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de Ávila in Unión de Santa Fe, 1987
|Full name||Antony William de Ávila Charris|
|Date of birth||December 21, 1962|
|Place of birth||Santa Marta, Colombia|
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|1983–1987||América de Cali||470 (total)||(201)|
|1987–1988||Unión de Santa Fe||37||(17)|
|1988–1996||América de Cali||(see above)|
|2009||América de Cali||9||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
De Ávila spent his career with four clubs: América de Cali in his native Colombia, the MetroStars of Major League Soccer, Unión de Santa Fe of Argentina  and Barcelona SC of Ecuador. His 25 goals for América in 1990 led Colombia.
De Ávila's MLS career spanned a season and a half, as he joined the Metros midway through the 1996 season as a replacement for colossal disappointment Rubén Darío Hernández. With the club playing on AstroTurf for parts of the season, El Pitufo was surprisingly adept at what was called "ping-pong soccer". He scored 15 goals and added 11 assists in his time in the league, plus another two goals and an assist in the playoffs.
De Ávila retired in 1999, but returned to competitive football at the age of 46 with América de Cali, eventually finishing his career with a club record 208 goals. His 29 goals in the Copa Libertadores ranked him sixth highest scorer in the history of the tournament.
De Ávila also scored 13 in 54 appearances for the Colombia national team between 1983 and 1998. He played for his country in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups. De Ávila made his senior debut on July 26, 1983.
Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.
|1.||June 27, 1989||Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States||Haiti||Friendly|
|2.||July 3, 1989||Estádio Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil||Venezuela||1989 Copa América|
|3.||February 3, 1991||Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States||Switzerland||1991 Miami Cup|
|4.||June 25, 1991||Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica||Costa Rica||Friendly|
|5.||July 7, 1991||Estadio Playa Ancha, Valparaíso, Chile||Ecuador||1991 Copa América|
|6.||July 13, 1991||Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile||Brazil|
|7.||July 21, 1991||Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile||Argentina|
|8.||March 31, 1993||Estadio Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia||Costa Rica||Friendly|
|9.||April 17, 1994||Estadio Centenario, Armenia, Colombia||Nigeria|
|10.||May 5, 1994||Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States||El Salvador||1994 Miami Cup|
|11.||July 7, 1996||Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia||Uruguay||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12.||July 20, 1997||Ecuador|
|13.||August 20, 1997||Bolivia|
Nicknamed El Pitufo ("The Smurf") or El Pipa, he was known as much for his short height of 1.57m (5 ft 3 in) as for his goal-scoring prowess.
- "Ántony Wílliam de Ávila Charris" (in Spanish). América de Cali. Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
- BDFA profile
- Ping-pong soccer
- "Former MetroStar De Avila, 46, Signed By Colombian Club". SoccerAmerica.com. July 23, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
- rsssf: Colombia record international footballers Archived December 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- "Ántony de Ávila International Matches"., 11v11.com Retrieved on August 8, 2014
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