Chilavert is one of the all-time top goalkeepers in the world. He is one of the rare goalkeepers with interest in scoring goals. Chilavert is one of the eccentric characters in world football and was quite popular among football fans. Chilavert used to play for Paraguay at International level. He was a free kick specialist and he used to take crucial penalties for his team. Chilavert was the South American Player of the year in 1996. He holds the world record for scoring most number of goals among goalkeepers with 63 goals. Chilavert has won IFFHS world’s Best Goalkeeper award three times.
Jose Luis Chilavert was born at Luque in Paraguay on 27th July 1965. Chilavert started his football journey with youth team of Paraguayan second division club Sportivo Luqueno, in 1980.He made it to the Sportivo Luqueno’s senior side, in 1982.He signed up for Guarani in 1984.He won Paraguayan league with Guarani in 1984.He moved to Argentina and joined first division team San Lorenzo in 1984. Chilavert played 122 matches for San Lorenzo.
In 1988, Chilavert moved to Spain and joined Real Zaragoza. He played 79 matches and scored a goal for Zaragoza. He moved back to Argentina and joined Velez Sarsfield in 1991.In 1994 he won Copa Libertadores, Copa Interamericana, as well as Intercontinental cup with Sarsfield. He won Torneo Apertura with Sarsfield in 1995.He helped Sarsfield to win Torneo Clausura in 1993, 1996 as well as 1998.He helped Sarsfield to win Supercopa Sudamericana in 1996 as well as Recopa Sudamericana in 1997. Chilavert won Argentinean League player of the year in 1996.In 1997/1998 season, Chilavert scored 10 goals, and 8 goals in 1997/1998 and 1999/2000 seasons respectively, which is quite remarkable. Chilavert played 272 matches for Sarsfield and scored 48 goals.
After glorious stint with Sarsfield, Chilavert moved back to Europe and joined French first division club RC Strasbourg in 2000.In 2001, he helped Strasbourg to win Coupe de France. However, Strasbourg was relegated to second division in that season. Chilavert helped Strasbourg to gain promotion to Ligue 1 in 2002.He moved to Uruguay and joined Penarol in 2003.he helped Penarol to win Uruguayan Primera division title in 2003.Chilavert scored four goals for Penarol in 17 matches. Chilavert joined his old club Velez Sarsfield in 2003 and played six matches for them. He bid adieu to club football in 2004.
Chilavert made his International debut for Uruguay against Colombia in 1989.Chilavert participated in 1998 and 2002 world cup. In 1998 world cup, he helped Paraguay to enter the second round. He kept two clean sheets during the group stage. He made it to the “Team of the tournament,” along with Fabien Barthez as goalkeepers. He scored four goals during qualification campaign to help Paraguay to qualify for 2004 world cup. Even though he missed the first match, he helped Paraguay to reach the second round in 2002 world cup. He played 74 matches for Paraguay. He captained Paraguay on many occasions. His tally of eight Internationals for Paraguay is a world record among goalkeepers. He quit international football in 2003.
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