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Elías Figueroa

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Full nameElías Ricardo Figueroa Brander
Date of birth25 October 1946(age 70)
Place of birthValparaíso, Chile
Height1.86 m
Playing positionCentre back

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Elías Ricardo Figueroa Brander (born October 25, 1946 in Valparaíso) is a former football player from Chile. He is considered the best Chilean footballer of all time, as well as one of the greatest defenders ever to play the game.

He played for several clubs during his long career, notably his hometown club Santiago Wanderers, Brazilian club Internacional and Uruguayan club Penarol. He also represented Chile 47 times. He appeared in 3 world cups, '66, '74, '82.

He was noted for his elegant style of play, his calmness in the centre of defence and his ability to cut out opposition attacks and immediately launch counter attacks from the back. He was also praised throughout his career for being a gentleman on and off the pitch.

He twice awarded the Bola de Ouro, the Brazilian Player of the year whilst playing for Internacional in 1972 and 1976. He was also awarded the South American Footballer of the Year three times in a row by Venezuelan newspaper El Mundo in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

He was designated Best Player of Uruguay in 1967 and 1968. Best Player in Chile in 1977 and 1978.

He has subsequently been voted into the world's 125 best living soccer players and he was also voted at 8th in the IFFHS South America Top 50 Players of the Century.

In March 2011 he revealed that he was considering entering the FIFA Presidential election.

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