José Luis Chilavert (1965)

José Luis Félix Chilavert González (July 27, 1965) was a Paraguayan goalkeeper who was mainly active in South America. The goalie was known for his many goals. Often scoring from penalties and free kicks, but also for his sometimes bizarre and passionate behavior on the field.

The main thing is that Chilavert was a great goalkeeper, who became World Goalkeeper of the Year in 1995, 1997 and 1998. He played for the national team of Paraguay 74 times. He scored eight times.

Chilavert started his career at the modest Sportivo Luqueno, where he made his debut at the age of seventeen. The goalkeeper immediately made an impression and after a short period with Guaraní Chilavert joined the big San Lorenzo in 1985. In Buenos Aires, Chilavert played for four seasons, but the goalkeeper didn't score.

In the previous years he had already found it; the counter stood at five goals. In 1988 Chilavert left the Argentine capital without winning a prize and went to Europe. Spanish Real Zaragoza attracted the goalkeeper. After three years, Chilavert decided to return to Buenos Aires, but this time he signed a contract with Vélez Sarsfield.

This became the goalkeeper's most successful period, both individually and as a team. Chilavert won the championship four times, won the Copa Libertadores and also won the World Cup for Club teams by beating the big AC Milan in the final with players such as Dejan Savićević, Marcel Desailly, Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini.

In addition, José Luis Chilavert also became World Goalkeeper of the Year in 1995, 1997 and 1998 and was the first goalkeeper to score a hat-trick in 1999. In 2001, Chilavert said goodbye to Vélez Sarsfield after ten seasons to try it again in Europe. At RC Strasbourg he won the Coupe de France in 2001, but after that the best is over. After a short spell with Peñarol from Uruguay, Chilavert ends his career at the club where he became a world star: Vélez Sarsfield.

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