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Ernesto Chevantón

Ernesto Javier Chevantón Espinosa (born 12 August 1980) is an Uruguayan Association football, who currently plays for Argentina club Colón de Santa Fe.

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Ernesto Chevantón biography

Ernesto Javier Chevantón Espinosa (born 12 August 1980) is an Uruguayan Association football, who currently plays for Argentina club Colón de Santa Fe.

Ernesto Chevantón obtained a Spanish passport after playing a few years in Spain.



Ernesto Chevantón was scouted by U.S. Lecce sports director Pantaleo Corvino and signed in the summer of 2001. Despite Ernesto Chevantón 12 goals in 27 games, Lecce were relegated that season into Serie B and Chevantón stayed with them. Ernesto Chevantón presence would prove vital, scoring 18 goals in 30 games to promote Lecce straight back into top flight domestic football. In the Serie A 2003-04 Ernesto Chevantón was the fourth goalscorer of the tournament with 19 goals and became the all-time goalscorer for Lecce, overcoming former Argentinian national team and Lecce player Pedro Pablo Pasculli.


Following the loss of Fernando Morientes (returning to Real Madrid after Ernesto Chevantón loan period expired) and Dado Pršo (who became free agent after failed to agree a new contract), Didier Deschamps was looking to reinforce Ernesto Chevantón frontguard and so made an offer for Chevantón. In July 2004, Ernesto Chevantón signed a 4-year contract with Monaco for a reported €10M. Few week later Mohamed Kallon was signed and the duo was expected to become striking partner.

Unfortunately, Ernesto Chevantón was injured in August 2004 and Javier Saviola was signed as replacement. Ernesto Chevantón was fit again in October but injured again in January. Since returned in February, Ernesto Chevantón finally netted a goal in Ligue 1 on 16 April 2005. That season Ernesto Chevantón scored 10 league goals, 1 goal behind Kallon and but ahead rising star Emmanuel Adebayor, Saviola and out-favoured Shabani Nonda. The 2004 UEFA Champions League finalist also exited in the round 16 of 2004–05 UEFA Champions League as non of the Monegasque strikers able to score against PSV Eindhoven.

In 2005-06 season, Nonda was released and Kallon was sent to Middle East on loan. Chevantón and Adebayor were became the starting pair under Deschamps. Ernesto Chevantón missed a few match in August 2005 including the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round return leg. Since Francesco Guidolin succeed as coach in October, Chevantón remained as one of the striker in the league. However, Ernesto Chevantón did not played in the whole UEFA Cup group stage, due to both fitness problem and squad rotation. In January 2006, Christian Vieri and Marco Di Vaio were signed and Adebayor was sold (who suffered with injury too). Ernesto Chevantón did a knee operation in January 2006 and return on 7 February, the 2005–06 Coupe de la Ligue semi-final. On the same month, Ernesto Chevantón played as substitute in 2005–06 UEFA Cup round of 32, which the coach preferred Serge Gakpé partnered with Vieri. In the league Ernesto Chevantón played a successive 11 league matches since round 28 (on 25 February) and almost scored in every match (7 goals in 7 different matches). Chevantón became the team top-scorer in the league with 10 goals by Ernesto Chevantón performance in the second half of season, ahead mid-season signing Di Vaio and winger Olivier Kapo who both scored 5 league goals.


On 1 August 2006, Ernesto Chevantón was signed by 2005–06 UEFA Cup holder Sevilla for a reported €8M and agreed a 5-year contract. The beginning of Chevantón's season at Sevilla FC started with a back strain which put Ernesto Chevantón out for the first few weeks, but Ernesto Chevantón scored four goals for Sevilla in the UEFA cup against SC Braga, AZ Alkmaar, Shakhtar Donetsk and Grasshopper-Club Zürich, and scored Ernesto Chevantón first La Liga goal by way of a stylish bicycle kick at home against Real Madrid on December 9, 2006, which lead to the home team's 2-1 victory. The second time Sevilla met Real Madrid that season Chevantón scored another goal with an excellent free kick. Ernesto Chevantón recently netted the equaliser against Arsenal in a pre-season friendly for Sevilla in a 1-1 disappointment at the Emirates but has since found opportunities in the Spanish League limited.


On 26 November 2009, Ernesto Chevantón was given permission to trial with Serie A club Atalanta B.C., who ultimately agreed a loan deal with Sevilla. The player joined the club on January 2, 2010, until the end of the 2009-10 season.


On 23 August 2010, Chevantón returned to Ernesto Chevantón former club U.S. Lecce. Ernesto Chevantón contract with Sevilla was terminated in earlier days.

Colón de Santa Fe

In July 2011, U.S. Lecce didn't renew Ernesto Chevantón contract and Ernesto Chevantón was hired by the Argentinian team Colón de Santa Fe.

National team

Run-ins with the Uruguay national football team head coach Jorge Fossati have restricted Ernesto Chevantón playing time for the national team, most strikingly obvious was Ernesto Chevantón omission from the last stage of 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL). Uruguay failed to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

After a long spell out of the national side Chevanton was finally included back in the Uruguay national squad for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL) in September for the matches against Argentina and Bolivia in October. It was partially due to the injury of Diego Forlán. Chevantón played the match against Argentina as substitute in the 73rd minutes for Sebastián Abreu while Abreu partnered mainly with Luis Suárez (Uruguayan footballer) and Edinson Cavani during the match. Chevantón was then dropped against Bolivia and was not called-up again due to personal fitness and competition among Uruguay's top strikers.


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