Sebastián Rozental

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Sebastián Rozental
Personal information
Full name Sebastián Rozental Igualt
Date of birth (1976-09-01) 1 September 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder, forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Universidad Católica 75 (39)
1997–2002 Rangers[1] 17 (3)
1999Universidad Católica (loan) 27 (22)
2000Independiente (loan) 11 (0)
2001Colo-Colo (loan) 22 (8)
2002–2003 Grasshopper Club Zürich 22 (1)
2003–2004 Unión Española 39 (11)
2005 Universidad Católica 10 (1)
2005 Puerto Rico Islanders 9 (2)
2006 Columbus Crew 20 (3)
2007 Maccabi Petah Tikva 6 (0)
2007–2008 Maccabi Netanya 14 (1)
Total 279 (94)
National team
1995–2000 Chile 27 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 December 2012

Sebastián Rozental Igualt (Hebrew: סבסטיאן רוזנטל‎; born 1 September 1976) is a retired Chilean professional footballer).

On the club level, Rozental has played for Universidad Católica (1992–1996 and 2005), Colo-Colo (2001), and Unión Española (2003–04) in his native Chile, Rangers (1997–2000) in Scotland, where he became the first player from South America to play for the club, Independiente (2001) in Argentina, Grasshoppers (2003–04) in Switzerland, and Puerto Rico Islanders in the USL First Division (2005).

Early and personal life[edit]

Rozental was born in Santiago, Chile, and is Jewish.[2][3][4]

Club career[edit]


Rozental became Rangers' first South American player when he signed for £4m on 13 December 1996, the most expensive signing in Chilean history.[4][5] He arrived at Rangers as a promising young talent, as he had broken into the Chilean national team and was challenging Marcelo Salas and Iván Zamorano for a place in the starting eleven, following a decent scoring record at his club. He made his debut as a substitute in a league match at Motherwell.[6] However injury struck in his second appearance for Rangers versus St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup; he started the game well and scored his first goal for the club, but was then taken off with a knee injury.[7] He made just 3 appearances in 1997-98[8] and another 3 in 1998-99.[9] He had his first significant run in the team in the second half of the 1999-2000 season, helping Rangers complete a league and cup double. He made 11 appearances and scored 3 goals in the league that season,[10] and scored twice in their cup semi final win over Ayr United.[11] He was however left out of the squad for the final. He made 21 appearances for Rangers, scoring 6 goals.

Late career[edit]

He was signed by the Columbus Crew on 13 January 2006.[12] His first goal as a Crew member came on a penalty kick on 15 April against the Chicago Fire. He played 20 games and scored 3 goals total during the 2006 season.

After spending one season with the Columbus Crew, Rozental left for Israel and signed with Maccabi Petah Tikva. After failing to impress in one half season in Petah Tikva, Rozental signed a one-year contract with Maccabi Netanya.[13]

International career[edit]

Rozental has been capped for Chile 27 times scoring 2 goals.

He captained the Chilean squad that finished third in the 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championship and then scored 3 goals at the 1995 FIFA World Youth Championship.




Universidad Católica[edit]


Grasshopper Club Zürich[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sebastián Rozental at
  2. ^ Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler
  3. ^ Football Culture: Local Conflicts, Global Visions
  4. ^ a b "Rozental, Sebastian": Jews In Sports
  5. ^ "On This Day: Dec 13". 13 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Golden Gascoigne". Independent. 19 January 1997. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Rozental short and sweet". Independent. 26 January 1997. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Games played by Sebastian Rozental in 1997/1998". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Games played by Sebastian Rozental in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Games played by Sebastian Rozental in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Ayr destroyed by rampant Gers". BBC. 8 April 2000. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Columbus adds Rozental, gets Ward from MetroStars for Henderson",, 13 January 2006, retrieved 5 December 2006.
  13. ^ Levy, Tomer. מכבי נתניה סיכמה לעונה אחת עם סבסטיאן רוזנטל. Ma'ariv (in Hebrew). Retrieved 29 May 2007.