contributions to Kedah FA, he was awarded the Ahli Cemerlang Semangat Jerai (ASK) medal from the Sultan of Kedah.
After his departure from Malaysia, Nelson went to neighbors Thailand and played 1 season with Bangkok Glass and later on relocated to Singapore in order to join Home United FC in a 6-month contract. A 3-month injury caused Nelson to miss half of his season with Home United, causing his contract to not be extended.
He was released by Barnechea in mid-2012 after a poor season with the club.
In November 2012, Nelson return to Kedah to play for the Canaries in the 2013 Malaysia Premier League. After only a season with them, he joined PBDKT T-Team FC for the 2014 Malaysia Super League season.