José Luis Chilavert, Legend of Velez Sarsfield and Paraguay

José Luis Chilavert, Legend of Velez Sarsfield and Paraguay
Chilavert celebrates his goal against Argentina in 1996 (Photo: Last minute)

José Luis Chilavert is one of those figures late 80 and especially the early 90 you remember. The Paraguayan goalkeeper is a legend both his selection as the Argentine club Velez Sarsfield where he won great victories. We review his career.

Guarani goalkeeper began his professional career in his country Sportivo Luqueño which happened to Guaraní. In 1985 He makes the leap to Argentina to enlist in the ranks of San Lorenzo de Almagro which he is beginning to launch a free-kick although none managed to turn. In 1988 It makes the leap to Europe to join Real Zaragoza Spanish league where he gets his first goal by converting a penalty against Real society. curiously, San Sebastián was able to immediately set tie to pull the center and to catch descolocado José Luis Chilavert.

After three years in Aragon, the legendary goalkeeper returns to Argentina to play for Velez Sarsfield where he lived his most successful season. With the arrival of Carlos Bianchi the team gets a great number of titles being Chilavert one of the great figures thanks to its good stops and their goals. In 1994 He obtains the title of champion Liberators cup Y Intercontinental Cup She is one of its best years.

Goals from José Luis Chilavert

José Luis Chilavert It is the first goalkeeper to score 3 goals in one match (he succeeded in Velez's victory against Ferrocarril Oeste ended with 6-1). further, It is the second goalkeeper who has scored more goals throughout his career (102). Especially memorable were those who marked him Navarro Montoya when 'El Mono’ He defended the arc Boca Juniors. He was also legendary that marked him Germán Burgos, of River Plate, from a 60 meters away.

But undoubtedly the more important the Paraguayan was precisely defending the colors of his national team against Argentina. Combined both they are facing one 1 September 1996 in the qualifying rounds for the World Cup France '98. The scenario was the Monumental de Nuñez. The combined albiceleste won 1-0 after a free kick scored by Batistuta and the whole stadium spent all kinds of insults and offensive songs against golero.

I sang all the supporters Chilavert son of p… p… you bore”

As himself José Luis Chilavert He told in an interview: “I sang all the supporters Chilavert son of p… p… you bore. It was then that I asked God to just give me a chance to throw a free throw to convert”. Guarani Prayers goal took effect and Chamot, Argentine defender, He fouled near the area of ​​your computer. Of course, the goalkeeper was quick to kick the free kick.

“Cavallero was my substitute in Velez. He asked me during the week I had the time to kick free throws. I knew I wanted to know to tell Burgos. I told him that if he gave back four pasitos threw him over the barrier and if he took more distance throwing it next to the goalkeeper. I gave four steps but hit next to the archer, He is stung the ball down and went”.

Thus Paraguay He won the tie and was finally present at the finals in France. The selection guaraní reached knockout falling removed with a Golden Goal against French host, would end up raising world Cup.

Chilavert He wore the national shirt 74 scoring occasions 8 goals. He participated in two World (1998 Y 2002). At club level he ended his career Peñarol (Uruguay) and hung up his boots in Velez Sarsfield, as it could not be otherwise, in 2004. Definitely, one of the best goalkeepers of all time.

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