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 Elias FIGUEROA 1972-1976 
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Name: Elias Ricardo Figueroa Brander

Nickname: "Don Elias"


Country: :CHI: Chile
Club: Sport Club Internacional
Position: *CB, CWP
Side: RF/BS
Age: 26-30 years (25/10/1946)

Height: 185 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Attack: 67
Defence: 95
Balance: 87
Stamina: 84
Top Speed: 81
Acceleration: 84
Response: 90
Agility: 79
Dribble Accuracy: 81
Dribble Speed: 78
Short Pass Accuracy: 80
Short Pass Speed: 76
Long Pass Accuracy: 79
Long Pass Speed: 77
Shot Accuracy: 67
Shot Power: 84
Shot Technique: 71
Free Kick Accuracy: 72
Curling: 70
Header: 89
Jump: 94
Technique: 82
Aggression: 67
Mentality: 93
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 88

Injury Tolerance: A
Condition/Form: 8
Weak Foot Accuracy: 5
Weak Foot Frequency: 4
Consistency: 7
Growth Type: Early Lasting

P18: Extra Attacker
S07: Man Marking
S08: Slide Tackle
S10: DF Leader

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Sliding - Marking - D Line Control

Attack / Defence Awareness Card: Balanced


Elias Figueroa is legendary Chilean defender. Considered as one of the all time greatest defenders, Elias was strong player with excellent sense of anticipating, good heading abilities and great technique, he could make solid pass and start the attack, even create danger in the rival area. Very elegant with good pace and solid dribbling. Most probably the best Chilean footballer ever, he was the only player to beat Pelé three times (South American Footballer of the Year) in the best time of his career. Elegant and calm, Figueroa was the “king” of the box. His favorite sentence was: “The box is my house; I decide who let in!” “O deus da raca” (God of determination), as he was nicknamed, played for several clubs in Chile, Uriguay, Brazil and USA, representing Chile 47 times internationally. With the institution gets aurinegra championships 1967, 1968 and 1969, was elected the best player in the Uruguayan championship in 1967 and 1968. By then he was a trained athlete, however, worried about further develop their skills, which caught the attention of Brazilian executives. In fact, he was hired by the Internacional de Porto Alegre who is devoted to Brazilian champion in 1975 and 1976. He was elected the best Brazilian central defender in the field during the seasons 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976 and Player of the Year in 1975 and 1976 Three FIFA World Cups played (England '66, Germany '74, Spain '82) and the remarkable number of 22 trophies made his career unforgettable in Chile. Praised for being a gentleman on and off the pitch, Figueroa was awarded twice with the "Bola de Oura", best player of the year of Brazilian championship (1972, 1976 by Placar magazine), and three times in a row with the South American Footballer of the Year by Venezuelan newspaper El Mundo in 1974, 1975 and 1976, Best Player of the year of Uruguay league in 1967 and 1968 and Best Player of the year in Chile in 1977 and 1978. Once retired, he started studying journalism, but soon was attracted from the coaching (Palestino and Internacional), and politics too, becoming Councilor of the Mayor of Viña del Mar. Finally, after 20 years of distributing international football hierarchy, retired from professional football practice. Later became a television sports commentator for Chilean and Brazilian, standing equally in his new profession. In 1999 he received the honorable mention of being one of the top eleven players from Latin America and in the same year she was part of a select group of the Great Masters Cup in a ceremony held in Cannes, France. His visit to Brazil was so successful that some local journalists divided his career in the South American nation "before and after Figueroa." Single lineage heads the list of all Chilean players to date.

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