Chale Silva

Chale Silva
Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto Silva Loaiza
Date of birth (1919-07-10)10 July 1919
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Date of death 23 July 2009(2009-07-23) (aged 90)
Place of death Costa Rica
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1936–1943 Orión
1944 La Libertad
1944–1947 Moctezuma
1948 La Libertad
1948–1950 Universidad de Bogotá[1] 47 (0)
1951 Once Deportivo[2] 31 (0)
1952 Deportivo Manizales[3] 21 (0)
1953–1954 Deportivo Sula
1958 Uruguay de Coronado
National team
1941–1947 Costa Rica 7
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carlos Alberto Silva Loaiza commonly known as Chale Silva (10 July 1919 – 23 July 2009) was a professional footballer who played in the Colombian Professional Football League and Mexican Primera División.

Club career

Born in San José to Lizandro Silva LeRois and Zeneida Loaiza Infante,[4] Silva played as a defender. He began his career with Segunda Division side Orión F.C., helping the club win promotion to the Costa Rican Primera División. He made his Primera debut with Orión on 7 August 1936, and captained the club to a title-winning, undefeated season in 1943. He joined rivals C.S. La Libertad the following season.[5]

Silva began playing professional football with Mexican Primera División side Moctezuma de Orizaba in 1944. After three seasons in Mexico, he played professionally in Colombia where he signed with Universidad de Bogotá in 1948.[6][7] He also played for Colombian sides Once Deportivo and Deportivo Manizales.

He finished his 27-year playing career with Deportivo Sula in Honduras and C.S. Uruguay de Coronado in his home country.[8]

International career

Silva made several appearances for the Costa Rica national football team, helping the side win the 1941 CCCF Championship unbeaten in six matches.[9][10]


Silva was married to Aracely Arguedas and had 4 children.[11] He died aged 90 in July 2009.[12]


  1. ^ Universidad statistics @
  2. ^ Once Deportivo statistics @
  3. ^ Deportivo Manizales statistics @
  4. ^ Chale Silva - Costarricense (in Spanish)
  5. ^ "IN MEMORIAN "CHALE" SILVA (II PARTE)" [In memoriam "Chale" Silva (Part II)] (in Spanish). Diario Extra. 12 August 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-04-26.
  6. ^ Corrella V., Randall (11 August 2003). "Figuras del ayer: Carlos Alberto Silva Loaiza" [Figures of yesterday: Carlos Alberto Silva Loaiza] (in Spanish). La Nacion.
  7. ^ "FRENTE A LOS TICOS POR CUARTA VEZ" [Facing the Ticos for the fourth time] (in Spanish). El Tiempo. 31 March 1993.
  8. ^ Calvo Castro, Rodrigo (21 September 1999). "A las puertas de la gloria" [At the gates of glory] (in Spanish). La Nacion.
  9. ^ Reyes, Macario; Jovanovic, Bojan (25 May 2006). "CCCF Championship 1941 (San José, Costa Rica, May 8-18)". RSSSF.
  10. ^ "¡Imbatibles!: Costa Rica ganó invicta en el I Centroamericano y del Caribe de Fútbol" [Unbeatable!: Costa Rica wins the first CCCF unbeaten] (in Spanish). La Nacion. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  11. ^ El Chale Silva fue una muralla Figuras del ayer: Carlos Alberto Silva Loaiza - Nación (in Spanish)
  12. ^ "IN MEMORIAN "CHALE" SILVA (I PARTE)" [In memoriam "Chale" Silva (Part I)] (in Spanish). Diario Extra. 11 August 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-08-03.

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