International goal scorer in the big leagues
Having played for Real Madrid and Inter of Milan, Iván Zamorano opened the doors to Europe for Chilean football players.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
(Photo: El Mercurio)
Iván Zamorano Zamora was born in Santiago on January 18, 1967. At the age of three his father - who died young - enrolled him in a neighborhood sports club, thus leaving him a legacy that marked him forever. That was how his football career started, from the little leagues until he reached the most important clubs in the world.
His professional career as a paid player began in 1985 in Cobresal, amid the arid hills of the El Salvador mine. He then played in Cobreandino, second division, where he stood out as a goal scorer before returning to Cobresal.
His goals brought him to the attention of international football teams. Since then his athletic resume included Saint Gallen of Switzerland, Seville and Real Madrid of Spain, winning a Copa del Rey, a Super Copa, and a Spanish league championship with the latter, along with receiving the distinction of 1994-95 season “pichichi,” as the top goal-scorer of the league is called.
In addition, he received the EFE trophy as the best Ibero-American Player twice. After Spain he played in other big teams: Inter of Milan, where he won a UEFA Cup, and America of Mexico, which he was champion with.
At the same time he played on the Chilean national team as captain during the France World Cup qualifiers and at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, where Chile came in third place with a bronze medal and Zamorano was the top goal scorer.
After Mexico he returned to Chile and joined the club Colo Colo. Zamorano retired from football as a player in a friendly match with France in 2003 and is now in charge of administering his “Sports City” complex.