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Waldo Ponce

  • Position: Defender
  • Squad number: 3
  • Date of birth: 4 December, 1982 (27 years old)
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
3 Waldo Ponce
2|0 Waldo Ponce
0 As substitute
31|26 Total Chile
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
4 Total Chile
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Waldo Ponce
0 Waldo Ponce
3 Total Chile
3 Total Chile
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
2|3 Waldo Ponce
2|0 Waldo Ponce
61|61 Total Chile
14|1 Total Chile
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Chile games played

  1. Honduras 0-1 Chile
    Wednesday, 16 June Match report
  2. Chile 1-0 Switzerland
    Monday, 21 June Match report
  3. Chile 1-2 Spain
    Friday, 25 June Match report
  4. Brazil 3-0 Chile
    Monday, 28 June Match report

Player Profile

Free-kick specialist Ponce usually plays on the right side of Chile’s three-man defence.

He left Velez Sarsfield of Argentina in January in order to get a regular starting place elsewhere, eventually returning home to join Universidad Catolica after reported interest from Wigan came to nothing.

Ponce spent the first six years of his career with Universidad de Chile and has twice tried his luck in other countries, with limited success.

He played just five league games during a six-month loan at German club Wolfsburg during the 2003-04 season. In 2008, he joined Velez Sarsfield but a combination of injury and the emergence of Nicolas Otamendi - now a regular Argentina international - limited his playing time.

Nevertheless, he won his first major honour in Argentina as the club won the second part of the two-stage league in 2009.

Ponce is determined to improve his modest record in club football outside of Chile, admitting he has “a score to settle” in Europe following his failed spell in Germany.

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