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Marcelo Salas

Marcelo Salas
Complete Name: Jose Marcelo Salas Melinao
Nationality: Chilean
Place of Birth: Temuco, Chile
Date of Birth: December 24, 1974
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 73 kg
National Team: Chile
Current Club: Universidad De Chile (Chile)
Position: Forward


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Club career history

Universidad de Chile (Chile), River Plate (Argentina), Juventus (Italy), SS Lazio (Italy), River Plate (Argentina), Universidad de Chile (Chile)




Jose Marcelo Salas Melinao (born December 24, 1974 in Temuco), better known as Marcelo Salas, is a football player from Chile. He, with Elías Figueroa and Iván Zamorano, have been some of Chile's most recognized soccer players. Nicknamed El Matador, his deft touch with his left foot has led to some spectacular goals.

Salas debuted playing for Universidad de Chile in 1993 obtaining back to back titles in 1994 and 1995. In 1996, Salas went on to play with River Plate of the Argentine first division. In 1996 and 1997 he won different cups with River Plate. He also helped Chile in the World Cup qualification as the top scorer along Ivan Zamorano in the south american zone. In 1998, he participated with Chile in the World Cup making a strong peformance with 4 goals in 4 matches. On the same year he was transfered to S.S. Lazio in US$18.000.000.

Salas played in Italy for five years, three with S.S. Lazio (1998-2001), winning a national league, an italian cup, a Cup Winners' Cup and an European Super Cup. In 2001 he was transfered to Juventus where he played until 2003 winning one Seria A title, before coming back to River Plate. In 2004, Salas was sold to River Plate for 12 million US dollars (10 million euros). With the Chilean national team, he has scored 35 goals (a national record) in 65 games (as of May 2005).

In late July 2005, it was confirmed that he would return to his original football team, Universidad de Chile, the never-end love of the fans of Universidad de Chile for Salas was evident, he had a warm reception, even if he didn't play. Although the press was tough with him for being an injury-prone player. In 2005 Salas played 10 games, but he carried Universidad de Chile to the cup finals. The final was decided with a shootout. After the retirement rumors of the summer of 2006, he started another campaign with Universidad de Chile.

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