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Get to know Erwin Saavedra, the Mamelodi Sundowns football player
Erwin Saavedra is a Bolivian right midfielder who currently plays for South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns. Since January 2014, the midfielder has played in top-tier teams in South Africa, Brazil, and Bolivia. Here is a deep dive into the professional and personal life of the DSTV Premiership's football star.
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Erwin Saavedra's profile summary and bio
Erwin Mario Saavedra Flores
Date of birth
22 February 1996
27 years old as of November 2023
Place of birth
173 centimetres (5'6")
66 kilograms (145.5 lbs)
Bolívar boarding school
Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
Playing position (s)
Right. central, attacking midfield
Professional football player
$1 million - $5 million
Social media pages
How old is Erwin Saavedra?
How tall is Erwin Saavedra?
According to LiveFutbol, the Ururo native is five feet and six inches tall (173 centimetres). His weight is estimated to be 145.5 lbs (66 kilograms).
The Bolivian international was born in the city of Ururo to a family of passionate indoor soccer players. His father, Mario Saavedra, and uncles, Aldo and Jesús, were members of the Bolivian futsal team that became runners-up in the 2000 International Indoor Football Federation's Indoor Soccer World Cup.
According to reports by Cábala, the attacking midfielder credits his father with his success in football. Mario Saavedra coached the budding soccer player in his early years. In the publication, Saavedra said,
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"My dad is very demanding. He has the character of a crazy coach. I missed a penalty, and he scolded me. I lived with my uncle and had to look for work in Oruro in 2010 because my father kicked me out of the house. I thought it was very bad at the time, but I learned a lot. It was an unforgettable experience."
Erwin Saavedra's family
In April 2021, Saavedra got married to Jhessi Córdova. On the 26th of November in 2021, the couple announced the arrival of their son, André Saavedra Córdova, on their social media accounts. In a Fathers' Day report by Premium Sports Bolivia, the former Bolivar captain shared his dreams and expectations for the future, saying,
"My son will be a Bolivarian. I will teach him football, and I hope he likes it."
What is Erwin Saavedra's nationality?
Although the midfielder plays for South Africa's Sundowns, he is a Bolivian national. Between 2015 and 2022, the Bolivian football player represented the country in various tournaments, including the Copa América Centenario, World Cup qualifications, the Copa América, and international friendlies.
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On the 10th of January 2013, he began his football journey with Bolivar's youth team in La Paz. The team, whose quarters were housed at the Libertador Simón Bolívar Stadium, became the midfielder's home as he honed his skills. Here is a chronological summary of his teams according to Transfermarkt.
2022 - 2023
Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
2015 - 2023
Bolivian National Football Team
2018 - 2022
Bolívar La Paz
2017 - 2018
2014 - 2017
Bolívar La Paz
Bolivian National Under-20 Football Team
2013 - 2014
Bolívar La Paz Under-20
Erwin Saavedra's stats
CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores
CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana
Bolivian Liga Profesional
Brazilian Serie B
CAF Champions League
South African Premier Soccer League
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Erwin's football talent makes him one of the best players 2023/24. Here are a few of his awards over the years.
- 2016/17, 2014/15 Bolivian Clausura League winner - Bolívar La Paz
- 2021, 2019, 2016 Copa América participant - Bolivian national football team
- 2021/22, 2022/23 South African champion - Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
1. How much is Erwin Saavedra's net worth?
2. How much is Erwin Saavedra's salary?
Various publications rank the midfielder among Mamelodi Sundowns' highest-paid players. The Oruro-born soccer player receives $19,082 (R350,000).
3. When did Erwin Saavedra transfer to Mamelodi Sundowns?
On the 9th of February 2022, the midfielder transferred from División Profesional Clausura to DStv Premiership's Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. under coach Steve Komphela. At the time of his move from Bolívar La Paz, the central midfielder was 25 years old.
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4. How much did Erwin Saavedra transfer for?
Erwin's move from Bolívar La Paz is considered one of Mamelodi's most expensive transfers of 2023. On the 21st of January 2022, the team's owner, Marcelo Claure, announced that the transfer cost Mamelodi $800,000 (R12 million).
5. Is Erwin Saavedra on Instagram?
The Sundowns number 26 player has amassed a significant following on various social media accounts. As of November 2023, the famous Bolivian athlete has 19,100 followers on Instagram and over 5,200 followers on X(Twitter).
Erwin Saavedra is Bolivia's pride as one of the country's widely celebrated athletes. However, his injury and current performance for South African Mamelodi Sundowns cast a shadow on his past accomplishments.
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