Antony De Ávila

Ántony de Ávila
Personal information
Full nameÁntony Wílliam de Ávila Charris
Date of birth (1962-12-21) December 21, 1962 (age 51)
Place of birthSanta Marta, Colombia
Height1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubRetired
Senior career*
1983–1987América de Cali470 (total)(201)
1987–1988Unión de Santa Fe37(17)
1988–1995América de Cali(see above)
1997–1999Barcelona SC52(27)
2009América de Cali9(2)
National team
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is De Ávila and the second or maternal family name is Charris.

Ántony Wílliam de Ávila Charris (born December 21, 1962 in Santa Marta, Colombia) is a former Colombian soccer striker, who last played for América de Cali.


De Ávila spent his career with four clubs: América de Cali in his native Colombia, the MetroStars of Major League Soccer, Unión de Santa Fe of Argentina [1] and Barcelona SC of Ecuador. His 25 goals for América in 1990 led Colombia. He is the top scorer in the history of América de Cali, with 203 goals,[2] making him one of the fans' idols. De Ávila scored 29 goals during his career in Copa Libertadores making him the 6th highest scoring player in the history of the tournament. In summer of 2009, De Ávila has returned into competition at the age of 46, with his original club America de Cali.

De Ávila's MLS career spanned a season and a half, as he joined the Metros midway through the 1996 season as a replacement for colossal disappointment Rubén Darío Hernández. With the club playing on AstroTurf for parts of the season, El Pitufo was surprisingly adept at what was called "ping-pong soccer".[3] He scored 15 goals and added 11 assists in his time in the league, plus another two goals and an assist in the playoffs.

He was retired in 1999, but surprisingly returned to professional football ten years later with América de Cali at the age of 46.[4]

International career

De Ávila also scored 13 in 54 appearances for the Colombia national team between 1983 and 1998.[5] He played for his country in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups. De Ávila made his senior debut on July 26, 1983.


Nicknamed El Pitufo ("The Smurf") or El Pipa, he was known as much for his short height of 1.57m (5 ft 3 in) as for his goal-scoring prowess.


External links

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