Ysrael Zúñiga

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Ysrael Zúñiga
Personal information
Full name Herlyn Ysrael Zuñiga Yáñez
Date of birth (1976-08-27) 27 August 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Camaná,[1] Peru
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
FBC Melgar
Number 11
Youth career
1992–1994 Sporting Cristal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995 Guardia Republicana ? (2)
1996 Coronel Bolognesi ? (0)
1997 Sport Agustino ? (0)
1998 Coronel Bolognesi ? (0)
1999 Melgar 42 (32)
2000–2002 Coventry City 29 (4)
2002–2003 Estudiantes 6 (0)
2003–2004 Cruz Azul 14 (1)
2004 Universitario 38 (13)
2005 Atlético Universidad 21 (3)
2005–2006 Sporting Cristal 36 (7)
2007 Melgar 38 (19)
2008 Bursaspor 19 (6)
2009 Melgar 34 (14)
2010–2012 Juan Aurich 80 (21)
2013– Melgar 112 (40)
National team
1999–2007 Peru 21 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 July 2014.


This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Zúñiga and the second or maternal family name is Yañez.

Herlyn Ysrael Zúñiga Yáñez (born August 27, 1976) is a Peruvian footballer who currently plays for FBC Melgar as a striker in the Peruvian First Division.

Club career[edit]

Zúñiga initially trained as a dental technician before deciding to become a professional footballer at the relatively late age of 22. He gained some international fame after scoring a league-record equalling 32 goals for Melgar in his first season in the Primera División Peruana in 1999. His goalscoring success prompted English Premier League club Coventry City to purchase him for £750,000 in February 2000. However, he was unable to find any form in England; scoring four goals in 30 appearances spread over two and a half years with Coventry before he was released in the summer of 2002.

After leaving Coventry he joined Argentinian club Estudiantes, but again struggled to recapture his scoring form. Zúñiga returned to his homeland following the conclusion of his spell in Argentina to join Sporting Cristal, a club he spent time at as a teenager before leaving the game to study to be a dental worker.

International career[edit]

He won 21 caps and scored 3 goals for the Peru national football team.[3]

He was recalled against Ecuador on June 2007.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Guardia Republicana
Sporting Cristal
Juan Aurich
FBC Melgar

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Plantilla 2011 - Ysrael Zúñiga" (in Spanish). JuanAurich.net. January 2011. Archived from the original on 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Information of Ysrael Zuñiga" (in Spanish). 
  3. ^ Appearances for Peru National Team - RSSSF

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