Javier Margas

Date of birth10 May 1969
Place of birthSantiago
NationalityChilean
Weight86 kg
Height1.85 m
PositionDefender/Centre back

Came to the attention of West Ham United after an impressive display for Chile against England at Wembley.

His stay at Upton Park was not without incident, however, as he struggled to adapt to the English game.

At one point, he went back to Chile after a series of lacklustre performances and it looked as if his Football League career was over.

However, the eccentric defender returned determined to prove that his previous form was not representative of the real him and was much more successful the second time around.

When he left the club, he promised any West Ham fan visiting Chile a free holiday in one of his chain of hotels.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Colo Colo
Club América
Universidad Catolica 03 Aug 1998
West Ham United 03 Aug 1998 19 Jan 2001

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1998-99 FIFA International Friendly
1
1998-99 West Ham United Premier League 3
1999-00 West Ham United League Cup 1
1999-00 West Ham United Premier League 15
3
1
1
1
1999-00 West Ham United UEFA Cup 2
1
2000-01 West Ham United League Cup 1
2000-01 West Ham United Premier League 3
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
12 Jun 1999 Australia v FIFA XI L 3-2 International Friendly


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1986-87 Chile Under-18 1
1987-88 Chile World Youth Cup 5
1990-91 Chile International Friendly 2
1991-92 Chile Copa America 6
1992-93 Chile Copa America 2
1
1992-93 Chile International Friendly 5
1993-94 Chile International Friendly 3
1994-95 Chile Centenary 1
1994-95 Chile Copa America 2
1
1994-95 Chile International Friendly 4
1995-96 Chile FIFA World Cup 1
1
1995-96 Chile International Friendly 5
1
1996-97 Chile FIFA World Cup 6
1
1996-97 Chile International Friendly 1
1997-98 Chile Carlsberg Cup 1
1997-98 Chile FIFA World Cup 9
1997-98 Chile International Friendly 7
2
1997-98 Chile Optus World Series 1
1998-99 Chile Copa America 1
1998-99 Chile International Friendly
1
1999-00 Chile Copa Valparaiso 1
1
1999-00 Chile FIFA World Cup 2
1
1999-00 Chile International Friendly 1
2000-01 Chile FIFA World Cup 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
13 May 1987 Italy v Chile L 1-0 U18
10 Oct 1987 Chile v Yugoslavia L 2-4 World Youth Cup Group 1
17 Oct 1987 Chile v Australia W 2-0 World Youth Cup Group 1
21 Oct 1987 Italy v Chile W 0-1 World Youth Cup Quarter-final
23 Oct 1987 Chile v West Germany L 0-4 World Youth Cup Semi-final
25 Oct 1987 Chile v East Germany L 1-1 (1-3) World Youth Cup
08 Nov 1990 Brazil v Chile D 0-0 International Friendly
19 Jun 1991 Ecuador v Chile L 2-1 International Friendly
08 Jul 1991 Chile v Peru W 4-2 Copa America Group A
10 Jul 1991 Chile v Argentina L 0-1 Copa America Group A
14 Jul 1991 Chile v Paraguay W 4-0 Copa America Group A
17 Jul 1991 Chile v Colombia D 1-1 Copa America Final round
19 Jul 1991 Chile v Argentina D 0-0 Copa America Final round
21 Jul 1991 Chile v Brazil L 0-2 Copa America Final round
31 Mar 1993 Chile v Bolivia W 2-1 International Friendly
30 May 1993 Chile v Colombia D 1-1 International Friendly
06 Jun 1993 Colombia v Chile L 1-0 International Friendly
09 Jun 1993 Ecuador v Chile W 1-2 International Friendly
13 Jun 1993 Bolivia v Chile W 1-3 International Friendly
18 Jun 1993 Paraguay v Chile L 1-0 Copa America Group B
24 Jun 1993 Chile v Peru L 0-1 Copa America Group B
30 Apr 1994 USA v Chile W 0-2 International Friendly
18 May 1994 Chile v Argentina D 3-3 International Friendly
25 May 1994 Chile v Peru W 2-1 International Friendly
16 Nov 1994 Chile v Argentina L 0-3 International Friendly
29 Mar 1995 Chile v Mexico W 2-1 International Friendly
19 Apr 1995 Peru v Chile L 6-0 International Friendly
22 Apr 1995 Chile v Iceland D 1-1 International Friendly
23 Jun 1995 Chile v Turkey D 0-0 CENTENARY
08 Jul 1995 USA v Chile L 2-1 Copa America Group C
14 Jul 1995 Chile v Bolivia D 2-2 Copa America Group C
11 Oct 1995 Chile v Canada W 2-0 International Friendly
04 Feb 1996 Bolivia v Chile D 1-1 International Friendly
14 Feb 1996 Chile v Peru W 4-0 International Friendly
24 Apr 1996 Chile v Australia W 3-0 International Friendly
26 May 1996 Chile v Bolivia W 2-0 International Friendly
02 Jun 1996 Venezuela v Chile D 1-1 FIFA World Cup South America qualifying
07 Jul 1996 Chile v Ecuador W 4-1 FIFA World Cup South America qualifying
01 Sep 1996 Colombia v Chile L 4-1 FIFA World Cup South America qualifying
09 Oct 1996 Paraguay v Chile L 2-1 FIFA World Cup South America qualifying
12 Nov 1996 Chile v Uruguay W 1-0 FIFA World Cup South America qualifying
15 Dec 1996 Argentina v Chile D 1-1 FIFA World Cup South America qualifying
02 Apr 1997 Brazil v Chile L 4-0 International Friendly
08 Jun 1997 Ecuador v Chile D 1-1 FIFA World Cup South America League
05 Jul 1997 Chile v Colombia W 4-1 FIFA World Cup South America League
20 Jul 1997 Chile v Paraguay W 2-1 FIFA World Cup South America League
20 Aug 1997 Uruguay v Chile L 1-0 FIFA World Cup South America League
10 Sep 1997 Chile v Argentina L 1-2 FIFA World Cup South America qualifying
07 Nov 1997 Chile v Guatemala W 4-1 International Friendly
16 Nov 1997 Chile v Bolivia W 3-0 FIFA World Cup South America League
28 Jan 1998 Hong Kong v Chile L 3-1 CARLSBERG CUP
04 Feb 1998 New Zealand v Chile D 0-0 International Friendly
07 Feb 1998 Australia v Chile W 0-1 OPTUS WORLD SERIES
11 Feb 1998 England v Chile W 0-2 International Friendly
22 Apr 1998 Chile v Colombia D 2-2 International Friendly
29 Apr 1998 Chile v Lithuania W 1-0 International Friendly
24 May 1998 Chile v Uruguay D 2-2 International Friendly
31 May 1998 Tunisia v Chile W 2-3 International Friendly
11 Jun 1998 Chile v Italy D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
17 Jun 1998 Chile v Austria D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
23 Jun 1998 Chile v Cameroon D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
27 Jun 1998 Brazil v Chile L 4-1 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
20 Jun 1999 Chile v Bolivia W 1-0 International Friendly
06 Jul 1999 Brazil v Chile L 1-0 Copa America Group B
15 Feb 2000 Chile v Slovakia L 0-2 Copa Valparaiso
22 Mar 2000 Chile v Honduras W 5-2 International Friendly
29 Mar 2000 Argentina v Chile L 4-1 FIFA World Cup South America
26 Apr 2000 Chile v Peru D 1-1 FIFA World Cup South America
25 Jul 2000 Venezuela v Chile W 0-2 FIFA World Cup South America


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.