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Erwin Sánchez
Personal information
Full name Erwin Sánchez Freking
Date of birth 19 October 1969 (1969-10-19) (age 51)
Place of birth Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Oriente Petrolero (manager)
Youth career
1981–1986 Tahuichi Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Destroyers 67 (23)
1988–1990 Bolívar 34 (13)
1990–1992 Benfica 15 (1)
1991–1992 → Estoril (loan) 28 (8)
1992–1997 Boavista 105 (25)
1997–1999 Benfica 26 (6)
1998–1999 Boavista (loan) 22 (0)
1999 Benfica B 3 (3)
2000–2004 Boavista 92 (19)
2004–2005 Oriente Petrolero 38 (10)
Total 430 (108)
National team
1989–2005 Bolivia 57 (15)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Boavista
2006–2009 Bolivia
2012–2013 Oriente Petrolero
2015 Blooming
2015–2016 Boavista
2018–2020 Blooming
2020– Oriente Petrolero
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Erwin Sánchez Freking (born 19 October 1969) is a Bolivian former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder with scoring range, and is the current manager of Oriente Petrolero.

Dubbed Platini, most of his professional career was spent in Portugal, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 288 matches and 59 goals over 13 seasons mainly in representation of Boavista and Benfica. Retiring in 2005, he subsequently became a coach.

From 2006 to 2009, Sánchez managed the Bolivia national team after having appeared as a player in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the country's third participation.

Club career

Born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Sánchez started his career at hometown's Club Destroyers, then moved to Club Bolívar. He was signed by S.L. Benfica for the 1990–91 season, but was not very successful there, also being loaned to Lisbon neighbours G.D. Estoril Praia.

Sánchez joined Boavista F.C. after being released in 1992, eventually becoming one of the team's best players. This prompted a 1997 return to Benfica, but the player again failed to settle, returning to the Axadrezados (chequereds) and being crucial to the club's only league conquest in 2001, with nine goals in 33 games.

After a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury, Sánchez eventually lost importance in Boavista and left the club in 2004 after a coaching spell, returning home for a final season with Oriente Petrolero and retiring as a player at the age of 36. In his last appearance, on 14 March 2005 against Club Blooming, he assaulted referee Wilson Aliaga, being suspended for 18 months.

Sánchez had another managerial spell at Boavista, as well as two at Blooming and Oriente Petrolero.

International career

Sánchez was a leading player for Bolivia, being crucial to the nation's qualification for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The team exited the competition in the group stage, and he scored their only goal in a 1–3 loss against Spain; this was also the country's first and only goal in three appearances in World Cup tournaments.

Sánchez appeared in a total of 57 matches over 16 years, netting 15 times. He was part of their 1997 Copa América squad, playing all the matches save one for the runner-up hosts and scoring three goals, including in the final with Brazil.

In 2006, Sánchez was named national team manager, being sacked after the unsuccessful 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 1989 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Peru 1–2 1–2 1990 World Cup qualification
2. 9 July 1991 Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile  Brazil 2–1 2–1 1991 Copa América
3. 18 July 1993 Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela  Venezuela 1–1 1–7 1994 World Cup qualification
4. 1–5
5. 1–7
6. 8 August 1993 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Uruguay 1–0 3–1
7. 22 August 1993 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Venezuela 3–0 7–0
8. 4 May 1994 Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Cannes, France  Saudi Arabia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
9. 27 June 1994 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Spain 1–2 1–3 1994 FIFA World Cup
10. 25 October 1995 Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera, Santa Cruz, Bolivia  Ecuador 2–0 2–2 Friendly
11. 21 June 1997 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Colombia 2–0 2–1 1997 Copa América
12. 25 June 1997 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Mexico 1–1 3–1
13. 29 June 1997 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Brazil 1–1 1–3 1997 Copa América Final
14. 5 July 1999 Monumental Río Parapití, Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay  Japan 1–0 1–1 1999 Copa América
15. 26 April 2000 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Colombia 1–0 1–1 2002 World Cup qualification

Personal life

Sánchez's son, also called Erwin, was also a Bolivian international midfielder.

Honours

Player

Benfica

Boavista

Oriente Petrolero

  • Copa Aerosur: 2005

Manager

Blooming

  • Copa Cine Center: 2015
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