Mauricio Pinilla facts for kids
Pinilla with Universidad de Chile in 2018
|Full name||Mauricio Ricardo Pinilla Ferrera|
|Date of birth||4 February 1984|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Universidad de Chile|
|2002–2003||Universidad de Chile||39||(20)|
|2003–2004||→ Chievo (loan)||6||(0)|
|2004||→ Celta (loan)||6||(0)|
|2006||→ Racing Santander (loan)||13||(1)|
|2006–2007||→ Hearts (loan)||3||(2)|
|2007||→ Universidad de Chile (loan)||4||(2)|
|2008||Vasco da Gama||3||(0)|
|2012||→ Cagliari (loan)||14||(8)|
|2015||→ Atalanta (loan)||14||(6)|
|2017–2018||Universidad de Chile||21||(14)|
† Appearances (Goals).
However, he was immediately sold to fellow Serie A club A.C. ChievoVerona (which acquired 50% of the player's rights), and finished the 2003–04 season on loan again, to La Liga side RC Celta de Vigo, not managing to score in a total of 12 league appearances.
In July 2004, Sporting CP bought 50% of his playing rights and Pinilla, having spent much of the season on a low note, finished it with five goals, notably a hat-trick in a 3–0 win at S.C. Braga on 1 May 2005.
However, he was also unable to settle at Sporting and, in January 2006, would move on loan, finishing the 2005–06 campaign at Racing de Santander. On 26 February 2006 he netted his only goal for the Cantabria team, a penalty kick in a 2–2 away draw against Deportivo Alavés.
In 2006–07, Pinilla was once again loaned, now to Heart of Midlothian. His time with the Edinburgh club was beset by injuries, resulting in him only playing a handful of times for the first team; in February 2007, he returned to Universidad de Chile.
Pinilla returned to Hearts for pre-season training ahead of the 2007–08 season, with Hearts buying out Sporting's half of his rights. However, his return to playing football with Hearts had a major setback when it was revealed the player had a fractured scaphoid wrist bone, a hidden injury sustained while still in Chile; this put him out of action for a six further weeks.
On 9 January 2008, it was reported that Pinilla had sustained another injury in training that sidelined him for the rest of the campaign. On 6 May, his agent stated that he had signed a deal which would keep him at Tynecastle Park until 2011, after his contract with Inter expired the following month. However, on 1 July, Hearts announced that they had released the forward.
Pinilla joined Brazil's CR Vasco da Gama in early September 2008, signing a contract until the end of the season. He played his first match with new club in a 0–1 home loss against Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, in a derby.
Back to Italy and Serie A
Pinilla returned to Italy in August 2009, joining Serie B's F.C. Grosseto S.S.D. on a free transfer. At the Tuscan club, his once promising career got back on track, as he scored 24 goals in 24 games – including a series of 12 consecutive matches netting, a competition record– and finished the season as the second best scorer despite missing more than a third of the fixtures through different injuries.
In June 2010, U.S. Città di Palermo announced the signing of Pinilla. He scored five league goals in his first 12 games, being an important attacking unit in a side that also comprised forwards Abel Hernández, Massimo Maccarone and Fabrizio Miccoli.
On 11 September 2011, in the season's opener, Pinilla was brought from the bench to score the 4–2 for Palermo against former team Inter, in an eventual 4–3 home win. On 25 January of the following year he was loaned to Cagliari Calcio in the same league, with the Sardinians having the option of making the move permanent in June.
Pinilla joined Cagliari on a permanent basis on 2 July 2012. Two years later, after an average of seven league goals per season, he moved to Genoa C.F.C. on a 2+1 years deal.
Whilst at the service of Atalanta BC, on loan, Pinilla scored arguably one of the best goals of the season in Italy on 4 April 2015, after netting through a bicycle kick in a 1–2 home loss to Torino FC. He added a further five during his five-month tenure, being crucial as his team narrowly avoided relegation as 17th.
On 5 January 2017, Pinilla returned to Genoa on a loan with an obligation to buy, replacing Leonardo Pavoletti who left for S.S.C. Napoli.
Return to Universidad de Chile
On 21 July 2017, aged 33 and ten years after last leaving the club, Pinilla terminated his contract with Genoa and returned to Universidad de Chile. He retired from playing on 23 February 2021
Pinilla made his debut for Chile in 2003, and led his country's scoring during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with three goals. However, on 27 February 2007, whilst on loan to Universidad de Chile, he was caught in a hotel with María José López, the model wife of national team captain Luis Antonio Jiménez.
Subsequently, Pinilla announced his decision to retire from the international scene. In August 2010 he returned to the team, being recalled by manager Marcelo Bielsa for a friendly with Ukraine. He was also picked for a game against Uruguay later in November of the following year, only to be called off due to injury.
Pinilla was selected to the squad of 23 for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He made his debut in the tournament on 14 June, playing two minutes in a 3–1 group stage win against Australia and being involved in Jean Beausejour's goal. Again from the bench, he appeared in the round-of-16 against the hosts: his 119th minute shot hit the bar with the score at 1–1, and he later missed his penalty shootout attempt in an eventual elimination.
Pinilla was a member of the squad which won the 2015 Copa América on home soil for their first continental honour, making brief appearances in two games. On 29 March 2016, he and Arturo Vidal scored twice each in a 4–1 away win over Venezuela in qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
|Universidad de Chile||2002||25||10||—||—||—||25||10|
|Racing Santander (loan)||2005–06||13||1||—||—||—||13||1|
|Universidad de Chile (loan)||2007 Apertura||4||2||—||—||—||4||2|
|Vasco da Gama||2008||3||0||—||—||—||3||0|
|Universidad de Chile||2017||11||7||4||2||—||—||15||9|
|1||30 March 2003||Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile||Peru||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||9 September 2003||Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile||Peru||1–0||2–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||1 June 2004||Polideportivo Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela||Venezuela||1–0||1–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||9 February 2005||Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile||Ecuador||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
|5||30 March 2005||Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||Paraguay||1–2||1–2||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||4 June 2014||Elías Figueroa Brander, Valparaíso, Chile||Northern Ireland||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|7.||29 March 2016||Agustín Tovar, Barinas, Venezuela||Venezuela||
||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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