Francisco Silva

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Francisco Silva
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Silva playing for Chile in 2013
Personal information
Full nameFrancisco Andrés Silva Gajardo [1]
Date of birth (1986-02-11) 11 February 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Quillota, Chile
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) [1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Universidad Católica
Number 6
Youth career
1998–1999 Colo-Colo
2000–2005 Universidad Católica
Senior career*
2005–2013 Universidad Católica 136 (5)
2005Dep. Ovalle (loan)
2007Osorno (loan) 33 (1)
2013–2015 Osasuna 47 (1)
2014–2015Club Brugge (loan) 11 (0)
2015–2016 Chiapas 28 (0)
2016–2018 Cruz Azul 54 (7)
2018–2019 Independiente 10 (0)
2019– Universidad Católica 4 (0)
National team
2007– Chile 37 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 01 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 June 2017

Francisco Andrés Silva Gajardo [lower-alpha 1] (born 11 February 1986), known as Francisco Silva, is a Chilean footballer who plays for Universidad Católica as a defensive midfielder.


Club career

Born in Quillota, Silva joined Universidad Católica's youth setup in 2000, aged 14. In 2005, he made his senior debuts, while on loan at lowly Deportes Ovalle, and appeared twice for the first-team in the following year. In 2007, he joined Osorno, also on loan, where he was ever-present in the promotion campaign.[ citation needed ]

After his return, Silva established himself as a regular for the UC, and scored his first goal on 7 November 2009, in a 4–1 home routing over Universidad Concepción.


In the 2010 summer Silva was linked to Lecce, but due to reductions in the non-EU registration quota (two for one during the summer) [2] the deal collapsed, as the club already signed Rubén Olivera. [3]

CA Osasuna

On 22 January 2013 Silva was loaned to La Liga strugglers CA Osasuna until June. [4] He made his debut abroad on 2 February, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 home win over Celta de Vigo. [5] On 8 March Silva netted his first goal for Osasuna, but in a 1–2 loss at Real Betis; [6] on 4 June the Navarrese side exercised the buyout clause, paying 1.2 million for his services. [7] He featured regularly for the club during the 2013–14 campaign, which ended in relegation.

Club Brugge

On 29 August 2014 Silva was loaned to Club Brugge KV, in a season-long deal with a buyout clause. [8] On 13 July of the following year he was transferred to Chiapas. [9]

Career statistics

As of match played on 15 April 2018 [10]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupOtherTotal
Universidad Católica 2008 Primera División of Chile ?100?1
2009 36100361
2010 2920072364
2011 35241130523
2012 26041131432
Osasuna (loan) 2012–13 La Liga 16100161
Osasuna 2013–14 La Liga31030340
2014–15 Segunda División 100010
Club Brugge (loan) 2014–15 Belgian Pro League 1103070210
Chiapas 2015–16 Liga MX 28000280
Cruz Azul 2016–17 Liga MX25671327
2017–18 29151342
Career totals267142640040333321

International career

Silva made his main squad debut on 22 January 2011, starting in a 1–1 draw against United States at Home Depot Center. [11]

Silva was not initially named in Chile's 2015 Copa America squad but was added to the team due to an injury to Edson Puch. [12]

Silva scored the winning goal in the 4-2 penalty shoot-out win against Argentina in the Copa América Centenario Final on 26 June 2016. [13]



Universidad Católica
Club Brugge




  1. This article uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Silvaand the second or maternal family name is Gajardo.

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  2. "Foreign player cap for Serie A". Sky Sports . 3 July 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  3. "Rebus Genoa: Felipe c' è, ma spunta Eduardo" [Genoa: Felipe it is, but take a look at Eduardo]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 4 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  4. "Francisco Silva llega cedido hasta final de temporada" [Francisco Silva arrives on loan until the end of the season] (in Spanish). Osasuna's official website. 22 January 2013. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  5. "Armenteros fires Osasuna to win". ESPN FC. 2 February 2013. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  6. "Betis fly up to fifth". ESPN FC. 8 March 2013. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  7. "Osasuna ejerce la opción de compra por el 'Gato' Silva" [Osasuna exercises the buyout clause for 'Gato' Silva] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  8. "Gato Silva jugará cedido en El Brujas" [Gato Silva will play on loan at Brugge] (in Spanish). Osasuna's official website. 29 August 2014. Archived from the original on 31 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  9. "Traspaso de Gato Silva al Chiapas FC" [Transfer of Gato Silva to Chiapas FC] (in Spanish). Osasuna's official website. 13 July 2015. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  10. Francisco Silva at Soccerway. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  11. "U.S. Men's National Team Opens 2011 With 1–1 Draw Against Chile". US Soccer. 22 January 2011. Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  12. "Soccer-Chile's Puch out of Copa America, replaced by Silva". 5 June 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  13. "Argentina 0-0 Chile (aet; 2-4 on pens): Lionel Messi misses out again after penalty heartbreak for second successive year". Daily Mail. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.