Jose Luis Chilavert


BornJuly 27, 1965


Jose Luis Felix Chilavert Gonzalez is a Paraguayan former football player who played as a goalkeeper. He was a three-time IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper award winner. Chilavert made his debut as a football player with the team Sportivo Luqueño. He was trained by Modesto Sandoval. In 1989, he played for the Paraguayan national team for the first time. He later moved to Spain, where he played for Real Zaragoza. He then returned to Argentina, where he played with Velez Sarsfield, helping them win the Primera División four times, as well as the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup. In 1999, he became the first goalkeeper known to score a hat-trick in the history of football. Chilavert was voted World Goalkeeper of the Year by the IFFHS in 1995, 1997, and 1998. e participated in the 1998 World Cup, where he became the first goalkeeper ever to take a direct free kick in the World Cup finals. After the tournament, FIFA indeed named Chilavert on the tournament All Star Squad for his performances. In total Chilavert played 74 international caps for Paraguay and achieved a goalkeeper-record of eight international goals. He retired from international football in 2003.
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