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Carlos Andrés Villanueva Roland (born 5 February 1986 in La Serenamarker) is a Chileanmarker football player who is currently playing for Al Shabab and played for Chilean Audax Italiano until July 2008.

Club career

Audax Italiano

In the 2006 Clausura tournament of the Chilean First Division, Audax played in the Championship game, losing to Colo-Colo despite scoring a goal in the game.

In the Copa Libertadores 2007, the left-footed playmaker was the hub of Audax Italiano. The team was not able to qualify for the knockout phase due to goal differential.

Villanueva was rewarded with a call-up to Chile's Copa América 2007 squad.

In 2008, Carlos refused to become Audax captain due to a dispute he had with the club's management. Villanueva was also unable to join Second Division Spanish team Real Sociedad due to the Spanish team's financial problems.

Blackburn Rovers

On 17 July 2008, it was confirmed by Villanueva's agents and also former club that Villanueva would play for the Blackburn Roversmarker of the Premiership in Englandmarker. He also confirmed this on 29 July, pending a Work Permit being issued.

On 2 August, Villanueva completed his season-long loan move to Blackburn. The club have the option to make the deal permanent, at a pre-agreed fee. Villanueva also agreed terms to extend his contract for a further three years, if the option is exercised.

On 27 August, Villanueva made his debut for Blackburn in a League Cup game against Grimsby Town, a match in which he scored his first goal for the club. He also set up a goal for striker Matt Derbyshire and had a direct hand in the other two goals, in a 4-1 win. His debut was delayed by a few weeks due to the virus chicken pox which forced him to stay away from club training facilties, so that he did not pass on the virus to other staff.

On 20 September, Villanueva made his (home) debut in the Premier League as a late second half substitute against Fulham, his impact was immediate and substantial. Linking up well to provide a looping cross for Roque Santa Cruz to head down for the winning goal, which was converted by Derbyshire.

He made his full starting Premier League debut on 27 September, against Newcastle United at St. James' Parkmarker, getting an assist providing a cross for a headed goal for Christopher Samba.

On 5 January 2009 he scored a free kick against Blyth Spartans F.C. in the FA Cup giving his team the lead, and on 4 February he assisted 2 goals against Sunderland in the FA Cup.

On 11 April he played in the Premier League for the 1st time since Sam Allardyce took charge of Blackburn.

Al-Shabab

On 15 May 2009 Audax Italiano Villanueva signed for Al Shabab, the Emirati club paid Audax about $5 million. Although he publicly stated he wished to have stayed at Blackburn and tried to established himself in one of the worlds top leagues.

International career

Villanueva was in the squad that played in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship representing Chile in the Netherlandsmarker. He was also capped for the senior squad and played for Chile in the Copa América 2007, where he scored a superb free kick goal against Ecuador on his first official game with the senior squad.

Statistics

Club Season Premier League FA Cup Football League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Blackburn Roversmarker 2008-09 8 0 1 3 1 2 3 1 1 - - - 15 2 4


References

  1. Villanueva één jaar naar Blackburn
  2. F√ļtbol: Carlos Villanueva deja Inglaterra para enrolarse al Al Shabab de E.A.U
  3. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=eAJy9rxgvgk Video of free kick vs Ecuador


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