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Agustin Delgado

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Agustín Javier Delgado Chala (nicknamed "Tin"; born December 23, 1974, in Piquiucho, a small village in the Chota River valley in Imbabura) is an Ecuadorian football player. He plays center forward for Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito and is a retired national football team member, where he surpassed Eduardo Hurtado as top scorer in 2002.

He played an impressive half season and this lead him to join the Mexican club, UNAM Pumas, where he helped the team win the league championship. This brought to an end a disappointing time for Delgado although this was considered best for both parties.

Delgado then joined Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito, a team that currently participates regularly in the Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores. With the club, numbers that are more familiar with Tin started to appear and with his goal exploits, he helped Liga surprisingly reach the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores 2006.

Delgado scored a goal at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the first goal for the Ecuadorian team in a World Cup, against Mexico. Delgado was also joint top scorer (with Hernán Crespo) in the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the tournament, with nine goals.

Delgado is known for being a strong player, equally apt in offense and defense. He is also known for his air prowess. Delgado is an excellent finisher with either foot and especially with his head, when he towers over the opposing defences. He has a superb sense of positioning in the box and has excellent field awareness.

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Delgado scored a goal in Ecuador's opening match against Poland, in the 80th minute. In the following game, he scored a goal in 55th minute goal in their 3-0 victory over Costa Rica, enabling Ecuador to qualify alongside hosts Germany for the last 16.

The 2006 World Cup, a historic achievement for Ecuador, was the last international tournament for Delgado. Nevertheless, El Tin is looked on as one of Ecuador's best football players of all time.

Delgado was one of eleven players who were banned for between two and 12 months for taking part in a vicious brawl at the end of LDU's 1-1 draw at home to Barcelona in December 2006. Four Barcelona players were injured in the incident on the last day of the season which shocked the country on December 17 2006 and overshadowed the title won by El Nacional. The Ecuadorian Football Federation said on its web site that the incident started with a clash between former Ecuador striker Agustin Delgado and his marker, Víctor Montoya. Montoya later denied that he had deliberately kicked Delgado's injured knee.

Delgado was later involved in some scandals at a night club during New Year's Eve and then left the country to try to continue his career in Major League Soccer. However, FIFA later denied this possibility by extending the ban internationally.



 


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