Nickname: "Paragua" ("Umbrella")
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- Goalkeepers are supposed to prevent goals, not score them. But no-one seemed to have told Jose Luis Chilavert.
The outspoken, and sometimes controversial, Paraguayan made a name for himself not just between the sticks but at the other end of the field as well. An imposing presence with a huge build and a matching personality, Chilavert captained his country at two World Cups and was one of the best shot-stoppers in the world. But he also mastered the art of taking penalties and free-kicks. Chilavert amazingly scored 62 goals during his career, and his record of eight in 74 internationals is impressive when you consider he hardly ever ventured out into open play.
Aged just 15 when he made his debut with second division Sportivo Luquero, he moved to Argentinian club San Lorenzo for top flight football and first played for Paraguay in 1989. After a spell with Real Zaragoza in Spain, Chilavert returned to Argentina with Velez Sarsfield, winning a string of honours and gaining a reputation for saving penalties and scoring goals. But he achieved worldwide fame with his country and was twice voted World Goalkeeper of the Year, in 1995 and 1997.
Chilavert dominated his penalty area and organised the Paraguay defence well, barking out orders with authority. But his goals ensured him legendary status. A free-kick against Argentina during qualifying for the 1998 World Cup was one of many highlights, and he scored four times to help Paraguay return to the finals in 2002.
Chilavert led the team into the second round at France 98, keeping clean sheets in draws against Spain and Bulgaria before victory over Nigeria booked a clash with the hosts. The French also struggled to beat him until Laurent Blanc's golden goal in extra time ended Paraguay's unlikely dream. Four years later Chilavert was a fading force but still helped guide his team out of the group stage to meet Germany in the second round. He made several key saves in the game and narrowly missed the target with a free-kick late on, but could not prevent a 1-0 defeat.
Never afraid to speak his mind, Chilavert's outspoken nature has often led to controversy. He once suggested before a qualifying game against Brazil that they should hand back territory seized during a past war between the countries, and was then banned for three matches after spitting on Roberto Carlos - missing the first two matches of the 2002 World Cup as a result. He also refused to play in the 1999 Copa America, hosted by Paraguay, saying that money used for stadium improvements before the tournament should have been spent on schools and hospitals instead.
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P[spoiler]araguay: 74 appearances | 8 goals
1982-1984 Sportivo Luqueño
1984 Club Guaraní
1984-1988 San Lorenzo 122 appearances
1988-1991 Real Zaragoza 79 appearances | 1 goal
1991-2000 Vélez Sársfield 341 appearances | 48 goals
2000-2002 Strasbourg 52 appearances | 1 goal
2002-2003 Peñarol 14 appearances | 4 goals
2003-2004 Vélez Sársfield 6 appearances
Trophies & Tournaments:
1984 Primera División Paraguay - Club Guaraní
1993 Torneo Clausura Primera División Argentina - Vélez Sarsfield
1994 Torneo Apertura Primera División Argentina - Vélez Sarsfield
1994 Copa Libertadores - Vélez Sarsfield
1994 Intercontinental Cup - Vélez Sarsfield
1994 Copa Interamericana - Vélez Sarsfield
1996 Torneo Clausura Primera División Argentina - Vélez Sarsfield
1996 Supercopa Sudamericana - Vélez Sarsfield
1997 Recopa Sudaemricana - Vélez Sarsfield
1998 Torneo Clausura Primera División Argentina - Vélez Sarsfield
2001 Coupe de France - Strasbourg
2003 Primera División Uruguaya - Peñarol
* Argentine League Player of the Year: 1996
* South American Footballer of the Year: 1996
* IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper: 1995, 1997, 1998
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