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Santiago Silva

Santiago Silva
Personal information
Full nameSantiago Martín Silva Olivera
Date of birth (1980-12-09) December 9, 1980 (age 33)
Place of birthMontevideo, Uruguay
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubLanús
Senior career*
1998Central Español3(1)
1999–2000River Plate (Montevideo)28(15)
2001Defensor Sporting14(8)
2003River Plate (Montevideo)10(0)
2003–2004Energie Cottbus32(9)
2005Newell's Old Boys14(4)
2006Central Español13(3)
2006–2007Gimnasia La Plata35(14)
2007–2011Vélez Sársfield76(34)
2009Banfield (loan)35(22)
2012–2013Boca Juniors56(20)
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Silva and the second or maternal family name is Olivera.

Santiago Martín Silva Olivera (born December 9, 1980) nicknamed The Tank,[1] is a Uruguayan football forward currently playing for Lanús in the Primera Division Argentina.


Silva started his career in Uruguay playing for Central Español, River Plate Montevideo and Defensor Sporting.[2] He then had his first spell outside the country playing with Brazilian side SC Corinthians. However, after half a year he returned to Uruguay to play for Nacional[3] (where he won the 2002 Uruguayan Primera División), and a second period with River Plate.

Subsequently, Silva had two European spells with German Energie Cottbus and Portuguese SC Beira-Mar. In 2005, he had his first spell in Argentina playing half a season for Newell's Old Boys. After half a year back in Uruguay with his first team, Central Español, Silva returned to Argentina to play for Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata in 2006. Three years after his period at Gimnasia, the Uruguayan forward admitted to the press that the team lost on purpose a match against Boca Juniors, who were challenging the 2006 Apertura with Gimnasia's rivals Estudiantes de La Plata, after pressure from their own team's hooligans.[4]

Silva joined Vélez Sársfield in 2007,[5] and was loaned to Banfield in 2009. He played 2 Short tournaments with Banfield scoring 22 goals in 35 games with the team. During the 2009 Apertura he scored 14 goals in 18 games,[6] including two in the victory on the derby against Lanús.[7] Silva helped Banfield obtain their first Argentine Primera División title of their history and finished as the tournament's top scorer in the process. During his time in Banfield, he played along fellow Uruguayan player Sebastián Fernández as his striking partner.

In January 2010, he returned from his loan to Vélez Sársfield.[8] He made a strong striking partnership with Juan Manuel Martínez during the 2010 Apertura (in which Vélez was runner-up). Silva started the 19 games and scored 11 goals,[9] while Martínez scored a further 10 in 19. The Uruguayan forward also finished the tournament as league top scorer, along Tigre's Denis Stracqualursi.[10]

The following semester, Silva won his second Argentine league title (first with Vélez) playing 13 games and scoring 7 goals during the 2011 Clausura.[11] However, he was not the team's top goalscorer, due to David Ramírez finishing the tournament one goal ahead. He also helped his team reach the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores, playing 9 games and scoring 4 times.

Silva started the 2011–12 season with Vélez, playing two games and scoring once. However, on August 23, Fiorentina paid his contract's buyout clause of €1.73 million.[12] Silva decided to join the Italian club citing personal reasons (he wanted a second chance in European football), despite there not being an economical difference between the contract offered by Fiorentina and the renewal offered by Vélez.[13]

Later on in 2012 he is playing for the Argentine team Boca Juniors, he made his first goal against Estudiantes de La Plata and as Boca Juniors were playing the Copa Libertadores 2012 he scored a goal against Union Española leading to his first goal in the tournament with Boca Juniors. After Boca Juniors qualified to the Quarter Finals they versed the rivalry Brazilian team FC Fluminense were Silva in the second game leading by the 90 minute, he scored the 1-1 which made Boca Juniors qualify to the Semi Finals. He later scored against Universidad de Chile but after Boca Juniors qualified to the Finals with a lost end of 2-0 against Corinthians which became champions in Copa Libertadores 2012. After the lost game of Boca Juniors were Silva was walking to the dress up room as a Brazilian person was taking pictures with his iPhone, he snatches the iPhone and was considered as the thief.



Vélez Sársfield
Boca Juniors



External links

  • Profile at Vélez Sársfield official website (Spanish)
  • Argentine Primera statistics at Fútbol XXI (Spanish)
  • Statistics at BDFA (Spanish)
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