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Juan Carlos Sánchez
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Sánchez Frías
Date of birth (1956-09-01) 1 September 1956 (age 64)
Place of birth Formosa, Argentina
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy ? (?)
1979–1980 Guabirá 64 (43)
1981–1985 Blooming 165 (136)
1986 Wilstermann 36 (22)
1987 Blooming 23 (11)
1988 Litoral 24 (11)
1990 San José 33 (20)
1991 Independiente Petrolero 26 (10)
1992 San José 28 (10)
1977–1992 Total 399 (263)
National team
1985 Bolivia 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 2007

Juan Carlos Sánchez Frías (born 1 September 1956 in Formosa, Argentina) is a former Argentine-Bolivian football striker who played most of his career in the Bolivian League.

Sánchez started his career with Argentine club Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy in 1972. By 1979, he moved to Bolivia to play for Guabirá, where in 1980 he became the top-scorer in the Bolivian league for the first time by netting 21 goals; his scoring ability bought him a transfer to Blooming, where he spent the best years of his professional career. Playing for Blooming, he scored 136 goals in five seasons, including the league top-scorer in 1981 and 1983.

In 1984, Sánchez helped Blooming win the Bolivian title, and in 1985 he became the Copa Libertadores topscorer with 11 goals, 6 of which came in an 8–0 victory over Deportivo Italia, which set a Copa Libertadores record.

In 1986, he joined Jorge Wilstermann, but then returned to Blooming in 1987.

Sánchez also had a spell with Deportivo Litoral before joining San José in 1990, where he became topscorer in the Bolivian league for the fourth time in his career.

In 1991, he joined Independiente Petrolero, and then returned to San José to retire at the end of the 1992 season. He scored a total of 263 goals during his professional career, becoming the second all-time top-scorer in Bolivian League history.[1]

Moreover, Sánchez played a total of 53 Copa Libertadores games during his career, scoring 26 goals, which puts him in 8th place in the list of all-time scorers for that competition.

He played five matches for Bolivia in 1985 scoring one goal, versus Brazil.

Club titles

Season Club Title
1984 Blooming Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano


Season Club Title
1980 Guabirá Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano top scorer: 21 goals
1981 Blooming Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano top scorer: 30 goals
1981 Blooming Topscorer in South American football: 30 goals
1983 Blooming Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano top scorer: 30 goals
1983 Blooming Topscorer in South American football: 30 goals
1985 Blooming Copa Libertadores top scorer 1985: 11 goals
1990 San José Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano top scorer: 20 goals

After retirement

After retirement Sánchez has gone on to coach and manage several teams, he was a coach at Guabirá, assistant manager at Blooming and he has served as the manager of the Bolivia under-17 and under-20 teams. He currently resides in Montero, Bolivia where he runs his own youth football academy.


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