Paúl Fernando Carrera Velasteguí, known better as Polo Carrera (born January 11, 1945 in Quito), is an Ecuadorian retired football player and former manager. He has played for clubs in Ecuador and Uruguay, as well as the Ecuadorian football team

Polo Carrera
Personal information
Full name Paúl Fernando Carrera Velasteguí
Date of birth (1945-01-11) January 11, 1945 (age 75)
Place of birth Quito, Ecuador
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1964 LDU Quito
1965 Deportivo Quito
1965–1967 LDU Quito
1966 Fluminense
1967 Barcelona
1968–1969 Peñarol
1970 River Plate (URU)
1971–1973 El Nacional
1974 Universidad Católica
1975–1977 LDU Quito
1978–1980 Universidad Católica
1981 América de Quito
1982 LDU Quito
1983 Deportivo Quito
1984 LDU Quito
Total ? (?)
National team
1966–1983 Ecuador 20 (3)
Teams managed
1990–1991 LDU Quito
1992–1993 ESPOLI
1994 El Nacional
1995 Aucas
1996–1997 Deportivo Quito
1998 Ecuador
2009 Aucas
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 22, 2009
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 22, 2009

Club careerEdit

Carrera started his career at LDU Quito at the age of 15 in 1960, where he stayed until transferred to Peñarol of Uruguay in 1968.

He then transferred to cross-town team River Plate de Montevideo in 1970. He then returned to Ecuador to play for several clubs until his retirement in 1984.

He was the all-time top goalscorer in the Copa Libertadores tournament for LDU Quito with 12 goals, until surpassed by Patricio Urrutia.

Coaching careerEdit

Since retiring from football, Carrera started his coaching career in 1990 with LDU Quito as a manager at senior level. He was the senior team coach from 1990–1991, where he guided the club to their improbable 4th Serie A title in 1990, after a 15-year title drought. He later coached the Ecuador national team in 1998 with little success.

Starting in 2000 he held various elected positions in government.

In August 2009 he was named as manager at Sociedad Deportiva Aucas.[1]


As a playerEdit


El Nacional

LDU Quito

As a managerEdit

LDU Quito



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2009-09-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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