Ricardo Chará

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Ricardo Chará
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Chará Lerma
Date of birth (1990-05-24) 24 May 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2007 Boca Juniors de Cali
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Centauros Villavicencio
2008–2013 Udinese 0 (0)
2010–2012 Empoli (on loan) 2 (0)
National team
2005 Colombia U15 4+ (2)
2007 Colombia U17 12+ (1)
2009 Colombia U20 2+ (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 March 2015

Ricardo Chará Lerma (born 24 May 1990) is a Colombian footballer who plays as a defender, and who is currently a free agent.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Chara started his youth career with his hometown club Cali. He then made his first team debut for Centauros Villavicencio in the Categoría Primera B.


In summer 2008, he was signed by Deportes Quindío. He then scouted by Udinese. As the club run out of non-EU registration quota, as signed Alexis Sánchez and Odion Ighalo. Along with new signing Dušan Basta, they were signed by another Italian club, then re-signed them in order to borrow the quota.

Chara left for Cagliari on a 1-year loan from Quindío on 1 September 2008.[1] In January 2009, Chara left "on loan" from Cagliari to Udinese and played at Udinese Primavera under-20 team. In summer 2009, along with Basta, they were signed permanently.

On 14 January 2010, he played his first match for Udinese. He substituted Simone Pepe in the 87th minute, on a Coppa Italia Round of 16 match. The match Udinese won Lumezzane of Italian Lega Pro Prima Divisione (third division) 2–0.[2][3]

On 31 August 2010, Udinese signed Gabriele Angella along with Diego Fabbrini in co-ownership deal for €3 million.[4] As part of the deal, Chará and Flavio Lazzari joined Empoli, also in co-ownership deal for a peppercorn[5] in 3-year contract.[4]

In June 2012 Udinese reacquired Chará.[6]

International career[edit]

At youth level, Chará has been capped for Colombia at the 2005 South American Under-15 Football Championship (4 games 1 brace),[7] at the 2007 South American Under-17 Football Championship (8 games, 1 goal),[8] at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup (4 games), and at the 2009 South American Youth Championship (2 games 1 goal).[9]


  1. ^ "Matheu è del Cagliari" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2009-01-21. Nell'ambito di un'operazione condotta in comune con l'Udinese Calcio, la Società rossoblu ha tesserato il colombiano classe 1990 Ricardo Chara Lerma, in forza al Corporacion Deportes Quindio. 
  2. ^ "Ecco le formazioni di Udinese-Lumezzane" (in Italian). Udinese Calcio. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  3. ^ Pasotto, Marco (15 January 2010). "L' Udinese non c' è ancora ma si guadagna il Milan". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Empoli FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2011 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  5. ^ "Gabriele Angella è un giocatore dell'Udinese". Udinese Calcio (in Italian). 31 August 2010. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Empoli FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2012 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  7. ^ http://old.conmebol.com/competiciones_evento_partidos.jsp?evento=1180&ano=2005&slangab=S
  8. ^ http://old.conmebol.com/competiciones_evento_partidos.jsp?evento=1062&ano=2007&slangab=S
  9. ^ http://old.conmebol.com/competiciones_evento_partidos.jsp?evento=1052&ano=2009&slangab=S

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