Agustin Javier Delgado Chala (nicknamed "Tin") was born on 23 December 1974 in Piquiucho, a small village in the Chota River valley in Imbabura), and is an Ecuadorian football player. Currently, he has no team, and has retired from the national football team, having overtaken Eduardo Hurtado as top scorer for his country in 2002.
Delgado spent four years from 2001-2004 with Southampton in the English FA Premier League. Unfortunately, Tin - as he is affectionately known to his legion of fans - was dogged by injuries which restricted him to only a few games during his time with "The Saints". Southampton F.C. tried to get him back to fitness after the injury he picked in Necaxa prior to the 2002 World Cup Qualifiers, but to no avail.
It might have been a different story had the striker refused to play while injured during the 2002 World Cup. The pressure on him to play was enormous, as Ecuadorians believed that with 9 goals during the 2002 World cup qualifying campaign, he was indispensable and naturally, Delgado dreamed of playing in a FIFA World Cup. All that led to his decision to play despite injury while heavily medicated on painkillers. Upon return to England, it was found that his injury had become chronic, effectively destroying his future in Europe. He also alienated manager Gordon Strachan by refusing to learn English, and Strachan felt the player had been forced on the club and was very high maintenance. When pressed for his plans for the Ecuadorian, Strachan replied "I've got more important things to think about. I've got a yoghurt to finish by today, the expiry date is today. That can be my priority rather than Agustin Delgado."
Agustin Delgado shot a goal against Costa Rica at Worldcup 2006
Vicious soccer brawl
Player's own website (Spanish)
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