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Oswaldo Sanchez

Oswaldo Sanchez
Complete Name: Oswaldo Javier Sanchez Ibarra
Nationality: Mexican
Place of Birth: Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)
Date of Birth: 02/05/1975
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 84 Kg
National Team: Mexico
Current Club: Guadalajara (Mexico)
Position: Goalkeeper


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Club career history

Atlas (Mexico), America (Mexico), Guadalajara (Mexico)




Oswaldo Sanchez Ibarra (born September 21, 1973 in Guadalajara, Jalisco) is a Mexican footballer currently playing for Chivas de Guadalajara. He is arguably Mexico's best goalkeeper with great defense, goal-keeping skills, and above all, leadership. Due to all this, Chivas fans know him and call him San Oswaldo, meaning Saint Oswaldo.

Oswaldo made his debut with Atlas de Guadalajara at the age of 20 on October 30, 1993 against Veracruz where the teams tied at one goal. Two years after his debut, he was a starter on the team and led Atlas to the quarterfinals where they were eliminated by Veracruz.

In the summer of 1996, Oswaldo Sanchez was transferred to América, one of the most popular clubs in not only Mexico, but North America. He was an immediate starter under Ricardo Antonio La Volpe who coached the team then and since has coached the Mexican national team. Oswaldo's first season with America wasn't a good one where they didn't even make it to playoffs and lost the Mexican "clasico" vs. Chivas with an incredible score of 5-0. The following season Oswaldo was benched for the older, more experienced, Hugo Pineda. Oswaldo only played three out of 19 games, including the quarterfinals where America got eliminated by Monarcas Morelia. The following season, Oswaldo went back into the starting line-up and led America to a disappointing elimination in the semifinals against Leon. His last three seasons with the club were normal ones and in one the team managed to reach semifinals once again, only to get eliminated. In the summer of 1999, Oswaldo left America for their main rival, Chivas de Guadalajara.

As Oswaldo came to the club, his popularity in Mexico surely went up and in a few years he consolidated himself as one of the team's idols. To this day, Oswaldo has played 11 seasons with the team and going on 12. He's helped qualify the team to playoffs seven times, along with one wild card, and has only been eliminated three times out of 11 seasons. On Chivas, he's been coached by Ricardo Ferreti, Hugo Hernandez, Jesus Bracamontes, Oscar Ruggeri, Daniel Guzman, Eduardo de la Torre, Hans Westerhof, and Benjamin Galindo. His most notable season was that of Clausura 2004 where arguably he led the team to the finals all by himself. All Oswaldo needs is a championship with Chivas.

Oswaldo has also been constantly called up to play for the Mexican senior national team. He's been part of two Football World CupsWorld Cups, in 1998 and 2002, although, both on the bench as second or third goalkeeper. He won the 2003 Gold Cup and was named the tournament's MVP.

Oswaldo also has a goalkeeping school in Guadalajara for future players of the beautiful game. He's already a living legend and idol of Chivas and some are already naming him as one of the greatest goalkeepers ever produced in Mexico.

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