The illustrious unemployed looking for a new opportunity

10 days before the start of a new season for Chilean soccer, the teams continue to prepare for their main challenges. Some face international tournaments, such as Colo Colo, Ñublense, Curicó Unido, Magallanes (Copa Libertadores) and Universidad Católica, Palestino, Cobresal and Audax Italiano (Copa Sudamericana), while others aspire to avoid the anxieties of the previous year and ensure permanence. In short, there are objectives for all tastes.

While the casts continue to strengthen, there is also another reality, that of the unemployed players. In this case, there are several illustrious names that for various reasons have not yet confirmed their arrival at a club in 2023. Some are not used to these ups and downs, others look askance at retirement and several are looking for an opportunity to demonstrate their validity in the activity or, simply, a new chance to take off again.

Universidad Católica is the club that delivers the most emblematic players to this list. After the last campaign, in which the crossed team finished in fifth place, far from the champion Colo Colo and the positions of Libertadores, Ariel Holan’s coaching staff decided to make a complete renewal of names and also weighed on the decision of some emblems, like Jose Pedro Fuenzalida, 37 years old. The historic captain determined that it was time to step aside and these days he is debating between continuing his career at another club or leaving the activity.

“I have enjoyed this break to give them (the family) a lot of time and be physically, mentally. Not just being in the house, all the rest. It generates sensations in me, I want to think about it well because I feel good physically; I feel like I can play longer but the family and the stage of my life, I’m still not convinced. We will make a decision soon.” Chapita said, in an interview with ESPN a few days ago.

Luciano Aued (35) and Germán Lanaro (36) they also said goodbye in this pass to the foothills. Both seek to continue playing and the possibility of continuing in Chile is something that both are excited about. “I have had calls from Chile and Argentina, as well as surveys from other countries. I must see the proposals and then decide. I hope in the first days of January to have something solved, that is to say in a week or ten more days “Luli commented to DirecTV.

In the last weeks, Fabián Orellana said goodbye to the foothills earlyreaching an agreement to terminate the contract that expired in December 2023. At almost 37 years old, the former Chilean national team is looking for a team to continue his career.

A special case is that of Nicholas Castillo. The 29-year-old striker hasn’t had regular activity for almost three years. A thrombosis at the beginning of 2020 left him out of the courts for a year. After dissociating himself from América de México, he had very few minutes in Juventude de Brasil and Necaxa. Since mid-2022 he has been without a club and his dream of returning to Universidad Católica has been increasingly postponed.

Diego Buonanotte (34) He is also experiencing a strange situation, since less than six months after being announced as the great signing of the Peruvian market when he landed at Sporting Cristal, the beer team does not have him in their plans. Thus, the Chilean nationalized Argentine is looking for a team to return to the country. “Due to my values, I could not play in the U or Colo Colo. I feel very identified with the UC. In any case, for me the Catholic Church is a closed cycle. Chile is in my destination alternatives if I don’t continue here,” he told DirecTV a few days ago. However, it is expected that tomorrow he will arrive in Chile to join Unión La Calera.

Four former players from Universidad de Chile are between retiring or extending their career for another year. It is the situation of José Rojas (39), Osvaldo González (38) and Gustavo Lorenzetti (37). The three, protagonists of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana title, have just been released from their clubs.

Pepe said goodbye to Curicó, a club that qualified for the Copa Libertadores for the first time, while Rocky was a starter in the Huachipato campaign, while the man from Rosario was playing in Iquique in the Primera B tournament.

El Duende ruled out a return to the blues. “I already said it when I left the U. I said that I was leaving to close the cycle. I think I gave him everything I had to give him and I still hold the same. I think that today I am not up to what it takes to play in the U and maybe it hurts to say it, but I have to be realistic and not selfish”, he acknowledged in conversation with ESPN.

Another former blue who is analyzing his future is Gonzalo Jara. The defender, who last season defended Coquimbo Unido, was not renewed by the Pirate team. He does not rule out leaving the activity to dedicate himself to communications.

One of the summer soap operas has been that of Gabriel Suazo (25). The left back said goodbye to Colo Colo after deciding not to renew his contract, since his dream is to continue his career in Europe. Until now, the ex-captain albo has not been able to finalize his arrival in the Old Continent and has even ruled out some offers from Brazil.

His representative Alan Silberman insists that there are concrete offers. The most recent would be Greek football. In any case, the deadline is January 31, which is the date that the transfer window of the European winter closes.

Not only these players with an outstanding past are waiting, there are also other footballers who are fighting to continue in the activity and, in fact, 33 of them are training with Sifup in Quilín. The process began on Tuesday the 27th, led by César Díaz, and contemplates physical and soccer work, with the realization of several friendlies.