Carlos Espínola (footballer, born 1975)

Carlos Arberto Espínola Oviedo (born 25 December 1975, in Yaguarón) is a retired Paraguayan football defender.

Carlos Espínola
Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto Espínola Oviedo
Date of birth (1975-12-25) 25 December 1975 (age 45)
Place of birth Yaguarón, Paraguay
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Cerro Porteño 39 (3)
1999 América 20 (2)
2000–2001 Cerro Porteño 36 (3)
2001 Libertad 4 (0)
2002 Sport Colombia 23 (2)
2003–2006 LDU Quito 154 (13)
2008 Deportivo Cali 17 (2)
2008 Emelec 8 (0)
2009–2010 LDU Quito 43 (3)
2011 Sporting Cristal 10 (0)
National team
2000–2004 Paraguay 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 June 2012

Espínola began his professional career at Paraguayan club Cerro Porteño for three years, winning a national title with them in 1996. He had a brief spell at Mexican powerhouse América in 1999, but returned to Cerro Porteño the next year where he won another national title. Over the next two years, Espínola played for Paraguayan Primera División clubs Libertad and Sport Colombia.

In 2003, Espínola went to Ecuador to play for LDU Quito, where he had considerable success winning a national championship in 2003 and in 2005. In the last game of the 2006 season, Espínola was involved in a melee during a match against Barcelona. During the melee, Espínola kicked Leonardo Soledispa in the face. He received a one-year suspension for his actions.

He returned in 2008 after completing his suspension to play for Deportivo Cali in Colombia and Emelec in Ecuador. In 2009, he returned to LDU Quito where he was an integral member of the squad that won the 2009 Recopa Sudamericana and 2009 Copa Sudamericana.

He played for the Paraguayan national team between 2000 and 2004.

HonorsEdit

Cerro Porteño

LDU Quito

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