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“Chupete” notched two goals for Monterrey to break the all-time goal scoring record of the Mexican club, Daniel Boyle reports.
Humberto Suazo became Monterrey’s highest goal scorer of all time, scoring his 96th and 97th goals in the thrashing of Chorillo FC in the CONCACAF Champions League. The Mexican team cruised to victory, scoring six unanswered goals. The defending champions were a level above their opposition and barely broke a sweat to blast the Panama team off the field.
Suazo’s 97 goals have come in all competitions for the club. Considering only Mexican league games, “Chupete” is ranked second, with Brazil’s Mario de Mota Souza Bahía. The veteran forward missed Chile’s last two games with injury.
Montpellier continued to improve their squad for the new season today with the signing of 25-year old Argentine striker Emanuel Herrera. Joining for a few reported to be around €2 to 3 million he becomes Montpellier’s fourth signing and of course takes the instant tag of Olivier Giroud’s replacement.
Herrera arrives from Chilean club Unión Española who finished 5th in the national championship and reached the Last 16 of the Copa Libertadores with the Argentine scoring five goals in South America’s premier club competition. So to get the best insight into what sort of player Montpellier were buying we went straight toChilean football expertJoel Sked and he gave us the low-down on La Paillade’s new recruit.
When Eduardo Vargas boarded a plane for Naples in January, he left a void in the Universidad de Chile squad. And not just any void either, but a gaping hole as the Copa Sudamericana player of the tournament and top scorer left in a lucrative move to Napoli.
The Chilean international’s departure, along with that of regular first-team members such as Gustavo Canales, Marcos Gonzalez and Diego Rivarola, meant greater responsibility fell on the shoulders of those still at the club. One player more than most has thrived under the pressure, despite his partner in crime leaving to prove himself in Serie A with Napoli. Meet the Azul’s answer to Dani Alves in the team dubbed the ‘Barcelona of the Americas’: Matias Rodriguez.
For much of January it was speculated that the right-sided Argentine wing-back would also cross the Atlantic and join Benfica’s South American legion, but he stayed in Santiago. Not only has he stayed, he has arguably been transformed into the club’s most important player; impressing so much that the calls for a first cap to the Argentina team intensify with each passing week.
South America is a haven for football scouts from all across Europe and further afield. Cast your gaze across European football’s landscape and most clubs posses a South American playing a prominent role in their team. Barcelona and Lionel Messi, Manchester City and Sergio Agüero, Napoli and Edison Cavani AC Milan and Thiago Silva to name but a few.
And one South American nation, more than most, are making extra room for scouts as interest in their players increase. But it is not the traditional giants of Brazil and Argentina or even Uruguay who have achieved so much with such a sparse population. It is Chile. The land of Marcelo Salas and Ivan Zamarano, the Andes and Atacama, Colo Colo and Universidad de Chile.
It is a breeding ground of talented – and temperamental – footballers. The success of the Chilean national team in the last few years and more recently Universidad de Chile has brought attention to the world’s longest country. And within it there are a number of talented footballers waiting to break-out and join Mauricio Isla, Mauricio Pinilla, Alexis Sánchez, Arturo Vidal, Jean Beausejour, Sebastián Pinto and more in the epicentre of football.
This year’s Serie A season got off to a belated start due to player strikes and international football meaning the kick-off was delayed until the 9th of September. But what a start it was. AC Milan fought back a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Lazio at San Siro and the goal glut continued throughout the weekend, right up until Sunday night at the Stadio Renzo Barbera in Sicily as Palermo entertained Internazionale.
With 74 minutes on the clock and the score locked at 2-2 Mauricio Pinilla was summoned by caretaker head coach Devis Maniga – long story simplified by two words; Maurizio Zamperini – to replace Uruguayan Abel Hernandez. Two loose touches from the mercurial Chilean moments after coming on gave the impression that he was still trying to rid himself of rust picked up from the recent niggling injuries which have besot his career. Yet La Rosanero went ahead when Pinilla’s strike partner Fabrizio Miccoli bent a free-kick inside Julio Cesar’s near post.