Iván Zamorano

Iván Zamorano
Zamorano in 2013
Personal information
Full name Iván Luis Zamorano Zamora
Date of birth (1967-01-18) 18 January 1967
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1988 Cobresal 31 (8)
1985–1986Cobreandino (loan) 29 (27)
1988–1990 St. Gallen 56 (34)
1990–1992 Sevilla 59 (21)
1992–1996 Real Madrid 137 (77)
1996–2001 Internazionale 101 (26)
2001–2003 América 63 (33)
2003 Colo-Colo 14 (8)
Total 490 (233)
National team
2000 Chile Olympic 5 (6)
1987–2001 Chile 69 (34)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Iván Luis Zamorano Zamora (American Spanish: [iˈβan samoˈɾano]; born 18 January 1967) is a retired Chilean football striker. Along with Marcelo Salas and Elias Figueroa he is regarded as one of Chile's most recognized footballers.

He was a member of the Chilean national team and played in the 1998 World Cup and four Copa América tournaments. He played for several clubs, notably Spanish clubs Sevilla and Real Madrid C.F. as well as Italian club Internazionale. He won the 1994–95 La Liga title and was the season's top scorer with Real Madrid. He also won the UEFA Cup with Internazionale. A powerful and prolific goal-scorer, he was particularly renowned for his strength and ability in the air, with many of his goals coming from headers.[1]

In 2004, Zamorano was selected among the FIFA 100, a list of the best living football players in the world compiled by Pelé.

Zamorano was nicknamed Bam Bam[2][3] and Iván el Terrible.[4][5]

Club career

Born in Santiago, Zamorano started his career at the club Trasandino then he moved to Cobresal in Chile in 1985. In 1988, he moved to Europe to Swiss team FC St. Gallen, scoring 34 goals in 56 matches in three seasons.[6] In 1990 Zamorano debuted in the Spanish Primera División with Sevilla, where he would play 59 matches and score 21 goals before he was sold to Real Madrid for $5 million.

With Real Madrid, between 1992 and 1996, Zamorano won one league, one Copa del Rey, and one Spanish Supercup title. In 1995, under manager Jorge Valdano, Zamorano helped Real Madrid win the Spanish League title, scoring 27 goals – including a hat–trick against FC Barcelona – and received the Pichichi Trophy as the season's top scorer.[7] That year, he formed a particularly effective attacking partnership with playmaker Michael Laudrup.[8] In the 1992–93 and 1994–95 seasons, he won the EFE Trophy, which is awarded to the best Ibero-American player in La Liga every year by Spanish news agency EFE.[9] In total, Zamorano appeared 173 times for Real Madrid, scoring 101 goals.

After five seasons in the Spanish league, Zamorano played four seasons in Serie A with Internazionale, from 1996 to 2000, where he was the teammate with Youri Djorkaeff, Diego Simeone, Javier Zanetti, and Ronaldo, among others. He was initially the club's premier striker, holding the coveted number nine shirt. However, upon Baggio's arrival at the club, Ronaldo was forced to give up number ten, and wear number nine, therefore Zamorano had to give up his number and started wearing a shirt bearing the number '1+8', therefore making him mathematically still a number 9 striker.[10] In May 1998, Inter won the UEFA Cup after beating Lazio in the final 3–0, with Zamorano scoring the opening goal.[11] He had also scored in second leg of the previous year's final, with the game going to penalties.[12] However, Zamorano missed his penalty as Inter lost to Schalke 1–4.[12]

Zamorano would move to Mexico in 2001 to play for América for two seasons, winning the Torneo de Verano in the first season. He concluded his career playing in Colo-Colo making a childhood dream come true, in 2003, after a professional career spanning more than 16 years.

International career

Zamorano made his debut at the age of 20 on 19 June 1987, scoring a goal in a 3–1 friendly win against Peru.[13] He scored five goals on 29 April 1997 in a 1998 World Cup qualifier against Venezuela, which ended in a 6–0 victory.[14] He played all four of Chile's matches at the 1998 World Cup, setting up Marcelo Salas' goal in a 1–1 draw against Austria.[15] In the 2000 Olympic Games, he won the bronze medal, scoring a brace in a 2–0 victory against United States,[16] and was the top scorer with six goals.[17] His last international match, at age 34, was a farewell friendly between Chile and France on 1 September 2001, which Chile won 2–1.[18] Zamorano was capped 69 times, scoring 34 goals.

Outside football

Zamorano was the promotional face of the new Santiago, transport system, Transantiago, which has brought him criticism because of the system's starting failures; some even say his credibility may have been damaged.[19]

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Chile League Copa Chile South America Total
1985CobresalPrimera División2020
1986TrasandinoSegunda División29272927
1987CobresalPrimera División29814134321
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup Europe Total
1988–89St. GallenSuper League1710101810
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1990–91SevillaLa Liga29921003110
1992–93Real MadridLa Liga342646754537
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1996–97InternazionaleSerie A317641024713
Mexico League Cup North America Total
2000–01AméricaPrimera División17111711
Chile League Copa Chile South America Total
2003Colo-ColoPrimera División148148
Total Chile 74433128
Switzerland 563453
Spain 1969819122114
Italy 101251871912
Mexico 633340
Career total 49023373504426612348[20]



Chile national team

International goals

Scores and results list Chile's goal tally first.[21]
1.19 June 1987Estadio Nacional, Lima Peru3–13–1Friendly
2.6 August 1989Brígido Iriarte Stadium, Caracas Venezuela3–13–11990 World Cup qualification
3.30 June 1991Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago Ecuador2–03–1Friendly
4.6 July 1991Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago Venezuela2–02–01991 Copa América
5. 8 July 1991 Estadio Municipal de Concepción, Concepción  Peru 3–1 4–2 1991 Copa América
6. 4–2
7.14 July 1991Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago Paraguay2–04–01991 Copa América
8.17 July 1991Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago Colombia1–11–11991 Copa América
9.22 March 1994Stade de Gerland, Lyon France1–11–3Friendly
1025 May 1994Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago Peru2–12–1Friendly
11.20 March 1995Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles Mexico1–02–1Friendly
12. 23 April 1996 Estadio Regional de Antofagasta, Antofagasta  Australia 1–0 3–0 Friendly
13. 3–0
14. 6 July 1996 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago  Ecuador 1–0 4–1 1998 World Cup qualification
15. 4–1
16.1 September 1996Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla Colombia1–41–41998 World Cup qualification
17.12 January 1997Estadio Nacional, Lima Peru1–21–21998 World Cup qualification
18. 29 April 1997 Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago  Venezuela 1–0 6–0 1998 World Cup qualification
19. 2–0
20. 3–0
21. 4–0
22. 6–0
23.5 July 1997Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago Colombia4–14–11998 World Cup qualification
24. 20 July 1997 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago  Paraguay 1–0 2–1 1998 World Cup qualification
25. 2–0
26.24 May 1998Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago Uruguay1–02–2Friendly
27.31 May 1998Stade Alexandre Tropenas, Montélimar Tunisia3–23–2Friendly
28.3 July 1999Estadio Antonio Oddone Sarubbi, Ciudad del Este Venezuela1–03–01999 Copa América
29.11 July 1999Estadio Feliciano Cáceres, Luque Colombia3–23–21999 Copa América
30.13 July 1999Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción Uruguay1–11–1 (3–5 PSO)1999 Copa América
31.3 June 2000Estadio Centenario, Montevideo Uruguay1–11–22002 World Cup qualification
32.29 June 2000Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago Paraguay3–13–12002 World Cup qualification
33.25 July 2000Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal Venezuela2–02–02002 World Cup qualification
34.15 August 2000Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago Brazil2–03–02002 World Cup qualification



Real Madrid
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