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Leonel Guillermo Sánchez Lineros (born April 25, 1936 in Santiago de Chilemarker) is a former professional football player.

Regarded as one of Chilemarker's most important players, Sánchez holds the record for most games played for Chile with 84 games and 23 goals between 1955 and 1968.

Career

He played at left midfield for over 20 years between 1953 and 1973. 17 of those 20 were in Universidad de Chile, where he was the icon of the Ballet Azul (Blue Ballet), a team that won 6 national championships between 1959 and 1969.

Four of those were at the 1962 World Cup, in which he was the top scorer along with five other players. In that World Cup he also knocked out the Italian player Mario David with a hook in a dispute in the infamous Chile - Italy match.

Sánchez remained in Universidad de Chile, although he received numerous offers from well known European clubs such as AC Milan. In 1969, after a contract rule was settled, Universidad de Chile was forced to sell him. He finished his career playing for different Chilean clubs such as Colo-Colo, Palestino and Ferrobádminton.

Honors

Club

Season Team Title
1959 Universidad de Chile Chilean League
1962 Universidad de Chile Chilean League
1964 Universidad de Chile Chilean League
1965 Universidad de Chile Chilean League
1967 Universidad de Chile Chilean League
1969 Universidad de Chile Chilean League


Participation in the World Cup

World Seat Result Matchs Goals
1962 FIFA World Cup Chilemarker Third Place 6 4
1966 FIFA World Cup Englandmarker 1º Round 3 0


References

  1. rsssf: Leonel Sánchez
  2. BDFA profile



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