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Javier Margas

Personal information
Full nameJavier Luciano Margas Loyola
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1.7 in)
Playing positionDefender

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Javier Luciano Margas Loyola (born 10 May 1969 in Santiago de Chile) is a retired Chilean football defender. He played 63 times for the Chile national team. He played the four games for Chile at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He also made appearances on the "Rest of the world" all-stars team. Margas was famous for dyeing his hair in different colors and shapes (most notably with the Chilean Flag colors).

Margas experienced the most successful period in his career with his first club Colo-Colo where he was part of four league championship winning squads, and was part of the famous Copa Libertadores win in 1991, as well as two other international tournaments.

In 1995 Margas joined Club América in Mexico but didn't settle, returning to Colo-Colo in 1996. He then joined Universidad Católica where he was part of the squad that won the Apertura 1997 championship

His last years as a player were spent with West Ham United where he became infamous for disappearing . Staff and players had no idea where Margas had gone, and many weeks passed before Margas was found in his home country Chile, where he was unaware of the controversy of his sudden departure . He scored once during his spell with West Ham, in a 5-0 win over Coventry City in April 2000.

Since his return to Chile he has worked as a youth coach at Colo-Colo, appeared on a reality TV show called "Expedición Robinson", run his own business, and bought dictator Augusto Pinochet's armoured car.

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